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Shell Game at Gas Stations Pays Big

FROM OUR SEPT 2005 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Shell Game at Gas Stations Pays Big

“On Sept. 1, just three days after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, top executives at Shell Oil’s Texas headquarters took a public stand against gasoline price gouging.”: “That same day, Motiva Enterprises LLC, Shell’s oil refining subsidiary, hiked the wholesale price of gasoline for Shell dealers throughout the Bronx by a whopping 20 cents a gallon, according to company records obtained by the Daily News. Those records show that since the hurricane disaster, Shell has increased its wholesale gasoline price on six separate occasions”

Thursday, September 8, 2005

By Juan Gonzalez

On Sept. 1, just three days after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, top executives at Shell Oil’s Texas headquarters took a public stand against gasoline price gouging.

“We encourage our wholesalers and dealers to . . . practice restraint during these periods,” the press release from Shell said.

The company even urged the public to contact local governments “if you feel a gasoline station is charging a price that is out of line with other stations in your market.” read more

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Hurricanes leave behind £4bn bill for oil giants

Daily Telegraph: Hurricanes leave behind £4bn bill for oil giants

“Similar problems are likely to dent Shell’s third-quarter figures with production from the Gulf down from 450,000 boepd to 160,000 boepd because of the storms at the end of last month.”

Wednesday 5 October 2005

By Christopher Hope, Business Correspondent (Filed: 05/10/2005)

The world’s biggest oil and gas companies are facing a $7.5billion (£4.3billion) bill from the hurricanes that lashed the Gulf of Mexico.

The news emerged as BP, the world’s number two oil and gas company, said the impact of hurricanes Rita and Katrina had knocked $700m (£400m) off its third-quarter profits.

Analysts at Wood MacKenzie estimated that 45m barrels of oil and 220billion cubic feet of gas, worth between $4billion and $5billion in lost revenues, had been “shut in” by the storms. read more

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Houston Shell Stations Open, Conservation Still Important

RNewswire: Houston Shell Stations Open, Conservation Still Important

“Shell Oil Products US and Motiva Enterprises LLC are pleased to report that all 400 Shell stations in Houston and the surrounding areas are open and have been refueled in record time thanks to valiant efforts by the companies’ tanker drivers, retailers, wholesalers and employees.”

Posted Friday 30 Sept 2005

HOUSTON, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ — Shell Oil Products US and Motiva Enterprises LLC are pleased to report that all 400 Shell stations in Houston and the surrounding areas are open and have been refueled in record time thanks to valiant efforts by the companies’ tanker drivers, retailers, wholesalers and employees. Together they worked around-the-clock to deliver 1,000 tanker loads totaling 9 million gallons of gasoline in an effort to ensure their communities were re-supplied quickly, safely and efficiently. read more

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Militants threaten Nigerian oil stations after leader’s arrest

The Guardian (UK): Militants threaten Nigerian oil stations after leader’s arrest

“We will unleash upon the government and its cohorts violence and mayhem never before reported in the history of the Nigerian state…”

Saturday September 24, 2005

Jeevan Vasagar in Nairobi

A separatist militia threatening to spread “violence and mayhem” throughout Nigeria’s oil-producing delta has forced the closure of two oil installations and the evacuation of dozens of workers.

The US firm Chevron shut down a station pumping 19,000 barrels a day yesterday after being warned of an “imminent threat” from armed militants.

A day earlier more than 100 fighters stormed another Chevron oil platform, disarming government security personnel and shutting down the facility, which pumped around 8,000 barrels a day. Shell, which produces about half the oil from Nigeria, withdrew 50 workers from three facilities on Thursday, but output was maintained by a skeleton staff. The unrest adds to pressure on oil prices, already approaching historic highs because of Hurricane Katrina in the US. read more

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Shell Canada warns on oil products earnings

MetroNews (Canada): Shell Canada warns on oil products earnings

Thursday, September 22, 2005

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Shell Canada Ltd.’soil-products division will generate lower-than-expected third-quarter profit, partly because crude costs rose faster than retail gas prices, the company warned on Thursday.

Shell Canada, the country’s No. 2 oil producer and refiner, also said unplanned maintenance on a compressor in a hydro-cracker unit at its Montreal East refinery also cut throughput, with its Edmonton refinery down for a planned outage. read more

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US Coast Guard joins huge post-Katrina operation to scoop up oil spills

Lloyds List: US Coast Guard joins huge post-Katrina operation to scoop up oil spills

Biggest operation at Cox Bay on Mississippi River recovers 1m gallons, writes Michael Grey: “More than 1m gallons of oil had also been discharged from Shell’s facility at Pilot Town in the Mississippi Delta, although some 718,000 gallons had been recovered and 105,000 evaporated or naturally dispersed.”

