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Shell’s £22,500 fine for North Sea oil spill slammed as ‘paltry’ by campaigners

The World Wildlife Fund warned the size of the fine would ‘do little to deter future poor behaviour’ Shell apologised for the lack of information and said it was not a deliberate attempt to cover up the spill.  Adam Barnett: 24 November 2015 A £22,500 fine imposed on the energy giant Shell as punishment for […]

Gas Field quakes hit Dutch dykes

Senay Boztas AMSTERDAM: 22 Nov 2015: Sunday Times THE Dutch are being forced to earthquake-proof their dykes after a spate of tremors blamed on the effects of extracting gas from the vast field running beneath the country. Although Holland lies far from any big geological fault lines, half a century of exploitation of the Groningen field […]

State regulators fine Shell Oil for toxic release in Anacortes

Inspectors found that Shell had skipped critical decontamination steps while shutting down the main flare. The uncontrolled release exposed workers to toxic substances. BY ASSOCIATED PRESS: NOVEMBER 20, 2015 TUMWATER, Wash. (AP) — Washington state regulators have fined Shell Oil Products $77,000 after an investigation found that it failed to control a toxic release. The Department […]

Shell charged over biggest North Sea oil leak in more than a decade

STV: 20 November 2015 Energy giant Shell has been charged over a major oil leak from a North Sea platform four years ago.  The equivalent of more than 1300 barrels of oil spilled into the sea from the Gannet Alpha in August 2011, the largest leak in more than a decade.  The UK Government carried […]

Shell charged over Gannet Alpha leak in 2011

Friday 20 November 2015 Oil giant Shell has been charged after an investigation into a leak at a North Sea platform in 2011, the BBC Scotland news website has learned. It involved the Gannet Alpha platform, 113 miles (180km) from Aberdeen. It was reported that the pipeline leaked more than 200 tonnes of oil. The […]

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 […]

Safety risks prompt Dutch court to order cuts at Groningen gas field

Sectors | Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:33pm IST By Anthony Deutsch and Toby Sterling A Dutch court on Wednesday ordered more cuts in gas production at Groningen, Europe’s largest gas field, saying the government had given too little consideration to the stronger and more frequent earthquakes extraction had caused. Output at the field, the world’s […]

Dutch court orders more cuts in gas production

Wednesday 18 November 2015 [JURIST] The Dutch Council of State [official website, in Dutch] on Wednesday ordered [judgment, in Dutch; press release, in Dutch] more cuts in gas production. The court came to this decision after stronger and more frequent earthquakes occurred in the Netherlands as a result of extraction. The Groningen [BBC backgrounder], the […]

Oil giants ‘face cascade of claims’

Robin Pagnamenta Energy Editor: November 7, 2015 An investigation by New York’s attorney-general into ExxonMobil’s record on climate science could trigger a “cascade” of similar claims against other oil companies, including Britain’s BP and Royal Dutch Shell, legal experts have warned. Prosecutors might seek to investigate other companies that helped to fund organisations that queried climate […]

Exxon Inquiry Both Mirrors and Contrasts With Tobacco Industry Case

By JOHN SCHWARTZ: NOV. 6, 2015 The New York attorney general’s decision to investigate Exxon Mobil over whether the company lied to the public and investors about the risks of climate change has raised questions about possible similarities to the Justice Department’s successful suit against the tobacco industry in 1997. The new case has reprised the […]

How a poor Nigerian town got Shell to pay for major oil spills

JESSE WINTER: November 6, 2015 For decades, poor residents of the oil-rich Niger Delta have fought the pollution of their lands with little success. Now, writes Jesse Winter, a town ravaged by oil spills has changed the game with a historic court victory against Shell. The Yamaha outboard coughs indignantly but refuses to catch. John Agava […]

Oil Spill: Ilaje Coastal Communities Demand Compensation from Shell

22 October 2015 The Ilaje coastal communities in Ondo state have alleged that oil giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) allegedly excluded them from the ongoing discussions and compensation agreement it reached with the communities that were affected in the oil spill from the Bonga oil field in 2011. They have therefore appealed to President, […]

Shell and Exxon’s €5bn problem: gas drilling that sets off earthquakes and wrecks homes

