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South Africa: Shell Gets Nod to Drill Wells in SA’s Orange Basin

By Siseko Njobeni: 19 October 2015 The Department of Environmental Affairs has issued an environmental authorisation for Shell South Africa Upstream B V’s proposed exploration drilling in the Orange Basin Deep Water Licence Area, off South Africa’s west coast. This gives Shell permission to drill up to two offshore exploration wells in the northern portion […]

Royal Dutch Shell shameful record of appeasement

By John Donovan For nearly a hundred years the Royal Dutch Shell Group has appeased and collaborated with evil regimes including Nazi Germany, Nigeria, Brunei, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Iran, Iraq under Saddam Hussein, Apartheid South Africa and with Putin of Russia, despite his annexation of Sakhalin2 and Crimea. Anything to earn a buck irrespective of ethics, […]

Shell: no certainty fracking for Karoo shale gas economically viable

Extracts from an article by Melanie Gosling published on 11 March by Independent Online under the headline: “Fracking revenue still not quantified – Shell” Cape Town – Shell says there is no certainty that fracking for shale gas in the Karoo will be economically viable. Niall Kramer, Shell’s upstream manager, told delegates at a roundtable […]

Marchers protest against fracking

More than 200 people marched almost 3km in strong winds to the Shell offices on Cape Town’s Foreshore yesterday to register their objections to fracking in South Africa. Shell’s Karoo fracking plans have sparked a battle between the government and farmers, as well as conservationists. By PAIGE SUTHERLAND: October 19 2013 at 02:51pm More than […]

Shell South African Shale Drive Riles Farmers Over Water: Energy

Royal Dutch Shell Plc shale gas drilling plans for South Africa’s Karoo semi-desert are pitting the government and its energy goals against farmers and conservationists like billionaire Johann Rupert who say the land will be spoiled. Shell applied for permission in 2011 to drill 24 exploratory wells in the Karoo. Source: GO!/Gallo Images/Getty Images By […]

Shell accused of benefiting from South African apartheid-era land law

Campaigners say oil company is paying just 192 rand (£13.75) annual rent for two filling stations in impoverished KwaZulu-Natal David Smith in Johannesburg The Guardian, Thursday 21 March 2013 16.21 GMT Shell says it paid a substantial sum upfront when it signed a 50-year contract for the sites. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters Remote and unspoiled, Umgababa […]

Shell and BP accused of a price-fixing racket spanning decades

By Alex Ward Published 25 October 2012 The South African Competition Commission has called for six oil companies – Shell, BP, America’s Chevron, France’s Total and domestic producers Sasol and Engen – to stand before the South African Competition Tribunal for collusion.  An investigation that begun in 2009 revealed that the six companies to have […]

Chevron, BP Price-Fixing Case Referred to South Africa Tribunal

By Paul Burkhardt on October 24, 2012 South Africa’s Competition Commission has recommended the maximum penalty in a price-fixing case spanning decades that involves six companies including Chevron Corp. (CVX), Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and Total SA. (FP) The regulator, which has referred the matter to the Competition Tribunal for adjudication, wants the companies […]

Shell, South Africa and Apartheid

“In talks with Kairos and with the Dutch Council of Churches Royal Dutch/Shell repeatedly claimed that the parent company had no control over its Rhodesian subsidiary, and neither was the Shell Group involved in any illegal supplies. As it was becoming apparent, however, that Shell had been involved in a crafty scheme to evade the […]

South Africa Allows Exploration of Shale Gas Resources

Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said, “If extraction of the gas can be done safely, let’s go and do it.” Source: South African Government via Bloomberg By Franz Wild and Andres R. Martinez on September 07, 2012 South Africa, which has the world’s fifth-largest shale-gas resources, lifted a moratorium on the exploration of natural gas trapped […]

