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An Oil-Soaked Globe as Production Keeps Climbing and Demand Falls

A version of this article appears in print on November 14, 2015, on page B1 of the New York edition HOUSTON — Such is the state of the oil industry these days that there is sometimes nowhere to put the oil. Off the coast of Texas, a line of roughly 40 tankers has formed, waiting […]

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 […]

Citing Climate Change, Obama Rejects Construction of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

“President Obama is the first world leader to reject a project because of its effect on the climate,” said Bill McKibben, founder of the activist group, which led the campaign against the pipeline. “That gives him new stature as an environmental leader, and it eloquently confirms the five years and millions of hours of […]

Exxon Mobil Investigated for Possible Climate Change Lies by New York Attorney General

Mr. Schneiderman’s decision to scrutinize the fossil fuel companies may well open a new legal front in the climate change battle. The Exxon inquiry might expand further to encompass other oil companies… By JUSTIN GILLIS and CLIFFORD KRAUSS: NOV. 5, 2015 The New York attorney general has begun an investigation of Exxon Mobil to determine whether the […]

Shell Says Purchase of BG Group Would Allow Further Cost-Cutting

By STANLEY REED: NOV. 3, 2015 LONDON — Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday that its planned acquisition of BG Group, the British oil and gas producer, would lead to major cost-cutting opportunities as well as sales of oil and gas properties. As it prepares to complete the deal, expected early next year, Shell also said […]

Low Oil Prices Take a Toll on Royal Dutch Shell in Quarter

By STANLEY REED: OCT. 29, 2015 LONDON — Lower petroleum prices took a big toll on Royal Dutch Shell in the third quarter. The company reported a loss of $7.4 billion, compared with a profit of $4.5 billion in the quarter a year earlier. Adjusted for inventory changes and one-time items — a more closely watched […]

Profit Down at BP, Which Predicts Era of Low Oil Prices

By STANLEY REED: OCT. 27, 2015 LONDON — The British oil giant BP said on Tuesday that its profit was down sharply in the third quarter as depressed oil prices took a heavy toll. The company, saying it expects prices to stay low for years, indicated that it would continue to cut costs and limit its […]

Nigeria President Escalates Campaign to Stem Corruption

In recent days, the campaign escalated with the arrest of two high-profile figures: Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former oil minister whose five-year tenure was marred by recurring accusations of widespread theft; and Olajide Omokore, the chairman of a Nigerian oil company. Both were held as part of inquiries into corruption and money laundering. By NORIMITSU ONISHI: OCT. […]

U.S. Blocks Alaskan Arctic Drilling for 2 Years

By CLIFFORD KRAUSS: OCT. 16, 2015 HOUSTON — The Obama administration shut the door Friday on drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Ocean over the next two years, canceling auctions for drilling rights in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. The decision by the Interior Department was not surprising because it came less than a month after Shell Oil […]

New Concern Over Quakes in Oklahoma Near a Hub of U.S. Oil

By MICHAEL WINES: OCT. 14, 2015 A sharp earthquake in central Oklahoma last weekend has raised fresh concern about the security of a vast crude oil storage complex, close to the quake’s center, that sits at the crossroads of the nation’s oil pipeline network. The magnitude 4.5 quake struck Saturday afternoon about three miles northwest of […]

Oil Sands Boom Dries Up in Alberta, Taking Thousands of Jobs With it

By IAN AUSTEN: OCT. 12, 2015 FORT McMURRAY, Alberta — At a camp for oil workers here, a collection of 16 three-story buildings that once housed 2,000 workers sits empty. A parking lot at a neighboring camp is now dotted with abandoned cars. With oil prices falling precipitously, capital-intensive projects rooted in the heavy crude mined […]

Shell’s Exit From Arctic Oil Drilling

LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES “I am hesitant to pop open the Champagne quite yet…” To the Editor: Re “Shell Pulls Plug on Exploration in Alaska Arctic” (front page, Sept. 29): While the news that Shell has decided to pull out of its controversial Arctic oil exploration effort is cause for […]

Shell Exits Arctic as Oil Slump Forces Industry to Retrench

By CLIFFORD KRAUSS and STANLEY REED As oil prices have continued their steady decline this year, rig after rig has been shut down, costing thousands of jobs in the United States. Yet major oil producers have been loath to pull the plug on their most ambitious projects — the multibillion-dollar investments that form the backbone of […]

