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Shell Forced to Scale Back Ambitions

By James Stafford: Thu, 26 November 2015 As with most oil companies, 2015 has been a rough year for Royal Dutch Shell. The Anglo-Dutch company reported a third quarter loss of $6 billion, which included $7.9 billion in impairment charges. During its third quarter earnings call, Shell’s CEO Ben van Beurden summed up the company’s strategy, […]

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 […]

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Extra Judicial Death of Ken Saro-Wiwa & all the Ogoni 9

10 Nov 2015, Dublin Ireland Shell to Sea Activists and AFRI commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the deaths of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni Nine outside “Corrib House:” Shell’s Irish Headquarters in Dublin. The activists carried crosses bearing the names of each of the men executed by the corrupt Nigerian Government on 10 November 1995. […]

Shell must pay full cost of Saro-Wiwa’s murder, polluting Ogoniland, activists demand

November 11, 2015: Ben Ezeamalu A coalition of civil societies have demanded that Shell be made to pay “the full cost” for the murder of the Ogoni playwright and activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, and eight others and the pollution of Ogoniland. At a joint press conference in Port Harcourt, Tuesday, the Social Action, Ogoni Solidarity Forum, Movement […]

Ken Saro-Wiwa’s widow talks about execution 20 years on

By Yvonne Ndege | Al Jazeera  A memorial march is due to be held in Nigeria for a champion of the environment who confronted one of the world’s biggest oil companies – and was then hanged. It is the 20th anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro Wiwa, who campaigned against oil pollution in the […]

Nigerian Probes Uncover $12bn Oil Fraud

In 2012, the Senate investigated the contentious Malabu Oil Field transaction. The Upper House re-opened investigation into an allegation of $1.1 billion round-tripping involving the federal government and two international oil companies – Shell and Eni (Agip) – over the sale of a contentious OPL 245 oil block. BY EDEGBE ODEMWINGIE AND BODE GBADEBO: Nov 10, […]

Shell haunted by Ken Saro Wiwa legacy as Niger Delta communities demand justice

10 November 2015 Today marks the 20th anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro Wiwa and eight other Ogoni leaders, hanged by the Nigerian state after they spoke out against the government and campaigned against Shell’s operations in Nigeria’s Ogoniland. Their executions sparked a global outcry. It’s a fitting moment to take stock of the […]

Anger over enduring ‘environmental horror’ in oil-rich, polluted Niger delta

Activists in Port Harcourt, Nigeria protest to demand that Shell pay reparations and clean up its oil spills. © Amnesty International John Vidal read more

Protest threatened over memorial 20 years after Ken Saro-Wiwa execution

Twenty years after ‘judicial murder’, Nigeria’s Ogoni people highlight international storm over oil spillage pollution John Vidal: Saturday 7 November 2015 Leaders of Nigeria’s Ogoni people have threatened to disrupt the country’s oil industry if the government does not release a British artwork commemorating the 20th anniversary of the execution of the writer Ken Saro-Wiwa. […]

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 […]

Exposed: The fake recruitment boss who offered oil expert £10,000 a month job with Shell

4 NOV 2015 BY ANDREW PENMAN Fraudsters lure victims into paying upfront fees to cover supposed costs only to find out the employer has never heard of them One Mirror reader who has just been targeted is out-of-work oil industry logistics expert Alan Winks. It seemed that his years of experience in the North Sea […]

Niger Delta: Shell’s manifestly false claims about oil pollution exposed, again

3 November 2015, 00:08 UTC Claims by oil giant Shell that it has cleaned up heavily polluted areas of the Niger Delta are blatantly false, Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) said in a new report published today. Clean it up: Shell’s false claims about oil spills in the […]

Amnesty report accuses Shell of failing to clean up Niger delta oil spills

John Vidal: Tuesday 3 November 2015 00.01 GMT read more

Kola Aluko reveals why he paid rent for ex-minister’s mother

Alison-Madueke was detained in London on October 2, 2015, by the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) over allegations that she laundered billions of dollars from her country’s treasury. Nigerian oil tycoon, Kola Aluko has admitted paying rent for Mrs Beatrice Agama, the mother of former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke. Alison-Madueke was detained in London […]

Fugitive Oil Tycoon Kola Aluko Admits Paying UK Rent For Alison-Madueke’s Mother

BY SAHARAREPORTERS, NEW YORK: NOV 01, 2015 Kola Aluko, a Nigerian oil magnate now wanted in the UK for money laundering, has admitted that he paid rent for a high-end apartment for the mother of a former minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke. Mr. Aluko told the British Sunday Times newspaper that he was responsible for […]

Oil tycoon faces quiz over lost billions

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New Report Blames Shell, Exposes Failure to Clean Niger-Delta Oil Spills

By Senator Iroegbu: 29 October 2015 The Amnesty International (AI) and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) will launch a new report exposing what it described as Shell’s blatantly false statements about its efforts to clean up oil spills in the Niger Delta next week. The Press Officer, AI Nigeria, Mr. Eulette […]

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, […]

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. […]

Is Cameron’s campaign against corrupt cash starting to bite?

