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Obama administration delivers big blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

Obama administration delivers big blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — The Obama administration delivered a major blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans on Tuesday, by ruling that wildlife protections bar the company from simultaneously boring two wells into the Chukchi Sea this summer. The decision will force Shell to […]

Shell goes ahead with giant Gulf of Mexico field after cost cuts

Shell goes ahead with giant Gulf of Mexico field after cost cuts Markets | Wed Jul 1, 2015 * Appomattox project set to start production by end of decade * Will be Shell’s largest platform in the region (Adds details, quotes, share price) By Ron Bousso LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has […]

Oil giant Shell fined over Brent Bravo leak

Oil giant Shell fined over Brent Bravo leak Oil giant Shell has been fined thousands of pounds after a diesel leak on board a North Sea platform. Between 13 and 15 tonnes spilled into the sea from the Brent Bravo, 116 miles north east of Lerwick, in May 2013. Senior management from Shell were at […]

Shell to tap new Gulf of Mexico oil

Shell to tap new Gulf of Mexico oil HOUSTON, July 1 (UPI) — Royal Dutch Shell said Wednesday it made a final investment decision to open up new oil developments in the deep waters of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Shell said it was moving forward with a decision to build what it says will […]

Shell’s Arctic oil drilling plans hit by polar bears and walruses

Shell’s Arctic oil drilling plans hit by polar bears and walruses By Reuters: 12:32AM BST 01 July 2015 The Obama administration has dealt a setback to Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic oil exploration plans, saying established walrus and polar bear protections prevent the company from drilling with two rigs simultaneously at a close range, as it had […]

The lessons for all from the Corrib Gas project in North Mayo

The lessons for all from the Corrib Gas project in North Mayo Major infrastructure that is years behind schedule and massively over budget Wednesday, 1 July 2015 The Corrib Gas project represents a cautionary example of how large industrial developments should not be handled by governments or multinational companies. A lack of consultation and sensitivity […]

Shell Secures New Authorization in Pursuing Arctic Drilling

Shell Secures New Authorization in Pursuing Arctic Drilling JUNEAU, Alaska — Jun 30, 2015: By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press Royal Dutch Shell has secured another federal authorization as it pursues plans to drill exploration wells in the Arctic waters off the Alaska coast. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday issued a letter of authorization […]

Arctic oil rig departs Seattle-area port despite protest

Arctic oil rig departs Seattle-area port despite protest Tue Jun 30, 2015 1:33pm EDT (Reuters) – U.S. Coast Guard and police boats cleared a way through protesters in kayaks at a Seattle-area port on Tuesday so a drilling ship could head for the Arctic on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell. The Noble Discover is the […]

Shell oil rig leaves Everett, kayaking protesters detained

Shell oil rig leaves Everett, kayaking protesters detained By Jennifer Sullivan: Seattle Times staff reporter: 30 June 2015 An oil-drilling rig that was protested by activists in kayaks pulled out of Everett early Tuesday morning, and some of the kayakers were detained by the Coast Guard. Shell’s Noble Discoverer will join the Polar Pioneer to sink […]

Polar Pioneer: An Economic Boon For Dutch Harbor

Polar Pioneer: An Economic Boon For Dutch Harbor By Emily Schwing, KUCB – Unalaska | June 29, 2015 Billions of dollars worth of drilling equipment and support vessels operated by Royal Dutch Shell are sitting out in the Bay in front of Dutch Harbor this week. The company has plans to take most of that […]

Irish Company Freely Admits Distributing Bribes On Behalf of Shell

PHOTO CAPTION FROM RECENT IRISH TIMES ARTICLE: Bríd McGarry, a Mayo landowner, and Mary Corduff, wife of jailed farmer Willie Corduff, after five Mayo farmers were jailed in 2005 for refusing to give an undertaking not to obstruct the construction of the Corrib gas pipe line. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times Printed below is a […]

U.S. activists to protest against Shell Arctic oil rig

U.S. activists to protest against Shell Arctic oil rig SEATTLE: 30 June 2015 U.S. environmental activists said they planned to protest on Tuesday against the launch of the second of two oil rigs central to Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. The Washington state activists, who have staged frequent demonstrations over the […]

Shell says could begin Arctic oil exploration off Alaska in late July

Shell says could begin Arctic oil exploration off Alaska in late July SEATTLE/WASHINGTON | BY ERIC M. JOHNSON AND TIMOTHY GARDNER: Mon Jun 29, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell could begin drilling for oil in the Arctic off Alaska as early as the third week in July, when it expects sea ice to begin clearing, a […]

