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Dutch residents lose patience after years of tremors

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Appeal Court Says Shell Can’t Be Tried In UK For Nigerian Oil Spills

By Tsvetana Paraskova – Feb 14, 2018, 2:30 PM CST

The UK Court of Appeal ruled on Wednesday that Nigerian communities cannot pursue Royal Dutch Shell in UK courts over oil spills in the oil-rich Niger Delta, upholding a previous High Court ruling that UK-based multinational companies cannot be tried in England for the actions of their subsidiaries overseas.  

In a 2-1 ruling today, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal filed by law firm Leigh Day on behalf of the Bille and Ogale communities in Nigeria, upholding a January 2017 High Court ruling that courts in England and Wales don’t have jurisdiction to hear lawsuits against Shell’s Nigerian unit, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC). read more

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Nigeria: UK court deals a blow to oil spill victims and corporate accountability

Responding to a Court of Appeals judgement that two Niger Delta communities cannot have their case against oil giant Shell heard in the UK because the parent company cannot be held liable for the actions of its Nigerian subsidiary, Joe Westby, Amnesty International’s Campaigner on Business and Human Rights, said:

“With this ruling the court has struck a blow not only to the Ogale and Bille communities, who live everyday with the devastating consequences of Shell oil spills, but with victims of corporate human rights abuses all over the world. This ruling sets a dangerous precedent and will make it more difficult to hold UK companies to account. read more

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MOSOP Warn Shell Against Attempt to Forcefully Resume Production in Ogoniland

By Fegalo Nsuke

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) wishes to state its displeasure over an attempt by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited to forcefully resume oil production in Ogoniland.

We state unequivocally that the actions of Shell are unacceptable to the Ogoni people. We note that Shell and its allies are still Persona Non Grata in Ogoniland and consequently, any attempt to forcefully resume production in Ogoni without properly negotiating with all stakeholders will surely be resisted by the Ogoni people and could lead to a breakdown of the peace and possible military crackdown as usual.

MOSOP therefore demand the immediate withdrawal of all equipment belonging to Shell in Ogoniland. read more

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Groningen Earthquake Damage: NAM does not appeal the Zwarberg case

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad. It is about NAM Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV., a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil each owning a 50% share in the company responsible for the earthquake prone Groningen Gas Field and the consequential potential bill for untold billions in damages.

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Groningen Earthquake Damage: NAM does not appeal the Zwarberg case

Carel Grol • Entrepreneurship

The NAM is not appealing against the Zwarberg family from Termunterzijl, whose house has been declared uninhabitable by earthquake damage. Hiltje and Leny Zwarberg had won the case at the end of last year, and the NAM oil and gas company was looking forward to follow-up steps legal steps. read more

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Judicial Review of consent to operate the Corrib Gas pipeline

Shell to Sea spokesperson Maura Harrington with Garda Officers

A Judicial Review of then Minister Alex White’s decision to grant consent to Shell, 29 December 2015, to operate the Corrib Gas pipeline begins in the High Court on Tuesday, 13 February. The hearing is scheduled to last for four days. Shell to Sea spokesperson Maura Harrington is the sole Applicant in the hearing and is representing herself as a lay litigant. The application is contested by the State as Respondents and Shell as Notice Party in the proceedings.

On 31 December 2015 there was an uncontrolled flaring event at the Corrib Gas installation which resulted in Shell being successfully prosecuted by the EPA.

This release is for information purposes only and Shell to Sea will not be making any further comment other than to quote from their press release following Minister White’s grant of consent where Ms Harrington is quoted as saying ‘The Judicial Review of Alex White’s decision should prove interesting’.

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Shell, NNPC, Oil Companies Alone Cannot Resolve Ogoni Problem

President of MOSOP, Legborsi Pyagbara addressing Ogonis during a protest against Shell’s pipe laying in Ogoniland, August 2017.