Melting Ice Isn’t Opening Arctic to Oil Bonanza

By STEVEN LEE MYERS and CLIFFORD KRAUSS: SEPT. 7, 2015 TERIBERKA, Russia — The warming Arctic should already have transformed this impoverished fishing village on the coast of the Barents Sea. The Kremlin spent billions in the last decade in hopes of turning it into a northern hub of its global energy powerhouse, Gazprom. It was […]

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 […]

Obama’s Alaska Visit Puts Climate, Not Energy, in Forefront

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS: AUG. 31, 2015 WASHINGTON — President Obama will travel to Alaska on Monday to call for urgent and aggressive action to tackle climate change, capitalizing on a poignant tableau of melting glaciers, crumbling permafrost and rising sea levels to illustrate the immediacy of an issue he hopes to make a central element […]

U.S. Is Seen as Laggard as Russia Asserts Itself in Warming Arctic

Sources: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, IBRU at Durham University, Bordermap Consulting, KlimaCampus Integrated Climate Data Center, U.S. Geological Survey: By The New York Times By STEVEN LEE MYERSAUG. 29, 2015 ABOARD COAST GUARD CUTTER ALEX HALEY, in the Chukchi Sea — With warming seas creating new opportunities at the top […]

Oil Companies Sit on Hands at Auction for Leases

By CLIFFORD KRAUSS: AUG. 20, 2015 PAGE B1 IN NEW YORK EDITION HOUSTON — With oil prices collapsing and companies in retrenchment, a federal auction in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday attracted the lowest interest from producers since 1986. It was the clearest sign yet that the fortunes of oil companies are skidding so fast […]

Royal Dutch Shell Profits Continue to Fall, Prompting 6,500 Layoffs By

By STANLEY REED: JULY 30, 2015 LONDON — Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday that its profit fell sharply in the second quarter as a strong performance in marketing and refining failed to offset the brunt of lower oil and gas prices. The oil giant also said it would cut its capital investment and eliminate 6,500 jobs […]

Logistics and Lizards Disrupt Chevron’s Project Off Australia

Chevron agreed to share the cost with Exxon Mobil, Shell and three Japanese power companies, Osaka Gas, Tokyo Gas and Chubu Electric Power. “This is probably the last of the megaprojects for the oil companies for a while…” By A. ODYSSEUS PATRICK: JULY 3, 2015 SYDNEY, Australia — Getting anything to Chevron’s gas-processing plant on Barrow Island […]

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 […]

Decline of North Sea Oil Fields Forces Political Shifts in Britain

Article by STANLEY REED published JUNE 2, 2015 by The New York Times Decline of North Sea Oil Fields Forces Political Shifts in Britain ABERDEEN, Scotland — For the oil industry, the decline of the North Sea fields is part of a global challenge. But for Britain, it is also a political problem. The British government, […]

Prices Are Down, but Saudis Keep Oil Flowing

Article by CLIFFORD KRAUSS and STANLEY REED published 1 June 2015 in the New York edition of The New York Times under the headline Prices Are Down, but Saudis Keep Oil Flowing HOUSTON — The international cartel of oil producers has long followed the same basic strategy. When the market was soft, the group slashed production […]

Grabbing Paddles in Seattle to Ward Off an Oil Giant

By KIRK JOHNSON MAY 11, 2015 SEATTLE — A dozen or so men and women, cinched into life jackets, paddles at the ready, were about to launch their kayaks into Elliott Bay early Thursday evening with Seattle’s glittering skyline as the backdrop. For some of the paddlers, it was a first-time experience, and with the water […]

U.S. Maps Pinpoint Earthquakes Linked to Quest for Oil and Gas

“Predicting risk is also hard, the report noted, because there is no scientific consensus on just how powerful such quakes can be. The report estimated the effects of shocks up to magnitudes 6 and 7, while noting that some scientists have speculated that the catastrophic 7.9-magnitude earthquake in China in 2008 was caused by human […]

New Sea Drilling Rule Planned, 5 Years After BP Oil Spill

Article by CORAL DAVENPORT published APRIL 10, 2015 by The New York Times New Sea Drilling Rule Planned, 5 Years After BP Oil Spill WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is planning to impose a major new regulation on offshore oil and gas drilling to try to prevent the kind of explosions that caused the catastrophic BP […]

