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GRONINGEN EARTHQUAKES: How house owners Hiltje and Leny Zwarberg shook Dutch Petroleum Company (NAM)

Your home has a red code’, says the NAM representative.
Hiltje: ‘What does that mean?’
“That your house is unsafe.”
‘And then?’
“You have to leave your house.”
‘When?’
‘Now.’

Translated extensive extracts from an article published in Dutch language on 16 Dec 2017 by Het Financieele Dagblad. The story of Hiltje and Leny Zwarberg and their battle with the Dutch gas company NAM, jointly owned by Shell and Exxon. 

The house is a ‘difficult case’, the NAM engineers said. Yes, very annoying those cracks. But they came through ‘settlements’ and settlements from the past.”

Is that still okay?” It was these words from his wife Leny who eventually led Hiltje Zwarberg to action. It was her embroidery as well, which gave the problem a frightening perspective in their home. Hiltje had been a marine for fifteen years, Leny had once embroidered the arms of the Marine Corps in a list that was hanging on a wall in their bedroom. Then the cracks came. In the wallpaper. read more

Workers injured in Shell platform fire in Gulf of Mexico file suit

Shell’s Enchilada platform, sitting atop Garden Banks Block 128 in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast, caught fire early Wednesday (Nov. 8), injuring two workers. This map shows the location, outlined in yellow.

The lawsuit claims Shell and the pipeline operator were negligent or grossly negligent, failing to maintain a safe work environment…

Three workers injured in a November fire on Shell’s Enchilada platform in the Gulf of Mexico are suing the oil and gas company in a Texas county court. The suit claims Shell, its Gulf of Mexico subsidiary and a pipeline operator “acted with flagrant and malicious disregard” for the health and safety of the workers leading up to the incident. The lawsuit seeks a jury trial and more than $1 million in damage payments for the three men, who “sustained severe injuries” to the head, neck, back and other parts of their bodies. Shell International Exploration and Production Inc., Shell Offshore Inc. and Garden Banks Gas Pipeline, a subsidiary of Enbridge Pipelines, are named as defendants in the lawsuit. FULL ARTICLE read more

Malabu Scandal: UK court rules in favour of Nigerian govt

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A British judge ruled on Friday that up to $85 million from the notorious Malabu oil deal should be returned to the Nigerian government. This is the first money to be successfully recovered from the $1.1 billion sale of the fantastically rich offshore oil block, OPL245, that has been mired in corruption allegations and legal trench warfare for years. The sale, which was brokered by the then-government of Goodluck Jonathan in 2011, supposedly resolved a long running contest for the block between oil giant Shell and shelf company Malabu, beneficially owned by former Nigerian oil minister Dan Etete. FULL ARTICLE read more

Shell worker victim of flagrant HSE breaches resulting in radioactive contamination

The readings were literally sky high … over 6300 Counts per second with the presence of Alpha, Beta and Gamma radiation. the entire area was highly contaminated, but all warning signs had been removed and no personal protective equipment available. I do have a host of documentation to back up my case and I have been advised by my Member of Parliament and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to pursue this issue due to the horrendous nature of the incident accompanied with the Duty of Care that “Shell” should have initiated to show that they are serious about protecting employees, contractors and joint venture personnel.

By John Donovan

The text in black italics above comes from an email I received on 27 November from a former Shell worker, Mr Keith MacDonald, who has a tragic tale to tell.

In August 2000, Keith worked for Al Furat Pet Co (AFPC) in Syria. Shell has a major stake (32%) in the company. AFPC is managed by Syria Shell Development (SSPD). Syria Shell Petroleum Development B.V. operates as a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc. Furthermore, Mr. MacDonald received his instructions at AFPC directly from Shell managers. He was to all intents and purposes working for Shell.  read more

Shell did not threaten to leave NL, executives tell MPs

December 15, 2017

Unilever and Shell did not directly threaten to move their head offices out of the Netherlands if the dividend tax was not abolished, senior officials told a parliamentary hearing on Friday, the Financieele Dagblad reported. However, officials did make it clear they had warned about the possible consequences if the tax was not abolished, the paper said. Both companies have split headquarter operations between the Netherlands and UK and are thought to have lobbied hard to get the new government to abolish the 15% tax.  The UK does not charge a tax on dividends. FULL ARTICLE read more

Oil stable on tighter market, but rising US output looms for 2018

BY HENNING GLOYSTEIN: DECEMBER 15, 2017

* OPEC-led supply cuts, Forties pipeline outage support crude

* But rising U.S. output, driven by shale, weighs on market

SINGAPORE, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Oil markets were stable on Friday as the Forties pipeline outage in the North Sea and the ongoing OPEC-led production cuts supported prices, while rising output from the United States kept crude from rising further. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $57.13 a barrel at 0119 GMT, up 9 cents from their last settlement. read more

1.6 million Bonga oil spill victims battle Shell in court

By Jimitota Onoyume: 14 Dec 2017

WARRI—No fewer than  1,686,000 victims of Bonga oil field spillage in Rivers State have  dragged oil giant, Shell Nigeria Exploration Company, SNEPCO, before a United Kingdom court over its alleged failure  to pay $3,600,191,206  as compensation to them and communities affected by the incident. FULL ARTICLE

Shell’s 1991 film warned of the catastrophic risks of climate change

POSTING BY CHRISTOPHER IVES COMMENTING ON THE ARTICLE BY SHELL CEO BEN VAN BEURDEN, “A DECISIVE STEP TO A CLEANER ENERGY FUTURE

Why does it take so damn long to make meaningful changes?

