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Celebrities get shirty to freeze Shell out of Arctic

Article published by The Sunday Times Extract from article by Gareth Rubin Published 12 July 2015 DAME Judi Dench, George Clooney, Kate Moss and Peter Capaldi are among 60 celebrities lending their faces to a campaign to shame Shell over its plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. They have been photographed in a T-shirt […]

Shell’s vessel Fennica took short cut through shallow water?

Shell’s vessel Fennica took short cut through shallow water? Damaged Arctic icebreaker’s route questioned Posted on July 10, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — New marine tracking data shows a Shell-contracted icebreaker may have crossed through shallow waters that offered little clearance between the vessel’s bottom and the ocean floor before a 3-foot […]

Trial shown footage of protesters at Shell compound

Footage appeared to show some protesters and security officers involved in scuffles The jury in the trial of two Shell protesters were shown video footage of the protest where up to 70 protesters entered a Shell compound in north Mayo. The video footage was captured by CCTV at the compound and by security officers policing […]

Approval requested for repairs to icebreaker in Shell’s Arctic quest

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: 9 July 2015 WASHINGTON – Shell is making plans to repair an icebreaker that plays a pivotal role in its Arctic drilling program, even as clues emerged Thursday about what might have torn a meter-long gash in the vessel. Arctia Offshore, the owner of the Shell-contracted MSV Fennica, has asked the […]

Shell U.S. Unit May Drop ‘Oil’ From Name in Sign of Times

by Gerrit De Vynck: 9 July 2015 The U.S. unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc may soon drop the word “oil” from its name in a move that would symbolize its transition to other sources of energy, an executive said. With Shell Oil Co.’s parent focusing more on natural gas and looking at other energy […]

City manager says repairs underway on vessel

City manager says repairs underway on vessel BY TIM BRADNER, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE Shell is being cautious on whether damage to an ice-handling vessel near Dutch Harbor will affect the company’s 2015 Chukchi Sea exploration. The 380-foot Fennica hit a submerged object, possibly World War II debris, while departing July 3 and was returned […]

Following Explosion, Shell Moerdijk Criticised by Dutch Safety Board

Enhanced Google Translation of a Reuters report published in Dutch on 9 July 2015 Shell has therefore not fulfilled the high expectations of safety management within the company. Shell Moerdijk should be more critical of security risks in the company. Thus concludes the Safety Board in a report on the explosion at the company’s plant on […]

Brazil clears Shell’s $70 bln purchase of BG

Brazil clears Shell’s $70 bln purchase of BG By Ron Bousso and Stephen Eisenhammer (Reuters) – Brazil gave the green light to oil major Royal Dutch Shell to buy smaller rival BG, advancing the $70 billion merger — the largest of the past decade — closer to completion in early 2016. Shell is set to […]

Icebreaker key to Shell’s Arctic drilling program damaged, returns to port

Alex DeMarban: Alaska Dispatch News: July 7, 2015 In another hurdle for Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling program, an ice-handling vessel playing a key role in the operation has returned to Dutch Harbor after a gash was discovered in its hull. The Fennica, a 380-foot Finnish vessel, was damaged Friday as it headed for the drilling grounds in the Chukchi Sea […]

Shell Arctic Screw Part 2: Fennica Mishap, Negligence or Torpedoed by Greenpeace?

Shell Arctic Screw Part 2: Fennica Mishap, Negligence, or Torpedoed by Greenpeace? FROM A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR The significance of the damage to the Fennica is made clear in the article below. It is carrying the “Capping Stack” which is required in order for drilling to proceed. A capping stack is an auxiliary blow out preventer […]

IRISH SHELL CORRUPTION COVER-UP CONTINUES

As can be seen from the Irish Times article printed below, an Irish Shell manager was cross-examined under oath yesterday in court, about the free Shell alcohol used to reward Irish cops for their services (brutalising protesters)  By John Donovan The Irish Police (the Garda) are currently investigating allegations of harassment by recipients of bribes […]

Shell’s ice management vessel damaged in Alaska

Wed Jul 8, 2015 12:46am IST Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s icebreaker vessel Fennica returned to the Dutch Harbor in Alaska with a small breech in the hull, raising concerns about the company’s plan to resume drilling in the Arctic later this month. Shell said in June it plans to restart drilling for oil in the […]

Hull damage forces Shell Arctic support ship in for repairs

BY MARK THIESSEN: Associated Press: July 7, 2015 An icebreaker carrying a key piece of equipment for Arctic drilling planned by Royal Dutch Shell off the northern coast of Alaska was forced to return to dock after a hole more than three feet long was discovered in its hull, the company said Tuesday. It was unclear […]