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) says resolving the Ogoni problem will require multi-stakeholder discussions involving Shell the Nigerian government and the Ogoni people. President of MOSOP Legborsi Saro Pyagbara made this known yesterday in Boue, Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Addressing a meeting of MOSOP Kingdom Coordinators, Pyagbara who was represented by the organization’s Publicity Secretary, Fegalo Nsuke, said all parties to the conflict including Shell, the Nigerian government and the Ogoni people must meet to resolve the Ogoni conflict which has led to the death of over 4,000 persons and a generation of Ogoni leaders.

Nsuke accused the Nigerian government and Shell of deliberately encouraging conflict in Ogoniland by attempting to resume oil production without resolving the issues raised by the Ogoni people. read more

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NAM claims backing over risks posed by gas extraction under the Wadden Sea

Printed below is an English translation of information published today by Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV (NAM), a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil each owning a 50% share in the company responsible for the earthquake prone Groningen Gas Field and consequential potential bill for untold billions in damages.

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SSM approved the Wadden Sea subsidence study

The Dutch State Supervision of Mines (SSM) has approved the follow-up study on subsidence by gas extraction under the Wadden Sea. The SSM Decree underlines the significance of this study and models that enable responsible gas extraction in the Wadden Sea Region. read more

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NAM tries to reassure Hardenberg residents over danger of gas extraction induced earthquakes

Printed below is an English translation of information published today by Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV (NAM), a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil each owning a 50% share in the company responsible for the earthquake prone Groningen Gas Field and consequential potential bill for untold billions in damages.

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Clear explanation about Hardenberg gas extraction

The blue NAM infotruck this week, from Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 February, in Hardenberg and a number of surrounding villages. Residents from this region could go here with their questions about gas extraction and the possible consequences. read more

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Calls for Dutch Parliamentary Inquiry into NAM Groningen Gas Extraction

An estimated 10,000 people marched during a rally against gas extraction in Groningen, Netherlands, earlier this month. Photograph: Pierre Crom/Getty Images

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad

Calls for Dutch Parliamentary Inquiry into Groningen Gas Extraction

Louis Hoeks • Economics & Politics

A parliamentary inquiry into the gas extraction in Groningen is flashing. The request for such an investigation by the opposition parties GroenLinks, SP and the Party for the Animals received insufficient support during a debate with Minister Wiebes (Economic Affairs and Climate, VVD) on Wednesday. In the longer term, there seems to be more enthusiasm for a survey.

‘If this is not a good time for a parliamentary inquiry, what is the moment? Everyone needs to know why things have happened, as they have happened, “said Frank Wassenberg (PvdD). There are many questions in the House about decisions of the previous government, especially about the pace at which gas extraction has been reduced. read more

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Shell’s team of undercover officers in Nigeria

Shell managed a large force of police officers, which provided security for the company’s personnel and property. The records show that this force included a team of undercover officers, which received training from the security services. 

Extract from pages 9, 10 & 11 of an Amnesty International document headed: “A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE? SHELL’S INVOLVEMENT IN HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN NIGERIA IN THE 1990s”

Under Executive Summary.

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SHELL LENT MATERIAL SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE TO THE ARMED FORCES

Shell provided the security forces with logistical support and payments as a matter of routine during the 1990s. Former Shell Nigeria chairperson, Brian Anderson explained that this was standard practice in relation to the military:

“In reality, any operational contact with the government requires financial and logistical support from Shell. For example to get representatives of the Department of Petroleum Resources to view an oil spill we often have to provide transport and other amenities. The same applies to military protection.” (emphasis added) read more

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Shell corporate espionage

Extract from the ebook “John Donovan, Shell’s Nightmare” (now available on Amazon websites globally)

(BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT SHELL’S EPIC 25 YEAR FEUD WITH JOHN DONOVAN – which puts the extracts below in overall context.)

Our case against Shell, including witnesses and evidence, was the subject of undercover activity. Witnesses were interviewed by an undercover agent posing as a journalist. The same person also gained access to our evidence under false pretences. Evidence was scrutinized and tampered with during a series of what the police unofficially concluded were targeted burglaries.

