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Shell Forced to Scale Back Ambitions

By James Stafford: Thu, 26 November 2015 As with most oil companies, 2015 has been a rough year for Royal Dutch Shell. The Anglo-Dutch company reported a third quarter loss of $6 billion, which included $7.9 billion in impairment charges. During its third quarter earnings call, Shell’s CEO Ben van Beurden summed up the company’s strategy, […]

Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil and Glencore: Energy companies risk wasting trillions on uneconomic projects

By Jessica Morris: 25 November 2015 Energy companies risk wasting $2.2 trillion (£1.46 trillion) on uneconomic projects over the next 10 years, according to a new report. Think tank the Carbon Tracker Initiative’s (CTI) report how fossil fuel firms risk destroying investor returns says energy companies’ focus on fossil fuels at the expense of emerging clean technologies […]

State regulators fine Shell Oil for toxic release in Anacortes

Inspectors found that Shell had skipped critical decontamination steps while shutting down the main flare. The uncontrolled release exposed workers to toxic substances. BY ASSOCIATED PRESS: NOVEMBER 20, 2015 TUMWATER, Wash. (AP) — Washington state regulators have fined Shell Oil Products $77,000 after an investigation found that it failed to control a toxic release. The Department […]

Shell vessel heads to deep Gulf waters amid region’s uncertainty

Posted on November 13, 2015 | By Collin Eaton HOUSTON — Royal Dutch Shell’s newest oil-production vessel began a 15,000-mile journey this week from a Singapore shipyard to the world’s deepest underwater oil field, tasked with adding more crude to a worldwide oil glut that could upend industry plans to venture deeper offshore. The $1 […]

Shell seeks permission for Russian JV

Shell has asked regulators for permission to work with Gazprom Neft on a joint venture, Khanty-Mansi Oil and Gas Union, despite the continuing EU and United States sanctions against Russia. ACCESS TO FULL ARTICLE SUBJECT TO SUBSCRIPTION

Shell affiliates are buyers, sellers in $390 million midstream transaction

Posted on November 11, 2015 | By Joshua Cain A pipeline subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell has sold a crude terminal in Illinois and a pipeline system in the Gulf of Mexico for $390 million to a master limited partnership affiliated with Shell. Shell Midstream Partners, the Houston-based MLP that Shell formed in 2014, said on Wednesday […]

Exxon Inquiry Both Mirrors and Contrasts With Tobacco Industry Case

By JOHN SCHWARTZ: NOV. 6, 2015 The New York attorney general’s decision to investigate Exxon Mobil over whether the company lied to the public and investors about the risks of climate change has raised questions about possible similarities to the Justice Department’s successful suit against the tobacco industry in 1997. The new case has reprised the […]

Shell Canada says Keystone XL was already in uncertainty window

Shell Canada says Keystone XL was already in uncertainty window CALGARY: Fri Nov 6, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell PLc said on Friday there are at least three other possible pipeline alternatives to TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL project, which was rejected by U.S. President Barack Obama, and Shell would like to see at least one approved. […]

Shell’s boss fights to keep BG deal alive as he attempts to calm jittery investors

By LAURA CHESTERS FOR DAILY MAIL: 3 November 2015 Royal Dutch Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden is the oil industry’s equivalent of a swan – below his calm demeanour he is furiously paddling to keep his planned £40billion mega-deal afloat. Shell is buying rival BG Group and, to get the deal away and for […]

Shell leaves door open for future exploration in Alaska’s Arctic

Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Houston Chronicle: November 2, 2015 WASHINGTON — Shell is walking away from oil exploration in Arctic waters north of Alaska, but it isn’t ready to close the door completely. Disappointing results from a critical test well at the company’s Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea, combined with the high costs of developing the […]

In defence of Shell CEO Ben van Beurden

By a regular contributor Only one member of the EC is directly involved in North American activities, Marvin Odum.  Perhaps worth noting is that investment decisions on the scale of the recent Shell write-offs would have required approval by the entire EC in the Hague long before BvB was around. Few of the EC members […]

Even as it walks away from Arctic drilling, Shell keeps door open for future work

Posted on October 29, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — Shell is walking away from oil exploration in Arctic waters north of Alaska, but it isn’t ready to close the door completely. Disappointing results from a critical test well at the company’s Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea, combined with the high costs […]

US Follows Royal Dutch Shell plc Backs Away From Arctic Drilling

By: Micheal Kaufman: Oct 19, 2015 The US Interior Department announced on Friday that it will cancel the auction of 2016 and 2017 natural gas and offshore oil leases in the Arctic Ocean. The auction was scheduled under the Department’s current five-year Chukchi Sea leasing program for 2012–2017. The division cited low crude oil prices and […]

