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UK court ruling knocks back Rivers govt’s bid to acquire Shell’s oil asset in Ogoniland

UK court ruling knocks back Rivers govt’s bid to acquire Shell’s oil asset in Ogoniland

Last Thursday’s ruling of a UK high court rejecting a request by the Ejama-Ebubu community in Tai Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State has put a wedge in the attempt by the Rivers State government to acquire a stake in a disputed mining lease in Ogoniland.

The lease located in the oil mining concession OML 11 is operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC). It has been the subject of prolonged litigation by the community and Shell.

The community had accused the Dutch firm of responsibility for a massive 1969/70 oil spill allegedly from a ruptured oil pipeline in its facility. read more

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Bloomberg: Shell Wins Ruling Blocking Nigerian Spill Case Enforcement

Shell Wins Ruling Blocking Nigerian Spill Case Enforcement

By Eddie Spence: 5 December 2019, 12:33 GMT 

Nigerian court award for 1969 oil spill won’t apply in the U.K.

Appeal will be brought by affected Niger Delta community

Royal Dutch Shell Plc units won a U.K. ruling preventing London courts from enforcing a $516 million Nigerian judgment for damages caused by an oil spill half a century ago.

Judge Jason Coppel on Thursday overturned an attempt to carry over a 2010 ruling by a Nigerian court to the U.K., saying that those proceedings were unfair because Shell was denied an opportunity to present a defense.

Shell’s Nigerian units have been beset by lawsuits, many of them in U.K. courts, for their part in oil spills on the Niger Delta. The oil conglomerate has often sought to transfer the cases to Nigeria, with one even going to the U.K. Supreme Court to decide its jurisdiction. read more

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News Update: OPL 245 Malabu oil fraud

Alleged Malabu oil fraud: Court to hear Adoke’s motion challenging FG’s charge

…Ex-AGF still in detention in Dubai – Ozekhome

December 4, 2019

Eric Ikhilae, Abuja

A lawyer to a former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mohammed Adoke – Mike Ozekhome (SAN) said on Wednesday that an Abuja court has scheduled hearing for December 12 this year in a motion his client filed against the charge pending against him.

Ozekhome noted that the charge now pending before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), in respect of which Adoke was currently being detained by the Interpol in Dubai, was initiated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by misrepresentation. read more

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Bloomberg: Shell Wins Court Ruling Banning Activists From North Sea Oil Platforms

Bloomberg: By Olivia Konotey-Ahulu: 4 December 2019, 13:12 GMT

Protesters banned from 500-meter safety zone around platforms

Greenpeace activists boarded North Sea platforms in October

Royal Dutch Shell Plc won a court ruling preventing environmental protesters from boarding unmanned oil installations in the North Sea.

Greenpeace activists in October boarded two of Shell’s offshore platforms in the Brent field to protest decommissioning plans they claimed will leave “hazardous oily sludge” in the sea. A judge in Edinburgh, Scotland, said that the protesters had no right to enter the installations, and are now banned from going within a 500-meter (1,640-feet) safety zone around the platforms. 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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Complicity of Royal Dutch Shell in the Nigerian government’s murder of the Ogoni Nine

By: Dr Isaac Osuoka: November 2019

These are challenging times for residents of Nigeria’s Niger Delta area. Many leaders in the communities feel a high level of concern about travelling to Port Harcourt through the East-West Road due to the high level of banditry, kidnappings and killings recorded in recent weeks. Indeed, there is a heightened feeling of insecurity in Rivers State, and other Niger Delta communities, as elsewhere in the country. The situation may have gotten worse in the build-up to, and the aftermath of the 2019 General Election. read more

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Shell is taking Greenpeace to court

Printed below is an English translation of an article published 25 November 2019 by the Dutch FT, Financieele Dagblad

Shell is taking Greenpeace to court

From our editor: 25 November 2019

Oil company Shell demands a ban on Greenpeace protests at its Brent oil field.

The step follows earlier actions by the environmental group in the North Sea. In mid-October, protesters climbed the abandoned remains of a drilling platform.

Greenpeace demands that Shell remove these parts. According to Greenpeace, there are still more than 11,000 tonnes of oil in the structures, which will eventually come into the sea if they are left behind. read more

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REUTERS: Nigeria’s ex-attorney general arrested in Dubai over $1.3 bln oil deal

In an Italian case, prosecutors accuse former and current executives of Eni and Shell of paying bribes to secure the licence, and allege roughly $1.1 billion of the total was siphoned to agents and middlemen.

UPDATE 1 – Nigeria’s ex-attorney general arrested in Dubai over $1.3 bln oil deal

Chijioke Ohuocha: NOVEMBER 20, 2019

ABUJA, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s former attorney general Mohammed Adoke has been arrested in Dubai, his lawyer said, seven months after Nigeria’s anti-graft agency issued a warrant for his arrest as part of an investigation into one of the oil industry’s biggest suspected corruption scandals.

Adoke’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, said Adoke was arrested by Interpol on Monday 11 Nov., after travelling to Dubai for a medical appointment.

The investigation by Nigeria’s anti-graft agency relates to the $1.3 billion sale of a Nigerian offshore oilfield known as OPL 245 by Malabu Oil and Gas in 2011. read more

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LEXOLOGY: In-house lawyer prevented from relying on leaked email and overhead conversation

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Mr Curless was a senior legal counsel at Shell International Limited from January 1990 until he was made redundant in January 2017. He suffers from Type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnoea. He brought a claim against Shell for disability discrimination, victimisation and unfair dismissal.

