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Green Agenda Risks $2 Trillion Worth Of Energy Projects

Mexico’s Petroleos Mexicanos and Royal Dutch Shell stand to lose roughly $77 billion in projects By Steve Birr: Daily Caller News Foundation If world leaders agree on a 2 degree Celsius warming limit at the Paris climate summit, $2 trillion in new coal and petroleum projects risk being killed, according to a new report. The London […]

Ken Saro-Wiwa 20th Anniversary Commemoration

Afri organised a protest at Shell HQ in Dublin on Nov. 10th to mark the 20th anniversary of the execution of the Ogoni 9. The execution of Ken Saro Wiwa and his colleagues was carried out by the Nigerian military dictatorship with the collusion of Shell. Shell’s disregard for human rights and the environment continues […]


BY JENNIFER MCKIERNAN POLITICAL REPORTER, 26 NOV 2015 PLANS for a £1 billion carbon capture and storage plant at Peterhead have been axed by Chancellor George Osborne in his autumn spending review. The project, which would have been the world’s first CCS plant, had been expected to create 600 jobs in the North-east. A spokesman […]

UK scraps one billion pound carbon capture technology scheme

“Without that funding, we no longer see a future for the Peterhead project in the near term,” a spokesman for Shell said. LONDON | BY SUSANNA TWIDALE: Wed Nov 25, 2015 Britain has scrapped plans to spend up to 1 billion pounds ($1.5 billion) to help commercialize the technology for capturing carbon dioxide emissions from power […]

By Charles Mandel | November 25th 2015 A handful of protesters from Sum of Us, Greenpeace, the Ecology Action and the Clean Ocean Action Committee delivered a massive 233,000-signature petition to the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) opposing what they said were extremely lax safety standards around Shell’s drilling program. Currently, if a subsea oil […]

UK government carbon capture £1bn grant dropped

A Shell spokesman said: “Shell is disappointed at the withdrawal of funding for the CCS Commercialisation Competition… 25 November 2015 The UK government has announced it is axing a £1bn grant for developing new carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. Peterhead power station and the White Rose scheme in North Yorkshire were the bidders in […]

Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil and Glencore: Energy companies risk wasting trillions on uneconomic projects

By Jessica Morris: 25 November 2015 Energy companies risk wasting $2.2 trillion (£1.46 trillion) on uneconomic projects over the next 10 years, according to a new report. Think tank the Carbon Tracker Initiative’s (CTI) report how fossil fuel firms risk destroying investor returns says energy companies’ focus on fossil fuels at the expense of emerging clean technologies […]

Shell’s £22,500 fine for North Sea oil spill slammed as ‘paltry’ by campaigners

The World Wildlife Fund warned the size of the fine would ‘do little to deter future poor behaviour’ Shell apologised for the lack of information and said it was not a deliberate attempt to cover up the spill.  Adam Barnett: 24 November 2015 A £22,500 fine imposed on the energy giant Shell as punishment for […]

Shell fined by Scottish court for 2011 North Sea oil spill

“Despite being responsible for the worst North Sea spill in a decade, the level of the fine is literally a drop in the ocean when compared to the billions earned by Shell annually…” LONDON: Business News | Tue Nov 24, 2015 2:42pm GMT Oil major Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) was handed a 22,500 pound fine […]

Shell Canada fined $825,000 for Sarnia refinery pollution

CALGARY, ALBERTA Nov 24 The Ontario government on Tuesday ordered Shell Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, to pay C$825,000 ($620,487.36) in fines for discharging a contaminating odour from its Sarnia refinery in 2013. In a statement, the Ontario Ministry for Environment and Climate Change said Shell had pleaded guilty to one […]

Shell handed £22,500 fine over August 2011 North Sea oil spill

November 24, 2015 12:30 pm The company carried out a review of its North Sea pipeline system following the leak, which came from a subsea pipeline in the Gannet field in August 2011. More than 200 tonnes of oil – about 1,300 barrels – entered the North Sea from the pipe about 112 miles east […]

Gas Field quakes hit Dutch dykes

Senay Boztas AMSTERDAM: 22 Nov 2015: Sunday Times THE Dutch are being forced to earthquake-proof their dykes after a spate of tremors blamed on the effects of extracting gas from the vast field running beneath the country. Although Holland lies far from any big geological fault lines, half a century of exploitation of the Groningen field […]

State regulators fine Shell Oil for toxic release in Anacortes

Inspectors found that Shell had skipped critical decontamination steps while shutting down the main flare. The uncontrolled release exposed workers to toxic substances. BY ASSOCIATED PRESS: NOVEMBER 20, 2015 TUMWATER, Wash. (AP) — Washington state regulators have fined Shell Oil Products $77,000 after an investigation found that it failed to control a toxic release. The Department […]