Interior: No more new Arctic oil leases for remainder of Obama’s presidency

Interior: No more new Arctic oil leases for remainder of Obama’s presidency Gregory Korte, USA TODAY: Oct 16, 2015 WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is canceling its plans to sell oil drilling rights in the Arctic Sea through 2017, a remarkable turnaround since expanding drilling by approving new drilling permits for Shell Oil earlier this year. […]

U.S. Cancels Remaining Arctic Oil Lease Sales Under Obama

Brian Wingfield and Joe Carroll: BLOOMBERG.COM: 17 October 2015 The U.S. Interior Department effectively halted drilling off Alaska’s coast for the remainder of President Barack Obama’s term by canceling two sales of Arctic oil and gas leases. The decision comes less than a month after Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it would indefinitely cease exploration […]

US curbs Arctic offshore oil and gas drilling

The US government has announced new curbs on oil and gas exploration in Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coast. It comes after oil giant Royal Dutch Shell last month stopped its Arctic activity citing “disappointing” tests. The US interior department said it was cancelling two potential Arctic offshore lease sales and would not extend current […]

U.S. Blocks Alaskan Arctic Drilling for 2 Years

By CLIFFORD KRAUSS: OCT. 16, 2015 HOUSTON — The Obama administration shut the door Friday on drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Ocean over the next two years, canceling auctions for drilling rights in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. The decision by the Interior Department was not surprising because it came less than a month after Shell Oil […]

U.S. cancels Arctic offshore lease sale after Shell drops interest

WASHINGTON: Fri Oct 16, 2015 The U.S. Interior Department on Friday said it would cancel two potential Arctic offshore lease sales after Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSa.L) said that it was not interested in those leases. “In light of Shell’s announcement, the amount of acreage already under lease and current market conditions, it does not […]

The risks of wildcatting in the Arctic

A former Shell Oil executive and catastrophic risk expert on the nightmare scenario when oil and ice mix. by Lauren Ellis @lauren_jellis: October 15, 2015 Two drill vessels officially left Arctic waters after Royal Dutch Shell announced that the company would cease exploration in the Chuckchi and Beaufort seas. After a $7 billion investment and […]

Shell’s Arctic drill rigs make final Alaska stop

Laurel Andrews: October 12, 2015 Two weeks after announcing the end of its Arctic offshore oil exploration program, Royal Dutch Shell’s Noble Discoverer drillship left Dutch Harbor Monday afternoon, the last planned stop in Alaska as it heads to the Pacific Northwest. The company’s second drilling rig that had arrived in Alaska this summer, the Transocean Polar Pioneer, […]

Alaska mulls extra oil drilling to cope with climate change

By Matt McGrath: Environment correspondent, BBC News, Alaska: 12 Oct 2015 Expanding the search for oil is necessary to pay for the damage caused by climate change, the Governor of Alaska has told the BBC. The state is suffering significant climate impacts from rising seas forcing the relocation of remote villages. Governor Bill Walker says that […]

Environmentalists ramp up resistance to big oil

Environmental groups have become emboldened by their perceived triumph over Shell in the Arctic, in which they refined new tactics. What impact might this decision have on the future green movement in the United States? Environmental organizations celebrated when Royal Dutch Shell announced it was halting oil and gas explorations in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea “for […]

Shell’s withdrawal from Arctic energizes activists

Activists plan broader green campaign By Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Hearst Washington Bureau: Oct  8, 2015 WASHINGTON — Environmentalists who battled Arctic oil drilling by paddling kayaks, dangling from bridges and climbing onto rigs at sea have claimed a high-profile success against Shell and aim to funnel the resulting enthusiasm into other fights against fossil fuels. […]

Myths about Shell’s Arctic Alaska pullout persist

Yereth Rosen: Alaska Dispatch News: October 3, 2015 When Royal Dutch Shell announced that it had lost its big-money bet in the Chukchi Sea and would end its entire program in the offshore U.S. Arctic, the hyperbole and finger-pointing began in earnest. Rep. Don Young accused President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell of deliberately sabotaging Alaska’s economy. “I’m […]

Shell may post loss after taking £2.7bn Arctic exploration hit

Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden told The Mail on Sunday just two weeks ago that he was committed to the Arctic By Jon Rees For The Mail On Sunday: 4 Oct 2015 Shell is set to reveal that quitting the Arctic cost it up to $4.1billion (£2.7billion) in its third-quarter results when it unveils […]

