Esther Kiobel filed a briefin the Southern District of New York on October 12 seeking permission to issue subpoenas against Cravath, Swaine & Moore. The request was for the production of documents for a lawsuit expected to be filed in the Netherlands. The lawsuit is connected to a previous case in which Kiobel was a lead plaintiff, Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. In this case, Kiobel alleged human rights and civil liberty violations against the oil and gas giant’s operations in Nigeria’s Ogoni region. The Dutch case, expected to be filed in late 2016, intends to allege that Royal Dutch conspired with the Nigerian government to commit human rights violations against the Ogoni people. Cravath represented Royal Dutch in the U.S lawsuits and this application intends to obtain the discovery from those cases.
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Extracts from “Malabu malady”
October 24, 2016
Dan Etete was the miserable fellow who as Minister of Petroleum Resources under the late junta Gen. Sani Abacha in 1998 awarded this massive oil block to his firm, Malabu Oil and Gas. But he was not alone, he had numerous other cronies, including Abacha’s son.
Shell Petroleum Development Company is the conniver-in-chief and perhaps the lead player in this graft theatre.
Today, a committee of the House of Representatives is reviewing the Malabu malfeasance. But Mr. Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, says the matter is too complex if not confusing for his office to understand.
Irish Supreme Court orders that Peter Sweetman must pay Shell’s costs in challenge to Corrib planning
Here (Sweetman v Shell), the Supreme Court held that Part 2 of the Environmental (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 (Costs of Certain Proceedings to be Borne by Each Party in Certain Circumstances) (link) does not act retrospectively. Charleton J stated: This is because the award of costs is not essentially procedural. An expectation as to the recovery of costs affects both the decision to commence a case and the necessary and legitimate prediction that it would be funded if successfully prosecuted or successfully defended by the party required to answer a legal action. Laffoy J and Dunne J concurred.
Court fixes date for FG’s suit against Shell over $406.7m crude oil theft
By NAN | 20 October 2016 | 11:36 am
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday fixed Dec. 8 for the hearing of a suit filed by the Federal Government against Shell Western Supply & Trading Ltd over alleged 406. 75 million crude oil theft.
The suit no. FHC/L/CS/336/16 was filed by FG’s Counsel, Prof. Fabian Ajogwu (SAN) before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun.
Defendants in the suit are Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd and its subsidiary — Shell Western Supply & Trading Ltd.
Published Friday 14 October 2016.
MANHATTAN (CN) — Dusting off Supreme Court defeat following one of biggest human-rights battles in decades, a Nigerian woman accusing Royal Dutch Shell of conspiring to torture environmental activists in her homeland returned to New York to prepare for new litigation in the Netherlands.
Esther Kiobel filed her latest lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court on Wednesday, seeking information to take on the oil giant near its international headquarters.
By Tom Bergin | LONDON
The widow of a Nigerian activist is planning to sue Royal Dutch Shell in the Dutch courts alleging the oil company was complicit in the execution of her husband by the Nigerian military in 1995, court documents filed in the United States last week show.
Esther Kiobel has filed an application in New York to secure documents from Shell’s U.S. lawyers, which she could use in the Dutch action.
The filings with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District Court of New York said she planned to begin that action before the end of the year.
By Damilola Oyedele: 14 October 2016
Abuja — The Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, has said investigations are still ongoing into the controversial $1.1 billion award of Oil Prospecting Licence 245, also know as the Malabu oil deal, with no conclusive position by the federal government.
Malami said this yesterday when he appeared before the House of Representatives ad hoc committee mandated to re-open investigations into the sale of the controversial oil block, where he added that the government would not take a position until all complexities in the deal are resolved.
Law360, New York (October 12, 2016, 9:50 PM EDT) — Two Royal Dutch Shell PLC affiliates accused of market manipulation told a New York federal court Wednesday that derivative traders lack standing to assert antitrust claims, citing another judge’s recent decision nixing claims in multidistrict litigation accusing Goldman Sachs & Co. and others of manipulating aluminum prices.