Shell charged over biggest North Sea oil leak in more than a decade

STV: 20 November 2015 Energy giant Shell has been charged over a major oil leak from a North Sea platform four years ago.  The equivalent of more than 1300 barrels of oil spilled into the sea from the Gannet Alpha in August 2011, the largest leak in more than a decade.  The UK Government carried […]

Shell charged over Gannet Alpha leak in 2011

Friday 20 November 2015 Oil giant Shell has been charged after an investigation into a leak at a North Sea platform in 2011, the BBC Scotland news website has learned. It involved the Gannet Alpha platform, 113 miles (180km) from Aberdeen. It was reported that the pipeline leaked more than 200 tonnes of oil. The […]

Nigerian researcher key to landmark $83 million Shell oil spill settlement to speak at IUPUI

INDIANAPOLIS — In an out-of-court settlement reached earlier this year, Shell Petroleum Development Co. of Nigeria agreed to an $83.4 million (55 million pounds) compensation package for Bodo, a Nigerian farming and fishing community damaged by massive oil spills in 2008 and 2009. The Bodo case is the first major legal settlement where compensation has […]

Lorraine Mitchelmore is stepping down as the head of Shell Canada. But she’s not going quietly.

NOVEMBER 18, 2015 10:20 AM Extracts Shell has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent per barrel from its oilsands business in the past five years, through many small efforts, including making more efficient use of its trucks. Yet that hasn’t stopped Shell from being a target and paying a high price for the […]

Safety risks prompt Dutch court to order cuts at Groningen gas field

Sectors | Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:33pm IST By Anthony Deutsch and Toby Sterling A Dutch court on Wednesday ordered more cuts in gas production at Groningen, Europe’s largest gas field, saying the government had given too little consideration to the stronger and more frequent earthquakes extraction had caused. Output at the field, the world’s […]

Exxon’s Dutch Gas Gag

Liam Denning: November 18, 2015 If you’ve never been to Groningen, it’s a pleasant college town in the northern Netherlands. It also happens to share its name with one of the world’s largest natural gas fields. Tourists are best advised to focus on the scenic bicycling routes. Exxon Mobil is more attuned to what lies […]

Dutch court orders more cuts in gas production

Wednesday 18 November 2015 [JURIST] The Dutch Council of State [official website, in Dutch] on Wednesday ordered [judgment, in Dutch; press release, in Dutch] more cuts in gas production. The court came to this decision after stronger and more frequent earthquakes occurred in the Netherlands as a result of extraction. The Groningen [BBC backgrounder], the […]

Dutch Court to Rule on Gas Output From Europe’s Biggest Field

Anna Shiryaevskaya, Fred Pals and Kelly Gilblom: 18 November 2015: Final ruling Wednesday on output from EU’s biggest gas field Government plans to decide on future production in December A Dutch court will Wednesday decide on the future of Europe’s largest natural gas field as local residents seek to stop tremor-inducing production that’s damaging their houses. […]

HERE FIRST TEN DAYS AGO: Lorraine Mitchelmore Fired

Michael Crothers at Shell E&P Ireland Limited By John Donovan On 7 November, we published the first news of the firing of Lorraine Mitchelmore, the President and Country Chair of Shell Canada. The information, which came from a Shell insider source, was posted on our Shell Blog under the alias of “Manny” The departure of Lorraine Mitchelmore has been confirmed […]

Are the Oil Sands Going Bust?

Written by Keith Kohl: Posted November 12, 2015 at 6:51PM After backing out of an Arctic drilling program, Shell is taking yet another hit by leaving the Canadian oil-sands in Alberta. To put it simply: the losses were too great. There was no way Shell would have been able to stay competitive, so it decided to […]

Science Museum ends sponsorship deal with Shell

Adam Vaughan: Thursday 12 November 2015 Critics have previously attacked the choice of a fossil fuel company as a funder for the museum’s Atmosphere gallery on climate science and said emails show Shell sought to influence the programme. However, current and former directors of the museum have rejected the charges, saying no curatorial changes had been […]


Flaring at Shell Moerdijk could be seen from 40 km away after a small fire on Nov 11th, 2015 (Photo: Twitter/@anjaboogaard) Nov 12, 2015 by Janene Pieters A small fire at Shell Moerdijk caused a red glow in the air that concerned local residents on Wednesday night. According to the fire department, the red glow […]

