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Back off, Alaskan energy group tells Shell activists

Back off, Alaskan energy group tells Shell activists Shell plans to start drilling in Alaskan waters as early as this summer By Daniel J. Graeber     |   June 3, 2015 at 8:08 AM ANCHORAGE, Alaska, June 3 (UPI) — With pressure building on Shell’s port activity in Seattle, an Alaskan energy coalition said the state’s […]

Swiss Role in Aggressive Tax Avoidance by Royal Dutch Shell

By John Donovan The lead article in The Sunday Times Business section today (authored by Simon Duke and David Smith) says that Britain is at the forefront of a crackdown on corporate tax avoidance – a blitz on tax avoidance by multinationals. The UK Treasury  is planning a consultation on forcing multinationals like Royal Dutch […]

Shell Lied to Dutch Court About Oil Spills in Nigeria

The significance of the Newsweek article is therefore threefold: firstly Shell appears to have misled the court in the Hague which from a reputational perspective is extremely damaging (hence the headline of the article), secondly the case will now return to court for a retrial, and thirdly the lawyers and witnesses in the original case […]

Shell Lied to Dutch Court

“The walls are beginning to close in on Shell. The image that the company would like to present of itself, in the role of the victim instead of the perpetrator, is crumbling more and more,” The oil company Shell lied to a Dutch court about steps taken to minimize the risk of oil spills during […]

Greenpeace attacks Lego in second anti-Shell partnership video

By John Donovan With its usual determination, Greenpeace continues to mount a sustained innovative campaign against the plans of Royal Dutch Shell to drill in Arctic waters.  It is worth remembering that Shell has in the past used dirty tricks, including undercover activity by its paid spies/infiltrators, in an attempt to combat and undermine Greenpeace. […]

Respond To Shell Allegation Of Non-Release Of Ogoni Remediation Funds

ARTICLE BY LARA ADEJORO PUBLISHED 8 JULY 2014 BY THE DAILY TIMES OF NIGERIA  The disclosure by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) that the Nigerian government was frustrating the release of funds for the implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Assessment on Ogoniland has come as a rude shock and the Ogoni people […]

Oil giant says profits are assured

Extracts from an article published by Eco-Business 28 May 2014 Shell, the world’s largest oil company, believes that governments will not damage its business by taking rapid action on climate change, and says all its oil reserves will be needed and sold at a profit. In a robust reply to a recent report by the […]

Lobbying bill is inherently unfair

While Greenpeace might find itself facing more burdensome regulation of its campaign against drilling in the Arctic, Shell can avoid any regulation of its efforts to influence government policy in the other direction by using in-house lobbyists. The Guardian, Monday 2 September 2013 21.00 BST Some deficiencies of the transparency of lobbying, non-party campaigning and […]

Shell criticized over Niger Delta pipelines ‘sabotage’ claims

Controversy relating to Shell’s evil track record in Nigeria is not limited to oil spill pollution. There is also the corruption, plunder, collusion, militants on Shell’s pay roll and Shell spying on the host government. Graphic from the Guardian Article: Unloveable Shell: the Goddess of Oil (Comments by John Donovan) Claims by Shell that sabotage is […]

Shell to resume Niger delta oil spill compensation talks

Oil company Shell will resume talks next week in London with lawyers representing 15,000 of the poorest people in the world who are claiming millions of pounds’ compensation for oil spills on the Niger delta. But Martyn Day, of Leigh Day law firm which is acting for the communities, said the case could still go […]

Shell ‘uses sabotage claims to avoid blame for Nigeria oil spills’

The National Contact Point (NCP) agency will today give Shell a rap on the knuckles for its reporting of its spills in the Niger Delta region, some of which have been highly damaging to the environment. NCP has reached this conclusion following an investigation into accusations by Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth International […]

Dutch court rejects most of Shell spill case

A Dutch court has ruled that a subsidiary of international oil giant Royal Dutch Shell should be held responsible for pipeline leaks poisoning farmland in Nigeria. It was believed to be the first time a Dutch court has held a multinational’s foreign subsidiary liable for environmental damage and ordered it to pay damages. A Friends […]

Niger Delta Villagers VS Shell – Seeking Justice Abroad

By Zainab Usman, 16 November 2012: opinion Legal action against Shell failed in Nigerian courts. So now villagers from the Niger delta are bringing the fight to Shell in their home country of the Netherlands. In the latest case of Nigerians seeking justice abroad for crimes within Nigeria, a group of villagers from the Niger […]

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 […]