The Shell companies are part of multidistrict litigation accusing various oil companies of manipulating the price of North Sea Brent crude oil and Brent crude oil futures, by engaging in fraudulent physical trades and systematically submitting information about those…
4 October 2016: Agency Report
The Federal Government is demanding $406.75 million from Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited and its subsidiary, Shell Western Supply & Trading Limited, over alleged crude oil theft.
The amount, according to court documents presented in Lagos on Tuesday, represents the shortfall of the money the multinational oil firm paid into the Federal Government account with Central Bank of Nigeria.
The money was said to be for crude oil lifted in 2013 and 2014.
By Irina Slav – Sep 27, 2016, 10:05 AM CDT
Shell’s Nigerian division has shut down one of the two pipelines that carry Bonny light crude to its Forcados terminal in the Niger Delta, saying a fire was detected “on the right of way” of the pipeline. The shutdown will take 180,000 bpd off Shell’s Nigerian exports.
At the same time, the company continues to refuse to confirm or deny an announcement from the Niger Delta Avengers from Saturday that they’d blown up a Bonny Light pipeline. Shell has two pipelines bringing crude of this blend to Forcados, and the fire was detected at the Trans Niger Pipeline. It remains unclear whether the fire is a consequence of the NDA attack or if the attack was on the other pipeline.
Law360, New York (September 23, 2016, 4:53 PM EDT)
Shell Oil Co. has agreed to pay $20 million to settle claims by California’s water quality regulator and a whistleblower that the company had billed a state fund for cleanup work already covered by insurance proceeds, the agency said on Friday.
Shell will pay the State Water Resources Control Board $11.3 million to drop administrative proceedings over 100 claims to a cleanup fund for leaky underground storage tanks. The agency said Shell was able to get repaid through insurance or litigation, but had omitted that fact…
September 20, 2016, 4:48 P.M. ET
By Dimitra DeFotis
Allegedly illegal Nigerian oil exports valued at $12.7 billion are at the heart of a lawsuit the country has filed against units of Chevron (CVX), Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA), Total (TOT) ENI (E) and Petroleo Brasileiro (PBR).
The case points to outsiders’ shipments to the United States between 2011 and 2014, but is likely to expose domestic corruption as well. Militants have crippled Nigeria’s oil production this year, a recurring theme over recent decades. Lagos hearings, which begin next week, come as the country struggles with the affects of policy stagnation, currency devaluation, inflation and low oil revenue.
Sep 20 2016, 15:19 ET | By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor
Nigerian officials say the government is suing several major oil companies for $12.7B of oil that allegedly was exported illegally to the U.S. during 2011-14.
The Federal High Court in Lagos begins hearings next week in cases filed against Nigerian subsidiaries of Chevron (NYSE:CVX), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), Eni (NYSE:E), Total (NYSE:TOT) and Petrobras (NYSE:PBR).
The officials say the government alleges that the companies did not declare more than 57M barrels of crude oil shipments.
Friday, September 09, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) — Shell and others came a step closer Thursday to reimbursing Californians $200 million for overcharges during the 2000 electricity crisis, when the Ninth Circuit rejected their challenge.
Upholding a 2013 finding by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the appeals court cited “substantial evidence” that the power companies inflated electric rates by violating the FERC’s export tariff rules.
Power companies repeatedly got around regulators during the crisis, through bags of tricks, including “kilowatt washing”: claiming to buy electricity in California at regulated rates, then shipping it out of state, and repurchasing it at unregulated, emergency prices. Since electricity is simply a directed flow of electrons, and electrons cannot be traced, there was no way to prove whether the companies were doing that or not.
LIKE THE SUN A still image taken from a recording shows the glow of the flaring at the Corrib Gas Terminal on January 31.
SHELL IRELAND HAS been fined €1,000 and ordered to pay €15,000 in legal costs for causing light and noise pollution from a gas flare during start-up testing at the Corrib gas terminal in Co Mayo.
