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Shell Litigation News Stories June 2017

Supreme Court rules Shell acted in contempt over Corrib land access: The Irish Times: 14 June 2017

The Supreme Court has found Shell E & P Ireland was acting in civil contempt of court orders when, nine years ago, it entered on to commonage lands at Rossport located on the modified route for the Corrib gas onshore pipeline.

Company fined €300,000 over death of worker at Corrib gas tunnel: the journal.ie: 14 June 2017

A GERMAN CIVIL engineering company has been fined €300,000 over the death of a contractor in 2013. Wayss and Freitag Ingenieurbau AG contractor Lars Wagner, who worked for Herrenknecht AG, was killed on 8 September 2013 at the Mayo project.

Polluted-Water Case Against BP and Shell Revived: Courthouse News Service: 13 June 2017

MANHATTAN (CN) — No longer protected by its deals with California prosecutors, BP and Shell must face another lawsuit alleging that its underground storage tanks continue to pollute Orange County’s groundwater with a toxic gasoline additive. read more

Shell News Saturday 25 March 2017

EXTRACT: A whistleblower has accused oil giant Shell of concealing data on the health effects of two major oil spills on communities in Nigeria. In a letter seen by the Independent, Kay Holtzmann, a former employee at the company, said data gathered in the Bodo community which was devastated by two huge oil spills in 2008 and 2009, showed levels of pollution were “astonishingly high”. He also accused the company of refusing to make the findings public. Mr Holtzmann was the former director in charge of Shell’s project to clean up oil spills… read more

Despite cuts, oil giants look to expand production

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Ben Chapman: 6 Sept 2016

Never mind the drop in crude prices, huge spending cuts and thousands of job losses, the world’s top oil and gas companies are set to produce more than ever for some time.

While top oil companies struggle with slumping revenues following a price rout after years of spectacular growth, their production has grown as projects sanctioned earlier in the decade come on line. Overall production at the world’s seven biggest oil and gas companies is set to rise by around 9 per cent between 2015 and 2018, according to analysts’ estimates. read more

Shell to cut 10,000 jobs as profits plunge by 80 per cent

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Shell yesterday confirmed plans to cut 10,000 jobs now that its takeover of rival BG Group is set to go through, and raised the prospect of further redundancies, as it reported an  80 per cent slump in profits to a 13-year low.

Two days after BP announced its biggest-ever annual loss, Shell revealed that its profits had fallen to $3.8bn (£2.6bn) last year, from $19bn in 2014. The industry has been rocked by a sustained slump in the oil price, from $115 a barrel in the summer of 2014 to $35.41 yesterday.  read more

Shell attacked for its part in ‘extraordinary’ £2.3bn Nigerian tax break

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Mark Leftly: 20 JAN 2016

Royal Dutch Shell has come under fire for being part of a consortium that accepted an “extraordinary” $3.3bn (£2.3bn) tax break in Nigeria – twice the poverty-stricken country’s annual health budget.  

In a new report ActionAid estimated the consortium, which also includes France’s Total and Italy’s Eni, received this benefit between 2004 and 2012 on top of Nigeria’s standard five-year tax holiday to encourage investment. The charity says the cost of the tax breaks could have been better spent on improving health and education systems at the same pace that oil revenue pours in. read more

Oil price falls below $28 a barrel, or less than the cost of an actual barrel

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Hazel Sheffield: 18 JAN 2016

Not everyone agreed with the RAC when it said that petrol could become cheaper than bottled water.

RAC wagered that if the price of oil slid below $20 barrel, it could push petrol prices to 90p a litre – while a fall to $10 a barrel or less could see petrol sold at 86p a litre, or cheaper than a bottle of water.

But only if you are a water snob, according to the Hydration Council, who emailed us to say that the average price of a litre bottle of water, purchased in a multi-pack, is 38p. Take that, Perrier drinkers.  read more

Shell and VW top list of NGOs ‘most hated’ brands in the UK

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Zlata Rodionova: 18 JAN 2016

Volkswagen has made a list of non-governmental organisations’ “most hated” brands in the UK for the first time, following a turbulent year for the company dealing with fallout from the emissions scandal.

VW came in at fourth place in the survey that named Shell as the most hated brand.

VW is now the seventh least popular brand in the world, according to the survey of more than 7,500 NGOs by Sigwatch, a consultancy.

Robert Blood, founder and managing of Sigwatch, told the Independent that the Volkswagen scandal allowed NGOs to draw attention to the bigger problem of green emissions. read more

Oil price surge makes Shell swoop for BG more palatable

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Jamie Nimmo: 5 Jan 2016

The oil price surge made Shell’s swoop for smaller rival BG slightly more palatable for investors, despite concerns the deal could be called off. The regulatory hurdles have all been cleared, but shareholders must now give  their views on the cash and shares deal, currently worth £37bn – £10bn less than when it was struck in April last year.

That was when the oil price was near $60 a barrel. It now stands at $38 a barrel, even after a 2 per cent jump yesterday.

Shell and BG’s backers vote on 27 and 28 January respectively, but the former could be forced by its own shareholders to renegotiate. read more

The many reasons why Shell’s deal with BG will happen in 2016

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How idiotic would its board look if it ditched its current bride at the altar, only to see her hook up with a rival in a few months’ time?

Jim Armitage: Wednesday 23 Dec 2015

It will be the first big test of 2016: will Shell press on with its takeover of BG when the oil price is stubbornly below $40 a barrel? Today, it gave a clear “yes” by publishing its full merger documentation and posting the paperwork out to shareholders. If it was not planning to press on with the deal, it would have found some excuse why not to do so.