In support of his claim, Curless relied on a leaked email from April 2018 sent by Shell’s managing counsel, Alex Ward, to Curless’s manager. In this email, Ward explained that Shell could use a planned reorganisation of its in-house legal team in order to terminate Curless’s employment. Ward added that this approach was worth considering so as to avoid the risk of “impasse and proceedings with ongoing employment with no obvious resolution”. Curless alleged that the emails showed that Shell’s redundancy process was a sham used to terminate his employment, and that he had been made redundant because he had raised his grievances internally about his disability discrimination and brought a claim in the Employment Tribunal. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc announces changes to legal leadership team

By John Donovan

Richard Hill has been appointed as General Counsel for Shell downstream. Richard was hitherto Shell General Counsel for Global litigation, a role being taken by Kimberly Phillips, previously Houston based Shell Associate General Counsel of global litigation for the Americas.

Richard Hill will fill the role currently occupied by Martin Bambridge who is leaving on health grounds.

Shell legal director Donny Ching says:

“I am delighted to welcome Kimberly to the Shell Legal Leadership Team, and Richard to his new role. Both will play a critical role in enabling legal to continue partnering with Shell’s businesses to deliver our strategy and navigate the opportunities and risks of the unfolding energy transition. “I am also very grateful to Martin for bringing his deep experience, insight, humour and great leadership to the legal leadership team table while Legal went through considerable change over the past few years.” read more

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Ken Saro-Wiwa, diminutive in stature, a cerebral colossus, with immense courage

Too Bad for a Minority

“Dance, my people, dance the guns to silence”  – Ken Saro-Wiwa

By OSA DIRECTOR

Article published by Dateline Magazine: Page 5, Jan 4, 1996

Ken Saro-Wiwa, renowned author, playwright, committed environmentalist, social crusader, and intellectual humorist even in moments of terror, tribulation and humiliation, refuses to lose his wit candour and deep-seated enthusiasm to ensure justice for his people and redefine the unjust Nigeria federation, as depicted in the above quote from his last interview with TELL in the Bori military detention camp. Even though diminutive in stature, he was a cerebral colossus, with immense courage, verve and resolute determination. read more

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

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

Dear Editor,

Please see and publish the article below with above headline.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Ben Ikari, author of Ken Saro-Wiwa and MOSOP: The Story and Revelation; Rights and Environmental Justice Advocate.

Dear Janet Anderson:

Thank you for taking the time to write these good words credited to you about Ken Saro-Wiwa in the headline above. It was reportedly published in the Tempo Newspaper Nigeria, on Jan. 2, 1996 though originally printed in the Daily Telegraph of Nov. 13, 1995.  Saro-Wiwa was, of course, the foremost minority rights crusader of Africa. He was a prolific and accomplished writer who authored more than 27 books. He also had several newspaper publications and position papers to his name; a non-violent and peaceful, intelligent, smart and witty world’s environmental martyr he was. He was truly altruistic. read more

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Esther Kiobel expresses her thanks to Amnesty International and other parties supporting her lawsuit against Shell

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Esther Kiobel expresses her sincere thanks to Amnesty International and other parties supporting her Dutch lawsuit against Shell

A heartfelt message of thanks from Esther Kiobel

It has been a very hard road and long, long journey in the fight for fundamental rights of my late husband, Honorable Dr. Barinem Nubari Kiobel and other distinguished Ogonis who have suffered the most horrific abuses or murdered by the former Nigerian junta to help their exclusive collaborators. Shell Oil Corporation continue the exploitation of Nigerian crude oil resources under the most reckless human rights abuses ever imagined. read more

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The Nigerian Activist Whose Death Shamed Shell

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SHELL RELATED EXTRACTS FROM AN ARTICLE BY JACOBIN PUBLISHED UNDER THE HEADLINE “THE NIGERIAN ACTIVIST WHOSE DEATH SHAMED SHELL”

AN INTERVIEW WITH ROY DORON / TOYIN FALOLA: 10 NOV 2019

Twenty-four years ago today, environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed by the Nigerian state. His death brought international attention to the rapacious behavior of oil companies like Shell — and their complicity in the most violent forms of repression.

Born in 1941, Ken Saro-Wiwa came of age as Nigeria gained independence and became a lifelong advocate for the importance of minority rights within a unified national identity. A member of the Ogoni ethnic group, who at only half a million hold little sway in a country of two hundred million, Saro-Wiwa was central to mobilizing a popular movement that demanded accountability for companies like Shell that were extracting oil in the creeks of the Niger Delta. read more

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Closure of the earthquake blighted Groningen Gas Field

Below is a translation of a news brief issued today 7 Nov 2019 – by NAM, the Shell/Exxon Joint Venture company responsible for the earthquake blighted Groningen Gas Field. And also for the consequential potential bill for untold billions to deal with damaged residences like the example in the photograph. Someone forget to mention in the news brief the shocking reason why the Dutch government ordered the closure. The word “earthquake” does not appear anywhere.

TRANSLATION

Close gas field Groningen started in Ten Post

It seems only a signature, but it marks the start of the closure of the Groningen field. At the end of October, NAM transferred the Ten Post gas extraction site to Meuva.  This company will start cleaning up the location around 11 November. read more

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EnergyVoice.com: Court blocks use of pub chat and leaked email in Shell unfair dismissal claim

Court blocks use of pub chat and leaked email in Shell unfair dismissal claim

A former senior lawyer at Shell cannot use a leaked email or an overheard pub conversation in his discrimination claim, a court has ruled.

Michael Curless was senior legal counsel for the energy giant from 1990 until his termination in 2017, which Shell said was by reason of redundancy.

However Mr Curless, who suffers from obstructive sleep apnoea and type 2 diabetes, made an employment tribunal claim that he was the subject of “disability discrimination, victimisation and unfair dismissal” which Shell denies.

He also alleged that Shell used the planned reorganisation of its in-house legal department following its 2016 takeover of BG Group as a pretext for terminating his employment. read more

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