Royal Dutch Shell is Trending: Here’s Why That’s Not a Good Thing

By Meghan Foley: November 07, 2012 Worldwide concern regarding a 2011 leak at one of Royal Dutch Shell’s (NYSE:RDSA)(NYSE:RDSB) oil fields in Nigeria has gained critical mass; so far this week, the company has been trending on Twitter. Short phrases like “Payback time for Big Oil,” “Justice for the people,” and “Tell parliament to end oil […]

Four Nigerian Farmers Take On Oil Giants Shell

By Simona Sikimic: SATURDAY OCTOBER 20, 2012 Law, it is often said is what separates us from the barbarians. But law can also be used to stop so-called civilizing forces from performing barbaric actions abroad. As four Nigerian farmers and fishermen take oil giants Shell to court, this premise will be tested to the maximum. […]

Nigeria: Shell’s civil legal suit in the Netherlands breaks new ground

By Adam Robert Green: 17 October 2012 Three legal challenges against Shell for pollution charges in the Niger Delta could set precedents for how multinational companies are sued for environmental damages in developing countries. All three inquiries – in the UK, the Netherlands and the US – are being judged in countries other than the […]

Shell Faces Oil-Spill Compensation Claims

Updated October 11, 2012, 12:55 p.m. ET By SELINA WILLIAMS LONDON—Royal Dutch Shell RDSA +0.28% PLC Thursday appeared in court in the Netherlands for the first time over the actions of one of its foreign subsidiaries, facing compensation claims for environmental damage from oil spills in Nigeria. The case could set a legal precedent over how […]

Shell sued for negligence by Nigerian farmers

Four Nigerian villagers are suing Royal Dutch Shell for failing to clean-up oils spills that have destroyed their farms and damaged their health in landmark case that has started in The Hague. By Louise Armitstead and Emily Gosden: 6:58PM BST 11 Oct 2012 The fishermen and farmers, who are backed by Friends of the Earth, […]

Nigeria oil spills: Shell rejects liability claim

11 October 2012 Last updated at 18:34 The Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell has rejected claims by four Nigerian farmers that it should pay compensation for damage to their land. The farmers are suing the company in a civil court in The Hague, claiming oil spills ruined their livelihoods. Shell’s lawyers told the court it could […]

Payback time for Big Oil?

by Avaaz Team – posted 11 October 2012 For decades, Big Oil has ruled supreme in the developing world. When western oil giants like Texaco, Chevron and Shell set up business in Africa, Asia and Latin America, they’ve throw their money around to get the cheap labour, lax environmental enforcement and legal immunity from local […]

Nigerian farmer sue Shell in Dutch court claiming oil giant has to clean up spills

By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, October 11, 12:11 PM THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Nigerian farmers asked a Dutch court Thursday to rule that oil company Shell is liable for poisoning their fish ponds and farmland with leaking pipelines, in a case that could set a legal precedent for holding multinationals responsible for actions overseas.The case at The […]

Farmers sue oil giant Shell over Niger Delta pollution

(CNN) — Four Nigerian farmers and the environmental group Friends of the Earth took oil giant Shell to court Thursday in the Netherlands to demand a proper cleanup and compensation for pollution in the Niger Delta. The farmers want the Anglo-Dutch multinational to “clean up the oil pollution in their fields and fishponds” and make […]

Nigeria oil spills: Dutch case against Shell begins

11 October 2012 Last updated at 14:31 Representatives of Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell are appearing in a Dutch civil court to face accusations of polluting Nigerian villages. The case is being brought by four Nigerian farmers and the Dutch branch of campaigners Friends of the Earth. If their case is successful it could pave the […]

Nigerian farmers sue Shell over oil pipe leaks

By Maude Brulard (AFP)11 October 2012 THE HAGUE — Shell broke the law by not repairing leaks that destroyed the lands of Niger Delta farmers, a Dutch court heard Thursday in a case that could set a precedent for global environmental responsibility. The four Nigerian farmers, backed by lobby group Friends of the Earth, have […]

Nigerian farmers sue Shell in Dutch case with global reach

Four Nigerian farmers take on Shell in a Dutch court, accusing the oil giant of destroying their livelihoods in a case that could set a precedent for global environmental responsibility. October 11, 2012 The civil suit, backed by lobby group Friends of the Earth, alleges that oil spills dating back to 2005 by the Anglo-Dutch […]

Clean Up Sakhalin Oil Spill, Not Your Image, Campaigners tell Shell

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE OCTOBER 2004 Friends of the Earth: Clean Up Sakhalin Oil Spill, Not Your Image, Campaigners tell Shell “The spill stretched along five kilometres of coast and left local residents ill. Environmentalists had previously criticised Shell for not having an effective spill response plan and were furious when their fears proved […]

