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Arctic Ocean oil drilling opponents win appeal

SEATTLE — The U.S. government violated the law when it opened millions of acres of the Arctic Ocean to offshore oil drilling, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, possibly delaying plans by companies such as Royal Dutch Shell to drill off the northwest coast of Alaska in the near future. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court […]

Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling operations in limbo

Shell Oil has not disclosed new safety measures since a critical federal report in March, and it has not applied to drill in the Arctic in 2014. By Maria L. La Ganga: Sept 25, 2013 SEATTLE — Six months after federal officials chastised Shell Oil for its faulty offshore drilling operations in the Arctic, the […]

Coast Guard finds evidence of safety violations on Shell rig

The Coast Guard found a lack of preventive maintenance and “systematic failure” led the Discoverer to experience a loss of its propulsion system and an explosion in its exhaust system… By Kim MurphyFebruary 23, 2013, 6:15 a.m. The U.S. Coast Guard has found evidence of multiple safety and environmental violations in Shell Alaska’s Noble Discoverer […]

Selection of Shell related article links 29 Jan 2013

Selection of Shell related article links kindly supplied by a regular contributor Teck and Shell bicker over oil sands projects: National Post-CALGARY — A land dispute with Shell Canada Ltd. is threatening Teck Resources Ltd.’s first standalone oil sands project, adding uncertainty … President Obama Should Prioritize Protecting the Arctic as Part of …: Huffington […]

Shell’s Alaska Mishaps Continue in Monster Seas

Coast Guard cutter hits trouble trying to aid Shell rig off Alaska The Aiviq and Kulluk as they set sail from Seattle earlier this year for offshore drilling in Alaska (Royal Dutch Shell / December 28, 2012) By Kim MurphyDecember 28, 2012, 2:59 p.m. SEATTLE — Adding to a season full of headaches for Shell […]

Shell settles with Nigerian tribe

FROM OUR JUNE 2009 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE The Ogoni claim victory over the oil giant, although the company insists the $15.5-million award is a humanitarian gesture. June 13, 2009 After 13 years of litigation, Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to settle with plaintiffs who accused the oil giant of complicity in human rights abuses in […]

Revisiting an Arctic Tale of Ice and Shell

20/09/12: As Shell was getting ready to poke the first hole in the Chukchi Sea floor in Arctic Alaska to begin exploratory drilling, I was getting ready to give two talks in Alaska — the concluding lecture of the Next North Symposium at the Anchorage Museum on September 8, and one at the Noel Wien […]

Oil boom brings hope, anxiety to Alaska town

Shell’s drilling operations in the Chukchi Sea promise an economic boom in Wainwright, Alaska. But some see the transformation as a threat to the ancient indigenous culture there. By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times: September 23, 2012 WAINWRIGHT, Alaska — It was the down slope of August, and in the icy winds and freezing rain […]

Shell abandons plans to drill oil deposits in the offshore Arctic in 2012

By Kim Murphy: September 17, 2012 Shell Alaska said Monday it has abandoned its efforts to drill into hydrocarbon deposits in the offshore Arctic after the latest in a series of glitches on the company’s troubled oil containment barge resulted in damage to the high-tech dome designed to contain oil in the event of an […]

Ice threat halts Shell’s drilling in Arctic Ocean after one day

By Kim Murphy Only a day after Shell Alaska began drilling a landmark offshore oil well in the Arctic, the company was forced on Monday to pull off the well in the face of an approaching ice pack. With the ice floe about 10 miles away, the Noble Discoverer drilling rig was disconnecting from its […]

Shell says Arctic drilling could begin next week in Chukchi Sea

Shell says the Arctic Challenger will probably complete renovations in Bellingham, Wash., this week and set sail for Alaska. (August 26, 2012) By Kim Murphy: August 31, 2012, 6:00 a.m. WAINWRIGHT, Alaska — News that exploratory drilling in the Arctic could begin as early as next week brought a palpable sense of exuberance to the […]

Shell seeks more time to drill exploratory well in Chukchi Sea

Shell says the Arctic Challenger will likely complete renovations in Bellingham, Wash., this week and set sail for Alaska (Handout photo / August 26, 2012) By Kim Murphy: August 26, 2012, 4:24 p.m. GIRDWOOD, Alaska — With its bid to launch offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean running up against a deadline to protect against […]

Troubled Arctic Challenger cited for small illegal discharges

By Kim MurphyAugust 13, 2012, 6:49 p.m. SEATTLE — The containment vessel designed to capture oil in the event of a spill during exploratory drilling off the coast of Alaska has itself been responsible for four minor illegal fluid discharges during the last three weeks, the Coast Guard confirmed Monday. The discharges all involved hydraulic […]

Shell offers free fill-ups for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

The oil company opens a station in Newport Beach where hydrogen will be available at no charge, but only 200 cars statewide can take advantage of it. By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles TimesAugust 1, 2012, 4:45 p.m. Shell has opened a new station in Newport Beach where drivers fill up at no charge. That’s right: […]

Shell reduces its Arctic drilling ambitions as delays continue

By Laura J. Nelson: August 1, 2012, 4:45 a.m. Shell has reduced the number of exploratory offshore Arctic wells it plans to drill this year as construction delays continue on a containment barge that must be finished first, the company says. Weather is also a factor: Shell engineers had hoped to begin drilling in early […]

Shell’s Arctic oil spill containment vessel plagued by delays

By Kim Murphy July 19, 2012, 8:30 p.m. SEATTLE–The vessel designated to act as a crucial oil spill containment system in Arctic waters has obtained Coast Guard  approval to meet less rigorous weather standards than originally proposed. But, less than two weeks before drilling off Alaska’s northern coast is due to begin, a series of […]

