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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 […]