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Shell Avoids Strike: Workers Score Wage Hike in Last-Minute Deal

Posted by John Donovan: 12 July 2024

In a rare turn of events, Shell has managed to pull its head out of the sand long enough to strike a deal with its workers in Alberta, Canada. The Unifor union announced on Wednesday that its members have ratified a new four-year agreement that includes a 16% wage increase. Because who knew that actually paying workers could prevent strikes?

Dodging a Bullet:

The agreement comes after Shell’s Scotford-based facility workers overwhelmingly voted in favor of a work stoppage in late June. It seems the threat of an actual strike was enough to get Shell to the negotiating table. Unifor also mentioned the possibility of further wage gains and improvements to time off for statutory holidays and various union-based leaves. Looks like Shell finally remembered that workers are people too. read more

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Shell to Exploit Manatee Gas Field: Because the World Needs More Gas Giants

Posted by John Donovan 10 July 2024

Gas, Gas, and More Gas:

Shell announced on Tuesday that it’s moving forward with the Manatee gas field project in Trinidad, aiming to beef up its liquefied natural gas (LNG) empire. Nestled in the East Coast Marine Area, one of the Caribbean’s busiest gas-producing zones, the Manatee field is part of the cross-border Loran-Manatee discovery shared with Venezuela. This gem holds about 10 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas, with Trinidad sitting on a modest 2.7 tcf of that stash. read more

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Shell’s Newest Environmental Circus Act: Prelude FLNG in Western Australia

Posted by John Donovan: 9 July 2024

In the latest chapter of “Shell’s Ever-Expanding Environmental Impact,” John Wood Group PLC has snagged a massive engineering contract for Shell’s Prelude Floating Liquified Natural Gas (FLNG) facility in Western Australia. Because clearly, the world’s largest floating offshore gas facility is exactly what we need right now.

Brownfield Engineering Extravaganza:

This shiny new contract has Wood providing brownfield engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCm) solutions for Prelude. In other words, they’ll be making sure this gigantic floating gas factory operates smoothly while Shell continues its legacy of prioritizing profits over the planet. read more

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Shell’s $2 Billion “Oops!” Moment: How Not to Run an Oil Empire

Posted  by John Donovan: 9 July 2024

In the latest edition of “What the F***, Shell?”, our favourite oil behemoth is bracing for a second-quarter faceplant of up to $2 billion in impairments. Yes, that’s billion with a “B.” This colossal write-down is primarily due to Shell’s decision to hit the snooze button on a major biofuels project in Rotterdam and additional blunders in Singapore.

Dutch Disaster:

Let’s start with the Rotterdam fiasco. Shell had big dreams of producing 820,000 tonnes of “sustainable aviation fuel” and “renewable diesel” from waste. Sounds green and shiny, right? But instead of following through, Shell decided to put the project on ice, without bothering to mention when—or if—it might thaw. This brilliant move alone is costing them between $0.6 and $1 billion. Way to go, team! read more

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Shell Stumbles: Takes $2 Billion Hit, Whines About Weak Gas Trading

Posted by John Donovan: 5 July 2024

In the latest episode of “Shell Can’t Catch a Break,” the oil giant is poised to take a hit of up to $2 billion in post-tax impairments. Why? Because they’re pausing construction on their much-touted biofuels plant in Rotterdam and offloading their chemicals refinery in Singapore. All this drama while Europe’s largest energy company grapples with weak market conditions and a downturn in their golden goose: gas trading.