I’m a 1965 Cambridge engineering graduate with an apprenticeship in thermal and nuclear plant manufacture/operation, followed by UK & Canadian experience in gas transmission & coal-slurry pipelines.

By 1973 I saw the need for renewable & demand side technologies – even tried to move Esso/Exxon towards integrated solar & building systems. I’ve demonstrated 4 solar/healthy houses, one with containerised onsite utilities, now being built for Canada’s military, and for areas with failing or no infrastructure. read more

NAM Groningen Response to Unintentionally Induced Earthquakes 

NAM Measurement and Control Protocol Groningen in Response to Unintentionally Induced Earthquakes (NAM IS AN EXXON/SHELL JOINT VENTURE COMPANY)

The Dutch State Supervision of Mines (SSM) and the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs last summer approved the Measurement and Control Protocol (MRP) for the Groningen gas field. NAM drew up this protocol with the aim of limiting the seismic risk of gas extraction in Groningen as much as possible. The protocol indicates how gas extraction is adjusted when earthquakes give rise to it. Safety is central. read more

Shell donates hundreds of gifts to Aliquippa Salvation Army

Posted Dec 13, 2017 at 2:18 PM

Shell Chemicals’ employees donated hundreds of gifts to the Aliquippa Salvation Army on Wednesday, gifts that will eventually go to 76 needy children in Beaver County.

ALIQUIPPA — Shell employees, both locally and in Houston, have donated to the Aliquippa Salvation Army for the last three years. About 40 children were served three years ago, 50 children last year, and 76 this year. FULL ARTICLE

Brave Bison extends relationship with Shell

14 Dec 2017 “We are delighted to have renewed and expanded our partnership with Shell,” said Claire Hungate, the chief executive officer of Brave Bison. Digital media and social video specialist Brave Bison Group PLC (LON:BBSN) has extended its commercial partnership with Royal Dutch ShellPLC (LON:RDSA) for two years. Brave Bison said the new partnership significantly builds upon the current deal managing Shell’s YouTube channel… FULL ARTICLE

Shell shuts down Shearwater, Nelson platforms amid Forties closure

Oil major Shell said today that it had suspended production on two of its North Sea platforms due to the Forties pipeline shutdown.

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Owner Ineos has said it will take “weeks rather than days” to fix the leak, which was detected during a routine inspection at Netherley last week.

The 235-mile pipeline system links more than 80 North Sea field to the UK mainland and the Ineos site in Grangemouth. It delivers almost 40% of the UK’s North Sea oil and gas production.

Ineos completed a deal to buy the system from BP for up to £190million ($250million) at the end of October. read more

Royal Dutch Shell Suspends Production on Two Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms

By Neanda Salvaterra:  Dow Jones Newswires

Royal Dutch Shell PLC said on Tuesday it has suspended production on two offshore oil and gas platforms following the shutdown of a major European oil transport node. The British-Dutch oil giant confirmed that it has halted the flow of oil and gas from its Shearwater and Nelson platforms in the central North Sea as a result of the shutdown of the Forties Pipeline System owned by Ineos, a refining and chemicals company. Ineos closed down the Forties Pipeline after a hairline crack worsened following its discovery Wednesday, south of Aberdeen, Scotland. The company said pipeline repairs could take a “matter of weeks,” during which Forties would remain out of commission. FULL ARTICLE read more

A decisive step to a cleaner energy future

 Chief Executive Officer at Shell

It’s time for Shell to accelerate its efforts in the transition to a lower-carbon world. This is how I plan to drive change through the company.

How will a future CEO of Shell judge what I have just announced? Will they look back to the end of 2017 and consider it a turning point? In 20 years? 30 years? If things move as I expect, they probably will. By then, I believe Shell will be at least as profitable and successful as today but it will be a very different company.We will still have plenty of oil and gas in our energy mix but other areas of the business, which are small today, will have grown. That means Shell is likely to be highly involved in the generation, trading and distribution of renewable and low-carbon power. FULL ARTICLE read more

Norway parties inclined to back fund’s plan to slash oil exposure -report

REUTERS STAFF: DECEMBER 12, 2017

OSLO, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, will probably win backing from parliament for its proposal to cut most oil and gas stocks from its portfolio, business daily Dagens Naeringsliv reported on Tuesday. If adopted by parliament, the fund would over time divest billions of dollars from oil and gas stocks, which now represent 6 percent – or around $37 billion – of its benchmark equity index. The fund is among the top investors in a wide range of oil companies. At the end of 2016 it held 2.3 percent of Royal Dutch Shell, 1.7 percent of BP, 0.9 percent of Chevron and 0.8 percent of Exxon Mobil. FULL ARTICLE read more

Shell probing claims of unethical freight dealings in Singapore, say sources

Singapore (Platts)–12 Dec 2017 202 am EST/702 GMT

Global energy major Shell is investigating claims of unethical dealings including charges of corruption in its tanker chartering team in Singapore and at least one employee has been asked to take leave pending further investigation, sources familiar with the developments have told S&P Global Platts.

It all started a few weeks ago when one member of the chartering team, acting as a whistleblower, made a complaint against a colleague for allegedly channeling a large part of the chartering business through a specific brokerage for pecuniary gains, sources said. read more

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