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EU Directive: safety of offshore oil and gas operations

DIRECTIVE 2013/30/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 12 June 2013 on safety of offshore oil and gas operations and amending Directive 2004/35/EC The above EU Directive (available in many languages, including Dutch) may be of assistance to people around the world who are concerned about the operations of European oil companies.  […]

Shell fined by Scottish court for 2011 North Sea oil spill

“Despite being responsible for the worst North Sea spill in a decade, the level of the fine is literally a drop in the ocean when compared to the billions earned by Shell annually…” LONDON: Business News | Tue Nov 24, 2015 2:42pm GMT Oil major Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) was handed a 22,500 pound fine […]

State regulators fine Shell Oil for toxic release in Anacortes

Inspectors found that Shell had skipped critical decontamination steps while shutting down the main flare. The uncontrolled release exposed workers to toxic substances. BY ASSOCIATED PRESS: NOVEMBER 20, 2015 TUMWATER, Wash. (AP) — Washington state regulators have fined Shell Oil Products $77,000 after an investigation found that it failed to control a toxic release. The Department […]

Shell charged over Gannet Alpha leak in 2011

Friday 20 November 2015 Oil giant Shell has been charged after an investigation into a leak at a North Sea platform in 2011, the BBC Scotland news website has learned. It involved the Gannet Alpha platform, 113 miles (180km) from Aberdeen. It was reported that the pipeline leaked more than 200 tonnes of oil. The […]

Angela Macdonald-Smith: November 4, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell remains unequivocally bullish on prospects for liquefied natural gas despite the current market glut, pointing to several options for new supply projects after its planned $US70 billion ($97 billion) takeover of BG Group and plenty of new markets opening up around the world. “The fundamentals of this market look […]

Shell handed improvement notice over North Sea gas leak

Written by Niamh Forrest – 02/11/2015 Oil major Shell has been handed an improvement notice by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) after a gas leak earlier this year. The company launched an investigation in January this year after a suspected gas leak near to the Curlew FPSO(Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading) vessel in the […]

North Sea gas leak ‘could have caused explosion’ says safety watchdog

By Chris Foote: 2 November 2015 Oil giant Shell has been ordered to make improvements following an undersea gas leak which could have caused an offshore explosion. The leak happened when a ship’s towline snagged on a pipeline nearly 300ft below the Curlew floating production vessel. The pipe ruptured and gas from the Fulmar Gas Line […]

Militants attack Shell Nigeria flow station, kill guard, company says

Published October 11, 2015: Associated Press WARRI, Nigeria –  Shell Nigeria says armed militants attacked an oil flow station in the southern Delta and killed a guard, amid fears of a renewed crisis as the country grapples with halved petroleum prices. Militant demands have been increasing and range from regional autonomy to a bigger share of […]

Fire at Shell’s Pulau Bukom plant leaves 6 injured, including 3 in critical condition

This is not the first time a fire broke out at Pulau Bukom. In September 2011, more than 100 firefighters helped to put out a fire that raged for 32 hours at the Pulau Bukom refinery. Shell was fined $80,000 the following year for lapses in workplace safety that led to the fire. Lim Yi […]

Shell Oil accidentally spills hundreds of thousands of pounds of toxic gas in Deer Park

Dylan Baddour, Houston Chronicle: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 On Sunday morning, hundreds of thousands of tons of toxic gas were accidentally released from the Shell Oil facility in Deer Park. According to reports from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, 326,166 pounds of butadiene escaped through an open valve on a spherical tank between 10:40 am […]

Ottawa rules one-day response to possible offshore spill too expensive

HALIFAX – The federal government says it is agreeing to an offshore drilling plan that allows up to 21 days to bring in capping technology for a subsea well blowout because requiring a shorter response time would be too expensive for Shell Canada Ltd. Nova Scotia environmentalists are questioning why the federal environmental protection agency […]

Inside Shell’s Extreme Plan to Drill for Oil in the Arctic

by Paul Barrett and Benjamin Elgin: 5 August 2015: BLOOMBERG.COM Protesters near the Polar Pioneer.: Photographer: Keri Coles/Greenpeace In a windowless conference room in Anchorage, a dozen Royal Dutch Shell employees report on the highest-profile oil project in the multinational’s vast global portfolio. Warmed by mid-July temperatures, Arctic ice in the Chukchi Sea, northwest of the Alaskan mainland, […]

Stand down, Greenpeace; Shell can sabotage Arctic drilling just fine on its own

The most powerful argument against Shell in the Arctic is Shell in the Arctic. Shannyn Moore: July 11, 2015 Shell Oil is going to save the Arctic from oil drilling. That’s not to dismiss the efforts of environmental activists organizing “Shell No” gatherings or chaining themselves to a drilling rig to protest Arctic oil exploration. I […]

Following Explosion, Shell Moerdijk Criticised by Dutch Safety Board

Enhanced Google Translation of a Reuters report published in Dutch on 9 July 2015 Shell has therefore not fulfilled the high expectations of safety management within the company. Shell Moerdijk should be more critical of security risks in the company. Thus concludes the Safety Board in a report on the explosion at the company’s plant on […]

Shell fined for leak on platform where workers died

Thursday 2nd July 2015 Oil giant Shell has been fined more than £6,000 after a diesel leak on board the same North Sea platform where two workers died 12 years ago. Sean McCue, 22, and Keith Moncrieff, 45, lost their lives when they were overcome by gas while working on the energy firm’s Brent Bravo […]

Former Shell worker says rush to prepare for Arctic drilling resulted in unsafe conditions

UPDATED By MARTHA BELLISLE Associated Press JUNE 19, 2015 SEATTLE — A woman who was permanently injured while working on one of Shell’s Arctic drilling support ships has sued, saying the company compromised safety in its rush to drill for oil. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Thursday by Anita Hanks […]

Arctic blowout clean-up costs could exceed Shell’s financial resources

From a regular contributor  THE BEAR FACTS -EMERGENCY RESPONSE MAY TAKE TWO OR THREE MONTHS TO ARRIVE! “The risk of a blowout or spill is always present when a well is drilled. The US government estimates the probability of such an event in Alaska at 75%. In many cases a relief well is the only […]

Federal Investigators Blame Shell for Alaska Drill-Ship Accident

Federal Investigators Blame Shell for Alaska Drill-Ship Accident By CASSANDRA SWEET: May 28, 2015  Federal investigators have blamed Royal Dutch Shell Plc and its contractors for the December 2012 shipwreck of a drill ship off the coast of Alaska. FULL ARTICLE

Shell Polar Pioneer fails USCG inspection

By Donal Scully: 27 May 2015 Seattle: The Polar Pioneer, one of two huge drilling platforms Shell plans to deploy in the Arctic, came up short under a US Coast Guard (USCG) inspection on Tuesday. Although the USCG said the unspecified hitch was minor and would be easily remedied it was another in an array of […]

Shell to drill in Alaskan Arctic with protesters in pursuit

Ten years after it first started acquiring new leases in the Arctic, and having spent almost $7bn, Shell has still not yet drilled a single well into oil-bearing rocks. A series of law suits, regulatory objections and its own mistakes have held it up. FULL FT ARTICLE WITH WORKING LINKS. SETS OUT SHELL’S 2012 DEBACLE […]

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 […]


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 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 […]


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 […]


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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 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  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 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 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 […]