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Al Gore: oil companies ‘use our atmosphere as an open sewer’

From an article by Jo Confino published by The Guardian 21 Jan 2015 Al Gore: “Companies are insisting on their right to use our atmosphere as an open sewer. In London a long time ago, a famous doctor connected the dots between sewage and cholera. We are connecting the dots between dirty energy and dirty weather, […]

Shell fined nearly $1 million for falsely selling green motor fuel

SHELL FOUND TO HAVE MISLABELLED ULTRA-LOW SULFUR DIESEL From ClickGreen staff. Published Tuesday 20 Jan 2015 under the headline: Shell slapped with near-$1 million fine for falsely selling green motor fuel The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a settlement with three companies affiliated with Shell Oil Company to resolve Clean Air Act violations, […]

Internal documents reveal industry ‘pattern of behavior’ on toxic chemicals

Decades after its release, a lawyer for Shell Oil Company flagged the 1948 report as being potentially damaging in lawsuits and gave out instructions to “avoid unnecessary disclosure of sensitive documents or information” and “disclose sensitive benzene documents only on court order.” From an article by David Heath and Jim Morris published by The Center […]

Carousel neighborhood of Carson: Home Sweet Home

At some point, the three underground tanks and drainage fields that had been connected to the Shell oil refinery began to leak oil and chemicals – turning a once-appealing neighborhood into a place where hundreds of homes sit atop 161,700 cubic yards of toxic sludge. Ultra-hazardous chemicals were found in the soil, including methane and […]

Shell in court again, this time Canada

From an article published by the observer.ca on 7 Jan 2015 under the headline: “Shell to appear Feb 13 in Sarnia court” Shell Canada has been charged by Ontario’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change following a Jan. 11, 2013 incident at its plant near Corunna. Ministry spokesperson Kate Jordan said in an email that […]

Shell Halts $90-Million Payout for Toxic Neighborhood after Judge Says Deal Can’t Be Secret

 Article by Ken Broder from theAllGov.com website in California, published Wed 7 Jan 2015 A lawyer suing on behalf of residents in the contaminated neighborhood of Carson said his clients would never settle with the much reviled Shell Oil over the toxic brew it buried a few feet beneath their soon-to-be-built houses. Then they did, […]

Oil from old Shell tanks polluting environment

Some of the tanks at Shell’s Fredericia location are nearly a century old (Photo: Wikipedia) From the Copenhagen Post, an article by Ray Weaver: 8 Dec 2014 Decade-old oil spills from tanks at the Shell Oil facility in Fredericia are still polluting the environment. According to a report on the DR current affairs TV program […]

Shell Rethinks $90M Toxic Contamination Settlement Over Secrecy Issues

Just days ago, we re-published an article from The Daily Breeze about Shell’s $90 million settlement with nearly 1500 residents of Carson, California, arising from a contamination class action lawsuit stemming from a former Shell oil tank farm. A housing development was built over the remains of the buried tank farm in the 1960s. Widespread […]

Shell settles Californian environmental contamination lawsuit for $91 million

Shell’s settlement with 1,491 residents will be a total of $90 million From The Daily Breeze City officials have announced final settlement agreements involving Shell Oil Co., the city, and hundreds of current and former residents of the Carousel neighborhood in the city’s southern end over a contamination lawsuit stemming from a former oil tank […]

Shell Corrib Gas Field testing being carried out illegally?

A 40m gas flare from the Ocean Guardian drilling rig during a well production test at the Corrib field, 80kms off Co Mayo. Photograph: Shell E&P Ireland Ltd By John Donovan Last Wednesday The Irish Times reported that Shell E&P Ireland has begun two months of testing at its north Mayo onshore refinery in preparation for […]

Shell Moerdijk Impact From Steam Leak

Styrene prices shot up following a steam leak at Shell’s steam crackers at Moerdijk in the Netherlands early this month. Shell had to declare force majeure on ethylene and propylene at the unit which makes basic materials for the chemical industry and employs about eight hundred people. The main repairs will last until at least the […]