Global anti-fracking day rally – Invitation to attend

From: michael wentworth <[email protected]> Subject: Global anti-fracking day rally – Invitation to attend Date: 12 July 2012 10:15:59 GMT+01:00 To: [email protected] Cc: [email protected], [email protected] Good morning The 28th of July is Global Ant-Fracking Day and the village of Nieu-Bethesda is hosting a series of events to oppose hydraulic fracturing. At 5pm there will be a […]

Shell wants to get juniors on its side

Jul 08 2012 15:00 Francois Williams Cape Town – With all eyes on the long-awaited Cabinet decision on shale gas exploration in the Karoo, environmental groups and politicians were upset last week when they realised Shell was still continuing with its Karoo plans. There is still a moratorium on the awarding of exploration licences and […]

Concerns over ‘insanity’ of Shell South Africa fracking plans

Western Cape, South Africa (CNN) — South Africa has an energy deficit on its hands. Too many people want fuel for their cars and electricity for their homes, and the country is struggling to keep up with demand. To help ease this perceived crisis the big companies want to start drilling for natural gas using […]

Shell-Commissioned Report on South Africa Gas Flawed, Group Says

By Andres R. Martinez – Mar 3, 2012 12:57 PM GMT A study commissioned by Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) about the potential of shale gas in South Africa doesn’t consider the risks related to developing the deposits, according to an environmental group. “The findings are lacking in balance to the extent that one must […]

Hunt for Gas Hits Fragile Soil, and South Africans Fear Risks

In July, the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa, an independent agency that sets guidelines for media companies, ruled that several of Shell’s advertised claims — including one that said fracking had never led to groundwater contamination — were misleading or unsubstantiated and should be withdrawn. Chris Hayward, a South African farmer, says, “If our […]

Shell doing its best to make fracking safe, water friendly

October 5 2011 at 05:00am By Jan Willem Eggink, General Manager Upstream Operations, Shell South Africa Some of you may have seen this image on television or the internet. A man reaches across and turns on his kitchen tap. He takes a lighter and applies it to the stream of water, it bursts into flame. […]

From our archives: U.S. unions urge boycott of Shell to fight apartheid

The unions contend Royal Dutch/Shell, the world’s second largest multinational company in terms of sales, employs black slave labor in South Africa’s Rietspruit coal mine… ublication: Chicago Sun-Times Date: January 19, 1986 Author: Barry Cronin Section: SUNDAY NEWS Edition: FIVE STAR SPORTS FINAL Page: 55 A coalition of labor unions has called on Americans to […]

Karoo gas could fuel SA for decades — Shell

Shell says it would invest billions of dollars in the development of a Karoo gas field in the event that it got the go- ahead to drill and if its exploration of the area proved fruitful LINDA ENSOR Published: 2011/09/02 06:49:50 AM CAPE TOWN — Shell would invest billions of dollars in the development of […]

South Africa: Shell fracking in semi-desert Karoo

How do farmers prove that Shell has polluted their lands, what lengths people have to go through to get their rights? From pages 35, 36 & 37 of “Royal Dutch Shell and its sustainability troubles” – Background report to the Erratum of Shell’s Annual Report 2010 The report is made on behalf of Milieudefensie (Friends […]

Shell adverts being investigated

June 1 2011 at 04:15pm The Advertising Standards Authority is investigating whether Royal-Dutch Shell advertisements about hydraulic fracturing are misleading and untruthful, the Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG) said on Wednesday. Shell had run the full-page advertisements in national weekly newspapers and had distributed flyers at its service stations, TKAG national co-ordinator Jonathan Deal said […]

Shell’s Karoo-born man steers clear of shale gas rumpus

May 29, 2011 3:08 AM | By ANTON FERREIRA One of Colesberg’s most successful sons, who went from a sheep farm childhood to becoming vice president of a leading multinational, is trying to keep a low profile in the controversy over plans to look for shale gas in the Karoo. That’s because the company De […]

Shell cites history to allay Karoo fears

May 3 2011 at 07:01pm Shell Oil Company, which has decades of experience in natural gas development in Alberta, Canada and in Texas, US, believes the procedure of drilling wells and using millions of gallons of water to extract shale gas in the karoo can be done without significant environmental damage. It is also looking […]