Corrib gas cost overruns deprive State of €600m in tax

Corrib gas cost overruns deprive State of €600m in tax The €2.4 billion cost overrun is largely as a consequence of opposition to the project, which was stimulated in part by poor management of it at its outset. Peter Murtagh: Tuesday 30 June 2015 The huge cost overrun on Corrib gas, the single most expensive […]

Sea ice could keep Shell away from the Arctic until mid July

Sea ice could keep Shell away from the Arctic until mid July Posted on June 29, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — Thick sea ice could clog the site of Shell’s planned oil wells in the Arctic Ocean until late July, potentially shaving a week off the company’s already narrow window for exploratory […]

Royal Dutch Shell Seeks Funding For Carbon Capture Project

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Jun 29, 2015  Global warming concerns have been receiving more and more media attention, as major oil companies also plan to address the issue, considering its potentially adverse effect on the environment. Goldeneye, an abandoned offshore natural gas production platform that is connected to the Scottish coast via a 100 kilometer long pipeline, […]

Activists deploy against Shell’s arctic plans

Activists deploy against Shell’s arctic plans By Daniel J. Graeber: June 29, 2015 MUKILTEO, Wash., June 29 (UPI) — Activists said Monday they took to the water off the Washington state coast in kayaks to try to slow progress of a Shell drilling rig bound for arctic waters. “We know we can’t stop them,” Carlo […]

Shell’s Arctic oil drill platform Polar Pioneer heaves into Dutch Harbor Alaska

Shell’s Arctic oil drill platform Polar Pioneer heaves into Dutch Harbor Alaska Information and magnificent copyrighted photograph’s kindly provided by Gary Braasch, Photographer & Journalist from World View of Global Warming.org  Please see copyright notice at foot of article. Use your browser to enlarge images.  Shell’s Arctic oil drill platform Polar Pioneer heaves into Dutch Harbor Alaska […]

Corrib gas: Black starts, intelligent pigs and the mechanics of extraction

Corrib gas: Black starts, intelligent pigs and the mechanics of extraction Peter Murtagh: Monday, 29 June 2015 The mechanics of extracting gas from the Corrib field appear simple enough. It is only when one gets into the detail of the engineering that the complexities emerge. This is an environment in which a relatively small number […]

The Corrib legacy: what the protests achieved

The Corrib legacy: what the protests achieved A rerouting of the pipeline and greater public awareness of how Ireland treats its natural resources were among the positive outcomes of the Shell to Sea, campaigners say Bríd McGarry, a Mayo landowner, and Mary Corduff, wife of jailed farmer Willie Corduff, after five Mayo farmers were jailed […]

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 […]

Polar Pioneer arrives in Dutch Harbor for Chukchi Sea drilling

By Chris Klint, Senior Digital Producer, [email protected]; June 28, 2015 The first of two drilling rigs, scheduled to conduct exploratory drilling for Shell in the Chukchi Sea this summer, has arrived in the Aleutian Islands port of Dutch Harbor this weekend. The federal government has given Transocean’s Polar Pioneer, contracted by Shell, a green light to […]

The Shell Corrib impact: business boomed and friendships died

The Corrib impact: business boomed and friendships died As the gas is about to be brought onshore, Peter Murtagh takes a tour of the Corrib gas plant and speaks to people affected by its arrival. SAT, Jun 27, 2015 Gas is expected to come later this year to the Shell terminal in Bellanaboy, Co Mayo, […]

Malcolm Brinded still connected with Shell

Brinded speaks out on sustainable and accessible energy Written by  OE Staff: Friday 26 June 2015 Speaking this week as the 2015 recipient of the Energy Institute (EI)’s Cadman Award, Malcolm Brinded, chairman of Shell Foundation, has called for increased focus on breakthrough technology and business innovations to respond to the challenges of international development, […]

Shell Heads for Alaska While Awaiting Final Drilling Permits

Shell Heads for Alaska While Awaiting Final Drilling Permits ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Jun 26, 2015, 3:42 PM ET By DAN JOLING Associated Press One Royal Dutch Shell offshore drill rig is headed to Alaska and a second is poised to leave, despite lacking final federal permits that would allow exploratory drilling and possible confirmation of […]

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…” […]

Curious coincidence involving Shell, Iran, Noble Corp and $2.16 billion

FROM A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR The former owners of the Frontier drilling company sold their rigs to Noble for $2.16 billion in 2010. Given that their fleet of five vessels consisted of ancient rust buckets which were fit only for the scrapyard, this has always seemed like an inordinately large sum. The five vessels had been […]

