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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 […]

NIGERIA: Oil Spill From Shell’s Seibou Well In Bayelsa Traced To Equipment Failure

The oil spills from Seibou oil well operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Bayelsa State has been traced to a ruptured and dilapidated pipeline. A joint investigation visit (JIV) report on the incident obtained by SaharaReporters estimated that some 549 barrels of SPDC’s crude was discharged into Ogboinbiri River in Southern Ijaw local […]

The fall in oil price could be a turning point for Nigeria’s economy

From an article by Godwin Uyi Ojo published by The Guardian on 5 March 2015 read moreLike this:Like Loading…

Nigeria’s Ogonis Divided Over Resuming Oil Production

By Chris Stein – Voice of America, 06 March 2015 Nigeria’s Ogonis Divided Over Resuming Oil Production KEGBARA DERE, NIGERIA— Oil once flowed in Ogoniland, as it does from wells throughout the creeks and swamps of Nigeria’s Niger Delta region. But in 1993, the Ogoni people said enough. Leaking pipelines were polluting the fields they farmed and […]

Ogoniland and Shell

Article by Ben Ikari (International Human Rights and Environmental Justice Advocate) Dr. Eddy Wikina Should Advocate Clean-up and Ogoni Bill Of Rights-Not Oil Production My comments are based on a press statement credited to a respected elder of Ogoni Dr. Eddy Wikina on behalf of the “Ogonis Elites and Elders,” titled: Oil Resumption in Ogoniland: Elites […]

Shell divides $46.5 million between 15,500 Nigerians in oil spill compensation

Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has allocated N600,000 (approx. US$3,000) to each of 15,500 indigenous peoples of Bodo, in the Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State, as a monetary compensation for its excessive oil spills in the past years. These oil spills have had a damaging effect on the Ogoni environment. The compensation was […]

Ogoni People Reject Belema Oil, Express Fear of State Repression

“We urge the government of Nigeria and the Shell Petroleum Company to clearly understand that the Ogoni problem is like an open wound, the issues have to be resolved and no amount of coercion, blackmail, backdoor conspiracy will subject the people to give up on this very costly struggle for survival.” 22 Feb 2015 An […]

What Shell’s Settlement of Environmental Pollution in Ogoni Means

An article by guest contributor Ben Ikari The recent settlement by $hell Petroleum Development Company of $83.5 million to the Ogoni community of Bodo, as out-of-court compensation in the United Kingdom, for two oil spills caused by company’s negligence in 2008, is a sign of hope. It is a welcome development in the Ogoni struggle […]

Niger delta communities to sue Shell in London

From an article by John Vidal published by The Guardian on Wed 7 Jan 2015 under the headline: read moreLike this:Like Loading…

Nigeria Oil Spill Scandal another devastating blow to Shell’s reputation

By John Donovan This selection from today’s headlines about Shell oil spills in Nigeria says it all about a company that has proved time and time again that it cannot be trusted. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Court documents expose Shell’s false claims on Nigeria oil spills AllAfrica: Nigeria: Shell Lied About Amount, Impact of Bodo Oil Spills […]

Objection to Divestment of Shell Oil Blocks in Ogoniland

National Union of Ogoni Students’ USA 3747 W. 138TH Street, Crestwood Illinois 60445, Tel. 1-(888) 610-5590, email – [email protected] Press Release 10/25/2014 CAVERT EMPTOR: Divestment of Shell Oil Blocks: Oil Mining License 11 not for sale We, the Ogoni students in Diaspora under the National Union of Ogoni Students’ (NUOS INTL), USA on behalf of the […]

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 energyvoice.com, 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 […]

German Minister calls for boycott of Shell

“If you went to the Niger Delta and saw the standard of oil extraction, none of you would use the petrol stations of that oil firm,” he said. He said the company prioritized profit over concern for the environment. “That is unacceptable,” Müller added. By John Donovan Germany’s development minister Gerd Müller attacked the production […]

Shell prepares pullout from Ogoniland

By John Donovan Ogoniland is back in the news again. According to Africa Energy Intelligence.com: “Shell is highly discreetly working to sell its licenses in the Ogoni region in Rivers state, the theatre of violent clashes between local inhabitants and Nigeria’s security forces in the early 1990s. Since that time the once-prolific area has ceased…” […]