The arrest of Nigeria’s glamorous former oil minister suggests it is, says Clementine Wallop 13 October 2015 Like many others, I was sceptical when in July, Prime Minister David Cameron said in a speech in Singapore he was planning to crack down on corrupt foreigners who own luxury properties in London and use the capital […]

Nigeria’s President Enlists the West to Help Recover Stolen Money

Benoît Faucon in London: Oct. 12, 2015  U.S., U.K. act quickly at behest of Muhammadu Buhari, who took office in May on a pledge to stamp out corruption; ex-oil minister detained in London London police this month briefly detained Nigeria’s former oil minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.  Following a summer meeting in Washington between British and American investigators, […]

Western oil groups warn Nigeria against overhaul of contracts

Western oil executives are warning Nigeria against major changes to commercial contracts that could lead to the government taking a bigger share of revenues from the country’s deepwater fields, FT reports. The decision – which the government says will affect Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), Chevron (NYSE:CVX), Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM), Eni (NYSE:E) and others “in […]

Nigeria: The Morality and Mortality in Alamieyeseigha’s Death and Diezani Alison-Madueke’s Illness

Nigeria: The Morality and Mortality in Alamieyeseigha’s Death and Diezani Alison-Madueke’s Illness OPINION By Adeolu Ademoyo Depending on the context, death and illness are two occurrences, which are often difficult to write and talk about. This broad challenge is made more complicated in a contemporary African context-in this case Nigerian context- that is disposed to […]

Militants attack Shell Nigeria flow station, kill guard, company says

Published October 11, 2015: Associated Press WARRI, Nigeria –  Shell Nigeria says armed militants attacked an oil flow station in the southern Delta and killed a guard, amid fears of a renewed crisis as the country grapples with halved petroleum prices. Militant demands have been increasing and range from regional autonomy to a bigger share of […]

Gunmen Kill Oil Worker On Royal Dutch Shell Facility In Bayelsa

BY PM NEWS, LAGOS: OCT 09, 2015 Unidentified gunmen on Friday killed an oil worker at the Kolo Creek Oilfields operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa. It was gathered that the sound of the gunshots fired by the gunmen alerted armed security team stationed to guard the oil […]

Alison-Madueke family reacts, says Diezani was never arrested

October 09, 2015 * Says she completed months of cancer chemotherapy in London, to undergo surgery next week * Urges Nigerians to pray for her recovery to face allegations, give stewardship account Following the ongoing travails of Nigeria’s former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, over allegations of money laundering and bribery brought against her […]

Shell asks shippers exporting Nigerian oil to sign NNPC guarantee

Fri Oct 9, 2015 LONDON Oct 9 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has asked ship owners exporting its Nigerian oil to sign a “letter of comfort” (LoC) to guarantee that its oil is not stolen, an email from the company seen by Reuters showed. “Please be informed we expect LPG & Products ship owners to […]

Diezani Alison-Madueke: Behind the ‘reformer’ of the Nigerian oil industry’s arrest

Mrs Alison-Madueke, 54, part of a prominent Nigerian family and a former Shell executive, was appointed as Honourable Minister of Petroleum Resources in March 2010 by now former president Goodluck Jonathan Cahal Milmo§ @cahalmilmo Wednesday 7 October 2015 18:29 Until last Friday, Diezani Alison-Madueke’s position as one of the most prominent women on the global stage […]

Diezani In London By Michael Egbejumi-David

…just last Friday, the ex-minister was collared in London along with four other people.  They were all charged with bribery, corruption and money laundering.  Already, money is being taken off her. BY MICHAEL EGBEJUMI-DAVID: OCT 06, 2015 I have met the former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke before.  It was about three years ago in […]

How Nigeria’s Ex-Minister Of Petroleum Madueke Laundered Looted Money, Her Accomplices Revealed

…another avenue of money laundering by the former minister was the controversial Malabu deal in which she, former Attorney General, Mohammed Adoke, and President Goodluck Jonathan may have pocketed close to $2 billion between them. Charing Cross Police Station in London where former Shell Executive Director and subsequently Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani […]

Premium Times: Former Shell Executive Director Arrested in London on Corruption Allegations Involving Over $20bn

  …former board member of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria… By Bassey Udo: 4 Oct 2015 The Nigerian presidency has confirmed the arrest of a former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, in London, over allegations of corruption and money laundering. “The government is aware of the arrest and all the government investigative agencies are working very […]

Shell Starts Nigeria Offshore Expansion of Up to 50,000 Barrels

Rakteem Katakey: 5 Oct 2015 Bonga phase 3 oil passes through floating production facility Shell has 55% of Bonga, Exxon 20%, Total, Agip 12.5% each Royal Dutch Shell Plc expanded oil production off Nigeria’s coast by starting the third phase of its Bonga field.  That phase has a peak production capacity of about 50,000 […]

