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Shell cannot dodge Class Action Over Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Lease Bonuses

By John Donovan

A Chief United States District Judge Joy Flowers Coni has ruled on the side of Pennsylvania landowners in a class action alleging a Royal Dutch Shell PLC U.S. subsidiaries SWEPI LP (formally known as Shell Western E&P) and Shell Energy Holding GP, LLC failed to pay contractual bonuses on oil and gas leases.

The class action is being prosecuted by Thomas J. Walney (“Walney”) and Rodney A. Bedow, Sr. (“Bedow”) on behalf of certain Pennsylvania landowners who executed gas and oil leases for the benefit of SWEPI LP. read more

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Shell has confirmed monitoring of employee postings on social media

Norske Shell whistleblower, Runar Kjørsvik

Shell employees be warned. Big Brother Shell has confirmed the monitoring of employee postings on social media.

By John Donovan

Just over a year ago, I published an extraordinary series of articles about sinister conduct at Norske Shell, the Norwegian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

Links are provided below in date order.

A Shell Upstream Director admitted in writing that a culture of fear existed among employees at the Nyhamna Gas Plant.

One of the articles focussed on allegations that Shell was spying on its own employees. Runar Kjørsvik, a whistleblower from the Shell Nyhamna Gas Plant, had discovered to his shock and horror that Shell was in possession of surveillance photographs of him taken by persons unknown. He alleges that Shell used undercover agents to spy on him. read more

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NAM carries out Japan lab experiment to measure earthquake impact on Groningen homes

Printed below is an English translation of information published on 18 April 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 blighted Groningen Gas Field and consequential potential bill for untold billions in damages to effected residences.

Experiment with Groningen earthquake in Japan

2018-04-18

In Japan, an earthquake is imitated in the week of 7-11 May in the laboratory of NIED, the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience. It is a large-scale scientific experiment of NAM with pulvarised rock, which has the same composition as the underground of the Groningen gas field.

Four men prepare the experiment in the Japanese laboratory of NIED

The experiment takes place in Tsukuba Science City, the science city about 50 kilometers northeast of Tokyo. Prof. dr. Chris Spiers of the University of Utrecht is in charge. Spiers is an authority in the field of laboratory experiments into compaction and earthquakes. read more

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Big Oil Bids to Burnish Credentials in War on Climate Change

The world’s biggest oil companies, for long typecast as villains of climate change, are seeking to reinvent themselves as environmental pioneers. “We’re not going to be sitting back and say let’s see what society does and we’ll follow that,” said Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. “We’re more than prepared to be assertive and lean forward and say: ‘This is what it takes.”’ Irked by a shareholder resolution that would force Europe’s largest oil company to create specific emissions targets, the CEO took the unusual step of engaging with five reporters on Monday about Shell’s vision for a decarbonized world. Not only is Shell implementing its own, much stronger, measures to manage the energy transition, according to Van Beurden, but it can also drag the rest of the world along with it. read more

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Shell’s Climate Liability Threat Goes Global

Apr. 16, 2018 12:44 PM ET

Summary

  • A Netherlands environmental NGO has threatened to bring yet another climate change lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell if it does not fundamentally change its business operations.
  • While multinational corporations are constantly being threatened with legal action, this specific one is unique.
  • It has the hallmarks of recent climate lawsuits against Shell in the U.S., but would be based in a court system that has mandated stricter climate policy before.
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    Shell CEO asks investors to reject shareholder vote on emissions

    Apr. 16, 2018 11:41 AM ET|By: , SA News Editor

    Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.ARDS.B) urges shareholders to oppose a resolutionfrom activist investors that would hold the company to firm targets for cutting carbon emissions, even as it reiterates its commitment to fighting climate change. Climate activist Follow This is offering a resolution for Shell’s May 22 annual general meeting urging the company to set more aggressive targets aligned with the Paris climate deal goal of limiting global warming to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius. “We will not be tied to an approach that potentially moves too quickly or too slowly to this transition,” says CEO Ben van Beurden. “If society finds a way to go faster, we will go faster… but we cannot do it single-handedly.” FULL ARTICLE read more

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    Shell’s CEO Tells Activists and Investors: Trust Me to Cut CO2

    Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden has the same message for activists seeking to bind Royal Dutch Shell Plc to deep emissions cuts, and investors concerned about the merits of shifting away from oil and gas: Trust me. He advised shareholders on Monday to reject a resolution from climate group Follow This that would set clear targets for the company’s greenhouse-gas emissions, more specific than its current broad “ambition.” He also reiterated his intention for Shell to make most of its money from clean energy in 20 years, such as renewables, hydrogen or carbon capture in 20 years. FULL ARTICLE read more

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    Shell is truly a dark malevolent force

    I genuinely believe that Ben van Beurden is a decent man and appears to have a good heart, but his weakness in dealing with the army of internal rogue corrupt dictators and getting control of the HR mafia has already cost him his legacy.