Royal Dutch Shell Retreat from Nigeria

The FT states: “Shell’s phlegmatic chief executive Ben van Beurden will need to hold his nose when he takes the money…” and in a related article, describes Shell’s actions as a “retreat from the Niger Delta” (triggered in part by militancy, violence and bunkering). By John Donovan The global firesale of Shell assets continues with […]

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 BusinessReport.com features a quote from Marvin Odum, president of Royal Dutch Shell’s U.S. division, Shell […]

Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com News Round-up 12 August 2014

A frosty reception for Shell sponsorship; Oil and Gas company debt soars to danger level; Shell a gigantic flea By John Donovan UK The Telegraph City Diary column has commented on Shell’s embarrassment at arts sponsorship monies being returned to the  company in Ireland. “First the Antarctic, now Ireland. The list of countries where Royal […]

First oil produced from SNEPCO-operated Bonga North West deep-water project in Nigeria

VERBATIM FROM A SHELL PRESS RELEASE 6 AUGUST 2014 06 Aug 2014 Shell’s deep-water subsidiary in Nigeria, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd (SNEPCo) started oil production from the first well at the Bonga North West deep-water development off the Nigerian coast on Tuesday 5 August 2014, another milestone for the country’s energy industry. […]

Failure to clean Niger Delta oil pollution still devastating people’s health: Amnesty

Extracts from an Associated Press article by MARAM MAZEN published 3 August 2014 LAGOS, Nigeria – Little action has been taken to clean up pollution caused by oil production in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, either by the government or Shell Oil, Amnesty International and other groups charged Monday. Oil production has contaminated the drinking water […]

Shell vs. Bodo Community: British Court To Hear Evidence In Nigeria

Extracts from an article by Tunde Oyedoyin published by The Guardian Nigeria on Friday 25 July 2014 A BRITISH court will temporarily sit in Nigeria next year in a bid to determine how much compensation Shell Nigeria should pay to the fishermen of the Bodo community, who were affected by the two massive oil spills that […]

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 […]

Nigerian Federal Government, Shell and the Ogoni: Treachery all round?

Extract from an article by Ifeanyi Izeze published 21 July 2014 by ngex.com read moreLike this:Like Loading…

Respond To Shell Allegation Of Non-Release Of Ogoni Remediation Funds

ARTICLE BY LARA ADEJORO PUBLISHED 8 JULY 2014 BY THE DAILY TIMES OF NIGERIA  The disclosure by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) that the Nigerian government was frustrating the release of funds for the implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Assessment on Ogoniland has come as a rude shock and the Ogoni people […]

Shell signs surveillance deal with Ogoni, denies plot to resume oil production

Extracts from TheGuardian (Nigeria) article by Kelvin Ebiri published 19 June 2014 SHELL Petroleum Development Company has said its signing of multimillion dollar pipeline surveillance contract with some Ogoni communities in Rivers State, is not a plot to resume oil production there. The company which was forced to shut its operational activities in Ogoni in […]

Esther Kiobel castigates UK and Dutch joint intervention in U.S. Supreme Court Case

Esther Kiobel of Kiobel-v-Shell fame speaking at an Amnesty International Event By John Donovan Amnesty International published an article in April 2014 revealing that the British government had intervened on the side of Royal Dutch Shell in the Kiobel-v-Shell case before the U.S. Supreme Court  and had done so after being lobbied by Shell. A related […]

Shell chief to visit Nigeria in effort to clean up oil spills

Extract from a Guardian article by Terry Macalister published Sunday 1 June 2014 Ben van Beurden, the chief executive of Shell, will go to Nigeria this week to try to restore his firm’s tarnished reputation by winning local support for a clean-up strategy to tackle old oil spills in the Delta. FULL ARTICLE (c) Guardian […]

Ogonis charge Nigerian Federal Government and Shell on UNEP report

Extract from a Daily Post article by Victor Azubuike published 28 May 2014 The people of Ogoni are calling on the Federal Government to set up a structure to help facilitate the implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, report following a new revelation by Shell. “Following last week’s surprise announcement by Shell’s new CEO, […]

‘Cleaned’ Nigerian sites still blighted by oil as Shell’s efforts to contain spills makes slow progress, says report

