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Shell Environmental and Human Rights Crimes in Brazil

EMAIL RECEIVED BY JOHN DONOVAN

Hello John and good-afternoon from Brazil!

I don’t know whether you have been told or not but Shell and Basf have come to a judicial agreement and has paid for our rights along with medical assistance for direct former employees and its children for a lifetime.

Thank you so much for your help.

Truly yours,
Manoel Miguel

Extract

The factory was built in 1977 by Shell. Dozens of former employees of the plant have been diagnosed with prostate, thyroid and other types of cancer, circulatory, liver and intestinal illnesses, as well as infertility and sexual impotence. read more

Shell, BASF Agree to Settle Brazil Contamination Case for $187 Million -Court

The Brazilian units of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Germany’s BASF agreed to pay 370.8 million Brazilian reais ($187 million) to settle a lawsuit over suspected contamination at a now-shuttered pesticide plant, Brazil’s Supreme Labor Court said Monday.

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By Jeff Fick: Dow Jones Newswires: Published April 08, 2013

The Brazilian units of Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) and Germany’s BASF (BASFR) agreed to pay 370.8 million Brazilian reais ($187 million) to settle a lawsuit over suspected contamination at a now-shuttered pesticide plant, Brazil’s Supreme Labor Court said Monday.

The completed settlement brings to a close a court dispute first initiated in 2007, when workers at the plant filed a court case after the discovery of low concentrations of a pesticide chemical in ground water and soil around the site of the Paulinia facility in the 1990s. Shell and BASF had previously said they had accepted a settlement proposed by the court as part of conciliation hearings. read more

Shell and BASF agree $316m toxic payout

FINANCIAL TIMES

By Samantha Pearson in São Paulo: March 12, 2013 5:24 pm

Royal Dutch Shell and Germany’s BASF have agreed to pay up to $316m to workers exposed to toxic chemicals in Brazil, drawing to a close a six-year legal battle that has overshadowed the companies’ local operations.

A pesticide factory in São Paulo state, operated by the companies for three decades until it was shut down in 2002, has been blamed for 60 deaths in the local community as well as a series of health problems ranging from memory loss to prostate cancer. read more

Prosecutors say Shell BASF chemical contamination killed 60

Screen Shot 2012-04-28 at 16.28.57Oil producer Shell and German chemical company BASF agreed on Monday to pay compensation that could reach 620 million reais ($316 million) to workers exposed over three decades to toxic chemicals at a Brazil plant, prosecutors said. Labor prosecutors say chemical contamination killed 60

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Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:23am GMT

* Labor prosecutors say chemical contamination killed 60

* Government shut down pesticide plant in 2002

* Shell doubts link between chemicals, worker injury

By Peter Murphy

BRASILIA, March 11 (Reuters) – Oil producer Shell and German chemical company BASF agreed on Monday to pay compensation that could reach 620 million reais ($316 million) to workers exposed over three decades to toxic chemicals at a Brazil plant, prosecutors said.

Brazil’s public labor prosecution service said 60 people were killed from prolonged exposure to chemicals used to make pesticides at the plant. The factory began operating in the 1970s in Paulinia in Sao Paulo state until government authorities ordered it to shut down in 2002. read more

Court knocks down BASF, Shell Brazil payment

Published July 04, 2012

Associated Press

SAO PAULO –  Brazil’s top labor court has knocked down a judge’s order that Shell Brasil SA and BASF SA deposit $382 million into a fund for workers allegedly contaminated at a chemicals plant.

An emailed statement from the court Wednesday says its lead judge ruled a day earlier in favor of an appeal against immediate payment. A class-action lawsuit seeking compensation from the companies remains before the labor court.

A federal judge in late June ordered the subsidiaries of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and BASF SE to pay into the fund now. Prosecutors sought the order, saying the cash should be immediately available in case workers win the overall lawsuit. read more

BASF, Shell told to pay $382 mln by Brazil court

FRANKFURT, July 3 | Tue Jul 3, 2012 6:49pm IST

(Reuters) – German chemicals maker BASF and oil major Shell have been told by a Brazilian court to pay $382 million into a compensation fund for former employees at a pesticides plant who said their health suffered from working there.

BASF said on Tuesday it would appeal the ruling and would continue talks with the plaintiffs and with Shell to reach an out-of-court settlement.