Shell’s Arctic icebreaker damaged in Alaska

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: 7 July 2015 WASHINGTON — Shell’s drive to resume Arctic drilling this summer has hit another speed bump, with the discovery of a hole in the hull of an ice management vessel meant to safeguard the company’s operations in the Chukchi Sea. The MSV Fennica was on its way from Dutch […]

ExxonMobil Indonesian Villagers Human Rights Abuse Case to Proceed in Federal Court

ExxonMobil Indonesian Villagers Human Rights Abuse Case to Proceed in Federal Court In the interim, in 2010, the Supreme Court restricted the types of claims that could be heard under the Alien Tort Statute in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, a case involving allegations of human rights abuses by Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria. WASHINGTON, […]

Putin to blame for MH17 shootdown, but Dutch oil interests (SHELL) will thwart any prosecution

“The Dutch have a company that everybody knows, called Royal Dutch Shell, and Russia has some projects that Shell could make lots of money from,” Koshiw says. Royal Dutch Shell is teaming up with Russian Gazprom on several projects despite Western sanction on Russia, and at the beginning of 2015 they signed a memorandum to build […]

Not Deterred By Huge Risks, Shell Opts For Megaprojects

It is curious then that Royal Dutch Shell is not ready to give up on the huge complex oil project. It is only a few weeks away from starting to drill in the Chukchi Sea, a campaign that has cost the company somewhere in the neighborhood of $7 billion so far, with very little results […]

In the Race to Control the Arctic, the U.S. Lags Behind

BY BOB REISS 7/6/15 It was just after Christmas 2012, and the Kulluk, a 250-foot-high, floating oil-drill rig, swung like a metronome in gale-force winds blowing through the Gulf of Alaska. The tug that had been towing the rig bobbed helplessly in 50-foot waves, her four diesel engines flooded with seawater as the rig’s skeleton […]

Shell set to begin Arctic oil drilling within two weeks

Environmentalists took to kayaks to protest Shell’s Arctic exploration plans (Source: Getty) by Clara Guibourg: 6 July 2015 Oil giant Shell is set to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic within the next two weeks, as 30 ships have left Alaskan harbours towards two exploratory wells. The Arctic is one of the planet’s most […]

World’s Largest Turret Mooring Ready for Prelude

By Wendy Laursen 2015-07-05  Drydocks World has marked a major milestone by completing the world’s largest turret mooring system. At almost 100 meters high, weighing over 11,000 tons and with a diameter of 26 meters, the turret will ensure Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility can operate safely in the most extreme weather […]

Shell Kicks off Grassroots Campaign against Crude Oil Theft in Ogoniland

6 July 2015 The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) has kicked off the second phase of its grassroots campaign against crude oil theft and illegal oil refining activities in Ogoni land, Rivers State. The first phase of the campaign in 2014 reached over 7,000 community people from Eleme, Gokana, Khana, and Tai […]

Shell embarks on controversial Arctic exploration programme as part of £4.5bn quest for oil

By LAURA CHESTERS FOR THE DAILY MAIL: 3 July 2015 Shell has kicked off its controversial Arctic exploration programme as part of a £4.5billion search for oil under the region’s freezing, pristine seas. After being forced to embarrassingly abandon its plans in 2012 and pulling out after finding gas in the 1990s, Shell’s convoy of 30 […]

Shell Arctic oil drilling to commence within weeks

…if the initial wells do not find oil, Shell will contemplate walking away from the region entirely. By Richard Anderson: Business reporter, BBC News: 3 July 2015 Oil and gas giant Shell is expected to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic within the next two weeks. Thirty ships left Dutch Harbor in Alaska on Thursday […]

EPA turns down oral hearing request on Corrib gas project licence

EPA turns down oral hearing request on Corrib gas project licence Lorna Siggins: Friday, 3 July 2015 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has turned down requests for an oral hearing into a revised licence sought by Shell E&P Ireland for the Corrib gas project in north Mayo. The revised licence covering atmospheric and marine emissions […]

Shell Chief says U.S. shale producers under pressure from Saudi Arabia -FT

Wed Jul 1, 2015 OPEC’s decision, led by Saudi Arabia, to not cut oil production has put pressure on U.S. shale gas producers which in turn has put brakes on America’s energy boom, the chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell Plc said in an interview with the Financial Times published on Wednesday. Ben van Beurden […]

Arctic Drilling Future Now Rests On One Well

By Charles Kennedy: Wed, 01 July 2015 Royal Dutch Shell is nearing a start to drilling in the Arctic, but has run into some hiccups. The U.S. government decided that Shell cannot actually drill both of its wells in the Chukchi Sea as planned. The Interior Department said that doing so would run afoul of its […]

Obama administration delivers big blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

Obama administration delivers big blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — The Obama administration delivered a major blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans on Tuesday, by ruling that wildlife protections bar the company from simultaneously boring two wells into the Chukchi Sea this summer. The decision will force Shell to […]