Swathes of land and waterways in the Niger Delta are once again blighted with oil only months on from Shell’s clean-up efforts… Extracts from a This is Money article by Rob Davies published 26 May 2014 Shell’s efforts to contain spills in Nigeria are making stuttering progress, with supposedly restored sites still mired in oil, […]

Royal Dutch Shell shameful record of appeasement

By John Donovan For nearly a hundred years the Royal Dutch Shell Group has appeased and collaborated with evil regimes including Nazi Germany, Nigeria, Brunei, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Iran, Iraq under Saddam Hussein, Apartheid South Africa and with Putin of Russia, despite his annexation of Sakhalin2 and Crimea. Anything to earn a buck irrespective of ethics, […]

Seething review of Mark Moody-Stuart book: Responsible Leadership

Extracts from a review by Danny Chivers of the recently published book by retired Royal Dutch Shell Group Chairman Sir Mark Moody-Stuart: “RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP: Lessons from the Front Line of Sustainability and Ethics” Article originally published under the headline: “If this is responsible leadership, then I’m an Ogoni” Reading this book was a strange experience. […]

Did Vince Cable recuse himself from Kiobel v Shell controversy?

Vince Cable Described As ‘Minister For Shell’ In Letter From Oil Giant By John Donovan Vince Cable, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills was formerly a senior Royal Dutch Shell executive. It has recently come to light that Shell successfully lobbied his department to intervene on Shell’s behalf in a case being […]

Documents show UK Government caved in to Shell lobbying

Graphics from The Guardian article Unloveable Shell, the Goddess of Oil by Andrew Rowell, published 15th Nov 1997 “Are there any principles that the UK government is willing to stand up for in the face of business lobbying? Apparently not, if documents released through a Freedom of Information request are anything to go by. These […]

Hearing to determine key legal issues in claim against Shell by 15,000 Nigerians

28 April 2014 An historic legal hearing will begin on 29th April 2014 which will hear evidence from the UK lawyers representing 15,000 Nigerian fishermen from the Bodo community against oil giant Shell in a hearing which will determine the key legal issues to be considered in one of the largest ever environmental law cases […]

Documents reveal extent of Shell lobbying in human rights case

The documents, obtained by the Corporate Responsibility Coalition (Core) and Amnesty International, show the closeness of the relationship between the multinational corporations and UK government departments. They also show that UK government officials were privately worried about being seen to be promoting business interests over ethical trading principles. Peter Frankental, economic relations programme director at […]

Stay away from Ogoniland, MOSOP warns Shell

Extracts from an article by Dapo Falade in Port Harcourt published 6 April 2014 by the Nigerian Tribune Dutch oil giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), may be heading to another round of crisis as the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) has warned it to stay away from Ogoniland.  The latest warning […]

Shell: banishing delta blues

Extract from an article by Jonathan Guthrie published 2 April 2014 by the Financial Times Extracting Shell neatly from the delta acreages would be an early win for new chief executive Ben van Beurden. Oil theft contributed to the profit warning in January that marked his accession. Longstanding animosity to Shell feeds the problem. Government […]

Message from Ogoni Activist Ben Ikari

RELATED COMMENT BY JOHN DONOVAN: “I publish very few articles/press releases from Ogoni sources because you never know who is a legitimate representative of the Ogoni people and not a faction led by an ego driven individual, with a self-invented impressive title.” By John Donovan I have today published a message to the Ogoni people […]

Nigeria ravaged by $20bn oil robbery

It was 2am when a fireball pierced the inky night sky above a small community in the Niger delta. The explosion near Port Harcourt last June killed several people and released 6,000 barrels of crude oil. The cause: contractors hired by Royal Dutch Shell to stop pirates siphoning oil from a huge pipeline were themselves […]

Non-Payment By Shell After Oil Spill Triggers Protests

A number of Ogoni people picketed First Bank in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on Wednesday (22 January 2014). Their protests aimed at the execution of a judgment of a Federal High Court, which ordered Shell to pay N80. 3 billion to the Ogoni community, in compensation for an oil spill in the area. The protesters required […]

Controversy over Shell/Gazprom £4 million gifts to Cambridge University

Graphic from the remarkable Guardian newspaper article: Unloveable Shell, the goddess of oil (Click on image to enlarge): Sub-headline: For a century, Shell has explored the Earth to make our lives more comfortable, But in its wake, says Andrew Rowell, lies a trail of corruption, despoliation and death The University of Cambridge has come under […]