A Shell spokeswoman said: “Shell does not agree with this decision, but we will abide by it until appeals have been ruled on by higher courts”. read more

Brazil judge: Shell, BASF must put $382 million into workers compensation fund pending suit

SAO PAULO — A Brazilian judge has ruled that the local subsidiaries of oil company Shell and the world’s largest chemical company, BASF, must pay $382 million into a compensation fund to potentially cover more than 1,000 workers who allege they were contaminated and sickened at an agricultural chemical plant.

By Associated Press, Published: July 2

SAO PAULO — A Brazilian judge has ruled that the local subsidiaries of oil company Shell and the world’s largest chemical company, BASF, must pay $382 million into a compensation fund to potentially cover more than 1,000 workers who allege they were contaminated and sickened at an agricultural chemical plant.

BASF SA said in a Monday statement that it would appeal the ruling by judge Maria Ines Correa Targa. Shell SA said it would abide by the decision pending a higher court’s ruling on the workers’ class-action lawsuit that is before a court in the national capital, Brasilia.

Prosecutors said any money actually paid into the fund would be frozen until the workers’ damage suit is finalized — but they wanted it in the fund as a guarantee.

The companies were earlier ordered to make payments by two courts. But the case revolving around a plant in the city of Paulinia, 75 miles (120 kilometers) northwest of Sao Paulo, was appealed to a higher court.

Targa wrote in her ruling Thursday that Shell and BASF engaged in “reprehensible conduct” seeking to “circumvent their obligation.” read more

Brazil court nixes request for Shell, BASF deposit

Brazil court nixes request for Shell, BASF deposit

Published May 31, 2012 Associated Press

BRASILIA, Brazil –  A Brazilian court has rejected a request from prosecutors that Shell Brasil SA and chemical company BASF SA deposit $500 million into a fund for workers allegedly contaminated at an agricultural chemicals plant.

Thursday’s ruling says the companies don’t have to make any deposit until a final decision is made in a continuing class-action lawsuit.

Prosecutors asked that the Royal Dutch Shell PLC subsidiary and Germany-based BASF SE subsidiary pay $500 million into an account now so it could immediately be available once a higher court rules. read more

Brazil Seeks $496 Million From Shell, Cosan, BASF

By Adriana Brasileiro – May 31, 2012 1:10 AM GMT+0100

Brazilian prosecutors asked a court to order Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and Cosan SA Industria & Comercio’s joint venture Raizen and BASF SE (BAS) to pay 1 billion reais ($496 million) in compensation for workers who were allegedly sickened from work at a pesticide plant, according to a statement from the Labor Prosecutor’s office.

Prosecutors say the plant’s conditions caused severe health problems to workers employed at the facility in Paulinia, Brazil, from 1977 to 2002. The workers came into contact with substances such as aldrin, endrin and dieldrin, which can cause cancer and other diseases, according to the statement. read more

Brazil prosecutors seek payment from Shell, BASF

Brazilian prosecutors said Wednesday that they asked a court to force oil company Shell and the world’s largest chemical company, BASF, to immediately pay $500 million into a compensation fund for hundreds of workers who may have been contaminated at an agricultural chemicals plant.

Originally published Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM

By MARCO SIBAJA

Associated Press

BRASILIA, Brazil —

Brazilian prosecutors said Wednesday that they asked a court to force oil company Shell and the world’s largest chemical company, BASF, to immediately pay $500 million into a compensation fund for hundreds of workers who may have been contaminated at an agricultural chemicals plant.

The companies were earlier ordered to pay that amount by two courts. But the case revolving around a plant in the city of Paulinia, 75 miles (120 kilometers) northwest of Sao Paulo, was appealed and is now before a higher court in Brasilia. read more

Shell CEO Peter Voser ignores plea from poisoned former employees

By John Donovan

Printed below is an email sent to RDS CEO Mr Peter Voser on 4 May 2012 by a former Shell employee representing former workers at a Shell/Basf Chemicals factory in Brazil.

The factory was built in 1977 by Shell. Dozens of former employees of the plant have been diagnosed with prostate, thyroid and other types of cancer, circulatory, liver and intestinal illnesses, as well as infertility and sexual impotence.

