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Oil drilling on US Arctic coast put on ice

Oil companies’ rush to find reserves off Alaska’s Arctic shores suffered a setback on Thursday after Shell said it would suspend its operations in the region — and possibly withdraw for good. “We will not drill in Alaska in 2014, and we are reviewing our options there,” Shell CEO Ben van Beurden told reporters in […]

U.S. FTC Said to Open Oil Price Probe, Mirroring EU Inquiry

June 25 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Federal Trade Commission opened a formal investigation into how prices of crude oil and petroleum-derived products are set, mirroring a European Union inquiry, two people familiar with the matter said.  The investigation, now in a preliminary stage, will probably broaden into a multi-jurisdictional affair… U.S. FTC Said to Open […]

Shell Nigeria: Explosion forces closure of Trans Niger Pipeline

Environmental activists accuse Shell Nigeria of using oil theft as an excuse to cover up accidental spills. The company has to compensate local communities for spills not caused by theft. Shell Nigeria: Explosion forces closure of Trans Niger Pipeline carrying 150,000 barrels a day By Associated Press, Published: June 20 LAGOS, Nigeria — Shell Nigeria says […]

Iraq, Royal Dutch Shell kick off major gas project in oil-rich south

By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, May 1, 1:16 PM BAGHDAD — Royal Dutch Shell says it has officially kicked off a multibillion-dollar project to tap natural gas in Iraq’s south.The $17 billion joint venture will gather, process and market associated gas, a by-product of producing oil, from three oil fields in the petroleum-rich province of […]

Interior Dept. criticizes Shell’s Arctic drilling

By Steven Mufson, Published: March 14 The Interior Department issued a report sharply critical of Shell’s exploration drilling efforts in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska last year, but Secretary Ken Salazar gave the company the go-ahead to try again in 2014. Environmental groups harshly criticized the report and said it raised questions about the department’s ability […]

Davos activists occupy Shell station to protest Arctic drilling, warn of environmental danger

By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, January 25, 10:23 AM DAVOS, Switzerland — Activists with a big fake polar bear have occupied a Shell service station in the Swiss resort of Davos to protest Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s oil drilling in the Arctic. About 25 activists from around Europe chained gas pumps together Friday at the station near […]

Shell oil drilling vessel towed after running aground off Alaska island during storm

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill vessel pulled from rocks off a remote Alaska island approached shelter Monday morning in a protected Kodiak Island bay. By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, January 7, 6:55 PM ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill vessel pulled from rocks off a remote Alaska island approached shelter […]

Protecting universal human rights

Letter to the Editor Published: October 14 The Post missed the mark in its Oct. 5 editorial “Court shopping,” which advocated clear limits on the scope of the Alien Tort Statute (ATS). In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (Shell), the complaint is that Shell directly assisted the Nigerian military in torturing and killing innocent villagers. If […]

Nigerian farmer sue Shell in Dutch court claiming oil giant has to clean up spills

By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, October 11, 12:11 PM THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Nigerian farmers asked a Dutch court Thursday to rule that oil company Shell is liable for poisoning their fish ponds and farmland with leaking pipelines, in a case that could set a legal precedent for holding multinationals responsible for actions overseas.The case at The […]

Dutch judge rejects Shell attempt to ban Greenpeace from protesting its Arctic drilling

By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, October 5, 4:29 PM AMSTERDAM — A Dutch court has rejected a lawsuit filed by Royal Dutch Shell PLC against Greenpeace International seeking to ban environmentalists from holding protests against the oil company’s Arctic drilling program on or near Shell property. The Amsterdam District Court said Friday Greenpeace has the right to […]

Shell president optimistic about Arctic offshore drilling despite setback with safety system

By Associated Press, Tuesday, September 18, 2:56 AM ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Shell is limiting Arctic drilling off Alaska to just preparation work this year after suffering several setbacks, but the company says it remains optimistic about the project’s prospects. Netherlands-based Royal Dutch Shell PLC said earlier Monday that a containment dome required to be in place before […]

Shell set to begin drilling off Alaska

By Steven Mufson, Sunday, September 9, 12:51 AM With the ice-free drilling season nearing an end, Shell Oil was expecting to start its first exploration well in the Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast of Alaska on Saturday afternoon. On Friday, the Noble Discoverer drilling rig was moored to eight anchors spread in a circular pattern 6,500 […]

Arctic sea ice hits record low, scientists say

By Juliet Eilperin, Monday, August 27, 5:28 PM NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – This visualization shows the extent of Arctic sea ice on Aug. 26, the day the sea ice dipped to its smallest extent ever recorded in more than three decades of satellite measurements. The line on the image shows the average minimum extent from […]

Shell Oil scales back Arctic drilling plan, now looking at 2 wells for 2012

By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, July 31, 9:55 PM ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Shell Oil Co. is downsizing its plan for off-shore drilling in the Arctic this year amid delays completing a spill containment barge required by the federal government, a spokesman said Tuesday. Shell now hopes to complete two wells in 2012 instead of five. One would […]