Extract below from pages 95, 96 & 97

Shell corporate espionage in the run-up to the Smart trial

Titled Shell directors, the late Sir Peter Holmes, and Sir William Purves were also directors, major shareholders and the spymasters of Hakluyt & Company, a UK corporate espionage firm founded by former senior MI6 officers. Shell used Hakluyt to engage in cloak and dagger operations against its perceived enemies, including Greenpeace, as exposed in a Sunday Times front page lead article.

When Shell first instigated a cloak and dagger operation against us, we had no knowledge of the oil giants long time involvement in the dark arts.

I first mentioned the subject of investigative activity in a letter dated 15 June 1998 that I sent to Dr Chris Fay, the then Chairman & Chief Executive of Shell UK Limited. It was also copied to Shell lawyers.

From paragraph 4 of page 3:

“Shell did retain an investigative specialist in connection with the previous litigation. They made investigations about me going back over a decade.” read more

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Groningen Earthquakes: The week in which the NAM lost control

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad

The week in which the NAM lost control

Carel Grol Weekend: 3 February 2018

NAM experienced a week like a fever dream. Gesteggel about the guarantee, a new damage protocol, leaked secret documents, advice for radical production reduction. It does not get any easy, said CEO Gerald Schotman in December, but as busy as it has never been before. And the position of the NAM is steadily declining.

Maybe it started a week earlier. On Tuesday, January 23, the Court of Appeal in Leeuwarden ruled that the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij should compensate the depreciation of houses by gas extraction, regardless of whether the houses are sold or not and whether there is physical damage. Estimated damage: € 1 billion and possibly more, says Pieter Huitema, the lawyer who assists Groningen homeowners. read more

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Groningen production restrictions to prove costly for Dutch government, says WoodMac

Planned production cuts to the Europe’s largest gas field is to cost the Dutch state-run Enrgie Beheer Nederlands $5billion over the life of the field as well as cause the continent to look elsewhere for supply, according to analysts Wood Mackenzie. Groningen has been a major global asset for operators Shell, ExxonMobil and Energie Beheer Nederlands. There have been a series of powerful earthquakes in recent years around the Groningen field brought on by gas mining, with a tremor last month registering 3.4 magnitude – the most powerful to hit since 2012. FULL ARTICLE read more

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NAM Groningen earthquakes cause major social unrest

Thousands of people protested in Groningen against natural gas drilling. Photo: Joris van Gennip

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad

2 February 2018

Minister Wiebes opts for security in sensitive files

Louis Hoeks Carel Grol • Economics & Politics

Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate has chosen a party. The safety of the Groningen population goes beyond economic interests. He is going to halve the gas revenues from the Groningen gas field, even though it undermines the so-called security of supply.

The State Supervision of Mines (SSM) advised Thursday Thursday to reduce gas production to 12 billion cubic meters per year. Last year that was just under 24 billion cubic meters. In 2013, 52 billion cubic meters were won. read more

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Shell Exxon (NAM) induced Groningen Earthquake Damage €18 Billion plus

NAM reacted earlier to the news with the announcement that earthquake damage up to € 18 billion can be paid without problems in the next five years. On television at Jinek, Van Loon said that Shell is ‘legally liable’ anyway. ‘We guarantee and the damage is compensated, regardless of the amount’. In an advertisement in the newspaper, Shell stated that it would be ‘behind NAM and Groningen’. The Leiden professor of corporate law Steef Bartman mentioned during the hearing the statement that Van Loon gave to Jinek ‘richly vague’. “For what, how long, is there a maximum?” 

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad

Shell defends Chamber: we guarantee NAM

Louis Hoeks • Economics & Politics

If the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) is unable to pay for the earthquake costs in Groningen, Shell guarantees this. That is what Marjan van Loon, the director of Shell Netherlands, said on Thursday during a hearing in the House of Representatives.

We are convinced that the NAM can pay the damage. If that is not the case, then the bill can go to Shell. ‘ Rolf de Jong of ExxonMobil, who owns the remaining 50% of NAM, added ‘never to let a daughter go bankrupt’. read more

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