The prosecution was brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) following complaints from people living around the Bellanaboy Bridge area in Co Mayo, the location of Shell’s terminal to bring in gas from the Corrib gas field 65 kilometres offshore.
Shell E&P Ireland Ltd, which operates the controversial gas project, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court today to breaching two counts of the Environmental Agency Protection Act during “flaring” tests on the night of New Year’s Eve.
As part of their investigation, the Italian prosecutors in May 2014 asked the UK’s CPS to freeze $85m in assets related to a Nigerian company, Malabu Oil & Gas, that prosecutors say was involved in the sale, according to a copy of the official request sent by the Milan investigators and seen by Reuters.
In the letter, the Italian prosecutors alleged that Scaroni and Descalzi oversaw the payments to parties who helped secure the sale. In a second letter they alleged that some of the ultimate recipients of alleged bribes used the money to buy aircraft and armoured cars. “We are investigating many money transfers to many people in various countries who received sums that vary from millions of dollars to thousands of dollars,” the prosecutors said in the follow-up letter.
29 August 2016
Abuja – A former Head of State, a former Senate President, a former National Security Adviser (NSA), some senators, and some serving and former members of the House of Representatives have been named as beneficiaries of the $1.092b Malabu oil deal, Nation reports.
The names of the beneficiaries was revealed by a businessman, who is being grilled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) over the deal.
Besides the businessman, the EFCC has grilled a former Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance, and some chief executives of some International Oil Companies (IOCs). The suspects remain unnamed because of what a source described as the “sensitivity” of the matter.
By Kevin Penton
Law360, New York (August 24, 2016, 8:24 PM ET) —
Two Royal Dutch Shell PLC affiliates accused of manipulating crude market prices cannot use the Second Circuit’s recent nix of aluminum futures price-fixing claims to escape the allegations the pair face, landowner and derivatives trader plaintiffs told a New York federal court Wednesday.
The appeals court on Aug. 9 had ruled that manufacturers and buyers of aluminum products could not sue Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Glencore PLC, because the plaintiffs were not directly targeted in the alleged scheme to fix prices…
Billy Bambrough is City A.M.’s deputy news editor. Wednesday 24 August 2016
Some of the biggest global oil majors are being weighed down by record levels of debt.
The drop in the oil price has been blamed for the soaring debt levels. The price of a barrel of oil remains less than half of what it was in the summer of 2014.
The enduring low oil price and soaring debt levels have caused some investors to question whether the majors will be able to fork out for new investments and dividends in coming quarters.
By Sandy Mazza, Daily Breeze: 5 August 2016
Carson officials signaled an end this week to a six-year court battle with two multinational corporations accused of secretly leaving a massive waste-oil dump buried just feet beneath 285 homes in the Carousel tract neighborhood for decades.
City leaders, who joined the lawsuit in 2012 to support residents seeking compensation for physical and emotional problems from longtime exposure to petrochemicals, agreed Tuesday to drop their complaint and approve settlements offered by Shell Oil Co. and Dole Food Co. totaling $120 million.
Written by Reporter – 27/07/2016 11:50 am
Shell Oil Products has agreed to pay more than $700,000 to settle a civil prosecution over gift cards and fuel reward cards.
The company settled the dispute in which is admitted no liability.
The case had been filed in Alameda County in the US state of California.
Prosecutors had alleged there was multiple consumer protection and advertising violations related to the cards.
They said it included not allowing the redemption of gift cards with a balance under $10 as required by state law.
POSTED: 07/25/16, 5:59 PM PDT
Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams, announced Monday that Equilon Enterprises LLC, dba Shell Oil Products US (“Shell”) has entered into a stipulated judgment to resolve consumer protection and advertising violations related to Shell gift cards and fuel rewards cards.
Solano was joined by Alameda, Monterey, Napa, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz in bringing this consumer protection action. Under the terms of the stipulated judgment, Shell agreed to pay $762,500 in civil penalties, costs, and restitution, and to injunctive provisions to ensure future compliance.