Karoo group files charge over fracking ad

Complaint over a Shell advert which tries to allay public fears about its fracking exploration technique CHANTELLE BENJAMIN: Published: 2011/04/29 06:40:25 AM A GROUP of Karoo residents has accused oil company Royal Dutch Shell of being “untruthful and misleading” and has lodged a complaint over an advert which tries to allay public fears about its […]

Gas Wars: Rise of the Anti-Frackers

By Julienne du Toit South African anti-fracking groups had an extra Easter egg in their baskets this week when the government announced a moratorium on Big Energy plans to prospect for gas in the Karoo, the country’s semi-desert heartland. What? People Power takes on a tag team of fuel giants and local politicians and wins […]

Shell’s Karoo fracking plans ended

South Africa Endorses Plans For Karoo Gas-Drill Freeze, Ending Shell Hopes By Robert Brand – Apr 21, 2011 2:31 PM GMT+0100 South Africa’s Cabinet endorsed the Department of Mineral Resources’ decision to declare a moratorium on natural-gas drilling in the Karoo region, halting plans by Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s largest oil company. The […]

Farmers say ‘no fracking way’ to Shell

FIONA MACLEOD Apr 15 2011 10:58 Shell’s plans to drill wells for natural gas across a large swathe of the Karoo are fatally flawed and should be rejected, according to lawyers representing local landowners. Derek Light Attorneys criticised Shell’s environmental management plan submitted to the Petroleum Agency of South Africa (Pasa) this week, describing it […]


The Karoo National Park in South Africa By John Donovan The first three draft EMP documents below have been compiled by Golder Associates Africa (Pty) Ltd (Golder), a so called “independent” environmental consultant, retained and paid by Shell. The documents are part of Royal Dutch Shell’s application to explore the Karoo basin in South Africa […]

Shell’s S. Africa Shale Plan Should Be Halted, Lawyers Say

April 6 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s application to start shale-gas exploration in South Africa’s Karoo region should be terminated because it lacks sufficient information for regulators to assess it properly, Havemann Inc. attorneys said. Shell, planning to drill about 24 wells in an area of about 90,000 square kilometers (34,749 square miles), faces […]

STANDING UP TO GOLIATH: Opposition to Shell’s gas exploration in South Africa

“STANDING UP TO GOLIATH”: The People of the Karoo in South Africa oppose Shell’s gas exploration by Lewis Pugh Lewis Pugh, a lawyer, and an environmentalist that uses swimming to raise awareness on the impact of climate change I want to take you back to the early 1990’s in this country. You may remember them […]

Karoo Fracking: Internal Shell communication

Shell SA Country Chairman and CEO Bonang Mohale’s internal communications message to his staff. “Dear colleagues, It is widely recognised that natural gas has a critical and positive role to play in meeting South Africa’s and the world’s growing demand for energy. If successfully developed, natural gas could help to provide the country with a […]

Pandor denies meeting Shell over Karoo gas exploration

Compiled by the Government Communication and Information System Date: 08 Mar 2011 Title: Pandor denies meeting Shell over Karoo gas exploration ——————– By Nthambeleni Gabara Pretoria – Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has denied meeting with Shell South Africa vice President Bonang Mohale to discuss Shell’s proposed gas exploration in the Karoo. Last week […]

Shell takes gung-ho stance on Karoo fracking outrage

Royal Dutch Shell, a global corporation the size of a small nation, is facing a growing outcry against its plans to conduct hydraulic fracturing in the Karoo. Still, it took on a  “frack now, deal with any fallout as it happens” stance at a press conference on Thursday. And although compensation promises were made, it […]

Shell searching for natural gas in South Africa

By DONNA BRYSON: JOHANNESBURG Shell wants to use thirsty technology that could contaminate groundwater to extract natural gas from a semi-desert region of South Africa, but officials from the international energy giant said Thursday that people living in the area won’t be left dry. The proposal is only in its early stages, but has drawn […]

