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Marchers protest against fracking

More than 200 people marched almost 3km in strong winds to the Shell offices on Cape Town’s Foreshore yesterday to register their objections to fracking in South Africa. Shell’s Karoo fracking plans have sparked a battle between the government and farmers, as well as conservationists. By PAIGE SUTHERLAND: October 19 2013 at 02:51pm More than […]

Shell train wreck in sight?

TIME TO PUT ON THE HARD HATS? Overall, Shell’s strategy now seems to involve stopping capex and unloading assets in something resembling a fire sale – perhaps to cover the losses in the US, perhaps because it sees a need to fight off a hostile takeover, or perhaps because of the potential liabilities if it […]

At least 40 in Canadian Shale gas protest

At least 40 people were arrested after a protest at a shale gas development in the Canadian province of New Brunswick turned violent, say police, BBC News reported. A shot was fired, petrol bombs were tossed and police cars torched at the blockade near the town of Rexton. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said arrests […]

U.S. ‘over-fracked and over-drilled,’ Shell technology official says: Hype ‘dangerous’

The United States’ oil and gas industry has “over-fracked and overdrilled”, according to Matthias Bichsel, projects and technology director at Royal Dutch Shell Plc. By Yadullah Hussain, Financial Post October 17, 2013 11:00 PMThe United States’ oil and gas industry has “over-fracked and overdrilled”, according to Matthias Bichsel, projects and technology director at Royal Dutch […]

South Africa Says Fracking Fluids Must Be Disclosed by Explorers

Royal Dutch Shell Plc and other explorers have applied for permits to explore the semi-desert Karoo region. South Africa, which in 2012 ended a ban on the practice known as fracking, estimates shale gas may generate 1 trillion rand ($100 billion) of sales in 30 years. By Paul Burkhardt – Oct 15, 2013 8:35 PM […]

Free 20% state stake in South Africa oil and gas projects

*IRISH CITIZENS BEING RIPPED OFF BY SHELL, PLEASE NOTE! All new oil and gas projects in South Africa will have to cede a 20 per cent free stake to the state under new legislation approved by government… In addition, the state can increase its shareholding in such exploitation projects up to 50 per cent… State […]

A ‘frack’ in the bridge from coal to gas

With the hype surrounding the US gas-boom, it’s something of a worrying and cautionary note to read in the Financial Times outgoing Shell CEO Peter Voser quoted as saying his “huge bet on US shale was a big regret of his time as chief executive of the company”. This is something of a mea culpa for […]

Royal Dutch Shell: They’ve Really Got a Friend in Pennsylvania

So, Royal Dutch Shell decided to create a junket for some of the Ukrainians opposed to fracking to show them just how wonderful fracking is. They were going to bring the Ukrainians to northeastern Pennsylvania, and give them an all-expenses-paid four day tour. By Walter Brasch (about the author)   10 August 2013 Royal Dutch […]

Trouble in fracking paradise

By Chris Nelder | August 7, 2013, 1:32 AM PDT The shale revolution is “a little bit overhyped,” Shell CEO Peter Voser said last week as his company announced a $2.1 billion write-down, mostly owing to the poor performance of its fracking adventures in U.S. “liquids-rich shales.” Which of its shale properties have underperformed, Shell […]

Fracking By EOG, Shell Caused Damaging Tremors, Suit Says

Law360, Houston (August 02, 2013, 5:21 PM ET) — EOG Resources Inc. and units of Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Sunoco Inc. and Enterprise Products Partners LP were hit with a proposed class action Tuesday in Texas state court by landowners who say hydraulic fracturing carried out by the energy companies damaged their homes. ACCESS TO […]

China Fracking Quake-Prone Province Shows Zeal for Gas

By Benjamin Haas – Aug 1, 2013 12:01 AM GMT+0100 China won’t let earthquakes hinder its quest for energy. Companies such as Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and China National Petroleum Corp. are starting to drill for gas and oil in shale rock in Sichuan, the nation’s most seismically active province, a process geologists say […]

If Centrica is prepared to risk earthquakes in Blackpool, big oil will want a share of shale

Expect to see more big names from the oil industry, such as Shell, ExxonMobil and Statoil, moving into the British shale sector now that one of their competitors – Centrica – has taken the plunge. The international companies have always taken a keen interest in the UK fracking scene… Whether the UK can get shale […]

