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The world’s most hated company: can NGOs help turn Shell’s reputation around?

While Shell’s plummeting profits are partially due to the falling price of oil, the years of negative publicity surrounding the company have likely also had an effect… Alison Moodie: Saturday 6 February 2016 14.00 GMT In mid-2015, Shell realized its project in the Chukchi Sea, off the coast of Alaska, was in trouble. After nearly a decade […]

Shell Corrib firm gets €70m cash injection

Shell Corrib firm gets €70m cash injection Gas began flowing from the field only in the past few weeks – 11 years behind schedule. By John Mulligan: 4 FEB 2016 Oil giant Shell injected €70m into its Irish unit that’s behind the Corrib gas project in recent months as the field prepared to begin delivering […]

Corrib Gas: Was it worth it? Yes.

Corrib Gas: Was it worth it? Yes. Brendan Cafferty: 27 JAN 2016 As the gas starts to flow a member of the pro gas lobby reflects on the controversy Who is to blame for the delay? The gas was due ashore in 2002 at a cost of €800 million. It finally arrives at the start […]

20 years after gas discovery, Corrib opens in north Mayo

Lorna Siggins: 24 JAN 2016 The €3.5 billion Corrib gas development is due to be opened by Minister of State for Natural Resources Joe McHugh on Monday, almost 20 years after the gas discovery was reported off the north Mayo coast. Taoiseach Enda Kenny had been earmarked for the invitation-only event, but will be at […]

Saudi Arabia’s Giant & Secretive Oil Company, Saudi Aramco

By John Donovan Interesting to read the news today that the repressive and barbaric Saudi regime is considering publicly listing the state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco.  The headline on one such article is: “Saudi Arabia’s Giant & Secretive Oil Company May Go For IPO“ It is ironical under the circumstances that retired Royal Dutch Shell Chairman […]

…already local people are alarmed by intense levels of gas flaring – burning off flammable gas and potentially producing dangerous emissions… ANDY STOREY: JANUARY 6, 2016 Erris, County Mayo, is a long way from Dublin. But events there have huge economic significance for the country as a whole, including the capital city. Gas is finally flowing […]

Ruairí McKiernan: Corrib gas protesters did State some service

…many of those involved have been ridiculed, slandered, spied on, harassed, beaten and jailed – all for upholding their democratic right to peaceful dissent. Incidents included the 2005 jailing of the Rossport Five, who spent 94 days in prison at the behest of Shell. Ruairí McKiernan As gas is flared into the skies above north […]

Environmental group condemns Shell for poor response to oil spill incident at Adibawa Oil field

By NAN on January 2, 2016 An Environmental Rights group has condemned what it called the ‘slow response of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) to the oil spill incident of July 12,2015 at the Adibawa Oil field, operated by the company. Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) made the condemnation in its field […]

Natural gas begins flowing from controversial Corrib field

Peter Murtagh: 30 Dec 2015 Natural gas is flowing into the national supply grid from the Corrib gas field off Co Mayo for the first time since it was discovered in 1996. One of six wellheads, drilled in 350m of water 84km off the west coast, was opened on Wednesday by the field developer, Shell […]

Desperate measures for a desperate Corrib project

New Release – Issued by Shell to Sea – December 30th 2015 – For immediate release —  Minister White slips consent to Shell during Christmas period — Shell to Sea have called the granting by Alex White of consent to operate the Corrib Gas pipeline – desperate and disgraceful. Permission was granted despite Shell’s EPA […]

Concern over Shell gas flow delay

Concern over Shell gas flow delay Saturday, 26th December, 2015 A MAYO TD has expressed concern over the delay in issuing the final regulatory approval to Shell E&P Ireland that will enable the company to start producing gas from the Corrib Gas Field in north Mayo. Deputy Michelle Mulherin said it is the interest of […]