Royal Dutch Shell fracking controversy

COMMENT BY AN OUTSPOKEN FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL USA Reference the articles on the South African Karoo region shale gas production controversy, I have to side with Royal Dutch Shell, et al, on this issue. I could write you a commentary on the hydraulic fracturing (‘frac’ing’) process and what it does, but it would […]

Oil giant Shell’s shale gas plans stir controversy

By Justine Gerardy (AFP) 8 February 2011 CAPE TOWN — Energy giant Royal Dutch Shell is targeting potential untapped shale gas reserves in coal-hungry South Africa where landowners – including a Dutch princess – are readying for a showdown. Shell applied in December to explore 90,000 square kilometres — twice the size of Denmark — […]

Royal Dutch Shell really wants to frack up the Karoo

THE DAILY MAVERICK Several oil companies hope to prospect the Karoo for natural gas using suspect methodologies which have farmers and townsfolk alike up in arms. The latest developments suggest the department of minerals is willing to put the prospecting process on hold – a concession that is nowhere near enough to placate the growing […]

South Africa farmers oppose Shell’s shale gas plans

Thu Feb 3, 2011 12:53pm GMT By Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell is facing opposition to its plans to seek shale gas in South Africa’s semi-desert Karoo region, as farmers fear methods used to extract it will contaminate water and harm the environment. The outcome of whether Shell is allowed to […]

Dr Huong evidence refuting Shell defamation law suit

By John Donovan After EIGHT companies within the Royal Dutch Shell Group collectively buried him in legal proceedings, including multiple injunctions, as part of a draconian defamation action in respect of allegations published on this website, former Shell production geologist, Dr John  Huong begun assembling evidence to substantiate that the allegations were true. His efforts […]

South Africa: Community takes on big polluters

The South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) chairperson, Desmond D’sa, told IRIN they were in the process of preparing a class action lawsuit against the refinery owners – Engen, and Shell and British Petroleum (BP) – in a bid to make the companies accountable.

CIC Energy makes progress on bold Mmamabula project

CIC Energy, which plans to build a coal mine and power station at its Mmamabula project in Botswana, this week unveiled the next step in its ambitious plans for the coalfield with an option agreement for a licence on technology from fuel giant Royal Dutch Shell.

Shell Sells Stake in South Africa’s Biggest Refinery

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, which owns half of South Africa’s biggest refinery, sold 25 percent of its local refining unit to Thebe Investment Corp. to meet government requirements for ownership by black investors.

June 2, 2008: Good Shell

Many Shell operations in rural areas have no safe drinking water sources nearby. So Shell sought a water purification unit that would provide safe water, be vandalism proof and be essentially maintenance-free…

South Africa: Global Call Centre to Service Shell’s Customers, Improve Growth

Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on Tuesday opened a global call centre that will service customers for the oil multinational, Royal Dutch Shell, and improve economic growth in the country.

The call centre’s establishment – in part a result of government’s efforts to boost business process outsourcing (BPO) operations – is designed to service Shell’s customers in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

US court allows apartheid claims to proceed against BP, ExxonMobil and others

The US Supreme Court has cleared the way for a lawsuit against major international companies accused of aiding South Africa’s apartheid system.

Business Day: Grindrod, BP and Shell in R350m BEE deal

Business Day: Grindrod, BP and Shell in R350m BEE deal By Lynn Bolin 30 June 04 Listed South African shipping group Grindrod Ltd (GND) and its subsidiary Unicorn Shipping have teamed up with global oil giants BP and Shell to facilitate a 350 million rand empowerment deal for black empowerment shipping group Southern Tankers. The […]

U.S. unions urge boycott of Shell to fight apartheid

Publication: Chicago Sun-Times Date: January 19, 1986 Author: Barry Cronin Section: SUNDAY NEWS Edition: FIVE STAR SPORTS FINAL Page: 55 A coalition of labor unions has called on Americans to boycott products sold by the Shell Oil Co., a subsidiary of the Royal Dutch/ Shell Group, which has extensive oil, coal and chemical operations in […]