Wednesday Sept 21, 2005

A joint operation between the US Coast Guard and its state and industry partners to contain and recover oil spilt as a result of Hurricane Katrina is said to be making good progress on multiple spills throughout southern Louisiana.

Described as an ‘aggressive’ response under the unified command, the operations have seen skimmers, booms, recovery vehicles and vacuum trucks, along with response boats and other craft deployed at the multiple spills which range from small ones to multi-million gallon incidents. read more

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For Oil Firms, Prices May Ease Storm’s Blow

The Wall Street Journal: For Oil Firms, Prices May Ease Storm’s Blow

“Shell’s Mars field — which cost $1 billion in initial development costs — along with other fields that account for some 40% of its production in the Gulf, may be out of commission well into next year. Nearly two weeks after the storm, the company had restored a little more than a third of its 450,000 barrels of oil equivalent to a day of production, according to a Shell update last week.”

Monday 19 September 2005

Higher Margins Are Making Up
For Drop in Production Volume;
Many Are Still Assessing Damage

By CHIP CUMMINS in London and RUSSELL GOLD in Austin, Texas
Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
September 19, 2005; Page C1

The rigs, pipelines and refineries of most of the world’s largest publicly traded oil companies were hammered by Hurricane Katrina. But sorting out the storm’s impact on the energy industry’s bottom line isn’t as simple as tallying up the wreckage. read more

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REUTERS: Displaced workers settle in at Shell oil terminal

REUTERS: Displaced workers settle in at Shell oil terminal

Sewer and water lines are being laid to be connected to trailers provided by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for workers at the Shell Sugarland facility in St. James, Louisiana, September 15, 2005. FEMA is providing 165 trailers for workers and their families displaced by Hurricane Katrina at a community they’ve named Sugarville.

Friday 16 Sep 2005

By Ben Berkowitz

ST. JAMES, La., Sept 15 (Reuters) – Compared with many others forced from their homes by Hurricane Katrina, residents of Sugarville have comfortable new houses, complete with amenities like soft beds, DVD players and full refrigerators.

Of course, “Sugarville” is actually a huge dirt lot on the grounds of the Royal Dutch ShellSugarland Terminal in this southeastern Louisiana town. The “houses” are Fleetwood Enterprisestrailers supplied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to house oil workers and their families displaced by the storm that devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast. read more

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At Time of Epic Storms, Oil Industry Thinks Anew

The New York Times: At Time of Epic Storms, Oil Industry Thinks Anew

“Shell said its output – which usually amounts to 450,000 barrels a day, or nearly a third of the gulf’s oil production – would be down 40 percent until next year.”

By JAD MOUAWAD
Published: September 15, 2005

Around the world, offshore oil and gas platforms are generally built to survive without serious damage a so-called 100-year storm – a hurricane so powerful that it typically occurs only once every hundred years.

Hurricane Ivan roared through the Gulf of Mexico a year ago, generating the highest waves ever recorded there in a storm considered likely to occur only once every 2,500 years. Given the scale of the hurricane, it was inevitable that it would wreak havoc in the gulf, America’s biggest energy-producing region, uprooting miles of underwater pipelines, destroying platforms and crimping production for months. read more

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Shell and Motiva Account for All Employees Impacted By Hurricane Katrina

Yahoo Business News: Shell and Motiva Account for All Employees Impacted By Hurricane Katrina

Operations Restoration and Relief Efforts Move Forward

Posted Thursday 15 Sept 2005

HOUSTON, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ — Shell Oil Company and its joint venture, Motiva Enterprises LLC, have made contact with all of their nearly 4,600 employees in the hurricane-affected areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

“We are extremely grateful that all of our employees are safe,” said John Hofmeister, president of Shell Oil Company. “Now we can turn our undivided attention to helping our employees and others rebuild their lives as we restore our onshore and offshore Gulf Coast operations.” read more

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Class-action suit filed against oil companies

BizNewOrleans.com: Class-action suit filed against oil companies

“Two area lawyers have filed a class-action lawsuit against major oil and gas companies on behalf of victims of Hurricane Katrina. The suit blames drilling activities throughout Southeast Louisiana for destroying hundreds of acres of wetlands that served as natural barriers for New Orleans.”: “The lawsuit names 10 oil and gas companies, including ExxonnMobil Corp., Chevron Corp., BP Corp., Shell Oil Co., Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Corp. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., Shell Pipeline Co.,”

Thursday 15 Sept 2005

NEW ORLEANS — Two area lawyers have filed a class-action lawsuit against major oil and gas companies on behalf of victims of Hurricane Katrina. The suit blames drilling activities throughout Southeast Louisiana for destroying hundreds of acres of wetlands that served as natural barriers for New Orleans.

The lawsuit alleges that over a million acres of marshlands in Southeast Louisiana were destroyed primarily because of oil & gas exploration during the past 70 years.

