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Shell plan is out: Company hopes for Chukchi drilling this year; BOEM says plan complete

By Alan Bailey of Petroleum News: Week of April 19, 2015 Shell plan is out: Company hopes for Chukchi drilling this year; BOEM says plan complete The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has deemed Shell’s Chukchi Sea exploration plan complete, has published the plan on the BOEM website and is inviting public comments on the document. Shell […]

Shell failing to do enough to prevent ‘major accidents’ at north east site

An article by Ashleigh Barbour published 16 April 2015 by The Press and Journal  Shell failing to do enough to prevent “major accidents” at north east site Offshore giant Shell has been accused of breaking safety rules at its site at the huge St Fergus gas terminal. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued an […]

Shell Faces Greenpeace Protesters Over Arctic Drilling Risks

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Apr 7, 2015 at 9:36 am EST In a protest yesterday, Greenpeace activists climbed a Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) oil rig, which was being transported to Seattle before being moved to the Arctic. The Polar Pioneer oil rig on its way to a vessel called Blue Merlin was ascended […]

Shell has major hurdles to clear before Chukchi drilling resumes

Yereth Rosen Alaska Dispatch News: April 4, 2015 Shell has major hurdles to clear before Chukchi drilling resumes Now that the Department of the Interior has, for the second time, affirmed the record-breaking Chukchi Sea lease sale it held seven years ago, is it smooth sailing for Royal Dutch Shell and its plans to drill this year on […]

Incredibly, Shell Gets Another Go at Arctic Drilling

Article by SustainableBusiness.com published 1 April 2015 Incredibly, Shell Gets Another Go at Arctic Drilling Sadly, the Obama Administration has once again given Shell the go-ahead to drill in the Arctic. “The Arctic is an important component of the Administration’s national energy strategy, and we remain committed to taking a thoughtful and balanced approach to oil and […]

CAN SHELL SAFELY DRILL IN THE ARCTIC?

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Mar 30, 2015 at 10:40 am EST Shell Oil Company, subsidiary of multinational oil giant Royal Dutch Shell Plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS), is conducting drilling tests in Bellingham, Washington, ahead of potential regulatory approval for drilling in the Arctic. According to media reports, government officials in Washington are observing Shell’s oil spill […]

WORLDS BIGGEST LEAK OF STAFF DATA AFFECTED OVER 176,000 SHELL EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS

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Judge: Suit against Shell’s Arctic-drilling ‘homeport’ in Seattle can go ahead

Article by Joel Connelly published 20 March 2015 by seattlepi.com Judge: Suit against Shell’s Arctic-drilling ‘homeport’ in Seattle can go ahead Critics are on solid legal ground in a legal challenge to the location of a “homeport” for Shell Oil’s Arctic-drilling fleet at the Seattle waterfront, a King County Superior Court judge ruled Friday. The […]

Special relationship between a Shell oil executive and a Government Minister contributed to offshore deaths?

Love hurts: How a special relationship between a Shell oil executive and a Government Minister contributed to offshore deaths  SELF-EXPLANATORY EMAIL FROM JOHN DONOVAN TO BARONESS HELEN LIDDELL:  From: John Donovan  Subject: THE EMAIL YOU RECEIVED FROM MR BILL CAMPBELL Date: 9 March 2015 22:50:38 GMT Cc: Campbell <Cambell To: [email protected] Dear Baroness Liddell, I understand […]

USW reaches sellout deal, moves to shut down oil workers’ strike

From an article by Jerry White published 13 March 2015 by WSWS USW reaches sellout deal, moves to shut down oil workers’ strike The United Steelworkers (USW) union announced Thursday that it had reached a tentative agreement with lead bargainer Royal Dutch Shell that would be the basis for a four-year labor agreement covering 30,000 workers in […]

The Case against Malcolm Brinded CBE

Email Dated 4 March 2015 from Mr Bill Campbell, Retired HSE Group Auditor, Shell International, to Mr Billy Gordon, a senior officer of Police Scotland The Case against Malcolm Brinded CBE:  Dear Mr Gordon Firstly, I would like to thank you for your continual support especially over the period when the Fiscal Anne Currie was carrying out […]

NPD investigates shooting at Motiva supervisor’s home

By JohnDonovan Several months ago we published an article about certain events at the Shell-Motiva Norco site in Louisiana involving alleged victimisation of employees: VICTIMIZATION OF EMPLOYEES RAMPANT AT SHELL-MOTIVA NORCO SITE Here is another article involving a Motiva Supervisor, this time published by beaumontenterprise.com:  NPD investigates shooting at Motiva supervisor’s home By Manuella Libardi: Published 4:03 pm, Monday, March 2, 2015 […]

Lawsuit challenges Port of Seattle lease for Shell Arctic drilling fleet

Posted by Chris Klint, Senior Digital Producer, [email protected]: Mar 02, 2015 ANCHORAGE – An array of Washington-based environmental groups has sued the Port of Seattle over a leasing agreement to host Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling fleet, claiming the deal was negotiated in secret and may pollute the port. Shell contractor Foss Maritime received a two-year lease, […]