Arctic oil: Shell seeks last-minute break on air pollution permit

By Kim MurphyJuly 13, 2012, 5:53 p.m. SEATTLE — Only weeks before it is set to begin drilling exploratory oil wells in the Alaskan Arctic, Shell has asked the Environmental Protection Agency for a last-minute revision in its air emissions permits, conceding it has not been able to meet all of the rigorous standards required […]

LA Times Editorial: Shell’s Arctic gamble

The plan by Shell Alaska to drill for oil in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas poses considerable risks. …what does seem clear is that neither Shell nor the government has taken the necessary steps to assure the public that a catastrophe can be avoided… July 11, 2012 The proposal by Shell Alaska to drill for […]

Arctic drilling: Groups challenge Shell oil spill response plans

By Kim Murphy: July 9, 2012, 6:41 p.m. SEATTLE — In an effort to hold oil companies to a higher standard in the Arctic Ocean, a coalition of conservation groups announced Monday that  they are suing to challenge the federal government’s approval of oil spill cleanup plans for Shell Alaska’s upcoming operations in the Beaufort […]

Shell settles with Nigerian tribe

The Ogoni claim victory over the oil giant, although the company insists the $15.5-million award is a humanitarian gesture. June 13, 2009 After 13 years of litigation, Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to settle with plaintiffs who accused the oil giant of complicity in human rights abuses in Nigeria, the most infamous of which was […]

Shell News Archive Monday 28 November 2005

Shell News Archive Monday 28 November 2005 Forbes/AFX News Limited: Shell starts production at massive new Nigerian field UPDATE: “Development of the Bonga field was hit by long delays and cost overruns, but Shell now hopes to rapidly reach peak capacity and boost the west African country’s total oil production by 10 pct.”: Monday 28 […]

Sunday Business Post (Ireland): State to pay Shell’s €40k bill

Sunday Business Post (Ireland): State to pay Shell’s €40k bill “The state faces a Garda bill of almost €40,000 for round-the-clock surveillance at the Shell Corrib gas terminal sites in Co Mayo over the past seven weeks. Deadlock over the onshore gas pipeline continues this week. Five farmers jailed for obstructing Shell access to their […]

Los Angeles Times: Judge Allows Shell Holder Suit to Continue

Los Angeles Times: Judge Allows Shell Holder Suit to Continue “A federal judge has allowed a stock fraud lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell to continue…”: “The U.S. Department of Justice has also launched a criminal investigation, according to the opinion by U.S. Chief District Judge John W. Bissell.” Tuesday 16 August 2005 By JEFFREY GOLD, […]

Shell News Archive Tuesday 7 December, 2004

Shell News Archive Tuesday 7 December, 2004 Yahoo! News: Shell to invest millions to open foreign petrol stations in India: “Vikram Singh Mehta, Chairman of the Shell Group of Companies in India, said the firm plans to open 2,000 outlets selling gasoline and diesel under the Shell brand name”: “Mehta said Shell was the largest […]

Shell News Archive Saturday 27 November, 2004

Shell News Archive Saturday 27 November, 2004 Daily Telegraph: Barrel count delays Shell’s annual report: “Shell, the energy giant struggling to restore its credibility after its reserves debacle, has been forced to delay the publication of its 2004 annual reports because of lingering uncertainty over how much “proven” barrels of oil and gas it has […]

Los Angeles Times: Shell Increases 2004 Spending in Europe

Los Angeles Times: Shell Increases 2004 Spending in Europe “The alleged role of individuals in the scandal remains under investigation by the SEC, and Shell also faces a separate probe by the U.S. Justice Department.” By Associated Press 25 August 04 LONDON — Royal Dutch/Shell Group on Wednesday announced a $150 million increase in the […]

Los Angeles Times: Shell May Postpone Closing of Refinery

Los Angeles Times: Shell May Postpone Closing of Refinery “The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Shell’s closure plan.” By Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer 13 August 04 In what would be a victory for California motorists, Shell Oil Co. is considering postponing the Oct. 1 shutdown of its Bakersfield refinery to allow more time for […]

Los Angeles Times: U.S. Adding to Its Oil Reserve

Los Angeles Times: U.S. Adding to Its Oil Reserve Bush administration Friday awarded contracts to ChevronTexaco Corp. and Royal Dutch/Shell Group’s Shell Oil to replenish the U.S. emergency petroleum reserve” (ShellNews.net) From Times Wire Services 7 August 04 The Bush administration Friday awarded contracts to ChevronTexaco Corp. and Royal Dutch/Shell Group’s Shell Oil to replenish […]

Los Angeles Times: CALIFORNIA Refinery Expert Is at Odds With Shell

Los Angeles Times: CALIFORNIA Refinery Expert Is at Odds With Shell “The proposed closure of the refinery has generated outrage among politicians and consumers” By Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer July 24, 2004 Shell Oil Co.’s Bakersfield refinery is financially sound and an attractive asset for potential buyers, and the company’s decision to close it […]

LA Times: SEC Weighs Requiring Certified Reserves: ‘scandal at Shell oil’

LA Times: SEC Weighs Requiring Certified Reserves: ‘scandal at Shell oil’ ‘overstatement of its proven reserves and “inappropriate” accounting in other business areas resulted in profits being inflated by $432 million.’ By Associated Press Posted 21 July 04 WASHINGTON — Following scandal at Shell oil, federal regulators are considering requiring outside auditors to review and […]