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Shell also had a bad day in the US courts

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 15.57.16By John Donovan

Today’s headlines about Shell’s PR debacle arising from a case in UK courts about Shell’s lying, cheating, and related environmental crimes in Nigeria, have an echo in Shell’s failed machinations in the USA courts.

Shell lawsuit against environmental groups ruled unconstitutional: LA Times

On Wednesday, a federal appeals court called Shell’s legal strategy “novel” and ruled it unconstitutional.

“As multiple accidents have already shown, Shell’s drilling plans in the Arctic are severely flawed,” Clusen said. “Shell is not equipped to handle offshore drilling in some of the world’s most treacherous waters, and we’ll continue to do all we can to stop them from endangering the precious wildlife and local fishing economies that they’re putting at risk.”

Court: Shell can’t preemptively sue greens: The Hill

The Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit Wednesday called Shell’s attempt “novel,” but said it violates the Constitution and threw it out…

Shell lawsuit against environmental groups ruled unconstitutional: Alaska Dispatch News

“Shell’s waste of time, energy and money on these lawsuits further reinforces the problem with its Arctic Ocean exploration program…”

Court Rejects Shell Suit Against Enviro. Groups: kucb

“Shell was attempting to quash dissent and circumvent due process,” he said in a statement. “It didn’t work — our legal system prevailed.” The decision leaves the door open for groups like the NRDC to take potential legal action against Shell’s prospects in the Arctic. That’s as the company tries to secure more federal approvals for a 2015 drilling season in the Chukchi Sea.

And Greenpeace has also been putting the boot in to Shell over its ill-fated and reckless Arctic drilling activities…

Greenpeace activists stage daring counter-advertising campaign against Shell: PR WEEK

Greenpeace activists took their battle against Shell’s plans to drill in the Arctic to a new level this morning with a daring counter-advertising campaign as bemused commuters looked on. Shortly before dawn this morning, a team of ten Greenpeace activists, including four experienced climbers, scaled the outside of a railway bridge on York Road, near Waterloo Station, opposite Shell’s central London offices.

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