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Shell, Exxon say some pollution released as storm hits Texas

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Shell staff return to Gulf of Mexico platform after Harvey: sources

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Lawsuit accuses Shell of discharging pollutants in Providence River

The Conservation Law Foundation also alleges that the multinational corporation headquartered in the Netherlands — the second-largest oil and gas company in the world — has failed to take adequate steps to protect the facility from rising waters caused by climate change and a projected increase in the frequency of coastal storms and rain events. FULL ARTICLE

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Cracker plant critics pleased with air pollution agreement

Terrie Baumgardner, a member of the Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Committee, said the move shows that Shell officials listened to the 750 people who signed a petition objecting to the lack of fence-line monitoring in Shell’s plan to build a $6 billion ethane cracker plant in Potter Township.

“I’m happy for the fact that Shell has responded to the voices of local citizens who were acting out of concern for air quality,” said Baumgardner, of Aliquippa. FULL ARTICLE

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Storm Harvey: Shell boss takes stock of disruption

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Fresh safety warnings for Shell at Brent Charlie

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Shell rig was shut down amid explosion risk

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Issuing a prohibition notice, the Health and Safety Executive said the Armada platform’s flare system pipe had been operating despite being in a “degraded state”. The inspector said the fault presented a risk of “serious personal injury” and could have led to an explosion. Shell said it had carried out improvement work on the platform, enabling the company to bringing it back online in July. Shell added the platform to its portfolio when it took over BG Group. FULL ARTICLE read more

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Another North Sea Storm for Shell

UPDATED WITH ARTICLE COMMENTS RECEIVED SINCE PUBLICATION, INCLUDING FROM BILL CAMPBELL

By John Donovan

It is getting on to 20 years since Shell safety expert Bill Campbell led an HSE audit team which exposed a “Touch Fuck All” culture in relation to maintenance and safety issues on Shell’s Brent Bravo platform. After two decades of promises by Shell to give safety the highest priority, Shell has just been ordered to shut down its North Sea Armada platform on similar grounds. This follows weeks after the issuance of a prohibition notice by HSE inspectors in relation to Brent Charlie. (See links below).  read more

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Hurricane Harvey Tosses Global Oil Markets Into Chaos

By Nick Cunningham – Aug 28, 2017, 6:00 PM CDT

The most powerful Hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years has devastated much of the coast, and the historic flooding is now causing havoc in the energy markets. The rain is not over, and will continue over the next few days, spilling a year’s worth of rain within a week. Royal Dutch Shell closed its 360,000 bpd Deer Park refinery, according to S&P Global Platts, and Phillips 66 shut down its 247,000 bpd Sweeny refinery. FULL ARTICLE read more

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Shell Pledges $1 Million to American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey Relief

“Our roots run extremely deep in Houston and we are committed to doing our part to help the city move on in the aftermath of Harvey,” said Bruce Culpepper, Shell U.S. President.

“Shell employs nearly 20,000 people in the U.S. and nearly half of them are being directly impacted by Harvey,” said Culpepper. “Despite the hardships associated with this event, countless employees have reached out to understand how they can contribute to the relief effort. Ours is a resilient family and I’m proud of the effort employees are making to look after their neighbors and fellow citizens.” read more

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CLF Sues Shell After DEM and EPA Ignore Company’s Violations of Clean Water Act

CLF says it was forced to take Shell to court after the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were notified of Clean Water Act violations but failed to take action. In addition to polluting the Providence River, the terminal is also accused of failing to plan for sea-level rise and other climate-change impacts. According to state flood maps, the terminal would be flooded by any category of hurricane. “We can’t wait around for the next natural disaster to inundate our communities. Shell’s facility sits on the banks of the Providence River, poised to spew toxic chemicals into our waters and our neighborhoods with no adequate safeguards in place,” CLF president Bradley Campbell said. FULL ARTICLE read more

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Egypt signs oil and gas exploration deals with Shell, Apex

The Petroleum Ministry said in a statement that the first deal would see Shell invest $35.5 million, and the other two would see Apex, which is operating in Egypt for the first time, invest a combined $45.9 million on two projects. FULL ARTICLE

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Shell agrees to install fenceline air monitors at Beaver County ethane cracker plant

By Anya Litvak / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: 28 August 2017

After a two-year legal battle, Shell Chemical Co. has agreed to install continuous air monitors on the fenceline of its petrochemical complex in Beaver County. The chemical company reached a settlement with two environmental groups, Clean Air Council and Environmental Integrity Project, to provide publicly-available data on what chemicals will be leaving the sprawling Potter Township site where Shell is building an ethane cracker, three other chemical units, a power plant and a rail yard. The environmental groups appealed an air permit that state regulators granted to Shell in 2015 and asked for the company to commit to several air monitoring measures aimed at keeping hazardous air pollutants and other volatile organic compounds in check. “This is a facility that’s gonna be scrutinized extremely carefully,” said Joe Minott, executive director of the Clean Air Council who worked on the lawsuit. “If you could see my face, you’d see a big, huge grin.” FULL ARTICLE read more

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Scandal-tarred Malcolm Brinded becomes President of Energy Institute

Malcolm Brinded, a former executive director of Shell, also urged the UK Government to provide the greater certainty around energy policy. In his first interview since becoming Energy Institute (EI) president in July, Mr Brinded warned failure to do so could mean missing out on ambitious oil production targets. Mr Brinded, who spent 38 years at Shell… FULL ARTICLE

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Full extent of Harvey’s aftermath starts to come into chilling focus

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Houston and an ever-expanding swath of cities and towns in the region remained under siege Monday by torrential rain and surging floodwaters that showed no signs of abating. FULL STORY

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Shell halts operations at Deer Park refinery

Royal Dutch Shell said Sunday the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is causing the shutdown of its massive refining and petrochemical complex in Deer Park. Shell is closing one of Texas’ largest refineries, which can refine more than 315,000 barrels of crude oil a day into gasoline and other petroleum products. “The top priority of Shell Deer Park is to operate in a safe and environmentally sound manner. Due to continued inclement weather conditions from Hurricane Harvey, Shell Deer Park is conducting a controlled/planned shut down of the refinery and chemical plant,” Shell said in an email response. FULL ARTICLE read more

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