As Quakes Rattle Oklahoma, Fingers Point to Oil and Gas Industry

Article by Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Michael Wines published by The New York Times: As Quakes Rattle Oklahoma, Fingers Point to Oil and Gas Industry A version of this article appears in print on April 4, 2015, on page A1 of the New York edition PRAGUE, Okla. — Yanked without warning from a deep […]

Nigeria: President-Elect pledges to fight the evil of corruption

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, a former military leader, vowed to fight the scourges of corruption and Boko Haram militants. Sunday Alamba/Associated Press From an article Adam Nossiter published 1 April 2015 by The New York Times under the headline: Nigerian President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari Sets Out His Agenda Extracts KANO, Nigeria — Nigeria’s president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, did […]

New Federal Rules Are Set for Fracking

FROM AN ARTICLE BY CORAL DAVENPORT PUBLISHED IN THE NEW YORK EDITION OF THE NEW YORK TIMES ON 21 MARCH 2015 New Federal Rules Are Set for Fracking Extracts WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday unveiled the nation’s first major federal regulations on hydraulic fracturing, a technique for oil and gas drilling that has […]

Prices Fall to a Six-Year Low for U.S. Oil

Article by Stanley Reed published 17 March 2015 in the New York edition of the New York Times Prices Fall to a Six-Year Low for U.S. Oil Oil prices fell to six-year lows on Monday in the face of concerns that a glut in the United States was outpacing already-brimming storage facilities. Additionally, the Organization […]

Price of crude oil resumes its descent

Article by Stanley Reed published New York Times New York Edition 14 March 2015under the headline: Oil Prices Drop as Production Hums Along Despite a Brimming Supply LONDON — Just as the oil market appeared to be stabilizing, the price of crude resumed its descent on Friday. The drop, of about 4 percent, came after […]

Slump in Oil Prices Brings Pressure, and Investment Opportunity

An article by Michael Corkery and Peter Eavis published 2 Feb 2015 by The New York Times under the headline:  “Slump in Oil Prices Brings Pressure, and Investment Opportunity” American history is littered with oil busts that created big winners and losers. Now, as the cracks appear in the latest energy boom, the forces of […]

Who Will Rule the Oil Market?

OPINION ARTICLE BY DANIEL YERGIN PUBLISHED IN PRINT BY THE NEW YORK TIMES ON SATURDAY 25 JAN 2015 WASHINGTON — A HISTORIC change of roles is at the heart of the clamor and turmoil over the collapse of oil prices, which have plummeted by 50 percent since September. For decades, Saudi Arabia, backed by the […]

Tumbling oil prices

From a Bloomberg article by Joe Carroll and Tara Patel published 12 Jan 2015 by Business Report under the headline: “Analysis: Falling oil prices to trigger flood of write-downs” Extracts TUMBLING crude prices will trigger a flood of oilfield write-downs starting this month after industry returns slumped to a 16-year low, calling into question half a […]

Shell Arctic debacle

Article by Jeremy Cresswell published by on 6 Jan 2015 under the headline: “Noble Drilling has book thrown at it by Alaskan authorities” The paper stated: “So obviously, the safeguards in place to date have about as much teeth as a guppy. How do we know the repairs done truly take care of the problems […]

Oil Price Crash Continues Into 2015

From an article by CLIFFORD KRAUSS and PETER EAVISJAN published in the NY print edition of The New York Times on 6 Jan 2015 under the headline: “Oil’s Fall Continues Into 2015, and Stock Markets Shudder” HOUSTON — Oil prices tumbled below $50 a barrel on Monday, spooking global financial markets and signaling that the […]

Big Oil will get even bigger

FROM AN ARTICLE BY FIONA MAHARG-BRAVO PUBLISHED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES FRIDAY 2 JAN 2015 It’s not clear that Shell, the wallflower in the 1990s, will make a move. Exxon and other majors in the United States might be tempted. Either way, chances are Big Oil will get even bigger…  There was $383 billion in […]