Houston We Have A Problem: Oil Workers Strike For Safety & Fair Labor

Article by Alvaro Rodriguez and Jane Nguyen published 25 Feb 2015 by MINTPRESS NEWS under the headline: Oil workers holding picket signs in front of the Shell oil refinery in the Houston Ship Channel In the largest strike since 1980, oil workers who are members of United Steelworkers District 13 locals (Locals 13-1 and Local 13-227) are no […]

Shell criticised after Brent Delta worker hurt by flying cylinder

From a BBC News article published 11 February 2015 Oil firm Shell has been criticised after an offshore worker was seriously injured when a compressed gas cylinder flew through the air and hit him. The incident happened on the Brent Delta platform in the North Sea on 10 November. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) […]

Arctic Standards Won’t Be Ready For Shell’s Return

From an article by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media: February 2, 2015 “Arctic Standards Won’t Be Ready For Shell’s Return” After Shell’s troubled 2012 drilling season in the far north, the Interior Department began working on Arctic-specific standards for offshore drilling. But those new standards aren’t done yet. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says they won’t […]

Shell launches investigation into suspected North Sea gas leak

Article by Niamh Burns published by EnergyVoice.com 21 Jan 2015 Shell launches investigation into suspected North Sea gas leak An investigation has been launched after a suspected gas leak in the North Sea. Oil major Shell, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) will review the incident, which […]

Proof Errant Shell employees can end up in jail 

By John Donovan Shell employees can potentially end up financially destitute or in jail for acts of negligence, for lying or falsifying records on behalf of Shell, or when giving misleading evidence on behalf of Shell in a court case. The news story below – Oil Worker Faces Stiff Penalties After Airport Spill – comes […]

Shell Arctic debacle

Article by Jeremy Cresswell published by EnergyVoice.com on 6 Jan 2015 under the headline: “Noble Drilling has book thrown at it by Alaskan authorities” The paper stated: “So obviously, the safeguards in place to date have about as much teeth as a guppy. How do we know the repairs done truly take care of the problems […]

Outlook uncertain for Shell’s return to the Chukchi

By Yereth Rosen: 3 Jan 2015 Six years after dropping more than $2 billion on leases in the remote Chukchi Sea off northwestern Alaska, Shell has yet to drill into any oil in that icy frontier. Plans for an audacious offshore Arctic exploration program have been stymied by litigation and adverse court rulings and a […]

Rail chaos at Finsbury Park: Trusting ex Shell executives to run a railway network?

(THE ABOVE SCREENSHOT IS FROM AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT PUBLISHED SUNDAY 28 DEC 2014) ARTICLE BY BILL CAMPBELL, RETIRED HSE GROUP AUDITOR, SHELL INTERNATIONAL Could you really trust ex Shell executives to run a railway network? In the usual manner *TFA Malcolm the Tank Engine arranged for his apprentice Marc Carne to take over as […]

Shell’s spectacular belly flop into the Arctic Ocean

Even more troubling than Shell’s “Arctic-ready” armada problems is Shell’s spectacular failure of good judgment. To avoid an Alaska tax bill, company managers ordered its secondary drill rig towed south through the winter storm-lashed Gulf of Alaska despite the tug master’s prescient warning that: “the length of tow, at this time of the year, in […]

Greenpeace Verdict On Shell/Noble Arctic Crimes

Greenpeace Arctic campaigner, Ian Duff, has issued the following statement: “Shell has proven time and again it can’t be trusted to manage its contractors safely. That Shell engaged Noble Drilling, a company now guilty of eight felonies, is the clearest indicator yet. Letting Shell back into such a precious and risky environment as the Arctic […]

U.S. Justice Department Chilling Verdict on Shell Arctic Drilling Company

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs Monday, December 8, 2014 Drilling Company Charged with Environmental and Maritime Crimes in Alaska Noble Drilling (U.S.) LLC was charged with environmental and maritime crimes for operating the drill ship Noble Discoverer and the drilling unit Kulluk in violation of federal law in Alaska in 2012, the Department […]

Shell contractor faces $12.2M in environmental crime fines

The drilling operator of Shell’s ill-fated drill rig that ran aground south of Kodiak Island will plead guilty to eight felony offenses and has agreed to pay $12.2 million in fines and community service payments stemming from environmental and safety violations aboard its vessels, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday. Alaska Dispatch News article […]

Key role of Shell lawyers in pioneering Shell Prelude FLNG

By John Donovan PRELUDE DESIGNED BY SHELL LAWYERS? MORE IMPORTANT ROLE THAN ENGINEERS?  What will Bill Campbell make of the boasts from Shell’s chief lawyer Donny Ching, about the pivotal role of Shell in-house lawyers in the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility, Prelude FLNG? Extracts from an article about Donny Ching published by […]

Combustible pioneering behemoths – the Hindenburg and Shell Prelude

By John Donovan I am not sure that directly comparing the explosive potential arising from the Hindenburg and the Shell Prelude is strictly appropriate. However, what is beyond doubt is that these pioneering ventures both captured the attention of the worlds media and a loss of containment on the Prelude could potentially create another catastrophic […]

Sad faces at Shell?