YOUR COMPANY IS EVIL

London Rising Tide protesters outside the Royal Courts of Justice to highlight Shell’s devastating pollution in Nigeria  To whom this may concern,  I am writing an e-mail to you to let you know how disgusting and disgraceful company is, I am referring to the oil spills in Nigeria where your carelessness has affected the lives of the local people […]

Shell To Sea JR Legal Fund

Four local residents have initiated a legal challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision granting Shell E&P Ireland an INDUSTRIAL EMISSIONS LICENCE P0738-03 for the Corrib gas refinery in Co Mayo. THIS IS THE FINAL DECISION TO PUMP THE GAS In proceedings before the High Court, four residents argue THAT the decision to grant the […]

Royal Dutch Shell braced for a flood of compensation claims

By ROB DAVIES FOR THE DAILY MAIL: 19 December 2015 Royal Dutch Shell is braced for a flood of compensation claims against its Nigerian business over oil spills, after a ruling that makes it more vulnerable to lawsuits. Judges in The Hague, Netherlands, ordered Shell to hand over documents that could shed light on the cause […]

Shell could face ‘tens of billions in damages’ over Nigeria spills

Court rules Royal Dutch Shell can be held liable for oil spills at its subsidiary in Nigeria By Reuters: 1:34PM GMT 18 Dec 2015 A Dutch appeals court has ruled that Royal Dutch Shell can be held liable for oil spills at its subsidiary in Nigeria, potentially opening the way for other compensation claims against the […]

Dutch court: Nigeria farmers can sue Shell in Netherlands

Dutch court: Nigeria farmers can sue Shell in Netherlands [JURIST] The Hague Court of Appeals [official website] ruled Friday that the Royal Dutch Shell [corporate website] can be sued in a Dutch court for their involvement in oil leaks in Nigeria. The ruling [text, in Dutch] stems from a suit brought by four Nigerian farmers […]

Dutch appeals court says Shell may be held liable for oil spills in Nigeria

Nigerian farmers affected by oil pollution get green light to pursue case against Anglo–Dutch multinational as judges order release of key documents Friends of the Earth activists hold a banner supporting civil action taken by Nigerian farmers whose livelihoods were affected by leaking pipelines in the oil-rich Niger delta. Photograph: Peter Dejong/AP Reuters: Friday 18 December 2015 […]

Shell’s Bay Day in the Dock

Ken Saro-Wiwa must be chuckling at this turn of events. In his last testament before his execution 20 years ago, Saro-Wiwa declared that Shell will one day be in the dock. Now, the presence of Shell in the dock is not only happening but will pick up speed. December 18, 2015 The decision of the […]

Shell to face Nigeria oil spill lawsuit

A Dutch judge has ruled that a court in the Netherlands should hear a case against Royal Dutch Shell brought by four Nigerian farmers. The farmers and fishermen want Shell to clean up oil spills in four villages in the Niger Delta and pay compensation. The latest ruling overturns a decision that was made two […]

Nigerian Farmers Cleared to Sue Shell in Dutch Court

  By MIKE CORDER, ASSOCIATED PRESS: THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dec 18, 2015 Nigerian farmers will have the chance to sue oil multinational Shell in a Dutch court for pollution they blame on leaking pipelines, a Dutch appeals court ruled Friday. Activists said the ruling sets a landmark legal precedent that clears the way for Dutch-based […]

Dutch court says Royal Dutch Shell can be liable for Nigeria spills

By Thomas Escritt: FRIDAY, 18 DEC 2015 THE HAGUE (Reuters) – A Dutch appeals court ruled on Friday that Royal Dutch Shell can be held liable for oil spills at its subsidiary in Nigeria, potentially opening the way for other compensation claims against the multinational. Judges in The Hague ordered Shell to make available to […]

Dutch court to rule on landmark Nigerian case against Shell

FRIDAY 18 DECEMBER 2015 A Dutch appeals court is to rule Friday whether the country’s tribunals can hear a landmark case for damages brought by four Nigerians against oil giant Shell. The four farmers and fishermen, backed by the Dutch branch of environmental group Friends of the Earth, first filed the case in 2008 against […]