Shell share price: Company not giving up on oil sands

by Veselin Valchev: Wednesday, 11 Nov 2015 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (LON:RDSA) boss Ben van Beurden said last week that the withdrawal from the Carmon Creek thermal oil sands project in Alberta, Canada, does not mean that the Anglo-Dutch oil major has given up on oil sands in general. Shell’s chief executive noted that the company […]

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Extra Judicial Death of Ken Saro-Wiwa & all the Ogoni 9

10 Nov 2015, Dublin Ireland Shell to Sea Activists and AFRI commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the deaths of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni Nine outside “Corrib House:” Shell’s Irish Headquarters in Dublin. The activists carried crosses bearing the names of each of the men executed by the corrupt Nigerian Government on 10 November 1995. […]

Shell must pay full cost of Saro-Wiwa’s murder, polluting Ogoniland, activists demand

November 11, 2015: Ben Ezeamalu A coalition of civil societies have demanded that Shell be made to pay “the full cost” for the murder of the Ogoni playwright and activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, and eight others and the pollution of Ogoniland. At a joint press conference in Port Harcourt, Tuesday, the Social Action, Ogoni Solidarity Forum, Movement […]

Nigeria oil pollution still menaces 20 years after activist’s hanging, Shell cleanup vows

WARRI, NIGERIA – Twenty years after a Nigerian military dictatorship hanged activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, his Niger Delta homeland remains blighted by oil pollution. Thousands of lives have been wrecked, according to Amnesty International, as oil slicks killed the fish, crude-crusted soil stunted crops and oil flare-ups polluted lungs. Gen. Sani Abacha’s regime hanged Saro-Wiwa, 54, […]

Ken Saro-Wiwa’s widow talks about execution 20 years on

By Yvonne Ndege | Al Jazeera  A memorial march is due to be held in Nigeria for a champion of the environment who confronted one of the world’s biggest oil companies – and was then hanged. It is the 20th anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro Wiwa, who campaigned against oil pollution in the […]

Shell Oil Co. president touts carbon tax over piecemeal regulations

Posted on November 10, 2015 | By Jordan Blum A carbon tax or cap-and-trade system in the U.S. — and globally — would serve the energy industry better than the current slate of piecemeal state and federal regulations, Shell Oil Co. President Marvin Odum  said Tuesday. He acknowledged that Congress won’t take action soon in […]

Oklahoma world’s No. 1 earthquake area

…it’s an oil and gas issue as well… Jessica Miller | Enid News & Eagle | Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 ENID, Okla. — Oklahoma is now the No. 1 earthquake area in the world, an Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman said Monday. Spokesman Matt Skinner said the state is unique in terms of frequency. “We […]

Shell’s top Arctic exec is retiring, will join KBR board

Posted on November 10, 2015 | By Joshua Cain After Royal Dutch Shell scuttled its $7 billion Arctic drilling program in September, the company’s top executive on the project is moving on. Ann Pickard, Shell’s executive vice president in the Arctic, will retire from the company in February 2016, Shell spokeswoman Kelly op de Weegh […]

Shell CEO says company committed to oilsands despite Carmon Creek decision

LAUREN KRUGEL, THE CANADIAN PRESS: November 10, 2015 FORT SASKATCHEWAN — The CEO of Royal Dutch Shell Plc says a decision to back away from its Carmon Creek oilsands project last month does not mean it’s backing away from the oilsands in general. Ben van Beurden told reporters last week that his company ranks investment […]

Shell haunted by Ken Saro Wiwa legacy as Niger Delta communities demand justice

10 November 2015 Today marks the 20th anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro Wiwa and eight other Ogoni leaders, hanged by the Nigerian state after they spoke out against the government and campaigned against Shell’s operations in Nigeria’s Ogoniland. Their executions sparked a global outcry. It’s a fitting moment to take stock of the […]

Anger over enduring ‘environmental horror’ in oil-rich, polluted Niger delta

Activists in Port Harcourt, Nigeria protest to demand that Shell pay reparations and clean up its oil spills. © Amnesty International John Vidal read more

Protest threatened over memorial 20 years after Ken Saro-Wiwa execution

Twenty years after ‘judicial murder’, Nigeria’s Ogoni people highlight international storm over oil spillage pollution John Vidal: Saturday 7 November 2015 Leaders of Nigeria’s Ogoni people have threatened to disrupt the country’s oil industry if the government does not release a British artwork commemorating the 20th anniversary of the execution of the writer Ken Saro-Wiwa. […]

Oil giants ‘face cascade of claims’