Shell Executives Visit Tehran for Projects If Sanctions End

by Javier Blas 24 June 2015 Royal Dutch Shell Plc executives have visited Tehran to discuss possible partnerships, the latest sign that the largest oil companies are serious about returning to Iran once a deal on the country’s nuclear program is done. The meeting with Iranian officials covered its outstanding debt to National Iranian Oil Co. […]

Shell flotilla begins assembling in Dutch Harbor

BY TIM BRADNER, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE: 24 June 2015 “Once again, Shell is up to their old tricks, deliberately ignoring federal regulations. We urge President Obama to cancel Shell’s lease and prevent them from drilling in the Chukchi Sea,” Dutch Harbor will be busy in the next couple of weeks as Shell’s Arctic drill […]

Exxon Mobil Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell Dealt A Blow As Dutch Govt. Cuts Groningen Production

Exxon Mobil Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell Dealt A Blow As Dutch Govt. Cuts Groningen Production The Dutch government has decided to cut production from its Groningen gas field after a series of earthquakes led to heightened safety concerns By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: Jun 24, 2015 Responding to a series of earthquakes in the northern parts of […]

Dutch government cuts Groningen gas field production

Dutch government cuts Groningen gas field production By Carl Surran: 23 June 2015 The Dutch government has ordered a further tightening of production at Groningen, Europe’s largest gas field, in response to earthquakes that have caused extensive property damage in the Netherlands’ northernmost province. Production at the field will be capped at 13.5B cm in […]

Shell’s Arctic drilling plans may hit permitting snag

Shell’s Arctic drilling plans may hit permitting snag June 23, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — Shell’s plans to bore two wells in the Arctic Ocean this summer may be jeopardized by an obscure permitting requirement that effectively bars drilling operations close to each other in waters off Alaska. The restriction highlighted by […]

Shell’s Arctic plan counters U.S. walrus protections -green groups

“There does not appear to be any way that the federal government can allow Shell to proceed as the company has planned…” 23 June 2015 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Green groups urged the U.S. Department of Interior on Tuesday to revoke the agency’s conditional approval of Royal Dutch Shell’s 2015 Arctic oil exploration plan, saying it […]

BG-Shell takes first step towards Brazilian blessing

The £47bn blockbuster deal has been officially filed with competition regulators in Brazil, a key hurdle and strategic area for Shell’s interest By Ashley Armstrong: 6:38PM BST 23 Jun 2015 Shell’s £47bn plan to become the world’s biggest gas producer has moved a step closer to reality after the oil giant officially filed its takeover of […]

How the European Oil Industry Decided to Save the Climate

By Javier Blas: June 23, 2015 By the time the convention chat turned into action, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BP Plc, Total SA, Eni SpA, Statoil ASA and BG Group Plc published an unprecedented open letter on climate change. Breaking with their biggest U.S. competitors, they announced their support for efforts to put a cost […]

Warning on Shell megadeal

JOHN DAGGE: HERALD SUN: MELBOURNE: JUNE 24, 2015 ONE of Australia’s biggest plastic makers has added its voice to concerns about Shell’s planned takeover of BG Group, saying further consolidation in the gas industry will likely harm manufacturers.  Melbourne-based Qenos has also attacked Victoria’s ban on onshore oil and gas drilling, saying the restriction put at risk a […]

Gazprom lays bare West’s vulnerability

Royal-Dutch Shell is teaming up with Gazprom on several projects despite Western sanctions on Russia. The expanded partnerships fly in the face of European and American sanctions which ban joint ventures with Russian energy companies. 23 June 2015 Europe’s efforts to reduce dependence on the Russian energy have been dealt a new blow after reports […]

Anchorage Residents Hold ‘Keep Shell Out of the Arctic!’ Rally

Anchorage Residents Hold ‘Keep Shell Out of the Arctic!’ Rally Kirby Spangler Jun 22, 2015 Anchorage, Alaska – Following weeks of demonstrations in Seattle protesting Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic Drilling program, Anchorage residents gathered on the corner of Northern Lights and Minnesota at a local Shell gas station to join the international chorus speaking out […]

Coast Guard clears Shell drillship bound for Arctic

Coast Guard clears Shell drillship bound for Arctic Posted on June 22, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy The drillship Noble Discoverer undergoes sea trials off Singapore in November 2014. WASHINGTON — As one of Shell’s Arctic drilling rigs makes its way to Alaska, a second is waiting in the wings. The Noble Discoverer, now […]

Gazprom-Shell Partnership Flies In The Face Of Sanctions

Charles Kennedy: Mon, 22 June 2015 Russian energy giant Gazprom is building up a global portfolio with a western oil major. Gazprom and Royal Dutch Shell are teaming up on several energy projects that will benefit both. The two energy companies have agreed to build an expansion of the Nord Stream Pipeline, a major natural gas […]