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Is our federal government too close to Big Oil?

Environment Canada’s recent approval of the Jackpine oilsands mine expansion appears to prove, once and for all, that the current federal government works for corporations, not for the benefit of this country. By Amelia Meister: 18 December 2013 Environment Canada’s recent approval of the Jackpine oilsands mine expansion appears to prove, once and for all, […]

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 […]

Top Canada court will not hear oil sands case

Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:42pm EDT CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Canada’s Supreme Court on Thursday declined to hear an Alberta aboriginal group’s application to block an upcoming regulatory decision for a Royal Dutch Shell oil sands development. The aboriginal group sought the block because it was not adequately consulted. The country’s top court did not […]

Shell Says Energy Efficiency in Oil, Gas Production a Challenge

By Sarah Kent: Published April 11, 2013 by Dow Jones Newswires Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB) said Thursday that maintaining energy efficiency in its oil and gas production will prove a challenge in coming years. “We expect that maintaining the energy efficiency levels of recent years will be more difficult in the future as existing […]

One-on-one with Shell Oil president Marvin Odum

The U.S. will always need our oil. Apr 3, 2013 James Cowan Marvin Odum’s job titles could fill several business cards. He is president of Shell Oil Co. in the United States, and sits on the executive committee of Royal Dutch Shell, its parent company. But for Canadians, his most important role is serving as […]

S&P Warns of Credit Downgrade for BP, Shell, Others

March 4, 2013 Oil and gas companies including BP and Shell will likely see declines in cash flows and credit downgrades if world leaders implement policies to limit GHG emissions, according to a study by Carbon Tracker and Standard & Poor’s. What A Carbon-Constrained Future Could Mean For Oil Companies’ Creditworthiness looks at how BP […]

Selection of links to Shell related articles: 21 February 2013

Selection of links to Shell related articles kindly supplied by a regular contributor ExxonMobil Witness in Trial Says MTBE Raised Cancer Risk: Bloomberg: Shell Oil Co., Sunoco Inc., ConocoPhillips (COP), Irving Oil Ltd., Vitol SA and Hess Corp. settled before the trial began. The New Hampshire … Five reasons the Keystone XL pipeline is bad […]

Shell undermines climate, guts clean energy legislation

By: Ray Anderson, River Falls Published February 13, 2013 Letter: Shell undermines climate, guts clean energy legislation, he says TO THE EDITOR: The Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company, the most carbon-intensive oil company in the world, will contribute more to global warming than any other oil company. Shell continues to expand investments in oil sands […]

Oil Sands Industry in Canada Tied to Higher Carcinogen Level

The development of Alberta’s oil sands has increased levels of cancer-causing compounds in surrounding lakes well beyond natural levels, Canadian researchers reported in a study released on Monday. And they said the contamination covered a wider area than had previously been believed. “Now we have the smoking gun,” Professor Smol said. The study is likely […]

Critics blast Shell, saying its Jackpine oilsands plan will harm the environment

By Sheila Pratt, Edmonton Journal November 21, 2012 EDMONTON – Shell Canada is trying to “sneak” its Jackpine project past regulators before the regional plan is complete, and the $12-billion mine expansion should be delayed for a year, a review panel was told in the final day of hearings into the project 100 km northeast […]

A big mess at Motiva and why Gulf Coast refiners are making a killing

Lorne Stockman While Chevron’s Richmond refinery has been making the news lately with a very visible incident, our attention has been drawn to less noticed recent events in America’s biggest refining center on the Gulf Coast, where what was to become the country’s largest refinery also ran into a spot of trouble. You’d think that […]

Panel says it doesn’t have authority to rule on challenge to Jackpine Mine expansion

Constitutional challenge to Shell oilsands development raised by First Nation, Metis groups By Marty Klinkenberg, Edmonton Journal October 26, 2012 The Joint Review Panel reviewing Shell’s proposed Jackpine Mine expansion project north of Fort McMurray on Friday ruled that it does not have jurisdiction to consider a constitutional challenge raised by the Athabasca Chipewyan First […]

Selection of Article Links: 24 October 2012

Selection of article links supplied by a regular contributor Study for Shell’s Jackpine Oil Sands Mine Predicts ‘Unprecedented … Inside Climate News-Oct 22, 2012 Study for Shell’s Jackpine Oil Sands Mine Predicts ‘Unprecedented’ Losses in Animal Habitat (Edmonton Journal) · Methane Found in Drinking … Shell’s Tar Sands Expansion Could Be Illegal 22, 2012 […]

