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Landmark Deal Curbs Flaring Pollution

Top oil-producing nations and companies pledge to eliminate the waste of natural gas that also exacerbates global warming April 17, 2015 |By Lisa Friedman and ClimateWire Top oil-producing nations, including the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and Angola, as well as Royal Dutch Shell PLC and other companies say they will stop flaring natural gas by 2030 […]

Bay Point: Removal of ‘Shell Pond’ polluted soil set to start in April

From an article by Sam Richards published 23 March 2015 by Contra Costa Times Bay Point: Removal of ‘Shell Pond’ polluted soil set to start in April BAY POINT — More than two years after an aborted attempt to clean up the old “Shell Pond” along Suisun Bay, PG&E will soon begin removing 8,400 tons […]

Joint Investigation Visit Reports Indict Shell On Oil Spills In Bayelsa

From an article by Fyneface Aaron published 23 March 2015 by The Tide Joint Investigation Visit Reports Indict Shell On Oil Spills In Bayelsa, Nigeria (JIV) report on Seibou and several other oil wells that are spilling its contents into the environments in Bayelsa State operated by Shell Development Company has been attributed to equipment […]

Nigeria’s Ogonis Divided Over Resuming Oil Production

By Chris Stein – Voice of America, 06 March 2015 Nigeria’s Ogonis Divided Over Resuming Oil Production KEGBARA DERE, NIGERIA— Oil once flowed in Ogoniland, as it does from wells throughout the creeks and swamps of Nigeria’s Niger Delta region. But in 1993, the Ogoni people said enough. Leaking pipelines were polluting the fields they farmed and […]

Shell confirms oil leak from underwater facility in Bayelsa

From an article published in the Premium Times on 5 March 2015: Shell confirms oil leak from underwater facility in Bayelsa Extracts The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) on Thursday confirmed an oil leak incident from its underwater line within its oil fields in Bayelsa. According to a statement issued by Joesph Obari, Spokesperson for […]

Ogoniland and Shell

Article by Ben Ikari (International Human Rights and Environmental Justice Advocate) Dr. Eddy Wikina Should Advocate Clean-up and Ogoni Bill Of Rights-Not Oil Production My comments are based on a press statement credited to a respected elder of Ogoni Dr. Eddy Wikina on behalf of the “Ogonis Elites and Elders,” titled: Oil Resumption in Ogoniland: Elites […]

Oil Spill: Syndicates Defraud Communities As Shell Remains Adamant On Payout

BY SAHARA REPORTERS, NEW YORK, FEB 28, 2015 An investigation by SaharaReporters reveals that several rogue syndicates have been selling oil spill compensation forms to members of oil-producing communities in Bayelsa State ostensibly to enable the residents to benefit from a fund established to compensate victims of the December 2011 Bonga oil spill. However, some concerned […]

Refinery operator Shell Canada charged for January 2013 incident at plant

By Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer: Friday, February 13, 2015 11:57:12 EST AM Refinery operator charged for January 2013 incident at plant Extracts Representatives of Shell Canada made a brief court appearance in Sarnia on Friday on environmental charges the company faces following an incident Jan. 11, 2013 at its plant near Corunna. Shell is scheduled to […]

Cleanup operations continue for oil spill at Shell Wharf in Martinez

From an article by Joseph R. Fonseca published Thursday, February 12, 2015 by MarineLink.com under the headline: Cleanup, Response Operations continue at Shell Wharf Extracts At approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday Shell personnel reported a leak from a crude oil line at the Shell Martinez Wharf and confirmed the leak was stopped within 30 minutes. Shell personnel […]

Shell Pays $90M To Escape Calif. Contamination Suit

Shell Pays $90M To Escape Calif. Contamination Suit By Brandon Lowrey Law360, Los Angeles (January 30, 2015, 8:50 PM ET) — A California judge on Friday tentatively approved Shell Oil Co.’s $90 million good-faith settlement of personal injury claims brought by nearly 1,500 Los Angeles-area residents allegedly harmed by buried waste oil, leaving intact claims […]

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 […]

Objection to Divestment of Shell Oil Blocks in Ogoniland

National Union of Ogoni Students’ USA 3747 W. 138TH Street, Crestwood Illinois 60445, Tel. 1-(888) 610-5590, email – [email protected] Press Release 10/25/2014 CAVERT EMPTOR: Divestment of Shell Oil Blocks: Oil Mining License 11 not for sale We, the Ogoni students in Diaspora under the National Union of Ogoni Students’ (NUOS INTL), USA on behalf of the […]

Mixed Reaction to Shell’s Carousel Cleanup Proposal

Extracts from an article in  the Daily Breeze. Shell Oil Co.’s new $146 million proposal to remove contaminated soil beneath Carson’s Carousel Tract neighborhood has earned a thumbs-up from city officials, who until now have vigorously fought the oil giant’s cleanup plans. Carson officials praise the plan because it includes an offer to temporarily relocate residents […]

Shell legal machinations over Nigeria in the London High Court

On 8 October, the High Court in London blocked an agreement between the oil giant Shell and the UK law firm CW Law in relation to thousands of Nigerians, which the Marble Arch based law firm claimed it represented, in a dispute over oil spills in Nigeria. CW Law was accused, by law firm Leigh […]

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 […]

