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Over a million UK energy customers who switched providers overcharged

Over a million UK energy customers who switched providers overcharged

Ovo and Shell were identified as the worst offenders.

Lucy Harley-McKeown

More than a million UK energy customers that switched providers could have been overcharged due to errors made by suppliers.

According to Ofgem, the sector’s biggest suppliers made mistakes, including Ovo Energy, Shell, British Gas, E.On, EDF, Npower, Scottish Power, SSE and Octopus.

Ovo and Shell were identified as the worst offenders. read more

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Shell’s woes over NIgerian Oil

By John Donovan

The BBC recently published an article under the headline: Shell’s legal woes over Nigeria’s oil.

The article listed some of the growing numbers of lawsuits being brought against Shell in multiple legal jurisdictions, all arising from Shell’s deplorable conduct in Nigeria.

The damaging global news coverage reporting on the various court actions seems to have stung Shell’s CEO Ben van Beurden into threatening that Shell may pack its corporate bags and pull out of Nigeria. read more

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Shell’s legal woes over Nigeria’s oil

Shell’s legal woes over Nigeria’s oil

Environmental cases:

  • February 2021: UK Supreme Court rules that some 42,500 residents of the Ogale and Bille communities can sue Royal Dutch Shell in English courts over oil pollution
  • January 2021Dutch appeals court rules that the Nigerian branch of Shell was responsible for damage caused by leaks in the Niger Delta and orders Shell Nigeria to pay compensation to four farmers. The amount of compensation is yet to be announced
  • 2012: Members of the Bodo community file a lawsuit against Shell in a London High Court, seeking compensation for two oil spills. In 2015, Shell accepts responsibility for the spill and agrees to a £55m ($76m) out-of-court settlement and to assist in the cleanup
  • 2006: A Nigerian court orders Shell and its partners to pay $1.5bn to the Ijaw people of Bayelsa state for environmental degradation in the area
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    Shell in Nigeria: Polluted communities ‘can sue in English courts’

    Shell in Nigeria: Polluted communities ‘can sue in English courts’

    12 FEBRUARY 2021

    The UK Supreme Court has ruled that polluted Nigerian communities can sue oil giant Shell in English courts.

    The decision is a victory for the communities after a five-year battle and overturns a Court of Appeal ruling.

    The Niger Delta communities of more than 40,000 people say decades of pollution have severely impacted their lives, health and local environment.

    Shell had argued it was only a holding company for a firm that should be judged under Nigerian law. read more

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    Royal Dutch Shell to cut more than 300 North Sea jobs

    Royal Dutch Shell to cut more than 300 North Sea jobs

    By Kevin Keane: BBC Scotland energy correspondent: 12 Jan 2021

    The oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is to cut 330 jobs from its operations in the North Sea.

    The company said most of the posts are based at its office in Aberdeen and will be lost over the next two years.

    In September, it was announced that up to 9,000 jobs would go worldwide as the company responded to the slump in demand for oil.

    Shell insists it remains committed to the North Sea and will continue to invest in its operations. read more

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    Shell to cut up to 9,000 jobs as oil demand slumps

    Shell to cut up to 9,000 jobs as oil demand slumps

    30 Sept 2020

    Royal Dutch Shell has said it plans to cut 7,000 to 9,000 jobs as it responds to challenges including the slump in oil demand amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The oil giant said the cuts would be implemented by 2022 and included 1,500 people who were taking voluntary redundancy.

    It gave no indication of where the job losses would happen.

    The move comes five months after it cut its dividend for the first time since World War Two.

    Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden said the job cuts were “the right thing to do for the future of the company” as it strives to become a net-zero emissions energy business. read more

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    Daily Mail: Shell pays BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James £100,000 to front campaign plugging the oil company’s ‘green’ credentials

    Radio 1 DJ Greg James was paid £100,000 by oil giant Shell to front an online campaign which plugged the company’s ‘green’ credentials.

    The Breakfast Show presenter, who is paid £229,999 a year by the BBC, is the latest star to be accused of cashing in on their public profiles by moonlighting for corporate firms.

    The 34-year-old, who broadcasts to around 5.6 million listeners each Monday to Thursday, fronted a five-part series for Shell called The Great Travel Hack.

    The Top Gear-style programme followed two teams of competitors racing from London to Istanbul while using environmentally friendly vehicles. read more

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    BBC News:Climate change: Extinction Rebellion end blockade at Shell’s Aberdeen HQ

    Governments and corporations like Shell all agree that my children are facing a catastrophic climate and ecological collapse yet are doing next to nothing to prevent this.”

    16 Jan 2020

    Extinction Rebellion protesters have ended a blockade at the entrances to Shell’s Aberdeen headquarters.

    Activists arrived at the Altens base at about 06:30 and remained at the site until 19:30 in a bid to “hold Shell to account”.

    The group said the protest was part of its two-week long campaign targeting the fossil fuel industry.

    Shell said it was addressing its emissions and helping customers to reduce theirs.