Again, Shell Faces Dutch Court over Niger Delta Oil Damage

16 Dec 2015 Amnesty International has said Shell could be exposed to a raft of compensation claims and be forced to disclose previously withheld internal documents over its failure to stop and clean up decades of oil pollution in a test case before the Dutch Court of Appeal on Friday. According to a statement by […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Amnesty report accuses Shell of failing to clean up Niger delta oil spills

John Vidal: Tuesday 3 November 2015 00.01 GMT read more

North Sea gas leak ‘could have caused explosion’ says safety watchdog

By Chris Foote: 2 November 2015 Oil giant Shell has been ordered to make improvements following an undersea gas leak which could have caused an offshore explosion. The leak happened when a ship’s towline snagged on a pipeline nearly 300ft below the Curlew floating production vessel. The pipe ruptured and gas from the Fulmar Gas Line […]

New Report Blames Shell, Exposes Failure to Clean Niger-Delta Oil Spills

By Senator Iroegbu: 29 October 2015 The Amnesty International (AI) and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) will launch a new report exposing what it described as Shell’s blatantly false statements about its efforts to clean up oil spills in the Niger Delta next week. The Press Officer, AI Nigeria, Mr. Eulette […]

Shell ship heads for Arctic

CBS/AP July 31, 2015 PORTLAND, Ore. — Authorities used boats, personal watercraft, poles and their bare hands to remove protesters in kayaks and hanging from bridges who had tried to block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker bound for an Arctic drilling operation. The Fennica left dry dock Thursday afternoon and made its way down the […]

Stand down, Greenpeace; Shell can sabotage Arctic drilling just fine on its own

The most powerful argument against Shell in the Arctic is Shell in the Arctic. Shannyn Moore: July 11, 2015 Shell Oil is going to save the Arctic from oil drilling. That’s not to dismiss the efforts of environmental activists organizing “Shell No” gatherings or chaining themselves to a drilling rig to protest Arctic oil exploration. I […]

Trial shown footage of protesters at Shell compound

Footage appeared to show some protesters and security officers involved in scuffles The jury in the trial of two Shell protesters were shown video footage of the protest where up to 70 protesters entered a Shell compound in north Mayo. The video footage was captured by CCTV at the compound and by security officers policing […]

ExxonMobil Indonesian Villagers Human Rights Abuse Case to Proceed in Federal Court

ExxonMobil Indonesian Villagers Human Rights Abuse Case to Proceed in Federal Court In the interim, in 2010, the Supreme Court restricted the types of claims that could be heard under the Alien Tort Statute in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, a case involving allegations of human rights abuses by Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria. WASHINGTON, […]

The Corrib legacy: what the protests achieved

The Corrib legacy: what the protests achieved A rerouting of the pipeline and greater public awareness of how Ireland treats its natural resources were among the positive outcomes of the Shell to Sea, campaigners say Bríd McGarry, a Mayo landowner, and Mary Corduff, wife of jailed farmer Willie Corduff, after five Mayo farmers were jailed […]

Then & Now: Launching a ‘Mind Bomb’ to save the Arctic

Then & Now: Launching a “Mind Bomb” to save the Arctic By Emily Hunter – 22 June, 2015  Staring out at the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean, I feel a sense of past and present colliding. Forty-four years ago in these same waters off Canada’s west coast, my father Robert Hunter and a group […]

Oil hunt raises risk of climate disaster

By Peter Husk: Saturday May 23, 2015 There’s an Alice-in-Wonderland quality about Royal Dutch Shell’s attitude towards the risks involved in its plan to drill for oil in the US Arctic. The decision has sparked protests in Seattle, where the Polar Pioneer, one of two rigs the Anglo-Dutch oil giant intends to use, is berthed. Shell […]