Solano DA announces $762,000 Shell cards lawsuit settlement
FAIRFIELD — District Attorney Krishna Abrams announced Monday that Shell Oil Products will pay out more than $762,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by eight California counties, including Solano County.
Prosecutors claimed Shell did not tell customers using gift cards and fuel rewards cards that some discounts could not be combined and that not all Shell gas stations honored the cards. The lawsuit also claimed Shell failed to redeem gift cards with balances of less than $10 for cash as required by California law and that Shell did not tell customers about some of the limits of its rewards programs.
By Cara Bayles
Law360, San Francisco (July 22, 2016, 8:48 PM ET)
Two Royal Dutch Shell PLC affiliates on Thursday tried to escape allegations of European market manipulation from a proposed class of crude oil derivatives traders, arguing in New York federal court that U.S. courts don’t have jurisdiction over conduct by Shell’s international arm in foreign markets.
The reply in support of the affiliates’ motion to dismiss said the traders were trying to “manufacture claims and jurisdiction where neither exists” by blurring the distinction between two “sister subsidiaries” — Shell’s U.S. arm, Shell Trading US Co., or…
By Sandy Mazza, Daily Breeze: POSTED: 07/23/16
Workers have only just begun removing millions of tons of oil-caked soil left buried for decades in the yards of Carson’s Carousel tract, but a long-awaited financial settlement for the pain and suffering of residents likely will be disbursed before Christmas.
The final payout from two companies deemed responsible for the mess will be $120 million for emotional and physical turmoil, according to an agreement between attorneys reached Friday.
The deal comes after more than a year of legal wrangling between Shell Oil Co., which operated the former oil-tank storage farm on the site, and Dole Food Co., which bought the tract’s developer, Barclay Hollander Corp., and was named responsible for cleaning the property by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board in 2015.
By Stephen Baxter, Santa Cruz Sentinel: 07/23/2016
SANTA CRUZ — The Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office and prosecutors from six other counties won a $762,500 false advertising judgment against Shell Oil’s fuel rewards program on Thursday.
The lawsuit alleged that Shell failed to adequately disclose that discounts from fuel rewards cards and gift cards could not be combined, said Santa Cruz County prosecutor Douglas Allen. Second, it alleged that not all Shell gas stations honored the cards and the company failed to redeem gift cards with balances of less than $10. It also “falsely advertised that certain gift cards could ‘be used like cash’ when Shell knew or should have known some stations were charging customers the credit price for gasoline when purchasing with a gift card,” Allen said.
By Bryan Koenig
Law360, Washington (July 21, 2016, 6:30 PM ET) — A Royal Dutch Shell PLC unit on Wednesday took its $1.2 billion tax recalculation dispute with the Philippines’ Commission on Audit over the gas-to-power Malampaya project the company operates to a World Bank arbitration dispute body.
The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes records show that Shell Philippines Exploration BV initiated the arbitration proceedings, registered Wednesday, against the Republic of the Philippines over the taxation of a hydrocarbon concession.
JOHN DONOVAN SAR APPLICATION LETTER TO SHELL INTERNATIONAL LIMITED UNDER THE DATA PROTECTION ACT 1998
JOHN DONOVAN SAR APPLICATION LETTER TO SHELL INTERNATIONAL LIMITED UNDER THE DATA PROTECTION ACT 1998
19 July 2016
Mr. Gary Thomson SI-LSC/K
Shell International Limited
40 Bank Street
London E14 5NR
Dear Mr Thomson
Data Protection Act 1998 – Subject Access Request (SAR)
Thank you for your email dated 19 July 2016.
Please find enclosed completed application forms together with a postal order for £10 made out to Royal Dutch Shell Plc.
I obtained it before finding out that the fee can now instead be paid to a charity.
As you are aware, I operate royaldutchshellplc.com – a website focussed on the activities of Shell.
By Steven Mufson July 14 at 7:15 PM
What’s bigger than the value of Ford, Honda or General Motors? As big as the biggest U.S. electric utility? Eight times the size of Staples and Office Depot combined — if a judge hadn’t blocked their merger?