Groningen has been one of Europe’s richest gas fields for 30 years, and thousands of people say their homes have been damaged by the tremors that drilling sets off. Now a class action may finally bring them compensation – and force a rethink of European energy security Highlights from an article by Lucas Amin Published Saturday, […]

Why we MUST drill for oil in the Arctic: Shell boss’s message to climate change campaigners and governments

By JON REES, FINANCIAL MAIL ON SUNDAY: 20 Sept 2015 Some green campaigners seem to believe Shell boss Ben van Beurden would be happy dunking polar bears in thick, black crude oil if it helped make the planet even hotter. But van Beurden, the 57-year-old engineer who has run Royal Dutch Shell for nearly two […]


18 September 2015 The short drilling season for oil exploration in U.S. Arctic offshore waters will reach one stopping point Sept. 28 and a complete halt Oct. 31 for Royal Dutch Shell Plc. The company has been drilling since July 30 at the Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska. If oil is […]

Update: U.S. Dept. of Defense Confirms NCIS Espionage Investigation of Shell

By John Donovan In 2010, I published an article revealing that four years earlier, U.S. authorities had launched an investigation into alleged industrial espionage by Shell Oil Company. I contacted Shell at the time, but the then Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for the company refused to comment. A related court case is currently underway. A […]

Optimism & Outrage: Shell’s $7 Billion Arctic Oil Gamble

by CYNTHIA MCFADDEN and JAKE WHITMAN: SEP 17 2015 At Royal Dutch Shell’s operations center in Anchorage, the cries of outrage that greeted the start of offshore drilling in the Arctic are drowned out by optimism. The energy giant’s president, Marvin Odum, told NBC News that he’s confident that the $7 billion already spent to find […]

Shell’s big gamble: Oil wrangling at the far reaches of the Arctic frontier

By Steven Mufson September 11 Shell Oil Co.’s president Marvin Odum made the trip on Sept. 2 from Houston to this northern-most town in the United States, a spot whose traditional name, Ukpeagvik, means “place where snowy owls are hunted.” Odum is here hunting, too, for oil offshore and political support from Alaska Natives living […]

Groningen gas production challenged in Dutch court

THE HAGUE, SEPT 10 | BY TOBY STERLING (Reuters) – A Dutch high court on Thursday began hearing complaints from groups seeking to reduce or stop gas production at the Groningen gas field, Europe’s largest, to reduce the danger of earthquakes. No date has been set for a ruling by the Council of State, but […]

Riled Locals Fight Output From Europe’s Largest Gas Field

Groningen gas field produces 61 percent of Dutch fuel Complainants say gas extraction has caused earthquakes By Kelly Gilblom: BLOOMBERG.COM: Sept 10, 2015 A Dutch court is set to hear arguments that production from Europe’s largest natural gas field should be suspended because of earthquakes linked to extraction. The Netherlands has progressively cut the amount of […]


By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Sep 3, 2015 A Dutch court has ruled that Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschaapij BV (NAM), a joint venture of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) and Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A), must compensate those affected by the earthquakes near the Groningen gas field, one of the biggest natural gas reserves in the world. The Dutch […]

Court Says Chevron Can Be Pursued in Canada Over Ecuadorean Damage

By IAN AUSTEN and CLIFFORD KRAUSS: A version of this article appears in print on September 5, 2015, on page B2 of the New York edition The Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Friday that a group of Ecuadoreans can use an Ontario court in an attempt to collect billions of dollars from Chevron for environmental […]

Shell, Exxon Ordered to Pay Groningen Earthquake Compensation

By MAARTEN VAN TARTWIJK: Sept. 2, 2015  AMSTERDAM—A Dutch court ruled Wednesday that Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Exxon Mobil Corp must compensate homeowners for a drop in house prices caused by earthquakes linked to production at the Groningen gas field. The ruling could open the door to a wave of compensation claims against the energy […]

Emma Thompson broke a legal injunction at Shell Centre

The actress broke a legal injunction aimed at stopping Greenpeace activists from crossing a line drawn around the South Bank building  She stuck a giant paw print on the offices with the names of opponents of drilling in the Arctic Shell has been given permission by the US government to drill for oil and gas […]

Act of Mass Defiance Against a Shell Legal Injunction today

Emma Thompson joins Arctic drilling protest against Shell in London Seven million people have joined the Arctic movement by signing up at More than 600,000 from the UK. 02 Sept 2015 Acclaimed British actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson has just announced she will be joining an act of mass defiance against a Shell legal […]

