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Federal government questioned over leaking tailings ponds in Alberta

The secretariat asked Canadian environment officials to explain documented cases of contaminated tailings water being discharged into Jackpine Creek, Beaver Creek, McLean Creek and the Athabasca River, and noted that Environment Canada expressed concern that tailings ponds would be discharged into fish-bearing waters during an assessment of Shell Canada’s Jackpine project. As part of that […]

Four Remarkable Revelations About Big Oil in 2013

Perhaps the most surprising disclosure of them all came earlier this month, when Shell made its rift with the global coal industry public, admitting to an Australian newspaper that its lobbying efforts may have influenced the World Bank’s decision in July to restrict financing of new coal power stations, except in “rare circumstances.” Recent disclosures […]

Ottawa approves Shell’s Jackpine oil sands expansion

The federal Conservative government has approved plans to expand an oil sands mining project, despite the environment minister saying the effort is likely to cause significant “adverse environmental effects. CARRIE TAIT: CALGARY — The Globe and Mail: Published Friday, Dec. 06 2013 The federal Conservative government has approved plans to expand an oil sands mining project, despite the environment […]

Canada’s Tar Sands Oil Boom Yields Toxic Wastewater Lakes

Companies including Syncrude Canada, Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil affiliate Imperial Oil are running out of room to store the contaminated water that is a byproduct of the process used to turn bitumen—a highly viscous form of petroleum—into diesel and other fuels. By 2022 they will be producing so much of the stuff that a […]

Construction moving forward at oilsands facility

November 13, 2013 RICHARD GILBERT: staff writer Royal Dutch Shell is moving forward with the construction of the Carmon Creek oilsands project in northeast Alberta, which will significantly increase production at its Peace River complex. “I’m pleased we’re moving ahead with this important project,” said Lorraine Mitchelmore, executive vice president heavy oil. “Shell’s Peace River […]

Shell and Iran on Dutch TV

John Perhaps you can give a little ‘heads up’ to your followers in the Netherlands. On TV station Nederland 2 there is the programme ‘Tegenlicht’. Shell apparently refused to cooperate so they did the research on big data available on the internet. In a preview yesterday evening it was claimed that all will be revealed […]

U.S. govt gauges interest in new Chukchi Sea offshore oil leasing

(Reuters) – The U.S. government on Thursday started to formally gauge energy companies’ interest in future oil and gas leasing in the Chukchi Sea near Alaska, site of a trouble-plagued 2012 exploration season for Royal Dutch Shell Plc. Shell did preliminary drilling on one Chukchi well in 2012. After experiencing equipment failures and accidents, it […]

Shell’s oil sands deliverer becomes downstream boss

Abbott also takes on a headache in the form of the company’s Motiva U.S. refining joint venture operation, where a new refinery unit faces piping and vibration problems . Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:10pm BST By Andrew Callus (Reuters) – Shell is to make John Abbott head of its fuels and chemicals business, pitching the […]

Canada’s hidden and unwanted gift in its heavy crudes

Promoters of Canadian tar sands development and the sale of large volumes of Canadian heavy oil never mention this hidden and unwanted ‘gift’ of high sulfur ‘coal’ that comes with the heavy oil. It is the ‘dirty little secret’ of the Canadian heavy oil crude that nobody in the oil industry wants to talk about. […]

Industry veteran John Broadhurst has confronted three decades of oil sands challenges

Claudia Cattaneo | 13/06/14 | Last Updated: 13/06/14 6:57 PM ET John Broadhurst knows how tough it gets when you put innovation on a schedule. After a 32-year career in which he led Shell’s entry, development and expansion into the Alberta deposits, Mr. Broadhurst, 54, vice-president heavy oil, is retiring Monday and letting others solve […]

Opponents of Oxford’s partnership with Shell

Shell’s research money is also buying legitimacy for its unconscionable activities globally. These include human rights abuses in the Niger delta, reckless drilling plans in the Arctic, fracking in South Africa, and carbon-intensive tar sands extraction that undermines indigenous rights in Canada. Thursday 9 May 2013 Today sees the launch of a new partnership between […]