The answer: the $61.6 billion cost to BP of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
On Thursday, BP issued its final estimate of the cost of the spill, the largest in U.S. history. The company said that it would take a pre-tax charge of $5.2 billion in the second quarter of this year and added that would be enough to cover anything that hasn’t been resolved.
Shell, NNPC/NPDC And Niger Delta Cleanup: Who Owns OML 11 In Ogoniland?
BY IFEANYI IZEZE: JUL 13, 2016
What is wrong with our government people that each time they act, you only see a bunch of tactless or outrightly naive actions? How do you reconcile that with the United Nation Environmental Programme (UNEP) – sponsored Ogoni clean-up exercise still neither here nor there despite the ceremonial flag-off by President Mohammadu Buhari, a government-owned oil company Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), could be moving ahead to re-enter the crisis area for oil production? Is the government feigning ignorance of the fact that re-commencement of oil exploitation activities or even the talk of it at this time in Ogoniland would undoubtedly incite protest against whoever is scheming to come in to mine oil?
LIKE THE SUN A still image taken from a recording shows the glow from the flaring at the Corrib Gas terminal on New Year’s Eve.
EPA confirms issuing of summons
Áine Ryan: 12 JULY 2016
SHELL E&P Ireland will appear before Dublin Metropolitan District Court on September 5 next over an intense flaring incident at the controversial Corrib refinery on December 31 last, The Mayo News can confirm. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has confirmed it issued a summons to Shell last week after a six-month investigation into what locals described as a ‘frightening’ event. They said it lasted 30 to 40 minutes, lit up the sky and was seen from as far away as Achill and Foxford. The fire from the giant chimney stack was accompanied by a ‘low, loud rumble like a supersonic boom’, according to local witnesses
By Emma Amaize: 11 JULY 2016
Over 350 shoreline communities in Delta, Ondo and Bayelsa states affected by the Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, SNEPCO, Bonga oil spill of December 2011, weekend, accused the oil multinational of using divide and rule tactics against the people.
The victims in a statement by Chief Awe Daniel, Warri South, Delta State, and nine others, said: “They, SNEPCo and Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, SPDC, have continued their attempt to divide the Niger Delta people in the bid to cheat and conquer the people of the region.”
Leadership (Abuja): 11 July 2016
By Anayo Onukwugha
The people of Ogoni ethnic nationality in Rivers State have alleged that the planned resumption of oil exploration activities in the area may be a plot by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) to derail the clean up of the polluted Ogoni environment.
This is as they expressed concern over the slow pace of implementation of the report of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Ogoniland and called the Federal Government to speedily put into place the governance structures for the implementation of the report on Ogoniland without further delay.
Some victims of the 2011 Bonga oil spill in the Niger Delta have accused Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) and Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) of underhand practices in the payment of compensation.
They said the oil firm sought to avoid its obligations by describing the spillage as a ‘mystery spill’ and afterward signed a General Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) with unauthorised representatives of the 350 impacted communities.
In a statement signed by six representatives of South Ijaw, Ekeremor and Brass Local Government Areas (LGA) they alleged that the firm convinced the unauthorised representatives that the compensation would be converted to infrastructure “with ten percentage of the infrastructure money to go to the GMoU members as administrative cost.”
6 July 2016
THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Agency has begun a prosecution against Shell for emissions at its Corrib gas refinery in Bellanaboy, Co Mayo.
The EPA has confirmed to TheJournal.ie that a summons was issued late last week, the culmination of an investigation into a flaring incident at the gas refinery on New Year’s Eve last.
The test flaring lasted 30 to 40 minutes from around 8.15pm that evening, two days after Alex White, the then minister for energy, gave final operating consent for the project.
Lorna Siggins: 6 July 2016
A summons was issued by the EPA late last week, The Irish Times has learned.
The prosecution relates to the EPA’s six-month investigation into an intense flaring incident at the refinery on December 31st, 2015.
Residents who had experience of test flaring over the past year had described as “frightening” the activity, which lasted for about 30 to 40 minutes, from about 8.15pm on New Year’s Eve.