The documents rap out a series of reasons why the current bombed-out oil price is not relevant to the logic of integrating these two vast companies. The deal will bring so many efficiencies, Shell promises, that its hallowed dividend will be safer, bringing in more cashflow to pay into the divi pot at as low as $50 a barrel. Few people really think crude is likely to stay below that for decades to come. And, as far as the value of the combined assets goes, it can breakeven at the low $60s, Shell adds. read more

Shell promises more cuts to win investors over on BG deal

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Michael Bow: 15 Dec 2015

Royal Dutch Shell moved to shore up support for its £35bn BG Group takeover yesterday, by promising to slash more jobs amid concerns shareholders could rebel against the deal. 

The Anglo-Dutch oil giant will axe a further 2,800 jobs around the world on top of 7,500 roles it had previously announced were for the chop.

The losses – equivalent to 3 per cent of the combined group’s workforce – coincide with the final furlong of the long-running takeover saga, which has been put under pressure due to this year’s oil price rout.  read more

Shell’s £22,500 fine for North Sea oil spill slammed as ‘paltry’ by campaigners

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Screen Shot 2015-11-21 at 00.19.03The World Wildlife Fund warned the size of the fine would ‘do little to deter future poor behaviour’

Shell apologised for the lack of information and said it was not a deliberate attempt to cover up the spill. 

Adam Barnett: 24 November 2015

A £22,500 fine imposed on the energy giant Shell as punishment for the worst North Sea oil spill in a decade has been dismissed as “paltry” by environmental campaigners.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) warned the size of the fine, for a company that earns billions, would “do little to deter future poor behaviour” by oil and gas companies to avoid more damage to the environment.

The leak from the Gannet Alpha platform in August 2011 was the worst in the region in 10 years and saw more than 200 tons of oil – about 1,300 barrels – flood into the sea.  read more

Diezani Alison-Madueke: Behind the ‘reformer’ of the Nigerian oil industry’s arrest

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Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 08.20.57Mrs Alison-Madueke, 54, part of a prominent Nigerian family and a former Shell executive, was appointed as Honourable Minister of Petroleum Resources in March 2010 by now former president Goodluck Jonathan

Until last Friday, Diezani Alison-Madueke’s position as one of the most prominent women on the global stage had seemed assured. Boasting a Cambridge degree and a portfolio of senior government positions in her native Nigeria, she is also the first female president of the OPEC oil cartel.

Such is her influence that the British government earlier this year placed her top of a list of former recipients of the taxpayer-funded Chevening Scholarship for future leaders of foreign states whom it wanted to recognise for International Women’s Day. The roll call paid tribute to women who it said personified the slogan for the event – “make it happen”. read more

Shell and The Science Museum’s toxic relationship has just been exposed

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Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 09.56.22The true nature of big oil sponsorships was exposed last week, after it was discovered that Shell had sought to influence the content of the climate change exhibition “Atmosphere”, which it sponsors at the Science Museum.

Emails obtained via Freedom of Information requests show how the company positioned its own staff as advisors: “Regarding the gallery update, can I check whether you have touched base with David Hone to see if he would like to participate in the content refresh?” read one email from May last year. read more

Chiara D’Angelo interview: Arctic activist who spent 66 hours suspended from anchor said nature inspired her to continue protest

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Screen Shot 2015-05-25 at 21.27.36ANDREW BUNCOMBENEW YORK: Monday 25 May 2015

Chiara D’Angelo interview: Arctic activist who spent 66 hours suspended from anchor said nature inspired her to continue protest

The activist who spent 66 hours suspended from the anchor of an oil exploration vessel has said she took strength during her protest from looking at the wildlife surrounding her.

Chiara D’Angelo attached herself on Friday evening to the anchor of the Arctic Challenger as it moored north of Seattle. The ship is among those that Royal Dutch Shell intend to use as they drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off northwestern Alaska later this summer.

Ms D’Angelo ended her protest at around 9.30m. Speaking from the town of Bellingham, she told the The Independent that when she started the protest, she had no idea how long she would manage to remain suspended from the anchor. read more

Following the Shell-BG deal, could Exxon bid for BP?

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Following the Shell-BG deal, could Exxon bid for BP?

Another day, another tide of speculation sweeps through the City investment banks about oil industry takeovers following Shell’s £47 billion bid for BG, the UK’s third largest energy supplier.

Even that old saw about Exxon dispatching its galleons across the Channel to buy BP was being punted around by some brokers this morning. Forgive me if history proves me a fool, but, even taking Exxon’s recent chest beating about its appetite for deals, it seems unlikely.

For starters, monopoly regulators would force such a vast company to sell huge amounts of their combined assets, negating the whole point to a deal. Second, Exxon has just painfully extricated itself from its joint exploration project in Russia thanks to US sanctions. It’s hardly likely to jump back into bed with the biggest western operator there. Third, there’s the small matter of the ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill litigation. read more

BP to axe 1,000 jobs amid warning of oil price plunge to $40

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 20.54.03Oil giant BP has said it will rack up costs of at least $1 billion (£637 million) over the next year as it embarks on a corporate shake-up which could cull more than 1,000 jobs. It comes as an Iranian official in the Opec oil cartel said crude prices could plunge as low as $40 a barrel in the near future…

Article by Russell Lynch published by The Independent Wed 10 Dec 2014: BP unveils $1bn restructuring amid plunging oil prices

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Oil giant BP has said it will rack up costs of at least $1 billion (£637 million) over the next year as it embarks on a corporate shake-up which could cull more than 1,000 jobs.

The FTSE 100 giant has accelerated its plans to strip costs out of the business in response to a dramatic plunge in crude prices since June. It is understood that BP, which has 84,000 staff worldwide and 15,000 in the UK, could shed more than 1000 staff by the end of the process.

It comes as an Iranian official in the Opec oil cartel said crude prices could plunge as low as $40 a barrel in the near future if divisions among the producers widened. read more

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