Oil giant Shell fined over Brent Bravo leak

Oil giant Shell fined over Brent Bravo leak Oil giant Shell has been fined thousands of pounds after a diesel leak on board a North Sea platform. Between 13 and 15 tonnes spilled into the sea from the Brent Bravo, 116 miles north east of Lerwick, in May 2013. Senior management from Shell were at […]

Shell to tap new Gulf of Mexico oil

Shell to tap new Gulf of Mexico oil HOUSTON, July 1 (UPI) — Royal Dutch Shell said Wednesday it made a final investment decision to open up new oil developments in the deep waters of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Shell said it was moving forward with a decision to build what it says will […]

Shell’s Arctic oil drilling plans hit by polar bears and walruses

Shell’s Arctic oil drilling plans hit by polar bears and walruses By Reuters: 12:32AM BST 01 July 2015 The Obama administration has dealt a setback to Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic oil exploration plans, saying established walrus and polar bear protections prevent the company from drilling with two rigs simultaneously at a close range, as it had […]

The lessons for all from the Corrib Gas project in North Mayo

The lessons for all from the Corrib Gas project in North Mayo Major infrastructure that is years behind schedule and massively over budget Wednesday, 1 July 2015 The Corrib Gas project represents a cautionary example of how large industrial developments should not be handled by governments or multinational companies. A lack of consultation and sensitivity […]

Arctic oil rig departs Seattle-area port despite protest

Arctic oil rig departs Seattle-area port despite protest Tue Jun 30, 2015 1:33pm EDT (Reuters) – U.S. Coast Guard and police boats cleared a way through protesters in kayaks at a Seattle-area port on Tuesday so a drilling ship could head for the Arctic on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell. The Noble Discover is the […]

Shell oil rig leaves Everett, kayaking protesters detained

Shell oil rig leaves Everett, kayaking protesters detained By Jennifer Sullivan: Seattle Times staff reporter: 30 June 2015 An oil-drilling rig that was protested by activists in kayaks pulled out of Everett early Tuesday morning, and some of the kayakers were detained by the Coast Guard. Shell’s Noble Discoverer will join the Polar Pioneer to sink […]

Polar Pioneer: An Economic Boon For Dutch Harbor

Polar Pioneer: An Economic Boon For Dutch Harbor By Emily Schwing, KUCB – Unalaska | June 29, 2015 Billions of dollars worth of drilling equipment and support vessels operated by Royal Dutch Shell are sitting out in the Bay in front of Dutch Harbor this week. The company has plans to take most of that […]

Irish Company Freely Admits Distributing Bribes On Behalf of Shell

PHOTO CAPTION FROM RECENT IRISH TIMES ARTICLE: Bríd McGarry, a Mayo landowner, and Mary Corduff, wife of jailed farmer Willie Corduff, after five Mayo farmers were jailed in 2005 for refusing to give an undertaking not to obstruct the construction of the Corrib gas pipe line. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times Printed below is a […]

U.S. activists to protest against Shell Arctic oil rig

U.S. activists to protest against Shell Arctic oil rig SEATTLE: 30 June 2015 U.S. environmental activists said they planned to protest on Tuesday against the launch of the second of two oil rigs central to Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. The Washington state activists, who have staged frequent demonstrations over the […]

Shell says could begin Arctic oil exploration off Alaska in late July

Shell says could begin Arctic oil exploration off Alaska in late July SEATTLE/WASHINGTON | BY ERIC M. JOHNSON AND TIMOTHY GARDNER: Mon Jun 29, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell could begin drilling for oil in the Arctic off Alaska as early as the third week in July, when it expects sea ice to begin clearing, a […]

Corrib gas cost overruns deprive State of €600m in tax

Corrib gas cost overruns deprive State of €600m in tax The €2.4 billion cost overrun is largely as a consequence of opposition to the project, which was stimulated in part by poor management of it at its outset. Peter Murtagh: Tuesday 30 June 2015 The huge cost overrun on Corrib gas, the single most expensive […]

Sea ice could keep Shell away from the Arctic until mid July

Sea ice could keep Shell away from the Arctic until mid July Posted on June 29, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — Thick sea ice could clog the site of Shell’s planned oil wells in the Arctic Ocean until late July, potentially shaving a week off the company’s already narrow window for exploratory […]

Activists deploy against Shell’s arctic plans

Activists deploy against Shell’s arctic plans By Daniel J. Graeber: June 29, 2015 MUKILTEO, Wash., June 29 (UPI) — Activists said Monday they took to the water off the Washington state coast in kayaks to try to slow progress of a Shell drilling rig bound for arctic waters. “We know we can’t stop them,” Carlo […]