Shell drops legal attempt to extend offshore lease terms in the Arctic
Author: Yereth Rosen: 24 June 2016
Months after abandoning its plans for oil exploration in Arctic waters off Alaska, Royal Dutch Shell has dropped its legal effort to hold onto those offshore leases.
Shell notified the Interior Department it will no longer pursue its appeals of a decision that denied extension of the company’s oil leases in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off Alaska. The department’s Board of Land Appeals on Thursday granted Shell’s request and dismissed the case.
Wadi Reformado Jun. 13, 2016
HOUSTON – A former well site foreman has filed suit against an oil company alleging he was not paid overtime.
James Reynolds filed a complaint on behalf of others similarly situated on May 6 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Shell Oil Co. alleging violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that between May 2011 and July 2015, he worked for more than 40 hours per workweek but was not paid any overtime compensation in violation of the FLSA.
Danny Fortson: The Sunday Times: June 5, 2016
A COURT has frozen almost $1.8bn (£1.2bn) in assets owned by a pair of oil tycoons as Nigeria steps up its campaign to recoup tens of billions of dollars funnelled from state coffers under the regime of former president Goodluck Jonathan.
The order, handed down 10 days ago by the High Court in Lagos, offers a glimpse of the extraordinary lifestyle of KolaAluko, 46, and former business partner Jide Omokore. Both rose to fabulous wealth thanks to deals struck with Jonathan’s former oil minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is also being investigated.
Facing an era of lower oil prices, Shell announced plans on June 7 to cut company costs and become more efficient…
Sue Reisinger, Corporate Counsel: June 10, 2016
The announcement by Royal Dutch Shell that it plans to open an offshore legal operations center illustrates a growing trend, according to industry experts.
Facing an era of lower oil prices, Shell announced plans on June 7 to cut company costs and become more efficient. Part of those plans includes opening an offshore legal center, as have a few other companies and several major law firms. Shell legal director Donny Ching told the Law Society Gazette in London that the move would relate to “some specific parts of our work where it makes sense to consolidate services, increase efficiencies and reduce costs.”
Edwin McGreal: Belmullet: 08 JUNE 2016
Two companies have been sent forward to the Circuit Criminal Court in Castlebar on charges following a workplace accident which resulted in the death of a man working on the Corrib gas tunnel in 2013.
Twenty-six year old Lars Wagner was killed, in September 2013, while he was working on the construction of a tunnel for the Corrib gas project.
Mr Wagner, a German native, was working on boring a tunnel to carry the project’s gas pipeline under Sruwaddacon Bay to the Corrib gas refinery at Bellenaboy.
31 May 2016
After several global law firms made moves to consolidate legal staff abroad, Royal Dutch Shell is following suit.
The company is scouting possible locations and considering headcount numbers for a new offshore legal operations center, according to reports in the U.K. legal press.
Per Legal Business, the company’s legal director Donny Ching is leading the charge and plans to scope out geographies and come up with a plan by the fall.
The office is expected to house both lawyers and non-lawyers focusing on back-office functions as well as traditional legal work around contracts. For now, Ching is keeping his mind open about the fine details.
Shell’s legal team has previously sent specific parts of its work to dedicated centres in cheaper locations.
by Kathryn McCann: 31 May 2016
Royal Dutch Shell is preparing to open its own offshore legal centre to service the oil giant’s global operations.
A projects team, reporting to the company’s legal director Donny Ching (pictured), is currently scouting possible locations and considering headcount numbers for the centre, with a brief to come back by autumn.
A mixture of non-qualified and qualified lawyers will be doing more high-end work as well as the traditional back office work which is more typically suited to offshore centres. Potential locations for the centre will ultimately depend on whether Shell can recruit the right quality people in a particular area.
Damian Carrington: Sunday 22 May 2016
Shell is involved in blocking the development of a renewable energy project in a legal battle between a private club owned by the company and a community hydropower scheme on the river Thames.
The latest legal moves came just as Shell created a separate division, New Energies, to invest in renewable and low-carbon power.
