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Royal Dutch Shell bets on LNG, on an epic scale

By John Donovan The comments below are from a Motley Fool article that draws attention to the fact that Shell’s Prelude FLNG project represents a bet “on an epic scale.”  The author is right. The project is an uninsured, uninsurable risk, which like Shell’s Alaskan ambitions, could potentially destroy Shell.  As to the likelihood of […]

More on Shell’s Shenanigans in Alaska

Extract from an article by Haley McKey, www.defendersblog.org published 17 April 2015 by Epoch Times under the headline: “Big Oil, Bad Decisions: Coast Guard Report Sheds More Light on Shell’s Shenanigans in Alaska” …this report shows what we have known for a long, long time: that the fundamental problem isn’t faulty equipment or technical issues. […]

A piss up at Christmas time courtesy of Shell

Guardian/Observer Ed Vulliamy on Irish TV3: “And what worries me with this is okay this is the cops you know having a piss up at Christmas time courtesy of Shell and them unable to deny it.” Unofficial Transcript of a Vincent Brown interview of Ed Vulliamy broadcast 3 April 2014 during Tonight with Vincent Browne […]

Safety at risk under Malcolm Brinded

Entirely the wrong man to entrust with an oversight function in relation to the safety of rail passengers. He was shunted out of Shell under a cloud. If that is a model of the Shell Prelude in the background of the photograph, it is not an encouraging omen. Mining giant BHP Billiton has appointed former […]

Kulluk Grounding: Miracle no injuries or loss of life

Article by Tim Bradner published 11 April 2014 by the Alaska Journal of Commerce under the headline: Coast Guard: Tug engine failure blamed on water in fuel It is a mariner’s worst nightmare: At sea, in a bad storm, pulling a heavy load and working to keep control in a dicey situation. Then, all the […]

Controversial Corrib field to pump gas by next year

Extracts from an article by Sarah McCabe published 10 April 2014 by the Irish Independent The development of the field off the north-west coast has been plagued by setbacks, which have delayed it for more than 13 years. Construction of a 4.9km tunnel under Sruwaddacon Bay, a special conversation area, is also progressing, new company […]

Shell remains committed to Alaskan arctic

Extracts from an article by Daniel J. Graeber published 9 April 2014 by UPI HOUSTON, April 9 (UPI) — The arctic waters off the Alaskan coast may be one of the more promising reserve basins in the nation, but exploration will have to wait, Shell said Wednesday. Ann Pickard, executive vice president for Shell’s arctic […]

Shell risked offshore workers lives to dodge Alaskan tax bill

Despite all promises to the contrary, Shell is still putting monetary considerations before safety. Just read some of the recent articles about Shell’s reckless conduct in offshore Alaska. It put the lives of offshore workers and the environment at risk to avoid a potential multimillion dollar tax bill. Personally, I do not believe enough attention […]

Interior Dept. Preps for Arctic Oil Spills

Extracts from an article by Alan Neuhauser published 8 April 2014 by USNews & World Report They’re preparing for the worst. Interior Department officials recently put out a call for “new and innovative mechanical technologies” to help clean up oil spills in the Arctic. Yet even as ice around the Arctic has melted amid rising global temperatures, […]

Kulluk report inspires no confidence for Arctic operations

Extracts from an editorial published on 5 April 2014 by The Anchorage Daily News under the headline: “Our View: Kulluk report inspires no confidence for Arctic operations” The United States Coast Guard didn’t mince words in its report of the grounding of Shell’s drilling rig, the Kulluk, in December 2012. The Coast Guard found Shell […]

Shell Oil Boss Marvin Odum Should Resign after Alaskan Debacle

Now we have further confirmation that Shell was trying to dodge a multimillion tax bill. This time confirmation comes from the findings of an investigation by the Coast Guard division of US Homeland Security. There are going to be more Royal Dutch Shell executives looking for alternative employment… And Marvin Odum, Shell’s boss in the […]

Shell ignored safety warnings ‘partly to avoid tax’, says US Coast Guard

Terry Macalister theguardian.com, Friday 4 April 2014 14.54 BST Damning allegations are made in the report into how Shell came to allow the Kulluk to run aground in December 2012. Photograph: PA3 Jon Klingenberg/AP Shell has been accused by the US Coast Guard of ignoring safety warnings and moving one of its drill ships in […]

Shell Rushed Rig to Arctic Sea to Avoid Alaska Tax: U.S.

Article by Jim Snyder published Apr 4, 2014 5:00 AM GMT+0100 by Bloomberg News A desire to avoid millions of dollars in Alaska state taxes played a role in Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s decision to move a drilling rig, which later broke free from a tow boat and ran aground on an uninhabited island […]

Poor Management and Tax Dodging Led to Kulluk Grounding

Article by RACHEL D’ORO Associated Press published 4 April 2014 by ABC NEWS under the headline: “Report: Poor Management Led to Shell Grounding” A Coast Guard report says poor risk assessment and management were factors that led to the grounding of a Shell oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Alaska in 2012. The report […]