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9 Billion Barrels Of Crude At Risk In Massive Nigerian Oil Shakeup

…not only could Shell and Eni lose the block, but they could also face billions of dollars in fines for allegedly bribing corrupt public officials and private citizens. By Julianne Geiger: Jan. 29, 2016 Supermajors Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) and Italian Eni (NYSE:E) could be facing the loss of one of the biggest offshore […]

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 […]

Shell lease requests offshore Alaska face scrutiny

Shell is challenging a decision by the federal government to deny its request to suspend leases in the Arctic waters off the coast of Alaska that would expire in 2017 and 2020. Federal leases expire at the end of their terms unless operators are engaged in drilling or related activity. ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan. 14 (UPI) […]

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 […]

Nigeria: Shell Spill Set Ablaze in Bayelsa Community

By Igoniko Oduma: 3 JANUARY 2016 Yenagoa — An oil spill site at Oruma/Yiba-Ama community, Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, has been set ablaze by unknown persons. Sources said Shell abandoned the Ogbia segment of the spill incident without carrying out clean-up and remediation of the devastated Oruma/Yiba-Ama environment. The report of the Joint Investigation […]

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 […]

US Gulf oil spill nearly ruined BP, says chief Bob Dudley

Saturday 2 Jan 2016 The giant oil spill from a BP rig off the US coast in 2010 nearly ruined the company, its chief executive has said. Bob Dudley described the fire on the Deepwater Horizon and its aftermath as “a near death experience” for the firm. It was one of the worst environmental disasters […]

Corrib Gas Controversy: Minister White’s Christmas Message to the People of Mayo & the High Court

Gives High Court the two-fingered salute. Uses Christmas to sign off on Corrib gas despite pending judicial review of EPA licence. 31 Dec 2015 In an extraordinary, near clandestine decision in the middle of the Christmas holiday period, Alex White signed off on the final consent needed by Shell to operate the Corrib gas refinery […]

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 […]

$1.1bn Malabu Scam: Leaked emails show Shell, Eni, Jonathan’s aides conspired to divert money to Etete

The director of Global Witness, Simon Taylor, said, “We now know beyond all possible doubt or denial that Shell and Eni knew exactly where their payment was going. Nicholas Ibekwe: Dec 19, 2015 Despite repeated denial by oil giants, Shell and Eni, that they did not know that the $1.1 billion they paid for OPL […]

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 […]

Shell contests Dutch ruling on Nigerian spills

By Daniel J. Graeber: Dec. 18, 2015 THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Dec. 18 (UPI) — Dutch supermajor Shell said it was disappointed that a national court in The Hague has assumed jurisdiction over claims tied to oil spills in Nigeria. Nigerian farmers said Royal Dutch Shell and the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria are liable […]

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 […]

Shell Philippines says will exhaustively challenge 53.14 billion peso tax claim

MANILA | BY NEIL JEROME MORALES: Fri Dec 18, 2015 The Philippine unit of Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) will exhaust all legal means, including international arbitration, to challenge a 53.14 billion peso (£751.8 million) tax claim against its Malampaya natural gas project, a company official said on Friday. Shell Philippines Exploration B.V, is the operator […]

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 […]

COURT REFUSES TO UNFREEZE FUNDS FROM “SMASH AND GRAB” RAID ON NIGERIAN OIL BLOCK

Prosecutors allege that “fronts for President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria” received US$523m in proceeds of “smash and grab” OPL 245 deal. Press release / 15 Dec 2015 Southwark Crown Court today rejected an attempt by a company owned by the former Nigerian oil minister Dan Etete to unfreeze US$85m in proceeds of the corrupt deal […]

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 […]

Shell Bid Aims to Preserve U.S. Drilling Rights in Arctic Ocean

Jennifer A Dlouhy: December 15, 2015: Bloomberg.com Oil company files appeal challenging rejection by Interior Clock now ticking on oil and gas leases expiring in 2020 Royal Dutch Shell Plc is fighting to preserve U.S. drilling rights in Arctic waters three months after halting exploration indefinitely there because it failed to find meaningful oil or […]

Economics, not just regulation, sidelined Shell’s offshore Alaska drilling plans

Dermot Cole: December 8, 2015 Fresh assertions that the Obama administration smothered Shell’s Arctic dreams followed the news that Statoil gave up on its leases, the second company to abandon plans to look for oil in the Chukchi Sea. Citing market conditions and noting the leases “are no longer considered competitive within Statoil’s global portfolio,” the Norwegian company announced its withdrawal plans Nov. […]

Big Oil Let Off Hook

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BP Plc and Statoil ASA no longer face an European Union investigation into potential manipulation of fuel benchmarks, the regulator indicated on Monday. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg By Aoife White: Stephanie Bodoni: Peter Levring and Gaspard Sebag: Bloomberg.com: 7 December 2015 EU’s Vestager shows willingness to dump cases going nowhere Commission retreats from high-profile oil investigation Days […]

Mayo locals bring legal challenge to Shell Corrib Gas licence

4 December 2015 Four local residents have initiated a legal challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision granting Shell E&P Ireland an Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Licence (IPPC)for the Corrib gas refinery in Co Mayo. The EPA granted the IPPC licence for the Bellanaboy Bridge gas terminal, a gas refinery and large combustion plant […]

Shell’s $90M Contamination Deal OK’d Over Dole’s Objection

By Kurt Orzeck Law360, Los Angeles (December 2, 2015, 5:35 PM ET) — A California state appeals court on Tuesday finalized a decision affirming a judge’s approval of Shell Oil Co.’s $90 million settlement with nearly 1,500 Los Angeles-area residents over oil waste buried under homes built by a Dole Food Co. subsidiary. The court […]

EU Directive: safety of offshore oil and gas operations

DIRECTIVE 2013/30/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 12 June 2013 on safety of offshore oil and gas operations and amending Directive 2004/35/EC The above EU Directive (available in many languages, including Dutch) may be of assistance to people around the world who are concerned about the operations of European oil companies.  […]

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 […]

IF SHELL FINDS OIL IN CHUKCHI SEA, WHAT NEXT?

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 […]

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