The site is by the bank of the Lensbury, which was formerly a staff club for Shell employees and is now a hotel and private leisure club. The Lensbury is wholly owned by Shell and its five named directors are all “oil company executives” according to filings to Companies House, including Mike Napier, executive vice-president of external communications at Shell.
The legal action coincides with government curbs on output after earthquakes in the Netherlands…
By Kelly Gilblom: May 18, 2016
In its new role as a natural gas importer, the Netherlands wants to make sure it doesn’t overpay.
GasTerra BV, the nation’s biggest buyer and seller of gas, initiated arbitration against Gazprom PJSC’s export unit, the Russian company said Monday. It is seeking a price review for fuel purchased from Europe’s largest supplier under a long-term contract linked to oil, which has rallied this year as the price on gas hubs extended declines.
The legal action coincides with government curbs on output after earthquakes in the Netherlands, home to the European Union’s largest gas field, which turned it into a net importer of the fuel. Utilities from Germany’s RWE AG to Turkey’s Botas Boru Hatlari Ile Petrol Tasima AS filed arbitration claims against Gazprom PJSC’s export unit after market prices fell below contract rates, with EON SE and Engie SA settling cases with Europe’s biggest gas supplier this year.
By Sandy Mazza, Daily Breeze: 13 May 2016
They had been waiting for this day for eight years. But it was still wrenching for the Ancheta family when it finally came this week.
Their house in Carson’s infamous Carousel tract was the first of hundreds slated for cleanup of tons of soil contaminated with hazardous waste from old oil storage tanks. Beginning a five-year clean-up process across the 50-acre community, workers ripped out carefully manicured plants and lawns and dug up trees.
Teresa Ancheta winced at the sight of her trees being uprooted in front of the home where she’s lived for 26 years.
Nicholas Ibekwe: Saturday 14 May 2016
After coming under intense questioning from its shareholders, the management of Italian oil giant, Eni has finally admitted to wrongdoing in the infamous Malabu Oil deal.
Eni, as well as Royal Dutch Shell, had previously insisted that it followed the law in the purchase of one of the most lucrative oil blocks in Nigeria, OPL-245, which belonged to Malabu Oil, a company owned by a convicted former minister, Dan Etete.
Mr. Etete was the petroleum minister under Sani Abacha. PREMIUM TIMES’ previous investigations had detailed how he fraudulently awarded the oil block to himself and friends, including Mohammed Abacha, Mr. Abacha’s son, in contravention of Nigerian laws.
By Jonathan Crawford: May 13, 2016
Sixteen years after California experienced rolling blackouts and soaring power prices, two of the last companies accused of taking advantage of the shortage are facing a decision by federal regulators.
Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Iberdrola SA have until May 27 to respond to a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission judge’s initial ruling last month that they sold electricity at inflated prices during the California power crisis of 2000-2001. While other companies that sold power under long-term contracts in the state have long since settled charges, Shell and Iberdrola elected to fight the case.
By SARAH KENT and BRADLEY OLSON: May 6, 2016
LONDON—Unidentified attackers struck a Chevron Corp. platform off the Nigerian coast this past week, causing an oil spill and forcing the company to shut the facility.
Nigeria’s rich oil fields have a long history of violence and pollution, with oil thieves and industry protesters regularly puncturing pipelines and blowing up installations. In the 1990s, protests over oil spills forced Royal Dutch Shell PLC out of part of the Delta region. Shell later settled litigation accusing it of being complicit in the government’s execution of protesters. The company says the allegations were false.
Emma Howard in Manila: Saturday 7 May 2016
Can Chevron, ExxonMobil and BP be held accountable for the vulnerable communities most affected by climate change?
It’s a question a legal case in the Philippines could answer.
Last month, lawyers for the petitioners met with the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR), a constitutional body tasked with investigating human rights violations. Their goal was to identify expert witnesses for a hearing into the liability of 50 of the biggest fossil fuel companies for violating the human rights of Filipinos as a result of catastrophic climate change.