What Shell’s latest move says about Arctic drilling myths

By  Scott L. Montgomery OCTOBER 1, 2015 The company’s departure is certainly a pause in a new era of Arctic exploration, but it’s not the end. After seven years of preparation and several billion dollars spent, Shell has decided to abandon its exploration program in the U.S. Arctic “for the foreseeable future.” This follows barely […]

Shell’s Exit From Arctic Oil Drilling

LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES “I am hesitant to pop open the Champagne quite yet…” To the Editor: Re “Shell Pulls Plug on Exploration in Alaska Arctic” (front page, Sept. 29): While the news that Shell has decided to pull out of its controversial Arctic oil exploration effort is cause for […]

A rig too far

Ben van Beurden, installed as Shell’s chief executive in 2014, could have halted the ill-fated project. But after a “personal journey”, he decided to go ahead. Shell’s retreat from the frozen north shows the new realities of “big oil”: Reputation was another factor in Shell’s retreat Oct 3rd 2015 | HOUSTON | From the print […]

Feds, Shell to pay $55 million to clean up contaminated L.A. site

By KYLE FELDSCHER (@KYLE_FELDSCHER) • 9/30/15 4:29 PM Shell and a government agency will pay $55 million to clean up contaminated soil at a site in Los Angeles as a part of a settlement with the federal government. The Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday it reached the settlement with Shell and the General Services Administration […]

Emma Thompson joins Greenpeace to celebrate Shell scrapping Arctic drilling

Emma Thompson joins Greenpeace to celebrate Shell scrapping Arctic drilling By Charlotte Krol, and PA, video source YouTube / Greenpeace: 29 Sep 2015 Actress Emma Thompson has joined activists outside the headquarters of Shell to celebrate news that the oil giant is pulling out of drilling in the Arctic. Greenpeace has been protesting against the company’s […]

Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic Bucket Of Ice Has Melted, Yield Is Now North Of 8%

Sep. 29, 2015 Summary * The Burger J well test results were a dud, no major reserves found. * Shell puts Arctic drilling on hold indefinitely, which further reduces future capex. * Dividend yield tops the 8% mark. Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A / RDS.B) was always upbeat about the prospects of drilling in the Arctic, […]

Shell’s Arctic defeat ends dream of new frontier

Christopher Adams, Ed Crooks and Jack Farchy After nine difficult years and $7bn of spending, Royal Dutch Shell has admitted it has nothing to show for its contentious campaign to discover oil in the Arctic. As it pulled the plug on further drilling — announcing billions of dollars in likely losses — the prospects for […]

Why Shell Quit Drilling in the Arctic

By Paul Barrett: BLOOMBERG.COM: 28 SEPT 2015: 6:12 PM BST Royal Dutch Shell’s abrupt announcement today that it would cease all offshore drilling in the Arctic is surprising for several reasons. One is the unusual degree of confidence the company expressed as recently as mid-August that it had identified 15 billion barrels of oil beneath the well […]

Shell Exits Arctic as Oil Slump Forces Industry to Retrench

By CLIFFORD KRAUSS and STANLEY REED As oil prices have continued their steady decline this year, rig after rig has been shut down, costing thousands of jobs in the United States. Yet major oil producers have been loath to pull the plug on their most ambitious projects — the multibillion-dollar investments that form the backbone of […]

Shell Abruptly Abandons Arctic Drilling, Finding It Too Costly

BY ZOË SCHLANGER 9/28/15 After a season spent drilling an exploratory oil well in one of the harshest environments on Earth, Royal Dutch Shell announced Monday morning it was abandoning its attempt to develop the Alaskan Arctic “for the foreseeable future.” The exploratory well 150 miles offshore in the Chukchi Sea did not turn up […]

These 2 charts explain why Shell stopped drilling in Alaska

It’s all about oil prices. Royal Dutch Shell said Monday it will stop drilling for oil off Alaska’s coast. The move comes after Shell failed to discover a noteworthy amount of undersea oil in a well off northern Alaska despite spending $7 billion on exploration efforts. The decision will undoubtedly please the many environmentalists who […]

Shell abandons Alaska Arctic drilling

Terry Macalister: Monday 28 September 2015 18.29 BST Barry Gardiner, Labour’s new shadow minister for energy and climate change, said Shell had been engaged in a fool’s errand. “(Potentially) desecrating one of the world’s last wildernesses shows a complete failure of moral leadership at the head of the company. If his investors are not calling for Ben van […]

