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Shell lease approved, but hurdles remain

Shell’s 2008 purchase of a licence to drill in Alaskan waters has been approved. Now it waits to be granted permission to do so April 1, 2015 – 8:53pm – By Kevin McGwin With the decision yesterday by the US federal government not to throw out the 2008 sale of drilling licences off Alaska’s northern […]

Shell will resume drilling off Alaska coast: U.S. Arctic envoy

By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell will resume drilling off Alaska after suspending operations for two years in the wake of an accident, the special U.S. envoy to the Arctic said on Monday, but gave no details as to when. Shell has been moving oil rigs to Alaska as it awaits the […]

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 […]

Shell led Corrib Gas Pipeline Project comes unstuck

Article by Norma Costello published 23 March 2015 by vice.com under the headline: A Massive Pipe Came Loose in an Atlantic Gas Field and Irish Environmentalists Are Not Happy The Corib Gas pipeline project by the Western Irish fishing village of Rossport, County Mayo, has always been a source of controversy. It was established amid […]

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, […]

SAKHALIN2: How many billions of dollars did Shell lose in Russian annexation?

Chris Finlayson representing Shell and Alexander Medvedev, Gazprom’s Vice Chairman By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell executive Chris Finlayson held a leadership position in Shell’s Sakhalin II project in Russia from September 2005 to September 2009. The venture was described as “the Mother of all Projects” by the Financial Times. When Finlayson joined the Sakhalin […]

Port of Seattle hosts Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet

From an article by Joe Connelly published 11Feb 2015 by Seattlepi.com under the headline: Port of Seattle quietly signs homeport lease for Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet Extracts The Port of Seattle has quietly inked a two-year lease under which Shell Oil will use Terminal 5 on the Seattle waterfront as the base for its efforts […]

SEC continuing to scrutinise Shell’s claimed oil reserves

By John Donovan A letter emailed to Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive Officer, Ben van Beurden, on 23 Oct 2014, from the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, asked why Shell had omitted to supply in a Form 20-F filing, figures for Shell’s share of Kashagan proved undeveloped reserves. Shell’s partners in the much troubled Kashagan oil […]

Shell’s disastrous foray into Arctic waters

From an article by Joel Connelly published 7 Jan 2015 by Seattlepi.com under the headline: “Will Port of Seattle be repair center for Shell Oil’s Arctic vessels? Extracts The Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 is being proposed as a repair and service center for vessels engaged in Shell Oil’s troubled, delayed program to drill for […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shell admits fracking failure in Ukraine

By John Donovan The Russian News Agency Tass is reporting that Graham Tiley, the country manager of Shell Ukraine has admitted in a meeting with a local high-ranking official that Royal Dutch Shell has failed to achieve the desired progress in the Yuzovka gas field in Ukraine’s east.  Tiley blamed the fracking failure on the situation in […]

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 […]

Shell’s own goals in the Arctic: Over to you, Ann

US authorities say a desire to avoid taxes lead Shell to move an oil rig in rough seas in 2012, which lead to its grounding. Extract from an article published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 November 2014 When Ann Pickard says how sorry she is to be leaving the Westpac board after its shareholder […]

OSSL Blackmail Plot Against Shell?

By John Donovan Since 22 October 2014 I have been updating an article posing the question: “Shell being blackmailed?” Top people at Royal Dutch Shell  have all spoken directly to a director of a former Shell “Mr Fixit” company in Ireland, OSSL, which has bombarded Shell with money demands to settle a dispute that Shell […]

Shell Corrib Gas Project Ireland: The Good News and the Bad News

By Nick Gill The Irish Independent has published an article providing an update on the delayed progress of the Shell led Corrib Gas Project in Ireland, which has been surrounded by controversy, including alleged corruption and persistent environmental protests from the outset.  Basically, the good news is that the volume of gas at peak production […]

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: Ice buckets, rust buckets and superbuckets

By John  Donovan According to the the Vancouver Observer, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden, has accepted the ice bucket challenge from Leonardo DiCaprio to oil sands executives.  The reputation of his predecessor as Shell CEO, Peter Voser, sunk after he faced and failed a challenge in the Arctic. Voser came spectacularly unstuck as a result of […]

The truth about OSSL allegations

 By John Donovan OSSL, the former Mr Fixit company for Shell EP Ireland, distributed sweeteners (bribes) on behalf of Shell to various parties to ease the tortuously slow progress of the controversial Corrib Gas Project. The lucky recipients included a senior Irish Police Officer, Detective Chief Superintendent John Gilligan ([email protected]) OSSL has now supplied me with […]

Royal Dutch Shell Files Arctic Drilling Plans

A Shell spokesperson claims that the company’s latest Arctic exploration plan takes into account lessons learned from the 2012 operation (which turned into a dangerous farce after Shell engaged in reckless machinations in an effort to evade tax). By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell has filed a plan with US federal regulators that could result […]

Big Oil Could Be In Big Trouble

By John Donovan A number of current articles warn of falling oil prices. A zacks.com article says that oil prices have fallen below $100 to the lowest level this year and that natural gas has fared even worse. Nas.daq.com reports that the price of oil has plummeted, and that the fall is accelerating. It also points […]

OSSL whistleblower allegations against Shell and the Irish Police

By John Donovan The OSSL email campaign against Royal Dutch Shell and various parties including the Garda, who accepted ‘sweeteners’ from Shell dispensed by OSSL, continues unabated, 7 days a week. OSSL acted as a “Mr Fixit” on behalf of Shell in relation to the controversial long delayed and miles over budget Corrib Gas Project […]