Royal Dutch Shell News Monday 29 Sept 2014

By John Donovan A selection of current news articles about Royal Dutch Shell from around the globe: Oil price fixing According to a Bloomberg article published by energyvoice.com, the UK is considering whether to criminalize manipulation of the world’s most-traded crude-futures market. Extract The UK is toughening the rules after the rigging of Libor and […]

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC NEWS FRIDAY 19 SEPT 2014

By John Donovan Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plans  fuelfix.com has published an article about Shell’s latest plans for exploratory oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea, north of Alaska. The detailed article contains links to a document Shell has filed with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, a related federal court document and an exploration plan.  A lawyer […]

Royal Dutch Shell News Roundup Monday 11 Aug 2014

Rejection in Australia, Oil Spill Fire in Nigeria, Fire sale in the USA, Asbestos lawsuit in the UK By John Donovan AUSTRALIA The Australian reports that a fortnight after Woodside Petroleum shareholders scuttled a $2.7 billion plan to remove Royal Dutch Shell from the company’s share register, Woodside has bought a 40% stake in a […]

First oil produced from SNEPCO-operated Bonga North West deep-water project in Nigeria

VERBATIM FROM A SHELL PRESS RELEASE 6 AUGUST 2014 06 Aug 2014 Shell’s deep-water subsidiary in Nigeria, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd (SNEPCo) started oil production from the first well at the Bonga North West deep-water development off the Nigerian coast on Tuesday 5 August 2014, another milestone for the country’s energy industry. […]

Failure to clean Niger Delta oil pollution still devastating people’s health: Amnesty

Extracts from an Associated Press article by MARAM MAZEN published 3 August 2014 LAGOS, Nigeria – Little action has been taken to clean up pollution caused by oil production in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, either by the government or Shell Oil, Amnesty International and other groups charged Monday. Oil production has contaminated the drinking water […]

Shell Oil Co. Removes Toluene Bladder Cancer Lawsuit to Florida Federal Court

Extracts from an article posted by Harris Martin Publishing on 25 July 2014 July 25, 2014 ORLANDO, Fla. –– Shell Oil Co. has removed a toluene exposure lawsuit to a Florida federal court, noting that while it is a Delaware corporation with a principal place of business in Texas, the plaintiff resides in Florida. Shell […]

Ogonis charge Nigerian Federal Government and Shell on UNEP report

Extract from a Daily Post article by Victor Azubuike published 28 May 2014 The people of Ogoni are calling on the Federal Government to set up a structure to help facilitate the implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, report following a new revelation by Shell. “Following last week’s surprise announcement by Shell’s new CEO, […]

‘Cleaned’ Nigerian sites still blighted by oil as Shell’s efforts to contain spills makes slow progress, says report

Swathes of land and waterways in the Niger Delta are once again blighted with oil only months on from Shell’s clean-up efforts… Extracts from a This is Money article by Rob Davies published 26 May 2014 Shell’s efforts to contain spills in Nigeria are making stuttering progress, with supposedly restored sites still mired in oil, […]

A deadly Shell disaster 20 years ago

Shell later agrees to pay OSHA a $3 million dollar fine for federal safety violations and also settles wrongful death lawsuits with the families of the dead workers, making payments in the range of $2.1 to $2.4 million per family. By John Donovan On 27 May 1994, almost exactly 20 years ago, a fire at […]

Shell Says It’s Considering Climate Change Risks And Trying To Reduce Flaring In Nigeria

Extracts from a International Business Times article by Meagan Clark published 20 May 2014 Netherlands-based oil giant Royal Dutch Shell told investors in the Hague on Tuesday that the company considers climate change in its decisions and that its efforts to reduce natural gas flaring in Nigeria, a main cause of pollution in West Africa, […]

Shell Oil sues developer of Carousel tract in Carson for contamination cleanup

Extracts from an article by Sandy Mazza, published by the Daily Breeze on 12 May 2014 Everyone agrees that Shell Oil Co. left masses of waste petroleum just beneath the surface of a residential Carson neighborhood for decades, but the company now says it shouldn’t be held responsible for cleaning the mess. In a lawsuit […]

Hearing to determine key legal issues in claim against Shell by 15,000 Nigerians

28 April 2014 An historic legal hearing will begin on 29th April 2014 which will hear evidence from the UK lawyers representing 15,000 Nigerian fishermen from the Bodo community against oil giant Shell in a hearing which will determine the key legal issues to be considered in one of the largest ever environmental law cases […]

Louisiana Benzene Case against Shell settled

“Shell’s potential exposure to litigation throughout the US for benzene exposure claims may now be very significant – this could be a repeat of the asbestos claims of a few years ago.” Extracts from an article published 11 April 2014 by HarrisMartin.com under the headline: “Parties Remaining in Louisiana Benzene Case Scheduled for June 2014 […]

Shell Oil Co blasted by City Officials and Law Firm

City officials and a law firm representing homeowners in the Carousel housing tract in Carson on Monday blasted Shell Oil Co.’s proposed plan to clean up petroleum-contaminated soil in the neighborhood. “It’s a joke,” said Tom Girardi, whose firm is suing Shell on behalf of hundreds of Carousel tract residents and the city. “We know […]

Nigeria: Bonga Oil Spill – FG Fines Shell $11.5 billion

Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, SNEPCO, was, yesterday, ordered by Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, and the National Oil Spill Response and Emergency Agency, NOSREA, to pay a total of $11.5 billion, about N1.84 trillion, as fines and compensation for the 2011 Bonga oil spill incident. “The kind of impunity Shell and […]