Royal Dutch Shell plc .com http://royaldutchshellplc.com News and information on Royal Dutch Shell Plc. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:09:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Arctic oil rig departs Seattle-area port despite protest http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2015/06/30/arctic-oil-rig-departs-seattle-area-port-despite-protest/ http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2015/06/30/arctic-oil-rig-departs-seattle-area-port-despite-protest/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:08:29 +0000 http://royaldutchshellplc.com/?p=78356

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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 second drilling ship Shell has sent to the area in recent days.

The activists, who have staged frequent demonstrations during the past two months against Royal Dutch Shell’s oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea off mainland Alaska, said 21 protesters in kayaks took to the waters just beyond the Port of Everett north of Seattle where the oil rig launched for sea.

The activists had entered the safety zone around the Noble Discover and were intercepted by small boats of the U.S. Coast Guard and local police, who took the water-borne demonstrators to shore, said Coast Guard spokesman Chief Petty Officer David Mosley.

No one was arrested but the Coast Guard and police team issued five citations to demonstrators, he said.

Following its pre-dawn departure, the Nobel Discover was sailing on toward international waters with no blockade in its path, Mosley said.

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.

The company was given conditional approval by the U.S. Department of the Interior in May to return to the Arctic for the first time since its mishap-plagued 2012 drilling season.

Protesters around Washington have demonstrated against Shell’s intention to drill for fossil fuel in the Arctic, one of the most environmentally sensitive regions in the world, saying a spill would be destructive to the ecosystem and extremely hard to clean up.

On June 15, another drilling rig that will search for oil in the Arctic for Shell pulled out of the Port of Seattle and also was met by protesters in kayaks, including Seattle City Council member Mike O’Brien, who slowed its progress before it reached the open ocean.

That drilling rig arrived in Dutch Harbor off mainland Alaska on Saturday morning. Shell plans to drill through late September.

Shell maintains that it has a robust safety and clean-up plan should a spill occur.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle and Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles,; Writing by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Mark Potter and Bill Trott)

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Shell oil rig leaves Everett, kayaking protesters detained http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2015/06/30/shell-oil-rig-leaves-everett-kayaking-protesters-detained/ http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2015/06/30/shell-oil-rig-leaves-everett-kayaking-protesters-detained/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:01:19 +0000 http://royaldutchshellplc.com/?p=78354 Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 09.41.05Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 08.30.03Shell oil rig leaves Everett, kayaking protesters detained

By Jennifer SullivanSeattle 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 holes in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska. The Polar Pioneer drew the ire of protesters when it was moored at Terminal 5, in Seattle, before heading north earlier this month.

Coast Guard spokesman Dana Warr said they detained five kayakers off Mukilteo Tuesday morning. Warr said the rig pulled out of Everett at 4 a.m.

“They were inside the safety zone (the 500-yard zone around the rig). We asked them to leave and they didn’t. We detained them, brought their kayaks in and wrote notices of violation, which is a $500 penalty.”

Warr said the activists’ kayaks and other equipment were returned.

According to a news release from one protest group, the kayakers held “a 6-day vigil” in Everett “to mark the departure of the Noble Discoverer for Arctic waters.”

The protest group said that “about 20 kayaktivists paddled out to slow the rig down as it left.”

The vessel will sail to Dutch Harbor, a trip that could take about two weeks, Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said.

Jennifer Sullivan: 206-464-8294 or jensullivan@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @SeattleSullivan.

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Polar Pioneer: An Economic Boon For Dutch Harbor http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2015/06/30/polar-pioneer-an-economic-boon-for-dutch-harbor/ http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2015/06/30/polar-pioneer-an-economic-boon-for-dutch-harbor/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:52:41 +0000 http://royaldutchshellplc.com/?p=78350 Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 08.16.12

Polar Pioneer: An Economic Boon For Dutch Harbor

By Emily Schwing, KUCB – Unalaska | June 29, 2015

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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 equipment north for exploratory drilling operations later this summer. Many of the local businesses benefit from the oil giant’s presence.

Dutch Harbor is a busy place this time of year.

“The flights are all full, the hotel is full, vehicles – trucks for rent – companies that rent vehicles – they’re all rented.”

City Mayor Shirley Marquardt says the bustle isn’t unusual. She compares it to the uptick in business the community last saw when the pollock fishery took off in the 1980s and 90s.

“… and you had the big at-sea processor fleet show up, these big boats participating in this massive fishery and they’re all coming into town and said ‘we need everything.’”

But this year, much of that business can be attributed to oil giant, Shell.  Spokeswoman Megan Baldino says 15 company personnel have been in Dutch Harbor for at least the last two weeks.  Now that the company’s drill rig has arrived, she expects even more people to come and go.

“We can expect on average about 35 in bound passengers a day and about 15 outbound, over the next two to three weeks.  It’s important to remember those are averages and on any given day the numbers could be lower or higher.”