In August 2010, the two companies were ordered to pay a total of 490 million euros in fines and damages for the workers exposure to toxic substances. The defendant companies have appealed to successively higher courts, initially trying to get the verdict overturned and after that failed, seeking to have the awarded sum reduced.  This process is dragging on with no end in sight. read more

Shell Environmental Crimes in Brazil

By John Donovan

We were recently contacted by an association representing former workers at a Shell/Basf Chemicals factory in Brazil.

The factory was built in 1977 by Shell. Dozens of former employees of the plant have been diagnosed with prostate, thyroid and other types of cancer, circulatory, liver and intestinal illnesses, as well as infertility and sexual impotence.

In August 2010, the two companies were ordered to pay a total of 490 million euros in fines and damages for the workers exposure to toxic substances. The defendant companies have appealed to successively higher courts, initially trying to get the verdict overturned and after that failed, are seeking to have the awarded sum reduced.  This process is dragging on with no end in sight. The plaintiffs claim that the defendants have influence in high places. read more

Shell’s toxic legacy in Brazil

The plant was built in 1977 by Shell… Dozens of former employees of the plant have been diagnosed with prostate, thyroid and other types of cancer, circulatory, liver and intestinal illnesses, as well as infertility and sexual impotence, the statement added.

By John Donovan

We have received emails seeking our help and advice from ATESQ (*Exposed Chemical Substances Workers Association), all former workers at Shell/Basf Chemicals in Paulinia, Brasil, who won a court case against against both multinationals.

In August 2010 the two companies were ordered to pay a total of 490 million euros in fines and damages for the workers exposure to toxic substances at a Sao Paulo factory.

Extracts from the emails:

We have gained a lawsuit that says Shell and Basf must pay for our medical treatments and pay for the damages they caused to us, but so far nothing has been done. Shell/Basf appealed to a second degree court. They lost at the second degree court and appealed to the upper-federal court, which they lost and right now they have appealed to request a reduction on their monetary penalty. read more

BASF, Shell Chemicals Wrap Up Basell Sale

FORBES: BASF, Shell Chemicals Wrap Up Basell Sale

“BASF AG and Royal Dutch Shell PLC said Monday they had completed a deal to sell their Basell NV plastics joint venture in a euro4.4 billion (US$5.32 billion) deal…”

Monday 1 August 2005

BASF AG and Royal Dutch Shell PLC said Monday they had completed a deal to sell their Basell NV plastics joint venture in a euro4.4 billion (US$5.32 billion) deal to Nell Acquisition, part of privately held Access Industries.

The deal, announced in May, received regulatory approval in Europe and the United States. The Chatterjee Group, a private investment group, had been part of the deal to buy the business but pulled out last month.

Basell was formed as a joint venture in 2000 so that Shell Chemicals and BASF could consolidate their polyolefins businesses across the world and announced plans to review its options in 2004. read more

BLOOMBERG: BASF, Shell to Sell Basell to Access, Chatterjee

BLOOMBERG: BASF, Shell to Sell Basell to Access, Chatterjee

6 May 2005

(Bloomberg) — BASF AG and Royal Dutch/Shell Group agreed to sell their Basell NV plastics joint venture for 4.4 billion euros ($5.7 billion) to companies controlled by Russian- born billionaire Len Blavatnik and an Indian entrepreneur after bowing to U.S. pressure to reject Iranian offers.

Access Industries Inc., started by Blavatnik, who owns part of Russia’s third-biggest oil producer, and Chatterjee Group, whose founder also set up India’s Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd., will pay half the cost in cash and half in debt for Hoofdorpp, Netherlands-based Basell, BASF spokesman Michael Grabicki said. read more

The Guardian: Shell sells plastics unit to Russian billionaire

The Guardian: Shell sells plastics unit to Russian billionaire

CHARLOTTE MOORE

May 06, 2005

Shell yesterday sold its plastics business for euros 4.4bn (pounds 3bn), appearing to bow to American pressure against selling the group to Iran.

Basell, the world’s largest producer of plastic polypropylene, is owned 50-50 by Shell and Germany’s BASF. The consortium buying the plastics manufacturer is headed by Access Industries and includes Chatterjee Group, a United States-based investment company with a presence in India.

Access Industries is run by Leonard Blavatnik, a Russian-born billionaire who made his fortune in the oil industry. Blavatnik once outbid Roman Abramovich by paying pounds 41m for a house in Kensington Park Gardens, London. “I’m very pleased we are the successful bidder for Basell. We believe Basell is an attractively positioned global business with an excellent future,” he said. read more

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