Apparently, Shell’s integrated-gas segment, usually the crown jewel of their profit empire, isn’t looking too hot this quarter. They predict results will be lower than the first quarter, where they enjoyed a cushy $3.68 billion in adjusted earnings. Seasonality, they say. But hey, at least it might match last year’s second quarter of $2.5 billion. Small victories, right? read more

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Shell’s Toxic Wonderland: Pennsylvania Plant Spews Chemicals, Residents Rightfully Freak Out

Growing Alarm over Shell’s Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex. For the folks living near this chemical nightmare, the situation is beyond frightening. Many of them are suing Shell, presumably between checking their Geiger counters and donning hazmat suits to walk the dog

Posted by John Donovan: 3 July 2024

Ever since Shell announced its multibillion-dollar ethane cracker plant in Beaver Court, Pennsylvania, we’ve been watching this environmental horror show unfold. 

Thanks to the Environmental Law Institute’s publication, “Ethane Trading in the Upper Ohio Valley: Potential Impacts, Regulatory Requirements, and Opportunities for Public Engagement,” we have a comprehensive rundown of the toxic cocktail Shell is generously pumping into the air. If you’ve ever wanted a full list of chemicals that sound like they belong in a supervillain’s lair, flip to pages 6 to 11. Benzene, toluene, and ethylbenzene are just a few of the nasties on the roster, guaranteed to make your hair curl – or worse, depending on your proximity to the plant. read more

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Shell Shocked! Ex-Employees Steal Millions in Gas Oil, Open Barber Shop and Sushi Joint

Posted by John Donovan 2 July 2024

In the latest saga of “How Shell Continues to Outdo Itself,” two former employees decided to play pirate and made off with millions in gas oil from Shell’s Pulau Bukom facility. Yes, you heard that right – these two masterminds, Muzaffar Ali Khan Muhamad Akram, 42, and Koh Choon Wei, 40, swindled Shell out of enough fuel to make Captain Jack Sparrow jealous.

Muzaffar, who managed to siphon off gas oil worth nearly $120 million, pocketed a cool $1.3 million. His partner-in-crime, Koh, snagged over $101 million worth of oil and walked away with at least $1 million. And what did they do with their ill-gotten gains? Opened a halal Japanese restaurant, invested in property, bought a Volkswagen, and even started a barbershop. Who knew crime could lead to such diverse business ventures? read more

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Shell to the Rescue! Pauses Biofuel Plant, Continues Saving the World One Oil Spill at a Time

Posted by John Donovan 2 July 2024

In a move that surprised absolutely no one, Shell has decided to slam the brakes on the construction of one of Europe’s largest biofuel plants. This groundbreaking facility in Rotterdam was supposed to churn out 820,000 tonnes of biofuels a year, half of which would be sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) made from delightful waste cooking oil and animal fat. You know, the stuff that makes your fries taste great.

Airlines, who were giddy at the thought of selling “low-carbon” flights, are now left scratching their heads. But don’t worry, Shell assures us this is just a “temporary pause.” According to Huibert Vigeveno, Shell’s downstream, renewables, and energy solutions director, “Temporarily pausing on-site construction now will allow us to assess the most commercial way forward for the project.” Translation: “We’re figuring out how to make more money off this before pretending to care about the planet again.” read more

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Shell Shocked! Big Money Dumps Oil Stocks

Posted by John Donovan: 01 July 2024

In a move that’s more shocking than discovering water is wet, a growing horde of European institutional investors are ditching oil and gas stocks like they’re yesterday’s trash. The latest to jump on this bandwagon of eco-consciousness is Denmark’s largest commercial pension fund, PFA, which manages a whopping $110 billion. They’ve decided to offload their $170 million stake in Shell, citing the company’s pathetic attempt at renewable energy investment. read more

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Shell’s New “Eco-Friendly” Stunt: Two Carbon Capture Projects in Alberta

Posted by John Donovan: 28 June 2024

Shell Gives the Green Light to Carbon Capture Shenanigans in Alberta – Whoop-de-doo!

So, the bigwigs at Shell have decided to throw us another bone and announced not one, but two shiny new carbon capture projects in Alberta. Because, apparently, the oil giant known for its greed and pollution suddenly wants to save the planet. Cue the applause.