Baldino says Dutch Harbor will serve as a logistics hub as the company carries out its exploratory drilling plans further north in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas over the next two years.

“Some of the activities include resupply, crew change, refueling and transfer and storage of material. These are probably pretty typical things people see from other projects although obviously having a drill rig in our near Dutch is going to be new for some people.”

Because flights to and from the island are limited, the company has contracted Anchorage-based Ravn Alaska to fly personnel in and out on an almost daily basis.  Charlotte Siegreen is Ravn’s spokeswoman.

“It’s usually around one or two a day for the next couple of weeks.”

There’s only one airline that flies commercially into Dutch Harbor.  Siegreen says it’s not yet clear if Ravn will consider regularly scheduled flights to Dutch Harbor when its contract with Shell ends.

“We’ve always said that we continue to look for new opportunities in different markets, but we don’t have an immediate plans to make any scheduled service changes, but we’re always looking.  I can say that.”

With the influx of so many people, Shell has booked a block of rooms at the Grand Aleutian Hotel.

“We are full.”

Lori Smith is the General Manger of Hospitality for Unisea, the seafood producer that owns the Grand Aleutian and nearby Harbor View hotels. She says May and June have been busier in comparison to previous years.

“We had a small conference, there’s a lot of construction groups in town as well as Shell Oil at the hotel.”

But Smith says the oil company has been careful to relinquish rooms it is not using to free up space in a community where housing is extremely limited.  Mayor Shirley Marquardt says her administration has worked closely with Shell to ensure their presence doesn’t have a negative impact.

“We’ve been very up front and very honest with Shell from day one, of ‘if you’re not going to hire people…. From a company that… and they’re going to be living and based out of Unalaska… do not come into town and jack up prices and kick people out of their homes.”

Marquardt says so far, housing prices have remained stable.  She says it’s unclear how the job market might change.

“It’s too early to tell. When they were here the last time they did hire a lot of local folks for security and logistics.”

Megan Baldino says Shell has contracted a number of local companies for work this summer.

“The majority of labor provided by our contracting partners are local hires at OSI, Delta Western, Grand Aleutian, Horizon Lines, Northstar.  So, there are some areas we bring in people who we’ve trained to certain competency requirements. But in the future there are plans to train and utilize local staffing so we can meet those needs locally.”

The city doesn’t have a system to attribute tax revenue directly to the oil company’s presence, but city officials say they expect an uptick in revenue collected from both bed and fuel taxes.

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Irish Company Freely Admits Distributing Bribes On Behalf of Shell http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2015/06/30/irish-company-freely-admits-distributing-bribes-on-behalf-of-shell/ http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2015/06/30/irish-company-freely-admits-distributing-bribes-on-behalf-of-shell/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:26:57 +0000 http://royaldutchshellplc.com/?p=78345

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Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 19.31.15PHOTO 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 comment on the Irish Times article received from OSSL, the Irish firm currently the subject of an investigation by the Irish police (the Garda) for alleged harassment of parties who received bribes distributed by OSSL on behalf of their disreputable employer, Irish Shell. 

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 14.20.03COMMENT FROM IRISH FIRM OSSL WHO HAVE FREELY ADMITTED DISTRIBUTING BRIBES ON BEHALF OF IRISH SHELL.

These Ladies did not get Shells washing machines, televisions, barbecues, cash, school fees, cars, vans, holidays, home makeovers, double glazing, garden centre visits, cobble lock, engines for boats, forest equipment, cookers, garden sheds, alcohol.

HONEST DECENT PEOPLE THAT FEARED FOR THEIR SAFETY GOT NOTHING

HOWEVER the CEO of Shell on The Corrib Gas development hand wrote a note for the Irish courts that it was his wish that the ladies husbands be jailed – and guess what?

Love bombing for some – jail for others. “honesty, integrity and respect for others”

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U.S. activists to protest against Shell Arctic oil rig http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2015/06/30/u-s-activists-to-protest-against-shell-arctic-oil-rig/ http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2015/06/30/u-s-activists-to-protest-against-shell-arctic-oil-rig/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:30:58 +0000 http://royaldutchshellplc.com/?p=78343 Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 22.51.53

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 last two months against Royal Dutch Shell’s oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea off mainland Alaska, said they expected the rig to leave a Seattle-area port in the early morning and were planning a water-borne protest.

Shell did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The company 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.

The first drilling rig arrived in Dutch Harbor off mainland Alaska on Saturday morning and will remain there until ice begins clearing where the company plans to drill through late September.

The company was given a conditional green light by the U.S. Department of the Interior in May to return to the Arctic for the first time since its mishap-plagued 2012 drilling season.

Protesters around Washington have staged ongoing demonstrations over Shell’s intention to drill for fossil fuel in the Arctic, one of the most environmentally sensitive regions in the world, saying a spill would be destructive to the ecosystem and extremely hard to clean up.

Shell maintains that it has a robust safety and clean-up plan should a spill occur.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Writing by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Mark Potter)

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