“Everyone has been talking about the failures of the state, local and read more

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Shell’s Norco refinery at 95% capacity

NineMSN (Australia): Shell’s Norco refinery at 95% capacity

“Shell, which ranks as one of the largest producers in the Gulf of Mexico, last week warned that oil and gas output from its vast Mars field might not resume flowing until 2006.”

Tuesday 13 Sept 2005

09:39 AEST Tue Sep 13 2005 AAP

Shell Oil’s hurricane-hit Norco refinery is at 95 per cent capacity and will soon be at full operation, the company says.

Hurricane Katrina slammed into Louisiana and Mississippi on August 29 with deadly winds and flooding that affected Shell’s crude oil and natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico as well as its local refineries and petrol marketing operations.

“The Motiva Norco Refinery is back in operation and anticipates running at about 95 per cent of crude throughput capacity today. The remainder is anticipated to come online over the next few days,” Shell said in a statement. read more

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Receding waters reveal nightmare of ‘streets covered in inches of muck’

Lloyds List: Receding waters reveal nightmare of ‘streets covered in inches of muck’

“Other incidents included the loss of 10,000 barrels from Shell’s storage tank to the surrounding tank farm, and a 250 barrel leak from a Shell pipeline in Nairn. The tank farm leak was being contained with absorbent booms and the pipeline had been repaired, the coast guard said.”

Tuesday 13 Sept 2005

THE receding water of Hurricane Katrina is revealing a new nightmare leaked oil, some of which appears to be in the streets of populated neighbourhoods, writes Rajesh Joshi in New York.

The US Coast Guard, the US Environmental Protection Agency and Louisiana state officials are recovering spilt oil. At least eight incidents have so far been identified, including several where the leaks were said to have ended up in ‘secondary containment’.

An unquantified portion of the leak of 16,000 barrels from a storage tank at Murphy Oil’s refinery in Chalmette was said to have seeped into residential neighbourhoods on the southeastern outskirts of New Orleans. read more

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Saving and Serving Lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Saving and Serving Lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

“In view of recent publicly made allegations against Shell management that it has displayed racist policies towards its former employees in Malaysia…”

Tuesday 13 Sept 2005 16.48 PM EDT

By Dr John Huong (Also published on “Tell Shell”)

I would like to convey through the medium of the Tell Shell forum my condolences in respect of the poor souls in the Gulf States of the USA who tragically lost their lives as a result of Hurricane Katrina. I pray for relatives and friends of the deceased and for the huge number of people who have lost everything and now find themselves living as refugees a long way from their homes.

There has been some criticism of the oil companies for giving alleged derisory donations to assist in the response to this unprecedented natural disaster in North America. I understand (correct me if I am wrong) that my former employer Shell has given $1 million USD. In view of recent publicly made allegations against Shell management that it has displayed racist policies towards its former employees in Malaysia (which I am sure must be unfounded), I would respectfully suggest that Shell could dispel any such notion by making a much more significant donation to the charities supporting the refugees, many of whom are impoverished. read more

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Shell reassures over Hurricane Katrina

THE TIMES (UK): Shell reassures over Hurricane Katrina

“Shell, the international oil giant, has tried to reassure markets and its investors about the impact on its operations of Hurricane Katrina, which forced it to shut down oil and chemical refineries in the United States and Gulf of Mexico.”

Posted Saturday September 10, 2005

By Miles Costello, Times Online

Shell, the international oil giant, has tried to reassure markets and its investors about the impact on its operations of Hurricane Katrina, which forced it to shut down oil and chemical refineries in the United States and Gulf of Mexico.

The reassurances from Shell, which said it hoped to have production restored to 60 per cent of capacity during the fourth quarter, came as the oil price rose again on fears of a winter fuel supply shortage. read more

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Shell provides update on operational impact of Hurricane Katrina

Oil & Gas Journal: Shell provides update on operational impact of Hurricane Katrina

Friday 9 Sept 05

Offshore staff

(Gulf of Mexico)-Shell Oil says that production is now flowing and ramping up from all Shell-operated assets in the Western GoM that were shut in because of Hurricane Katrina. Production has resumed at Auger, Brutus, Bullwinkle, Cougar, Enchilada, North Padre Island, and West Cameron 565. In the Eastern GoM, the company’s Fairway asset and Yellowhammer Gas Processing Plant near Mobile Bay are operating normally.

Shell’s net GoM production from Shell-operated and outside-operated fields for the first half of 2005 averaged 450,000 boe/d. Shell’s net GoM production has returned to 160,000 boe/d. Significant efforts continue as Shell makes a comprehensive assessment of its hurricane-impacted assets (Mars, Ursa, Cognac, and West Delta 143) as well as of pipelines and other related onshore processing/handling facilities that transport and receive production. read more

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