Oil prices continued their collapse on Friday

Oil prices continued their collapse on Friday… The new rout began Friday morning… Gas prices will continue to be in a free fall as long as crude oil is searching for a bottom,” the AAA motor club reported on Friday. From an article published by The New York Times on page B1 of the New […]

BP to axe 1,000 jobs amid warning of oil price plunge to $40

Oil giant BP has said it will rack up costs of at least $1 billion (£637 million) over the next year as it embarks on a corporate shake-up which could cull more than 1,000 jobs. It comes as an Iranian official in the Opec oil cartel said crude prices could plunge as low as $40 a […]

Oil company shares slumped

OPEC’s decision on Thursday not to cut production in order to prop up oil prices sent markets reeling. Oil company shares slumped, wiping billions off firms’ market value… As they come to terms with the new oil regime, companies will cut spending by up to 10 percent in 2015… and delay new project approvals. LONDON, […]

Royal Dutch Shell News Monday 29 Sept 2014

By John Donovan A selection of current news articles about Royal Dutch Shell from around the globe: Oil price fixing According to a Bloomberg article published by, the UK is considering whether to criminalize manipulation of the world’s most-traded crude-futures market. Extract The UK is toughening the rules after the rigging of Libor and […]

Royal Dutch Shell Shareholders Beware

The news that BP may be fined up to $18bn for the oil spill in the Gulf-of-Mexico as a result of a ruling by a US federal court that BP acted with “conscious disregard of known risks” and that BP’s “conduct was reckless,” may have very serious implications for other oil companies. By John Donovan […]

Roundup of Royal Dutch Shell News 16 August 2014

SHELL’S USA FIRE SALE The New York Times reports that the Blackstone Group, a private equity company, is paying Royal Dutch Shell $1.2 billion for a stake comprising more than 107,000 net acres in Louisiana. MORE A related article by features a quote from Marvin Odum, president of Royal Dutch Shell’s U.S. division, Shell […]

Royal Dutch Shell Playing Politics with Human Lives?

What is even more appalling is the fact that the oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, is the one behind the scene steering the affairs of the Dutch Government and practically playing politics with ‘human lives.’ By Zik Gbemre RE: DESPITE ANGER OVER DOWNED JETLINER, EUROPE SHIES AWAY FROM SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA We find it rather […]

One of our sources: Joe McGinniss, the famed ‘journalist provocateur’

Extract from a Joe McGinniss email to a PR officer for one of the organizations supporting the plaintiffs in the Wiwa v Shell case, in which Joe (right) criticised the $15.5 million settlement:  But I can’t help sensing that after finally reaching the point where you were about to show the world the evidence of […]

‘Shell will try to prevent any sanctions against Russia’

Extracts from a New York Times article by Thomas Erdbrink published 23 July 2014 in the New York edition under the headline: “Despite Anger Over Downed Jetliner, Europe Shies Away From Sanctions on Russia” Shell, the Anglo-Dutch oil giant, which has its head office in The Hague, is one of the largest foreign investors in […]

Weighing the Risks of Investing in Energy Companies

Extracts from an article by Stanley Reed published 11 June 2014 by The New York Times …fund managers beginning to think skeptically about fossil fuel companies — not so much because they or their clients disapprove of their activities, but because they think the securities issued by these companies may prove poor long-term investments. The […]

NAM Groningen: A Gas Cache, Now Under Shaky Ground

Extract from a New York Times article by Stanley Reed published in print on 5 June 2014 LOPPERSUM, the Netherlands — Deep below the cow pastures and farming villages in this picturesque northeastern corner of the Netherlands lies an extraordinary resource: Europe’s largest source of natural gas, known as the Groningen gas field. But as […]

In Taking Crimea, Putin Gains a Sea of Fuel Reserves

Extracts from a New York Times article by William J. Broad published in print on 18 May 2014 When Russia seized Crimea in March, it acquired not just the Crimean landmass but also a maritime zone more than three times its size with the rights to underwater resources potentially worth trillions of dollars. Russia portrayed […]

Crackdown on Russia Could Hurt Western Oil

Extracts from an article by CLIFFORD KRAUSS published in print on March 28, 2014, on page B1 of the New York edition of The New York Times with the headline: Crackdown on Russia Could Hurt Western Oil. As the United States seeks to strengthen sanctions on Moscow for its occupation of Crimea, energy experts say […]