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U.S. Senators urge Obama administration to block Arctic oil drilling

Politics | Fri May 22, 2015  U.S. Senators urge Obama administration to block Arctic oil drilling When Shell lost control of a drilling rig that year it “put numerous lives at risk, including those of the Coast Guard crews” and those of 18 people on the rig… A group of 18 mostly Democratic U.S. senators […]

Rotten Growth Prospect: Royal Dutch Shell Plc

3 Stocks With Rotten Growth Prospects: Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Tesco PLC And Centrica PLC By Royston Wild – Tuesday, 19 May, 2015 Today I am looking at three stock market terrors poised to endure extended earnings woe. Royal Dutch Shell Fossil fuel colossus Shell (LSE: RDSB) (NYSE: RDS-B.US) has grabbed the headlines again over […]

Shell tests contract labourers for drugs, sends home 69

Shell tests contract labourers for drugs, sends home 69 May 15, 2015 Oil giant Shell has sent home 69 people working at its Moerdijk chemical plant after they failed drugs tests, Dutch media reports on Friday. According to the Financieele Dagblad, 31 workers tested positive after being identified by sniffer dogs and 38 workers were […]

ARCTIC ALARM BELLS: SHELL KICKS OUT 60 WORKERS IN HOLLAND FOR DRUG USE

By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell has expelled 60 workers from a Dutch chemical plant after workers were caught using drugs. The Shell Moerdijk plant in the Netherlands makes chemical products from petroleum. It employs over 800 employees and over 500 contractors. It is one of the largest chemical complexes in Europe.  Last October I […]

Shell oil rig arriving Thursday is just the start of Arctic drilling fleet

By Coral Garnick and Hal Bernton: Seattle Times staff reporters: Published 13 May 2015 Shell oil rig arriving Thursday is just the start of Arctic drilling fleet The Polar Pioneer oil rig expected to arrive in Seattle on Thursday is the biggest piece of a 25-vessel fleet Shell Oil has mustered to resume its oil exploration effort in […]

WA inquiry shines spotlight on floating LNG safety fears

Article by Angela Macdonald-Smith published by The Sydney Morning Herald: 8 May 2015 WA inquiry shines spotlight on floating LNG safety fears Royal Dutch Shell and Woodside Petroleum have insisted that workers to be stationed on vast floating liquefied natural gas plants far off the Western Australian coast will be safe despite serious concerns having been raised in […]

Seattle mayor snubs Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet

Seattle mayor snubs Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet: 5 May 2015 Local officials are trying to stop Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet from docking at Seattle’s harbor for the summer, saying that current arrangements go against the port terminal’s land-use permit. Shell has multiple ships and oil rigs en route. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the current […]

Whistleblower news relevant to Shell USA employees

SEC Hits Back At KBR And Other Corporate Bullies Who Threaten Whistleblowers By John Donovan If a Shell employee, contractor or supplier wants to blow the whistle on alleged misdeeds, they can contact the Shell Global Helpline and risk retaliation, or go to the appropriate external authority. In either event, there may be protection under whistleblower law in some countries, […]

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 […]