    MORE SHELL BLOG COMMENTS ABOUT THE BILL CAMPBELL ARTICLE: Stunned and outraged by Shell’s denouncement of Peter Robinson

    Yet Another Concerned Employee
     
    Behind the glossy facade of its brightly coloured filling stations and shiny reflective glass towers, Shell is truly a dark malevolent force. It is not only the Church of the poisoned mind, but also home to the parasitic mind which snatches thoughts from others and presents them as its own. Experience and being correct are not recognised, only ‘Process’. Many, through either bitter experience, incompetence or ignorance have learned to hide behind process and can no longer think for themselves. Merit is trodden under heel into the mud. Often one bad decision after another results in a predictable squandering of shareholders’ money, not by the millions or tens of millions of dollars, but by the hundreds of millions of dollars. Lessons learned are written down then forgotten as the machine moves forwards. This is rewarded by large bonuses. Reality plays little part in the daily running of the business, the public image of the ‘Brand’ must be protected at all cost. read more

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    SHELL SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE ASSERTIVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE WARNINGS, CEO SAYS

    By Janene Pieters on Monday April 16, 2018

    Shell “should have been more assertive” in its warnings about climate change, Ben van Beurden, CEO of the Dutch oil and gas giant said in a podcast by Studio Energie. Environmental group Milieudefensie recently for the role it played in the climate problems the world currently faces. 

    In 1991 Shell released a film that outlined a disturbing picture of the problems climate change will cause in the future. “Perhaps we should have talked louder, maybe we should have made a bigger problem out if it? To be honest, I think, if we look back on that, we could and should have been more assertive”, Van Beurden said in the podcast, according to NOS. “Because now the problem is put on us, while ultimately it is of course a much broader social problem.”  read more

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    Groningen Earthquakes: Dutch Minister Wiebes discusses ‘other financial arrangements’ with Shell and Exxon

    Wiebes discusses ‘other financial arrangements’ with Shell and Exxon

    Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch Financial Times, Financieele DagbladRoyal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil each own a 50% share in NAM, the company responsible for the earthquake blighted Groningen Gas Field and consequential potential bill for untold billions in damages to effected residences.

    Because 300 billion to 500 billion cubic meters of gas will remain unproduced, this will result in a value destruction of € 50 billion to € 125 billion…

    Louis Hoeks Carel Grol • Entrepreneurship

    The endgame for gas extraction in Groningen has been deployed. After more than half a century of gas extraction, you need very different roles, very different agreements and also very different financial arrangements. We are all looking at that in connection with each other, ‘said Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate on Friday after the Council of Ministers.

    Two weeks ago Wiebes announced that at the end of the next decade gas production in Groningen must be completely over. That was not a financial consideration, but it was about safety, according to the minister. He also said that it would be ‘up to me to ensure that there is no claim for the gas that is not won’. That could be a billion bill, since NAM has invested a lot and there are billions of gas left behind in the ground. read more

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    Shell expects 80% of oil and gas reserves to be produced before 2030

    The publication also comes a week after Milieudefensie Shell wants to launch a climate case against the company, because it wants to hold Shell accountable for contributing to dangerous climate change.

    Shell expects 80% of oil and gas reserves to be produced before 2030

    Printed below is an English translation of an article published 12 April 2018 by the Dutch Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad

    Bert van Dijk • Entrepreneurship

    Shell considers the risk of a large part of its oil and gas reserves to remain in the ground (‘stranded assets’) because production will no longer be in line with climate targets.