    And industry body Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) said climate change would not be solved by “stunts”. read more

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    BBC News: Climate protesters block Shell’s Aberdeen headquarters

    16 Jan 2020

    Extinction Rebellion protesters have blocked the entrances to Shell’s Aberdeen headquarters.

    Activists arrived at the Altens base at about 06:30 and plan to remain at the site all day “to hold Shell to account”.

    The group says the protest is part of its two-week long campaign targeting the fossil fuel industry.

    Shell said it was addressing its emissions and helping customers to reduce theirs.

    The protesters plan to walk through Aberdeen city centre, starting at the railway station at 13:00 then going via Union St and the harbour.

    The group also has its purple boat at the site. read more

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    BBC News: Shell Energy customers hit with backdated bills

    When Clare Crisp received an email from her energy provider, Shell Energy last November, she was shocked and confused.

    Her direct debit had been nearly doubled from £72 to £130 per month, despite her account previously being £148 in credit.

    “I looked at my bills and thought: what on earth has gone on?” she says.

    Eventually, she worked out what the energy firm had done. It had gone back five-and-a-half years, cancelled her previous electricity bills and re-billed her with higher amounts, adding up to an extra cost of £512. read more

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    BBC NEWS: Seven arrests after activists occupy drilling rig in Dundee harbour

    06 Jan 2020

    Seven people have been arrested after environmental activists took part in an “extended occupation” of a drilling rig in Dundee harbour.

    Three female protesters from Extinction Rebellion Scotland climbed onto Valaris’s Ensco 122 from the River Tay.

    They climbed halfway up one of the legs of the rig to try to prevent it leaving.

    The women came down about five hours later due to deteriorating weather conditions.

    Police said seven people had been arrested in total. read more

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    BBC NEWS: UK and US considered Nigeria naval blockade over Saro-Wiwa execution

    The UK and US considered a navy-backed oil embargo against Nigeria, following the 1995 execution of writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, a document released by the UK government reveals.

    Saro-Wiwa and eight other campaigners from the Ogoni ethnic group were hanged on 10 November 1995.

    They had been found guilty by a secret military tribunal of the murder of four Ogoni chiefs by a mob.

    The nine denied the charge and said they had been framed.

    Saro-Wiwa led mass protests against oil pollution in Nigeria’s Ogoniland.

    The protests were seen as a major threat to Nigeria’s military ruler at the time, Gen Sani Abacha, and Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell.

    The executions led to Nigeria suspension from the Commonwealth. read more

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    BBC NEWS: Shell wins legal bid to prevent Greenpeace boarding installations

    Energy giant Shell has won a court order preventing environmentalists from boarding unmanned North Sea installations.

    Lawyers acting for the company went to the Court of Session in Edinburgh seeking an interim interdict against Greenpeace.

    It comes after protesters boarded platforms in the Brent field off Shetland in October.

    Lady Carmichael ruled the activists had no right to enter the installations.

    Greenpeace had claimed an order would breach its right to protest, and described the ruling as a “setback” – but said a possible appeal would be considered. read more

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    BBC News: Mossmorran: Shell limits North Sea gas to reduce flaring

    9 Nov 2019

    A raft of measures have been put in place to reduce the amount of ethane Shell is being forced to flare while the Mossmorran plant in Fife is shut.

    Shell has been left with a surplus of ethane since its customer Exxonmobil temporarily closed the plant in August.

    Now Shell said it had switched from powering its furnaces with propane to using ethane and reduced the amount of North Sea gas it receives.

    Residents said they had not noticed much change in flaring.

    However, Shell said it had managed to reduce flaring of ethane “significantly” as a result of the new measures, which also include adding ethane into household’s supply of methane. read more

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    BBC News: Nigeria oil spills ‘spark environmental genocide’

    The Archbishop of York has called for urgent action to stop the oil spills that are devastating communities in Nigeria’s Bayelsa state.

    Speaking exclusively to the BBC ahead of the interim report of the Bayelsa State Oil and Environmental Commission, which he chairs, the archbishop said that a slow environmental genocide is taking place.

    Bayelsa is the region where oil was first discovered in the country in the 1950s. There are hundreds of oil spills each year in Nigeria, some caused by equipment failure – others by sabotage. read more

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    Ken Saro-Wiwa: A Playwright And Revolutionary, But A Man With Trading Instinct

    Article from Tempo newspaper Nigeria above, published 2 Jan 1996, page 2, under the headline:

    “Ken Saro-Wiwa: A Playwright And Revolutionary, But A Man With Trading Instinct “.

    Originally published by The Daily Telegraph: 13 November 1995. A valuable first-hand account by a BBC producer and correspondent, Janet Anderson.

    Ken Saro-Wiwa: A Playwright And Revolutionary, But A Man With Trading Instinct

    I first met Ken Saro-Wiwa in London, when he was producing plays and arts programmes about Africa for BBC World Service. Ken was an occasional visitor to the office, a short man, often curled up-on a chair with a big smile, his ever-present pipe and his twinkling eyes. I got a good sense of the steel beneath the chat when I hired him to judge a short story competition. He was a tough bargainer, a seasoned negotiator, particularly when it came to money. The original Nigerian trader showed through.  read more

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