Shell move dims oil prospects, delights environmentalists

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell has abandoned its long quest to become the first company to produce oil in Alaska’s Arctic waters, darkening the nation’s long-term oil prospects and delighting environmental groups that tried to block the project. After years of effort, Shell is leaving the region “for the foreseeable future” because it […]

Shell pulls plug on Arctic drilling campaign

By ETAIN LAVELLE FOR THE DAILY MAIL: PUBLISHED: 22:22, 28 September 2015 To the delight of eco-warriors worldwide, Shell pulled the plug on its Arctic drilling campaign, taking a £2.7billion hit on the controversial venture that was persistently undermined by the prolonged oil price weakness and fierce opposition from ecological activists. Although an exploratory well showed […]

Shell has made a costly call to abandon Alaska

Kamal Ahmed: Business editor: 28 Sept 2015 It could have been Hillary Clinton’s tweet that did it. Just after the US government had given the go-ahead for Shell to restart its exploration in Alaska, the Democratic presidential candidate took to the social media site. “The Arctic is a unique treasure,” Mrs Clinton said on Twitter. “Given […]

Shell pulls the plug on Arctic exploration

Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:21am EDT By Karolin Schaps (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has abandoned its Arctic search for oil after failing to find enough crude, a move that will appease environmental campaigners and shareholders who said its project was too expensive and risky. The withdrawal came six weeks after the final U.S. clearance […]

Tapped out? Shell ending Arctic offshore oil exploration after test well disappoints Sept 28, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell said early Monday that it was ceasing offshore oil and gas exploration in Arctic waters after a test well yielded unsatisfactory amounts of oil and gas. The announcement was a huge blow to Shell, which was counting on offshore drilling in Alaska to help it drive future revenue […]

Shell’s Arctic oil well comes up dry

September 28, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — After spending $7 billion and seven years searching for oil under Arctic waters, Royal Dutch Shell on Monday said its quest had come up dry. Shell announced that its exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska encountered “indications of oil and gas” […]

Shell abandons contentious Arctic exploration after poor results

Christopher Adams, Energy Editor: Sept 28: 7.28am Royal Dutch Shell has abandoned a contentious Arctic drilling campaign off the coast of Alaska and is preparing to take billions of dollars in writedowns after its exploration efforts failed to make a significant discovery. However, the company said in a statement on Monday that while it had […]

Giant ‘dying polar bear’ appears outside Shell UK headquarters in protest over Arctic drilling

BY KARA O’NEILL: 21 Sept 2015 A giant dying polar bear has been placed outside the headquarters of oil and gas company Shell in a bid to stop their Arctic drilling programme. British actress Emma Thompson was among the protesters who manoeuvred the three-tone puppet into place, locking six people inside so the bear cannot […]

Shell report says Alaska oil exploration program brings $172.7 million to Puget Sound communities

Shell report says Alaska oil exploration program brings $172.7 million to Puget Sound communities By CORAL GARNICK: McClatchy News Service: 20 Sept 2015 SEATTLE — Shell Oil, preparing to return its offshore Arctic drilling fleet to Puget Sound as early as next month, has released a study saying that this year and next its controversial Alaska […]

Shell’s high-risk game in the Arctic

Sunday 20 September 2015  Ben van Beurden, the Shell chief executive, was on a media blitz last week trying to prop up sagging confidence in his ability to keep paying blue-chip dividends while expanding his empire at a time of very low oil prices. The planned takeover of BG Group is an important test of […]

Why we MUST drill for oil in the Arctic: Shell boss’s message to climate change campaigners and governments

By JON REES, FINANCIAL MAIL ON SUNDAY: 20 Sept 2015 Some green campaigners seem to believe Shell boss Ben van Beurden would be happy dunking polar bears in thick, black crude oil if it helped make the planet even hotter. But van Beurden, the 57-year-old engineer who has run Royal Dutch Shell for nearly two […]


18 September 2015 The short drilling season for oil exploration in U.S. Arctic offshore waters will reach one stopping point Sept. 28 and a complete halt Oct. 31 for Royal Dutch Shell Plc. The company has been drilling since July 30 at the Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska. If oil is […]

Actors join campaign to draw attention to Arctic issue

By DAN JOLING: 18 Sept 2015 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Critics of Arctic offshore petroleum drilling have used climbing gear, kayaks and polar bear costumes to protest industrial activity in the Arctic. They’re now trying humor. Actors Alexander Skarsgard of “True Blood” and Jack McBrayer of “30 Rock,” along with Andy Bichlbaum of “The Yes […]