Alberta First Nation wants to stop Shell Canada’s Jackpine mine expansion

By Marty Klinkenberg, Edmonton Journal October 22, 2012 EDMONTON – Backed by human rights organizations and conservation groups, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation will argue in Fort McMurray on Tuesday that it should be allowed to issue a legal challenge against Shell Canada’s proposed expansion of its Jackpine mine in northeastern Alberta. In an appearance […]

Study for Shell’s Jackpine oilsands mine predicts big losses in animal habitat

By Marty Klinkenberg, Edmonton Journal October 21, 2012 A black-throated green warbler bathes at the bird sanctuary at High Island in Texas, May 8, 2006. Photograph by: NATALIE CAUDILL , MCT EDMONTON – Shell Canada outlines a substantial loss of habitat for birds, woodland caribou, bison and other animals in an environmental assessment of the […]

Shell tries new rules to block Greenpeace from Jackpine hearings

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press October 17, 2012 1:20 PM EDMONTON – Shell Canada is using the federal government’s new environmental assessment rules to try to bar Greenpeace from hearings on the company’s proposed Jackpine oilsands mine. In a letter to the agency conducting the assessment of the plan, Shell lawyers argue that Greenpeace […]

First nations band files treaty rights challenge against Shell

SHAWN McCARTHY and CARRIE TAIT OTTAWA and CALGARY — The Globe and Mail: Published Monday, Oct. 01 2012, 7:17 PM EDT The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation has launched a constitutional challenge to Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s application for approval of the proposed Jackpine oil sands mine expansion, saying neither the company nor the government has adequately consulted […]

Shell uses recycled water for Dawson Creek fracking

Company funds majority of $12.5-million effluent treatment plant, city gets to use leftover water By Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun September 7, 2012 Shell Canada and the city of Dawson Creek have teamed up to build an effluent treatment facility at Dawson Creek that eliminates the oil and gas company’s need for Peace River water at […]

Shell to Build Canada Capture Project for Oil-Sands Emissions

By Eduard Gismatullin – Sep 5, 2012 1:19 PM GMT+0100 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s biggest oil company, will build the first carbon capture and storage project in Canada that locks away emissions from mining oil sands. The company, together with partners Chevron Corp. (CVX) and Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO), received government backing to […]

Tar Sands – World’s Dirtiest Oil?

GUEST ARTICLE BY A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR, A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL CO I read your article about the concern over the management of Royal Dutch Shell’s tailings ponds that result from the open-pit mining of heavy tar deposits in Alberta.   There are many lessons for the Canadian and Provincial governments to be learned […]

Federal scientists still wary of Shell’s Jackpine oilsands expansion

Documents reveal concerns ahead of fall public hearings into northern Alberta mine expansion The Canadian Press: Posted: Aug 27, 2012 12:18 PM ET A demonstration tailings pond in Shell’s Muskeg River oilsands mine in northern Alberta. The company’s ability to store the byproducts of oilsands extraction in a manner that doesn’t harm the environment is […]

Federal scientists still concerned over Shell’s Jackpine oilsands expansion

 By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press  | August 26, 2012 EDMONTON – Regulatory documents indicate federal scientists still have significant concerns over Shell’s proposed Jackpine oilsands mine expansion even as the project heads into public hearings. Five years after Shell Canada first proposed the 100,000-barrel-a-day project, it has been finally scheduled to go before a joint federal-provincial […]

Shell achieves production milestone at oil sands operations

By Shell Canada Limited Published: Monday, Aug. 20, 2012 – 10:06 am CALGARY, Aug. 20, 2012 — /CNW/ – Shell, as operator of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP), today announced that its oil sands operations have achieved the production milestone of 500 million barrels since production began in 2003. “This is a tremendous achievement […]

Edmonton Sun: Shell bulks up!

FROM OUR AUGUST 2004 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE… Edmonton Sun (Canada): Shell bulks up! Shell Canada Ltd now expects the next phase of expansion at its Athabasca oilsands project in northern Alberta to cost about $7.3 billion. That is nearly twice the estimated price released last fall.” Wednesday 10 August 2005 By CP CALGARY — Shell […]

Canada’s Oil, the World’s Carbon

A version of this editorial appeared in print on July 30, 2012, on page A18 of the New York edition Last month, the State Department formally invited public comment on the issues it should consider in a new environmental assessment of the Keystone XL, a 1,200-mile pipeline that would connect the Alberta oil sands to […]

Shell CEO: America can be energy independent in 20 years; company profit drops on lower prices

By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, July 26, 5:18 PM AMSTERDAM — The chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell PLC on Thursday said that whichever political party wins the U.S. presidential election in November should formulate an energy policy with a view to achieving “near energy independence” within 20 years. Swiss CEO Peter Voser, who heads Europe’s largest […]