Nigeria’s ex-oil minister ‘arrested in London’

…one of five people as part of an investigation into suspected bribery and money laundering. $20bn of oil money had gone missing… 2 Oct 2015 Nigeria’s former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke has been arrested in London, her family has said. She is believed to be one of five people the UK National Crime Agency said […]

Cash-strapped Nigeria to renegotiate contracts with oil majors

By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor: Sept 16, 2015 Nigeria’s state oil company says it plans to renegotiate production sharing agreements with oil majors including Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), Chevron (NYSE:CVX), Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) and Eni (NYSE:E), as the country has been hit hard by the plunge in global oil prices. “Some of the […]

Outspoken articles about Shell

Outspoken articles about Shell 2015 I WARNED WIKIPEDIA YEARS AGO THAT ALIAS EDITING WOULD RESULT IN SCANDAL: 7 Sept 2015 OSSL Whistleblower Email Sent to Irish Police, Irish Times and Shell on 28 August 2015: 28 Aug 2015 SHELL und DEUTSCHLAND (SHELL AND GERMANY): 18 Aug 2015 BVB Personal Journey? Was it to a bank […]

Oil price rises: is this the end of the slump?

“The trend is strong and down… do not be wrong-footed by a correction higher…” Aug 28, 2015: Brent in biggest one-day surge since December 2008 as pipelines closed down Oil prices are continuing to rise after the market posted its biggest one-day surge for close to seven years, a recovery that comes off the back of […]

Why Shell Announced Force Majeure On Nigerian Bonny Crude Export

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Aug 28, 2015 On Thursday, August 27, Royal Dutch Shell plc’s (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) Nigerian unit closed down its two crude pipeline and declared “force majeure” on export of Bonny Light crude, as reported by Reuters. The Hague-based company closed the Trans Niger Pipeline at Oloma because of a leakage in the pipeline. The […]

Shell Leaves ALEC, Is Still Terrible

Shell remains one of the dirtiest, corrupt and dangerous companies ever known, and no amount of green-washing can hide that simple fact. Derrick Crowe: 27 August, 2015 Earlier this month, Royal Dutch Shell announced it would allow its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, to expire. ALEC is a major force behind […]

New head of Nigeria’s state oil company sacks top management

By Julia Payne Aug 5 (Reuters) – The new head of Nigeria’s state oil firm dismissed senior managers after a government directive, the company said on Wednesday, barely a day after President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him as managing director. “All of the executive directors were let go … Buhari wanted a clean slate,” one of […]

Nigerian government finally sets up fund to clean up Ogoniland oil spills

John Vidal: Friday 7 August 2015  The long-delayed $1bn clean-up of heavily oil-contaminated Ogoniland in the Niger delta has moved closer with Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari setting up a restoration fund four years after a damning UN report advised the government and oil industry to act urgently. But a spokesman for Shell, which discovered oil in […]

Nigeria: Shell must match government’s commitment to clean oil spills – Amnesty International

By Press Release: August 6, 2015 Shell must match the Nigerian government’s new commitment to tackle oil pollution in the Niger Delta by dramatically improving how it cleans up spills, Amnesty International said today. President Muhammadu Buhari’s announcement on Wednesday of a trust fund to pay for the clean-up of the Ogoniland region in the Niger […]

Shell Begins The Recovery Of Spilled Crude At Adibawa Oil Fields

BY SAHARA REPORTERS, NEW YORK: AUG 06, 2015 After weeks of prolonged rift with host communities and the resulting degradation of the environment, the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) has commenced the recovery of spilled crude from its Adibawa oil fields. Mr. Sunny Jacob Ubele, the traditional ruler of Edagberi community, said on Thursday […]

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, […]

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Bayelsa community accuses Shell of abandoning oil spill

19 July 2015 The residents of Oruma–Yibama, Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa, have alleged that Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) is yet to clean up an oil spill that occurred in the area on June 2. The Chairman of Oruma-Yibama Community Development Committee, Eliot Igbigikeme, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of […]

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 Kicks off Grassroots Campaign against Crude Oil Theft in Ogoniland

6 July 2015 The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) has kicked off the second phase of its grassroots campaign against crude oil theft and illegal oil refining activities in Ogoni land, Rivers State. The first phase of the campaign in 2014 reached over 7,000 community people from Eleme, Gokana, Khana, and Tai […]

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 […]

Shell’s Secret Sale of Oil, Gas Reserves In Bayelsa State, Nigeria

Shell’s Secret Sale of Oil, Gas Reserves In Bayelsa State, Nigeria “We just woke up one morning and started reading in the newspapers and the electronic media that our oil fields have been sold by Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited (SPDC) and acquired by an unknown company – Aiteo Eastern Exploration and production company limited…” […]

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,  […]