The company proudly declared the launch of the Polaris carbon capture project at its Scotford refinery and chemicals complex near Fort Saskatchewan. And let’s not forget the Atlas Carbon Storage Hub, a grand partnership with Atco EnPower. The first phase will allegedly store the CO2 captured by the Polaris project. Because what’s better than an oil giant patting itself on the back for trying to clean up its own mess? read more

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Shell’s New Carbon Capture Schemes: Greenwashing or Genuine Effort?

Posted by John Donovan: 26 June 2024

Shell is at it again. This time, the oil behemoth has decided to bless Canada with not one, but two carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects. Bravo, Shell! Because nothing screams “environmental savior” like a company that has spent decades polluting the planet.

On June 26, Shell’s Canadian unit announced its grand plan to build these CCS projects in a valiant effort to reduce emissions from its own operations. The projects, named Polaris and Atlas Carbon Storage Hub, sound like something out of a superhero comic. Unfortunately, the reality is less heroic. read more

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Shell Buys Pavilion Energy: Because Who Needs Clean Energy Anyway?

Posted by John Donovan: 20 June 2024

In a move that’s sure to make environmentalists everywhere throw up in their mouths a little, Shell, the world’s top LNG trader and our favourite oil-stained villain is beefing up its fossil fuel empire by buying Pavilion Energy. Yes, you heard that right. Shell is doubling down on liquefied natural gas because apparently, climate change isn’t happening fast enough.

Shell announced on Tuesday that its subsidiary, Shell Eastern Trading Pte. Ltd., has inked a deal with Carne Investments Pte. Ltd., an indirect subsidiary of Temasek, to snatch up 100% of Pavilion Energy. What better way to celebrate summer than by acquiring yet another company to exploit natural resources? read more

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Shell’s Greenwashing Extravaganza: Charging Stations for a Better Future or Just a Smokescreen?

Posted by John Donovan: 20 June 2024

In a move that screams “We’re trying to save the planet, we swear!”, Shell has launched a new rapid-charging station for electric vessels in Amsterdam. Yes, you heard that right—Shell, the oil behemoth known for its ruthless pollution and insatiable greed, now wants a slice of the green energy pie.

On Monday, with more self-congratulatory back-patting than you can shake a solar panel at, Shell Marine cut the ribbon on its latest “innovation” at the Energy Transition Campus Amsterdam (ETCA). This Megawatt Charging System, boasting three times the power of your average e-truck station and equipped with a “universal” connector, is here to save the day—or at least try to salvage Shell’s PR. read more

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Shell Shock! Canadian Workers to Vote on Strike as Oil Giant Plays Tug-of-War with Fair Wages

Posted by John Donovan: 16 June 2024

In the latest episode of Shell’s ongoing drama series “How Low Can We Go?”, the oil titan’s workers at the Scotford facility in Canada are preparing to vote on a strike. Apparently, the greedy, ruthless, polluting giant thinks it’s acceptable to keep its workers’ compensation “well-below industry standards,” according to the Unifor union. 

Despite months of bargaining starting in January, Shell’s idea of a “mutually acceptable agreement” involves low-balling the very people who keep their bitumen upgrader, oil refinery, chemicals plant, and carbon capture and storage facility running smoothly. Let’s not forget, this upgrader has a capacity of 320,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day of diluted bitumen. That’s a lot of oil and a lot of profit, yet somehow fair wages are still out of reach.

A Shell spokesperson, with all the sincerity of a used car salesman, stated, “We will continue to work through the bargaining process to reach a mutually acceptable agreement for both parties.” Sure, because nothing says “mutual” like pushing for wages that don’t meet industry standards. read more

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20th Anniversary of one of Shell’s biggest scandals

2004: The oil giant was heavily fined for overstating its reserves in a securities fraud. Shell chairman Sir Philip Watts was forced to resign. He was escorted in disgrace from the Shell Centre by Security guards. He became a very rich vicar. 

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