    In the Shell Energy Transition Report published on Thursday, in which the company outlines how resilient the company is in the current transition from fossil fuels to sustainable energy, Shell writes that about 80% of all oil and gas reserves of the company will be produced before 2030. The remaining 20% ​​after that year, according to the report. read more

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    SHELL, EXXON WANTS COMPENSATION FROM DUTCH GOV’T FOR GRONINGEN GAS LEFT UN-EXTRACTED: REPORT

    Milieudefensie and Groningen residents dump fracking earthquake rubble in front of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague, 26 Oct 2017. Photo: @milieudefensie / Twitter

    Shell and Exxon wants the government to pay them billions of euros in compensation for the gas that will not be extracted from Groningen now that the government is g, NOS reports. Groningen faces multiple earthquakes a year due to gas extraction in the province. The earthquakes leave homes and infrastructure damaged, and Groningen residents feeling unsafe. Following an  early this year, the state supervision on mines SodM called on the government to. The government gave heed. FULL ARTICLE read more

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    Shell is dark, corrupt and dirty?

    UPDATED: UNDATED

    Comment on Bill Campbell *article by “Concerned employee” (Confidential contact information supplied)

    I share your sentiments wholeheartedly Bill. The company has been caught with its pants down, with senior staff most likely involved in kickbacks. How could this have got through the numerous assurance including Integrity teams, Auditors etc who all form part of the checks and balances to ensure this is easily picked up (particularly in Nigeria). Either the company is full of incompetence, or there has been a blind eye turned to such corruption. I say (a lot of) both. The amounts of money involved is not loose change. I say this problem is endemic in many of the hardship countries we do business in. Shell is dark, corrupt and dirty and I am beginning to question if I am working for a far more sinister company than I originally thought. And this is playing on my mind.

    *Stunned and outraged by Shell’s denouncement of Peter Robinson 

    RESPONSE FROM BILL CAMPBELL, RETIRED HSE GROUP AUDITOR, SHELL INTERNATIONAL

    Concerned employee

    Thank you for your comments. One of the observable symptoms of a corrupt and unethical organisation or individual is when it or they are critical of others whilst ignoring their own faults. Ben van Beurden may be, by all accounts, a nice man and perhaps the most competent chief executive RDS has had since the reserves crisis, but he exhibits a common failing that of shear hypocrisy. Remember, way back in those heady days of 1999, the first year coincidentally that the Company posted a negative reserves ratio, a younger Ben was one of a few aides de camp, protecting and assisting Phil Watts and masking this information at the time from shareholders, investors et al. read more

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    Intrigue Thickens Over OML 42 As Neconde Sues Shell

    Indigenous energy firm, Neconde, has sued International Oil Company (IOC), Royal Dutch Shell in London, for allegedly refusing to make remittances to it after it had bought a stake in controversial oil block Oil Mining Lease (OML) 42. In late March, Shell had instituted a criminal procedure against Peter Robinson, a former employee, in the Netherlands, in relation to the sale of the aforementioned block. read more

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    Amnesty International: Is Shell a criminal enterprise?

    This report examines the role of the oil company Shell in the violations and crimes committed by the Nigeria security forces. It focuses specifically on the potential criminal liability of Shell and/or individual Shell executives. The governments of Nigeria and Shell’s home states, The Netherlands and The United Kingdom, should investigate, with a view to prosecution, Shell and/or individuals, who were formerly in decision-making or supervisory positions within the company, for potential involvement in crimes linked to human rights violations committed by the Nigerian security forces in Ogoniland in the 1990s.

    Extract from page 13 of an Amnesty International document headed: “A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE? SHELL’S INVOLVEMENT IN HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN NIGERIA IN THE 1990s”

    Under Executive Summary. Follows on from: COMPLICITY IN THE MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE AND EXECUTION OF THE OGONI NINE

    EXTRACT BEGINS

    CONCLUSION

    That Nigeria’s government was responsible for grave human rights abuses during its campaign to crush the largely peaceful Ogoni protests during the 1990s is not in doubt. These human rights violations were carried out in response to community protests, and many occurred during armed attacks on defenceless Ogoni villages. Most of the violations of international human rights law detailed in this report also amount to crimes, potentially including murder or other unlawful killing, torture, a range of crimes related to physical assault, rape and destruction of property. read more

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    Shell pays out £41billion to governments globally in 2017

    The firm also drew attention to a number of safety incidents in 2017 which it is working to address and provide support to victims for, including oil spills and theft in Nigeria, earthquakes in Groningen and a road tanker disaster in Pakistan.

    Written by 

    Allister Thomas read more

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