Nigeria: Pollution – Dutch Court to Hear Nigerians Suit Against Shell

By Chika Amanze-Nwachuku, 2 October 2012 Anglo-Dutch oil giant, Shell is to appear in a Dutch court to account for alleged environmental pollution in Nigeria, environmental rights group, Friends of the Earth International has said. The court case against Shell’s oil spills in Nigeria had been filed by four Nigerian plaintiffs in conjunction with Friends […]

Supreme Court holds U.S. rights legacy in the balance

By Vincent Warren, Special to CNN September 27, 2012 — Updated 1834 GMT (0234 HKT) (CNN) — An argument before the Supreme Court on October 1 in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum will have enormous significance. The case concerns the torture of Ogoni leaders in Nigeria, but at stake is the future of the law under which […]

Nigeria: Key Hearing in Court Case On Oil Giant Shell’s Nigerian Oil Pollution

26 September 2012 press release The Hague — For the first time in history, a European company, Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell, will appear in a Dutch court to account for damage it caused abroad, Friends of the Earth International announced today. The court case against Shell’s oil spills in Nigeria has been filed by four […]

Plight of Niger Delta, by Dutch citizens

‘‘WE have rarely been so touched or felt so loved by a group of people we only just met. It has been an amazing experience that has changed all of us forever and we promise you, we will not give up this fight”, these are the words of some Dutch citizens who visited the environmentally […]

Gas fracking should not be allowed anywhere, says top environmentalist

The Irish Times – Monday, August 20, 2012 FRANK McDONALD, Environment Editor THE GOVERNMENT would “become the shoeshine boy of the [shale gas] industry” if it allowed fracking to take place anywhere in Ireland, according to the Nigerian human rights activist who heads Friends of the Earth International. Nnimmo Bassey said Ministers “should not be […]

Insight: A year on, Nigeria’s oil still poisons Ogoniland

 (Reuters) – A bright yellow sign above the well in this sleepy Nigerian village says ‘caution: not fit for use’, and the sulphurous stink off the water that children still pump into buckets sharply reinforces that warning. “Can you smell it? Don’t get any in your mouth or you’ll be sick,” said Victoria Jiji, 55, […]

Shell and Friends of the Earth exhange fire via the FT

By John Donovan Stumbled across this interesting correspondence conducted publicly via the letters page of the Financial Times several years ago between Sir Mark Moody-Stuart of Shell and Mr Tony Juniper, Executive Director, Friends of the Earth, London. As can be seen, Sir Mark scored a spectacular own goal. Got his facts wrong. FROM OUR […]

Shell Oil in Nigeria: A Social and Environmental Disaster

Graphic from The Guardian Article: Unloveable Shell: the Goddess of Oil Friends of the Earth International MAY 21st, 2012 SEVENTY THOUSAND PEOPLE ASK OIL GIANT SHELL TO CLEAN UP ITS MESS IN NIGERIA AMSTERDAM (THE NETHERLANDS), May 21st, 2012 – On the eve of the annual general meeting of oil giant Shell, Friends of the […]

Call for Norwegian Government Pension Fund disinvestment in Shell

An eminent group of scientists and professionals have sent a collective communication to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund recommending disinvestment in the oil giant Royal Dutch Shell on ethical grounds. By John Donovan An eminent group of scientists and professionals have sent a collective communication to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund recommending disinvestment in the […]

Group Says Shell Must Be ‘Accountable’ for Spills

Judd-Leonard Okafor 12 January 2012 The environmental group, Friends of the Earth Nigeria, says the oil corporation Royal Dutch Shell must be held accountable for pollutions from its facilities, stopping it from causing further pollution and ensuring it deploys appropriate technology to deal with spills. The group’s stance came after Senate committee on environment and […]

Rush to clean major Shell oil spill off Nigeria

By Sophie Mongalvy (AFP) 22 December 2011 LAGOS — Authorities rushed to prevent one of Nigeria’s worst recent oil spills from reaching the West African nation’s shoreline on Thursday, with production from a major Shell field also shut due to the leak. Shell, which said the leak has been stopped, has estimated that less than […]

Shell reports new oil spill in Nigeria

By Samuel Tife YENAGOA, Nigeria | Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:50pm EST (Reuters) – Anglo-Dutch energy major Shell said on Sunday it was containing a new oil spill in Nigeria’s onshore delta, the latest in a string of leaks from the company’s pipelines, which it has blamed on sabotage attacks and oil theft. The spill […]

Shell’s toxic legacy in Curacao

From pages 52, 53, 54 & 55 of “Royal Dutch Shell and its sustainability troubles” – Background report to the Erratum of Shell’s Annual Report 2010 The report was made on behalf of Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) Author: Albert ten Kate: May 2011. A toxic legacy in Curacao Curacao and its oil refinery […]