Anti-fracking flashmob sends message to Yoko Ono at Southbank Centre

9th June 2013 Singing campaigners call on curator of Meltdown festival to speak out about Shell’s Southbank sponsorship For interviews, high resolution photos and film footage, call 07743197203, or email [email protected] On the afternoon of Sunday 9th June, a flashmob of over 30 singers gathered in the foyer of the Queen Elizabeth Hall as audience members […]

Anti-Shell flashmob planned for end of Southbank concert series

Media Advisory: 7 June 2013 Anti-Shell flashmob planned for end of Southbank concert series On Sunday, a flashmob of singers led by the ‘Shell Out Sounds’ campaign will protest Shell’s sponsorship of the arts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall – Photo opportunity: 9 June 2013, 2.40pm, choral flashmob with singers and musicians. Large banners directly […]

Opponents of Oxford’s partnership with Shell

Shell’s research money is also buying legitimacy for its unconscionable activities globally. These include human rights abuses in the Niger delta, reckless drilling plans in the Arctic, fracking in South Africa, and carbon-intensive tar sands extraction that undermines indigenous rights in Canada. Thursday 9 May 2013 Today sees the launch of a new partnership between […]

News on Irish oil and gas exploration 5 May 2013

News on Irish oil and gas exploration kindly supplied by a regular contributor ExxonMobil kicks off Irish drilling campaign: Financial Times-But the US oil major and its partners will be hoping to successfully replicate the …. But the field, acquired by Shell, has attracted a wave of local … US explorer Kosmos may spend $200m on Irish wells: Irish Independent-Apr 18, 2013 […]

Selection of Shell related article 26 April 2013

Selection of Shell related article links kindly supplied by a regular contributor What If Oil Lasts Forever?: National Journal-Apr 25, 2013: Shell Oil Company’s Deer Park refinery and petrochemical facility by Highway 225 in Deer Park, Texas, Nov. 21, 2007. (AP Photo/David J. Oil Giants Eschew Arctic Drilling: Indian Country Today Media Network-Shell Oil’s drilling unit the Kulluk ran aground, […]

By 2023, a Changed World in Energy

By 2023, a Changed World in Energy By CLIFFORD KRAUSS: A version of this article appeared in print on April 25, 2013, on page F1 of the New York edition HOUSTON IF you could close your eyes for just a moment like Rip Van Winkle, and blink them open in 2023, you might see a […]

‘Flashmob’ choir return to sing out Shell at the Southbank Centre

The group handed out flyers about Shell’s human rights record to audience members, many of whom stopped to listen and applauded at the end of the song.  22nd April 2013 Interval halted at Shell Classic International concert, as ‘Shell Out Sounds’ highlight the sponsor’s human rights record For interviews, photos and film footage, call 07939519963, […]

Fracking triggered magnitude 5.7 earthquake felt 800 miles away

A new study in the journal Geology is the latest to tie a string of unusual earthquakes, in this case, in central Oklahoma, to the injection of wastewater deep underground. Researchers now say that the magnitude 5.7 earthquake near Prague, Okla., on Nov. 6, 2011, may also be the largest ever linked to wastewater injection. […]

Selection of links to Shell related articles 12 March 2013

Selection of links to Shell related articles kindly supplied by a regular contributor Shell issues oil production warning in Nigeria: Las Vegas Sun-Shell said in a statement Tuesday that it was declaring “force majeure” on shipments of Bonny Light crude oil after it shut down its Nembe … Norway’s Arctic idyll shivers at oil plans: […]

Britain is sitting on a £1.5 trillion gas goldmine

Pilot wells caused two earthquakes in Lancashire last year and green campaigners warn the method could contaminate the water supply. By Tom Mcghie and Nick Craven Britain is sitting on a £1.5 trillion shale gas bonanza that could be worth more than the remaining North Sea gas. The amount is bigger than previously thought and would […]

Shell’s massive investment in China

The country is sitting on huge untapped shale gas reserves, and Shell senses opportunity. By One of the world’s biggest energy companies, Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A +0.12%) is planning to invest $1 billion per year in China’s massive shale gas reserves. This natural gas, which has long been considered uneconomical to produce, has in the […]

Shell uses recycled water for Dawson Creek fracking

Company funds majority of $12.5-million effluent treatment plant, city gets to use leftover water By Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun September 7, 2012 Shell Canada and the city of Dawson Creek have teamed up to build an effluent treatment facility at Dawson Creek that eliminates the oil and gas company’s need for Peace River water at […]