Robin Pagnamenta Energy Editor: November 7, 2015 An investigation by New York’s attorney-general into ExxonMobil’s record on climate science could trigger a “cascade” of similar claims against other oil companies, including Britain’s BP and Royal Dutch Shell, legal experts have warned. Prosecutors might seek to investigate other companies that helped to fund organisations that queried climate […]

Shell says $60-$80 carbon price needed to justify carbon storage

Nov 6 2015, 16:59 ET | By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) unveils a $1.3B carbon capture storage project for Alberta, but says future efforts to curb greenhouse gases will continue to need financial support from governments. Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says carbon capture and storage projects need a […]

DAVID HOWELL, EDMONTON JOURNAL: November 6, 2015 Fort Saskatchewan — Shell and its partners Friday opened the $1.35-billion Quest carbon capture and storage project. It is designed to capture and store more than one million tonnes of carbon-dioxide emissions a year from the bitumen upgrader at Scotford. Built with financial help from the Alberta and federal governments, Quest is the world’s first […]

Exxon Inquiry Both Mirrors and Contrasts With Tobacco Industry Case

By JOHN SCHWARTZ: NOV. 6, 2015 The New York attorney general’s decision to investigate Exxon Mobil over whether the company lied to the public and investors about the risks of climate change has raised questions about possible similarities to the Justice Department’s successful suit against the tobacco industry in 1997. The new case has reprised the […]

Citing Climate Change, Obama Rejects Construction of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

“President Obama is the first world leader to reject a project because of its effect on the climate,” said Bill McKibben, founder of the activist group, which led the campaign against the pipeline. “That gives him new stature as an environmental leader, and it eloquently confirms the five years and millions of hours of […]

Keystone rejection tied to climate inaction frustration-Shell CEO

Markets | Fri Nov 6, 2015 3:38pm EST By Mike De Souza Nov 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. rejection of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline was driven in part by protesters who are increasingly frustrated with inaction on climate change, Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive Ben van Beurden said on Friday. Speaking at the […]

How a poor Nigerian town got Shell to pay for major oil spills

JESSE WINTER: November 6, 2015 For decades, poor residents of the oil-rich Niger Delta have fought the pollution of their lands with little success. Now, writes Jesse Winter, a town ravaged by oil spills has changed the game with a historic court victory against Shell. The Yamaha outboard coughs indignantly but refuses to catch. John Agava […]

Shell Canada and Nova Scotia petroleum board quizzed on oil spill risks

Shell Canada and Nova Scotia petroleum board quizzed on oil spill risks By Jennifer Henderson, CBC News: 5 Nov 2015 Executives from Shell Canada and Nova Scotia’s Offshore Petroleum Board were quizzed this week by the legislature’s resource committee on the oil company’s plans in the event of a blowout at an offshore drilling site near Shelburne.  […]

Exxon Mobil Investigated for Possible Climate Change Lies by New York Attorney General

Mr. Schneiderman’s decision to scrutinize the fossil fuel companies may well open a new legal front in the climate change battle. The Exxon inquiry might expand further to encompass other oil companies… By JUSTIN GILLIS and CLIFFORD KRAUSS: NOV. 5, 2015 The New York attorney general has begun an investigation of Exxon Mobil to determine whether the […]

Shell’s boss fights to keep BG deal alive as he attempts to calm jittery investors

By LAURA CHESTERS FOR DAILY MAIL: 3 November 2015 Royal Dutch Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden is the oil industry’s equivalent of a swan – below his calm demeanour he is furiously paddling to keep his planned £40billion mega-deal afloat. Shell is buying rival BG Group and, to get the deal away and for […]

Shell describes Arctic drilling project as a good prospect that just didn’t work out

Associated Press: Nov. 3, 2015 LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says the company will reflect on its decision to consider drilling off the coast of Alaska but voiced his regret that the prospect couldn’t be made to work out. Van Beurden told reporters Tuesday as Shell updated its strategy that it […]

Niger Delta: Shell’s manifestly false claims about oil pollution exposed, again

3 November 2015, 00:08 UTC Claims by oil giant Shell that it has cleaned up heavily polluted areas of the Niger Delta are blatantly false, Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) said in a new report published today. Clean it up: Shell’s false claims about oil spills in the […]

Shell Fails to Clean Four Nigeria Oil Spill Sites, Amnesty Says

Abandoned fishing boats in Ogoniland Photographer: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images Chris Kay: November 3, 2015: Nigerian regulator incorrectly said spill sites clean Shell says oil theft, illegal refining a persistent challenge Royal Dutch Shell Plc has failed to clean up four oil-spill sites in the crude-producing Niger River delta, three of which an under-resourced […]