Shell Gets Conditional Alberta Approval for Carbon-Capture Plan

By Edward Klump – Jul 11, 2012 8:52 PM GMT+0100 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s biggest oil company, received conditional approval from Alberta’s energy regulator for a carbon capture and storage project planned north of Edmonton. A panel concluded it’s in the public interest for Shell’s Quest project to move ahead, Alberta’s Energy Resources […]

Oilsands must prove impact being reduced, say groups

They want Alberta to demonstrate that recommendations are being followed By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press July 9, 2012 Environmentalists are trying to force the Alberta government to show it’s followed through on previous recommendations to reduce the impact of oilsands mines before any more projects are approved. The Oilsands Environmental Coalition has asked the […]

Canada must act fast or miss LNG window-Shell CEO

Tue May 29, 2012 6:58pm EDT * Shell’s Voser says Canada can’t weather regulatory delay * Supports Ottawa’s plans for streamlining * Can add Athabasca oil sands volumes for under $50/bbl By Jeffrey Jones CALGARY, Alberta, May 29 (Reuters) – Canada only has until the end of this decade to build up its liquefied natural […]

Shell sees low cost expansion in Canada’s oil sands

CALGARY, Alberta | Tue May 29, 2012 5:05pm EDT May 29 (Reuters) – Peter Voser, chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell Plc said on Tuesday that the company expects to expand production from its 255,000 barrel per day Athabasca Oil Sands Project by as much as 90,000 bpd by the end of the decade. Voser […]

Shell Puts Orion Oil-Sands Project In Alberta Up For Sale

Published May 28, 2012 Dow Jones Newswires CALGARY –  Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) has put its Orion oil-sands project near Cold Lake, Alberta, up for sale. Orion is an underground steam-injection project that produces 5,000 barrels a day of oil and generated operating income of C$15.6 million (US$15.2 million) during the first quarter, according to […]

Spectre of Shell Reapers hangs over AGM

22 May 2012 At today’s Shell AGM link at the Barbican the suits on the Shell board were given a 3 hour grilling, with questioners focussing attention on its environmental and human rights crimes around the world. Spread throughout the auditorium, hooded London Rising Tide & friends’ grim Shell reapers stood silently awaiting direction from […]

Shell oil plans irk Canadian tribes

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, May 23 (UPI) — Plans by Shell to expand operations in oil fields in the Canadian province of Alberta are threatening the environment, a tribal group said. Leaders from the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation presented a report to Shell shareholders at The Hague, Netherlands, highlighting concerns about the environmental impacts of oil […]

Shell Net Little Changed, Projects Offset Lower Output

By Eduard Gismatullin – Apr 26, 2012 7:48 AM GMT+0100 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s biggest oil company, reported first-quarter earnings that beat estimates and raised a target for asset sales this year. Excluding one-time items and inventory changes, Shell posted profit of $7.28 billion, compared with the $6.7 billion average estimate of eight […]

Shell forest to offset oilsands footprint

By Dave Cooper, Edmonton Journal April 10, 2012 2:06 AM Shell Canada will buy 740 hectares of private land north of Grande Prairie in a venture with the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA), the oil giant announced Monday. With a mix of woodlands, grasslands and wetlands along the Ksituan River, the site – now called the […]

Local Push Global Pull: The Untold History of the Athabaska Oil Sands

CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE Dear John I have in the past viewed your web site and have always found the items interesting.  Thus, I am being so bold to tell you about a book that I have written on the early oil sands history in which I have included a chapter devoted to Royal […]

An earful from Peter Voser

I caught up with Peter Voser, the chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, this week at the IHS Cera annual energy conference in Houston, and he gave me an earful… March 9, 2012, 4:00 pm For a Shell Executive, Much Head-Scratching By CLIFFORD KRAUSS Europe is generally considered greener than the United States, but its […]

Rock-Heating for Oil Pits Shell Against Environmentalists

A proposal to tap the world’s largest oil-shale deposits in the western U.S. by heating rocks until petroleum sweats out has become the latest election-year conflict over energy policy.

EU to vote on oil sands pollution

BBC NEWS: European Union officials are expected to vote on draft legislation that would label Canadian fuel as more polluting than oil from other parts of the world. Oil extracted from “oil sands” is regarded by some as energy intensive and environmentally damaging.

Shell accused of ‘moral bankruptcy’

Terry Macalister, Thursday 2 February 2012 17.44 GMT Shell has been accused of “moral bankruptcy” by unions after unveiling a 54% rise in full-year profits less than a month after shutting its final salary pension scheme to new employees in Britain. The oil company reported global annual earnings of $28.6bn (£18bn) – more than […]