Last month, the suits over at Shell put on their sad faces and went to the White House to ask for more time to burn through another billion or two. I tell ya, these guys are gluttons for punishment. After eight years and more than $6 billion, Shell has come up completely empty on its […]

Drilling in Alaskan Arctic relatively easy said Shell VP before being fired

By John Donovan According to a recent article published by Bloomberg – Shell Seeks to Drill in Arctic in 2015, Defying Green Activists – Shell CFO Simon Henry, calling on all his vast experience as an accountant, voiced the opinion that it is not difficult to drill in the Arctic. His assessment is surprisingly similar […]

Shell Oil and Motiva Enterprises $4.5M Settlement after U.S. DOL Investigation

SETTLEMENT DOCUMENTS SUPPLIED BY AN INSIDER SOURCE Shell reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor for failure to pay overtime in the USA. Shell required Production Department Operators to make shift relief in full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) but, the company would not pay individuals for the time necessary for donning or doffing […]

SpaceShipTwo Explosion: Shell Prelude another pioneering venture fraught with risk

The New York Times magazine has published an informative article by Robert Sullivan about Prelude, under the appropriate headline: “The Biggest Ship in the World (Though It Isn’t Exactly a Ship)” The dangers associated with innovative  technology, with potentially disastrous consequences, are heightened following the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo rocket ship explosion in the US. To obtain […]

Shell running out of steam

By John Donovan Styrene prices have shot up following a steam leak at Shell’s steam crackers at Moerdijk in the Netherlands.  Shell has declared force majeure on ethylene and propylene at the unit.  A Shell spokesman admitted that the steam leak resulted in flaring activity.  News of the incident was posted on our Shell Blog early on 7 […]

Shell evacuates workers from Brent Alpha and Bravo

By John Donovan  After all the Royal Dutch Shell senior management promises to improve safety on Shell North Sea platforms, serious incidents continue to occur.  EnergyVoice.com is reporting that Shell workers have today been evacuated from the Brent Alpha and Bravo platforms after a crane dropped a large container into the North Sea.  Extracts The […]

Royal Dutch Shell Prelude Project ‘A Step Too Far’

By John Donovan I have received a comment about the most recent Bill Campbell Prelude article from another expert, a former Shell executive.  I refer to Hans Bouman, the retired Groningen Gas Field Asset Manager for NAM, a joint Royal Dutch Shell/ExxonMobil operation. Mr Bouman is the expert who in 2002 warned Shell/Sakhalin Energy internally of his concerns […]

Prelude FLNG risks are on par with modern offshore oil and gas facilities say Shell – but are they?

Final article in a series of five articles by Bill Campbell, retired HSE Group Auditor, Shell International, about risks relating to the Shell Prelude FLNG project. Prelude FLNG risks are on par with modern offshore oil and gas facilities say Shell – but are they? Let’s discuss  With the implementation of the recommendations post Piper […]

Shell shareholders can only wish that they had never heard of Alaska

By John Donovan Christopher Helman of Forbes has neatly summarised the misadventures of Royal Dutch Shell in Alaska… “Consider for a second the $5 billion misadventure that Royal Dutch Shell has had in Alaska. Here’s a quick recap: In 2008 Shell acquired the rights to exploration blocks in the Beaufort Sea north of the North […]

Royal Dutch Shell News Thursday 11 Sept 2014

By John Donovan The US and EU are ready to impose new sanctions on Russia arising from events in Ukraine. See extract from a fuelfix.com article published under the headline: “Sanctions threaten Putin’s oil deals with Exxon Mobil, Shell” Other vulnerable international operators include Royal Dutch Shell, the world’s second-largest energy company by market value. Multiple investments […]

Royal Dutch Shell Shareholders Beware

The news that BP may be fined up to $18bn for the oil spill in the Gulf-of-Mexico as a result of a ruling by a US federal court that BP acted with “conscious disregard of known risks” and that BP’s “conduct was reckless,” may have very serious implications for other oil companies. By John Donovan […]

This article is of great concern to Shell employees in Nigeria

Ebola situation in Port Harcourt, Nigeria: Issued by World Health Organization Situation assessment – 3 September 2014 The Commissioner of Health, Rivers State, Nigeria, has now reported 3 confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease in Port Harcourt, the country’s oil hub. Additional suspected cases are being investigated. Background on the Port Harcourt index case Ebola virus […]

Ebola in Nigeria: Royal Dutch Shell issues warning to employees

By John Donovan I received an email from a regular contributor at noon today advising that “Ebola has reached Port Harcourt now. No doubt you are aware Shell has ‘some’ operations there…” The contact also supplied a BBC News article: Ebola spreads to Nigeria oil hub Port Harcourt Before I had time to decide whether to […]