Shell CEO Defiant On Arctic Drilling

By Andy Tully: Posted on Thu, 21 May 2015 Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says that whereas the Anglo-Dutch company is aware of the dangers that fossil fuels pose to the environment, it is also realistic and therefore determined to press ahead with plans to drill for energy in the Arctic. Addressing shareholders at […]

Royal Dutch Shell undaunted by Seattle port backlash

Article by Phuong Le, The Associated Press, Published Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell undaunted by Seattle port backlash SEATTLE — Neither a protest by hundreds of demonstrators nor a permit violation notice from the city will halt Royal Dutch Shell’s use of a Seattle seaport terminal as it prepares for exploratory oil drilling in […]

Obama Seeks Oil Demand, Climate Balance With Shell Arctic Permit

Article by Rakteem Katakey published 18 May 2015 by Bloomberg.com U.S. President Barack Obama is balancing the need to meet oil demand and concerns about climate change as his government considers final approvals for Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Arctic drilling plans, according to a state department official. “If you go up to Alaska and speak to many […]

Shell picked wrong city, Seattle protesters say

By Daniel J. Graeber     |   May 18, 2015  Shell picked wrong city, Seattle protesters say Company using city ports as staging ground for arctic drilling campaign. SEATTLE, May 18 (UPI) — Energy company Royal Dutch Shell picked the wrong city to serve as a base of operations for its offshore Alaska program, advocacy groups […]

Shell’s involvement with treating UK workers like slaves?

Shell Station, Timperly, Manchester Shell’s involvement with treating workers like slaves? EMAIL RECEIVED FROM A SHELL CUSTOMER Hi, I am a Shell customer and live basically 50 yards to my nearest garage. I use my Shell points card and only buy Shell diesel. Everyday I pass the garage above going to my gym. The garage […]

Shell agrees to start clean up of 2008 Niger Delta oil spill

Shell agrees to start clean up of 2008 Niger Delta oil spill 2nd May 2015 Shell has agreed with Nigerian fishing community of Bodo in the Niger Delta to start the clean up of two devastating oil spills in 2008, activists and locals said Saturday. “Shell officials met with representatives of Bodo community in Port […]

Dutch parliament reverses burden of proof in gas damage claims

AMSTERDAM | BY TOBY STERLING:Tuesday 28 April 2015 Dutch parliament reverses burden of proof in gas damage claims (Reuters) – The Dutch parliament on Tuesday voted to reverse the burden of proof in disputes over damages to buildings caused by the production of gas at Groningen, Europe’s largest natural gas field, a potentially expensive decision. […]

Shell Oil sued for allegedly firing woman on maternity leave

By Annie Cosby: Published 31 March 2014 by The South East Texas Record A Harris County woman is suing over claims her employment was unfairly terminated. Nicole L. Ryder filed a lawsuit March 21 in the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Texas (Houston Division) against Shell Oil Co. and Shell Exploration & Production […]

Whistleblower news relevant to Shell USA employees

SEC Hits Back At KBR And Other Corporate Bullies Who Threaten Whistleblowers By John Donovan If a Shell employee, contractor or supplier wants to blow the whistle on alleged misdeeds, they can contact the Shell Global Helpline and risk retaliation, or go to the appropriate external authority. In either event, there may be protection under whistleblower law in some countries, […]

Guardian Media Group to divest its £800m fund from fossil fuels

From an article by Damian Carrington  published Wednesday 1 April 2015  by The Guardian newspaper Guardian Media Group to divest its £800m fund from fossil fuels The Guardian Media Group (GMG) is to sell all the fossil fuel assets in its investment fund of over £800m, making it the largest yet known to pull out of coal, […]

Dutch court hears challenge over Groningen gas production

Dutch court refuses to halt Groningen gas production THE HAGUE, APRIL 1 By Toby Sterling (Reuters) – A Dutch judge on Wednesday refused to order a production halt at Europe’s biggest gas field, Groningen, where extraction is causing earthquakes, dealing a blow to opponents of government policy. Production from the field was temporarily reduced in […]

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