Shell whistleblower OSSL challenges Irish police officers to take lie-detector test

By John Donovan OSSL, the company that admits supplying free alcohol to Irish police on behalf of Shell EP Ireland is challenging senior Irish police officers, who apparently deny receiving the goods said to be worth tens of thousands of Euros, to take lie detector tests.  The challenge is contained in an email sent earlier […]

Another serious shutdown at Shell Motiva refinery

Reuters article published Tue Jul 15, 2014 under the headline: “Damaged heater likely shut distillation unit at Motiva refinery” (Reuters) – A heavily damaged heater on a newly commissioned 325,000 barrel per day (bpd) crude distillation unit is the likely cause of a unexpected shutdown that may last up to five months at Motiva Enterprises […]

Are Asset Sales the Answer for Royal Dutch Shell plc?

Extracts from a Motley Fool article by Arjun Sreekumar published 23 June 2014 On Monday, Shell announced the sale of a 19% stake in Woodside Petroleum, a deal that is expected to raise $5 billion. On Wednesday, the company announced that it had filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related […]

Call for a Public Inquiry into the Policing of the Shell/Corrib Gas Project

Call for a Public Inquiry into the Policing of the Shell/Corrib Gas Project by the named eminent individuals and parties listed below We support the recent demands for an inquiry into allegations of systemic Garda corruption and violence. We believe any such inquiry should include the Shell/Corrib pipeline police operation in North West Mayo. This […]

Garda Ombudsman Investigation of Shell Corruption allegations in disarray

By John Donovan  The investigation of allegations made by a Shell whistleblower company OSSL, of alleged Shell sponsored corruption of the Irish police, appears to be in a shambles following ill-judged on-the-record comments by the officer leading the inquiry, Johan Groenewald. The relevant extraordinary email correspondence with me can be viewed here. In the exchanges, […]

Interior takes step toward resuming Arctic exploration

Extract from an article by Laura Barron-Lopez  published 27 May 2014 by THE HILL Royal Dutch Shell may be able to resume Arctic oil and gas exploration if the Interior Department sticks to the timeline it filed to the U.S. District Court of Alaska. In a fling made Friday, Interior set a timeline for conducting […]

US BOEM aims for revised Chukchi Sea analysis in spring

Extracts from a Platts article published 27 May 2014 The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management told a US District Court in Alaska on Friday it will have a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the 2008 Chukchi Sea lease sale prepared by August and publication of a Final EIS by February. Under the schedule […]

‘Shell can celebrate all they want, but the fight is by no means over’

Extracts from an article published 23 May 2014 by the journal.ie THE COMPLETION OF the longest tunnel in Ireland is being celebrated by Shell Ireland – but the works have not been without disruption or tragedy. The construction of the 4.9 kilometre-long tunnel has been mired in controversy over the years with many residents and activists […]

Kashagan ‘Cash All Gone’ Pipeline Debacle

Shell has been a key participant in the Kashagan project consortium which includes Eni and ExxonMobil. Given its notorious track record of over-promise and under delivery, having Shell involved is a bad omen for any elephant project. By John Donovan The latest news from the “Cash All Gone” project (as it is widely known) is […]

Corrib Corruption Scandal on the Agenda at Royal Dutch Shell AGM

The Corrib corruption scandal and cover-up will  be raised at the Shell AGM on Tuesday. I can state on good authority that Shell lawyers have already prepared a script for Ben van Beurden to use for evasion purposes when confronted by OSSL directors. It mentions waiting for the outcome of the investigation by the Irish […]

Garda concerns at whistleblower plan

Some allegations against the Garda, including from whistlerblower company OSSL, have arisen from the Shell led Corrib Gas Project Extracts from an RTE News article published Friday 16 May 2014 under the headline: “AGSI admits concerns at whistleblower plan“ The President of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors has said it is concerned by the decision […]

Kazakh Minister: All Kashagan Pipelines To Be Replaced

Extracts from a Reuters article by Olesya Astakhova published 15 May 2014 MOSCOW, May 15 (Reuters) – The consortium developing the giant Kashagan oilfield will have to replace the entire pipeline system at the deposit, Kazakhstan’s oil minister said on Thursday, confirming that output there would not resume this year. The North Caspian Operating Company (NCOC) developing […]

Shell to Sea calls for whistleblowers to ‘expose malpractice and corruption’ at gas project

Extracts from an article published 15 May 2014 by the journal.ie THE SHELL TO Sea campaign has made fresh calls this morning for whistleblowers in to come forward to “expose malpractice and corruption” in the Shell gas project in Corrib, Co Mayo. Shell to Sea’s Terence Conway said the group is asking whistleblowers from within […]

Institutional corruption in the Gardaí

Shell to Sea notes the resignation of Alan Shatter and his replacement by Frances Fitzgerald as Minister for Justice as a long overdue development. Terence Conway, Shell to Sea spokesperson, says “Alan Shatter showed contempt for everybody who raised issues of wrongdoing in an Garda Siochána and it was clear he never had any intention […]

We warned BG Group about Chris Finlayson

“BG Group chief executive Chris Finlayson has been ousted by the oil and gas explorer’s board following a disastrous 16 months in the job….” No one can say that we did not repeatedly warn BG Group about the competence and ethics of Chris Finlayson… By John Donovan The news media is reporting that former Royal […]