South Africa Allows Exploration of Shale Gas Resources

Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said, “If extraction of the gas can be done safely, let’s go and do it.” Source: South African Government via Bloomberg By Franz Wild and Andres R. Martinez on September 07, 2012 South Africa, which has the world’s fifth-largest shale-gas resources, lifted a moratorium on the exploration of natural gas trapped […]

Shell’s wells yield $162 million profit

6 August 2012 Oil and gas giant Shell made a profit of $162 million from its fields in Taranaki last year, including the huge but ageing Maui and Kapuni gas fields. Shell sold its retail petrol stations in New Zealand in 2010, but it maintains its large and profitable oil and gas production fields in […]

Global anti-fracking day rally – Invitation to attend

From: michael wentworth <[email protected]> Subject: Global anti-fracking day rally – Invitation to attend Date: 12 July 2012 10:15:59 GMT+01:00 To: [email protected] Cc: [email protected], [email protected] Good morning The 28th of July is Global Ant-Fracking Day and the village of Nieu-Bethesda is hosting a series of events to oppose hydraulic fracturing. At 5pm there will be a […]

Informative links

VARIETY OF LINKS SUPPLIED BY A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR John, Some more links to a variety of information that may be of interest to your readers: Shell Fails To Get Its Arctic Oil Spill Barge Certified By The Coast Guard Shell Oil | ThinkProgress Who is getting bought off by big oil? [PDF] DEEP DRILLING, DEEP […]

Shell wants to get juniors on its side

Jul 08 2012 15:00 Francois Williams Cape Town – With all eyes on the long-awaited Cabinet decision on shale gas exploration in the Karoo, environmental groups and politicians were upset last week when they realised Shell was still continuing with its Karoo plans. There is still a moratorium on the awarding of exploration licences and […]

Abundant Oil Again?

by Bruce Fisher Anti-frackers have reason to despair. The New York Times recently editorialized that hydraulic fracturing of deep strata to release their hydrocarbons is “safe.” President Barack Obama looks upon the massive exploitation of shale-trapped fossil fuels as a major national opportunity. And now a new report from a Harvard-based researcher finds that hydraulic […]

Landowner Can Sue Shell Over Fracking Hazards

Courthouse News Service Landowner Can Sue Shell Over Fracking Hazards Thursday, May 3, 2012 WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (CN) – Shell Energy cannot dismiss claims that the controversial fracking technique to extract natural gas is an “ultra hazardous activity,” a federal judge ruled. The claim stems from a lawsuit Edward Kamuck filed against Shell Energy Holdings GP […]

Concerns over ‘insanity’ of Shell South Africa fracking plans

Western Cape, South Africa (CNN) — South Africa has an energy deficit on its hands. Too many people want fuel for their cars and electricity for their homes, and the country is struggling to keep up with demand. To help ease this perceived crisis the big companies want to start drilling for natural gas using […]

An earful from Peter Voser

I caught up with Peter Voser, the chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, this week at the IHS Cera annual energy conference in Houston, and he gave me an earful… March 9, 2012, 4:00 pm For a Shell Executive, Much Head-Scratching By CLIFFORD KRAUSS Europe is generally considered greener than the United States, but its […]

Natural Gas Fracking Boom Turns Sour

Shell, which by energy output is now approaching 60% gas, has already backtracked and downsized its shale gas and oil programs… By: Andrew_McKillop Mar 09, 2012 – 09:51 AM Exxon, which by energy output is now 49% gas,  failed in its first two efforts to crack gas-rich shale fields in Poland… Shell, which by energy […]

Shell-Commissioned Report on South Africa Gas Flawed, Group Says

By Andres R. Martinez – Mar 3, 2012 12:57 PM GMT A study commissioned by Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) about the potential of shale gas in South Africa doesn’t consider the risks related to developing the deposits, according to an environmental group. “The findings are lacking in balance to the extent that one must […]

Rock-Heating for Oil Pits Shell Against Environmentalists

A proposal to tap the world’s largest oil-shale deposits in the western U.S. by heating rocks until petroleum sweats out has become the latest election-year conflict over energy policy.

