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Fracking earthquakes

Extracts from a BBC News article by Matt McGrath published 3 July 2014 under the headline: Wastewater from energy extraction ‘trigger US quake surge’ Massive injections of wastewater from the oil and gas industry are likely to have triggered a sharp rise in earthquakes in the state of Oklahoma. Researchers say there has been a […]

Ukraine Discomfort for Shell and Chevron

Shell entered into the deal in 2013 with then Putin puppet President Viktor Yanukovych, before he was ousted. As can be seen in the FT article, Shell and Chevron are now both trying to hide behind claimed business principles. Its a bit late for that. By John Donovan The Financial Times has published an article […]

Chevron Cancels Bulgaria Fracking, Shell Postpones Ukraine Plans

Extracts from a CorpWatch article by Richard Smallteacher publish 12 June 2014 Fracking for oil and gas across Europe has suffered a series of setbacks with Chevron closing its offices in Sofia, Bulgaria, and Shell postponing fracking plans in the Ukraine by at least two years. Meanwhile the French government is standing firm in its […]

Fracking Irony

Extract from a Dallas Observer article by Amy Silverstein published 21 Feb 2014 under the headline: Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson is Suing to Stop a Fracking Development Outside Dallas Just a few days after the Weather Channel published a damning, in-depth report documenting how natural gas drilling is wreaking havoc on Texas’ air quality, a […]

Upstream and Downstream – always oil and water

When I retired I was presented with a small silver Shell emblem which I still wear with pride from time to time. It once stood for excellence in marketing and was one of the world’s most familiar brand symbols. Now it’s a bit of a collectors item symbolising a world that has long gone… By […]

Jury Awards Texas Family $2.9M For Fracking Nuisance

CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLAGE Extract from an article by Jess Davis published 23 April 2014 by LAW360 under the headline: “Jury Awards Texas Family $2.9M For Fracking Nuisance Claim” Law360, Dallas (April 22, 2014, 5:25 PM ET) — A Texas jury on Tuesday awarded $2.925 million to a family who alleged they suffered health […]

Fracking earthquakes

Extract from an article by Carey Gillam published by Reuters, 5 April 2014, under the headline: Series of small earthquakes rock Oklahoma in record seismic activity (Reuters) – Earthquakes rattled residents in Oklahoma on Saturday, the latest in a series that have put the state on track for record quake activity this year, which some […]

US now pumping 10 percent of the world’s crude

Extracts from an article by Emily Pickrell published 26 March 2014 by fuelfix HOUSTON — Boosted by the galloping pace of tight oil operations, the United States produced a tenth of the world’s oil at the end of last year, the Energy Information Administration reports. The shale boom has given the U.S. a production rate […]

‘Orphan’ oil wells warning for fracking

By James Morgan Science reporter, BBC News 24 March 2014 Plans to expand shale gas “fracking” in the UK must learn from leaks and poor monitoring at existing onshore oil and gas sites, scientists say. A review of 2,152 wells drilled from 1902-2013 found up to 100 “orphaned” wells for which no firm is responsible. […]

The People vs Shell: Frack off

Extracts from an article by Staci Matlock published on 11 March 2014 by The New Mexican under the headline: “Land grant group joins Mora fight against oil drilling” The Mora Land Grant association has come down on the side of the Mora County Commission in a fight against the Royal Dutch Shell oil company and […]

Sasol ‘eyes Shell Karoo acreage’

Extracts from an article by Eoin O’Cinneide published by upstream online.com South African petrochemicals giant Sasol is eyeing some of Shell’s shale gas acreage in the country’s Karoo basin… “We are really interested in what is going in the Shell block and would love to farm in or take a piece of it,” Reuters quoted Sasol chief […]

Shell/Exxon Mobil puts Ukraine gas prospect on hold

Extract from an article by Jim Landers published on 5 March 2014 by The Dallas Morning News Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell are heading a group selected in 2012 to explore for gas off Ukraine’s western Black Sea coast in an area called Skifska. Negotiations on a production-sharing agreement with the Ukrainian government were […]

Shell halts work on Pierre River oil sands mine in northern Alberta

Jeff Lewis | February 12, 2014 5:18 PM ET CALGARY – Royal Dutch Shell PLC told regulators it is halting work on its Pierre River mine in northern Alberta’s oil sands and that it has no idea when it may revive the blueprints. The Hague-based company this year cancelled plans to drill in Alaska’s Arctic and […]

Natural Gas and Nagging Earthquake Fears

By Sara Murphy More evidence emerges from The Netherlands that natural gas extraction is contributing to increases in tremors around an Exxon Mobil/Shell joint venture. The Dutch government is cutting production from Western Europe’s biggest gas field, operated by an ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) / Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-A) joint venture, by a quarter over […]

Shell EP: The lame being led by the blind

So the shock of not becoming number one was too big for Andy Brown. I wish him a speedy recovery and thereafter he should go spend quality time with his family and enjoy his earnings. Wetselaar is no doubt a brilliant finance man. But a finance man is really a failed banker, not good enough […]

Total dips a toe in UK shale but BP and Shell unlikely to follow

The French company trumpeted becoming the “first major to enter into shale gas licences in the UK”, calling it an “important milestone”. But its stance contrasts starkly to that of Shell, whose British chief financial officer Simon Henry said last year it had no desire to be “first in and be in the headlines every day […]

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