Greenpeace Protesters Could Each Face $5,000 Fines for Blocking Shell Ship

by M. ALEX JOHNSON Five Greenpeace protesters who tried to stop a Shell oil ship from reaching Alaska last month could be fined $5,000 apiece for interfering with safe operations, the Coast Guard told NBC News on Wednesday. None of the protesters was identified. They have 30 days to either pay the fines or contest […]

Inside Shell’s Extreme Plan to Drill for Oil in the Arctic

by Paul Barrett and Benjamin Elgin: 5 August 2015: BLOOMBERG.COM Protesters near the Polar Pioneer.: Photographer: Keri Coles/Greenpeace In a windowless conference room in Anchorage, a dozen Royal Dutch Shell employees report on the highest-profile oil project in the multinational’s vast global portfolio. Warmed by mid-July temperatures, Arctic ice in the Chukchi Sea, northwest of the Alaskan mainland, […]

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 […]

Fines ordered as long as ship blocked from heading to Arctic

By STEVEN DuBOIS and DAN JOLING PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge in Alaska on Thursday ordered Greenpeace USA to pay a fine of $2,500 for every hour that protesters dangle from a bridge in Oregon and block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving for oil drilling in the Arctic. There was no […]

Shell Icebreaker Retreats After Morning Showdown

by Jes Burns and Cassandra Profita OPB | July 29, 2015 2:34 p.m. | Updated: July 30, 2015 8:58 a.m. | Portland, Oregon A Shell icebreaking vessel being protested by activist groups has turned around and is headed back toward the dry dock after a morning showdown with protesters. The St. Johns Bridge was reopened after […]

Shell, Greenpeace headed back to court Thursday

BY ELWOOD BREHMER, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE: 30 July 2015 Shell and Greenpeace USA will go back to court Thursday to determine if Greenpeace protesters are violating a court injunction after a Wednesday teleconference hearing before Alaska U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason yielded little. The 4 p.m. hearing on Shell’s emergency motion, which was […]

Shell accused of providing £25,000 in alcohol to police

Richard Hartley-Parkinson for Wednesday 22 Jul 2015 Shell has been accused of supplying £25,000 in alcohol to Irish police officers by two suppliers to an Irish gas project. Desmond Kane and Neil Rooney both claimed in court that they were told by someone from Shell E&P Ireland to buy the alcohol, according to the Irish Journal. […]

Why Shell had the worst week ever

By Tony Dokoupil: 19 July 2015 This should have been one of Shell’s best weeks ever. Instead, it shaped up like the corporate equivalent of “The Hangover Part III.” And a happy ending is nowhere in sight.  This was supposed to be seven-day stretch of toothy smiles, hearty back-slaps and healthy runs on the company’s stock […]

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 […]


As can be seen from the Irish Times article printed below, an Irish Shell manager was cross-examined under oath yesterday in court, about the free Shell alcohol used to reward Irish cops for their services (brutalising protesters)  By John Donovan The Irish Police (the Garda) are currently investigating allegations of harassment by recipients of bribes […]

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, […]

Shell embarks on controversial Arctic exploration programme as part of £4.5bn quest for oil

By LAURA CHESTERS FOR THE DAILY MAIL: 3 July 2015 Shell has kicked off its controversial Arctic exploration programme as part of a £4.5billion search for oil under the region’s freezing, pristine seas. After being forced to embarrassingly abandon its plans in 2012 and pulling out after finding gas in the 1990s, Shell’s convoy of 30 […]

EPA turns down oral hearing request on Corrib gas project licence

EPA turns down oral hearing request on Corrib gas project licence Lorna Siggins: Friday, 3 July 2015 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has turned down requests for an oral hearing into a revised licence sought by Shell E&P Ireland for the Corrib gas project in north Mayo. The revised licence covering atmospheric and marine emissions […]

After Settlement, Relief at a Diminished BP

By STANLEY REED and CLIFFORD KRAUSS JULY 2, 2015 LONDON — BP’s future no longer has a giant cloud ahead. But it will take years, if not decades, for the company to approach its size of five years ago, before the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig. Since the 2010 blowout of the Macondo well killed […]