Shell pledges to spend, spend, spend – but gamble leaves City cold

The Times: 3 February 2012 Tim Webb Energy Editor Ambitious plans to boost growth will cost too much and knock Shell off its top spot, the City warned yesterday. Unveiling disappointing results, the Anglo-Dutch oil group further unnerved investors when it said it planned to spend even more heavily on new oil and gas projects. […]

Europe is too emotional about fracking, says Shell chief

Tom Bawden: Friday 03 February 2012 Shell’s chief executive, Peter Voser, called on Europe for a less “emotional” response to fracking, as he outlined plans to accelerate the oil giant’s use of the controversial technology used to release hydrocarbons from rocks. Mr Voser said Shell would invest $6bn (£3.8bn) to appraise, explore and develop gas […]

Shell accused of ‘moral bankruptcy’

Terry Macalister, Thursday 2 February 2012 17.44 GMT Shell has been accused of “moral bankruptcy” by unions after unveiling a 54% rise in full-year profits less than a month after shutting its final salary pension scheme to new employees in Britain. The oil company reported global annual earnings of $28.6bn (£18bn) – more than […]

Fracking Earthquakes?

Ohio Officials Putting In Place Earthquake Preparedness Plans January 4, 2012 5:11 PM PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — There were 11 earthquakes in eastern Ohio in 2011. Most of them were not very powerful and caused little damage, but some people are asking about emergency plans if a major quake hits the area. The new phenomenon of […]

Hunt for Gas Hits Fragile Soil, and South Africans Fear Risks

In July, the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa, an independent agency that sets guidelines for media companies, ruled that several of Shell’s advertised claims — including one that said fracking had never led to groundwater contamination — were misleading or unsubstantiated and should be withdrawn. Chris Hayward, a South African farmer, says, “If our […]

Cuadrilla admits drilling caused Blackpool earthquakes

Private company Cuadrilla Resources has admitted that its activities probably caused two “seismic events” that occured in Blackpool earlier this year. By Garry White 12:36PM GMT 02 Nov 2011 In April, a tremor measuring 2.3 on the Richter scale was felt in the Lancashire seaside resort, followed by an event in May that measured 1.5 […]

Add Quakes to Rumblings Over Gas Rush

By HENRY FOUNTAIN A version of this article appeared in print on December 13, 2011, on page D1 of the New York edition YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Until this year, this Rust Belt city and surrounding Mahoning County had been about as dead, seismically, as a place can be, without even a hint of an earthquake […]

Could Chinese Shale Mean the End of U.S. Shale Gas Boom?

By Pierre Bertrand | December 12, 2011 5:47 PM EST China‘s natural gas industry is still developing, but already it is showing signs that worry some players in the U.S. Last week, Royal Dutch Shell and Chinese officials announced the company found shale gas in two wells in the Shichuan province, and that production was […]

Getting Gas Drilling Right

A version of this editorial appeared in print on December 12, 2011, on page A22 of the New York edition After several crowded and often raucous hearings, Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed to give the public until Jan. 11 to comment on 2,000 pages of environmental analysis and proposed regulations designed to govern natural gas drilling […]

Big Oil sees energy bonanza ahead

Oil industry executives appearing Tuesday at the World Petroleum Congress in Doha, Qatar. DOHA, Qatar (CNNMoney) — Just three years after fears of an energy supply shortage, executives of the world’s leading oil companies now foresee a bonanza of oil and natural gas on the horizon. In 2008, concern that a rapidly developing world was […]

Shell strikes shale gas in China

By Tom Bergin DOHA | Tue Dec 6, 2011 4:29am EST (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc has found shale gas in China, a development that could cap imports in a market natural gas producers are hoping will drive demand. An official with Shell’s partner, PetroChina (601857.SS), a unit of the country’s top energy group, […]

Overuse and waste of invaluable water resources within the oil and gas sector

EXTRACTS FROM THE RepRisk WATER SCARCITY REPORT RepRisk is the leading provider of dynamic business intelligence on environmental social and governance risks. In 2010, access to clean water received recognition as a basic human right through a majority vote of the United Nations General Assembly. According to the UN, nearly 900 million people have no […]

We Found Oil! Is That Good?

New ways to extract oil and natural gas could buy the U.S. some time to develop renewable energy. Or they could keep us addicted to dirty fuels. INTRODUCTION For renewable energy, even the successes can reveal how much work remains to be done: huge amounts of hydroelectric and wind power in the Pacific Northwest sometimes […]

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