BP has finally settled Deepwater Horizon Case

Shares in oil giant BP climb on news it has finally settled long-running US court case over Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill Dudley dismissed market talk of a takeover of BP and said BP is ‘neither prey nor predator’. A clause in the settlement with the US means that if BP were sold to another […]

BP Pays Record $18.7 Billion to Settle Claims in Gulf Oil Spill

By Margaret Cronin Fisk, Laurel Brubaker Calkins and Del Quentin Wilber: July 2, 2015 1:13 PM BST BP Plc will pay a record $18.7 billion to resolve claims by the U.S. and five states along the Gulf of Mexico related to the 2010 oil spill. The payments will be spaced out over as long as […]

Shell fined for leak on platform where workers died

Thursday 2nd July 2015 Oil giant Shell has been fined more than £6,000 after a diesel leak on board the same North Sea platform where two workers died 12 years ago. Sean McCue, 22, and Keith Moncrieff, 45, lost their lives when they were overcome by gas while working on the energy firm’s Brent Bravo […]

Shell says could begin Arctic oil exploration off Alaska in late July

Shell says could begin Arctic oil exploration off Alaska in late July SEATTLE/WASHINGTON | BY ERIC M. JOHNSON AND TIMOTHY GARDNER: Mon Jun 29, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell could begin drilling for oil in the Arctic off Alaska as early as the third week in July, when it expects sea ice to begin clearing, a […]

Shell’s Arctic oil drill platform Polar Pioneer heaves into Dutch Harbor Alaska

Shell’s Arctic oil drill platform Polar Pioneer heaves into Dutch Harbor Alaska Information and magnificent copyrighted photograph’s kindly provided by Gary Braasch, Photographer & Journalist from World View of Global  Please see copyright notice at foot of article. Use your browser to enlarge images.  Shell’s Arctic oil drill platform Polar Pioneer heaves into Dutch Harbor Alaska […]

EFCC quizzes former minister, Etete, over alleged oil deal

EFCC quizzes former minister, Etete, over OPL 245 oil deal By Abosede Musari, Abuja on June 29, 2015 FORMER Minister of Petroleum, Dan Etete, was yesterday quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in continuation of an investigation that had been stalled for several years. A source told The Guardian that the former […]

Polar Pioneer arrives in Dutch Harbor for Chukchi Sea drilling

By Chris Klint, Senior Digital Producer, [email protected]; June 28, 2015 The first of two drilling rigs, scheduled to conduct exploratory drilling for Shell in the Chukchi Sea this summer, has arrived in the Aleutian Islands port of Dutch Harbor this weekend. The federal government has given Transocean’s Polar Pioneer, contracted by Shell, a green light to […]

Shell’s Arctic drilling plans may hit permitting snag

Shell’s Arctic drilling plans may hit permitting snag June 23, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — Shell’s plans to bore two wells in the Arctic Ocean this summer may be jeopardized by an obscure permitting requirement that effectively bars drilling operations close to each other in waters off Alaska. The restriction highlighted by […]

Shell starts moving fleet north for Chukchi drilling; permits slot into place

The season approaches: Shell starts moving fleet north for Chukchi drilling; permits slot into place Alan Bailey: Petroleum News: Week of June 21, 2015 Elements of Shell’s Chukchi Sea fleet are on the move, heading north in preparation for drilling during this season’s Arctic open water season. The barge Arctic Challenger, holding Shell’s Arctic oil containment system, […]

Former Shell Worker Cites Unsafe Conditions on Oil Ship

Former Shell Worker Cites Unsafe Conditions on Oil Ship SEATTLE — Jun 19, 2015, 3:07 PM ET By MARTHA BELLISLE Associated Press A woman who was injured while working on one of Shell’s Arctic drilling support ships has filed a federal lawsuit saying the company compromised safety in its rush to drill for oil. Anita […]

Ijaw Communities Head to S’Court Over $1.5 bn Oil Spillage Suit

14 June 2015 Leaders of an Ijaw communities in Bayelsa state have headed to the Supreme Court over the $1.5b oil spillage and environmental degradation suit against Shell Petroleum Development of Nigeria, which was struck out by the Federal Appeal Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The leader of the Ijaw group, Mr. Pere Ajuwa,  […]