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Oil supply disruption threatens fuel prices

Royal Dutch Shell said about 10 per cent of its stations were out of fuel as of Saturday morning in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. It would continue delivering petrol to keep stations open as long as possible, but cautioned that its employees and operators would need to be evacuated.



By John Donovan

The EIGHT Shell Group companies collectively suing Dr Huong for alleged defamation have for several years buried him in High Court injunctions and applications seeking his imprisonment. The purpose of the multiple injunctions is to silence him. That background makes it dangerous to report events. Injunctions are meant to be temporary in nature pending a court hearing. They are not meant to drag on for several years. I do know from sources that due solely to an application by Shell, the court hearing for August 2008 has been put back to February 2009. read more



Irish Daily Mail


This is the first time we have been used against civilian protestors, says Navy as gunboat is sent to protect Broadhaven Bay pipeline

By Sandra Murphy

A NAVY gunboat was yesterday deployed to help gardai quell escalating protests by Shell to Sea campaigners at the Corrib gas site. 

The Navy admitted that sending in the LE Orla, a 39-man warship, was the first time the Navy had been used against civilian demonstrators. 

The gunboat was brought in because protesters had entered the water in a bid to halt pipeline works. 

But despite this admission, and claims that the armed forces were being used to ‘crush’ protests, gardai said they were within their rights to call in the warship as back-up.  read more

It may strike you as odd that I, a leader of a multinational oil company, would speak so glowingly of a “competitor”.

More spin and deceit by a Shell senior executive: "Datuk" Saw Choo Boon describes Petronas as a "competitor" when in fact the Malaysian national oil company, run by one of the worlds most corrupt and repressive governments, is a major partner of Shell. It is no doubt an example of the servile boot-licking which brought the reward of the equivalent of a knighthood for the Shell Malaysia chairman.

Shell comes under fire for role in Sakhalin audit

Email exchanges spanning three months and 40 pages show how officials at Shell sought to downplay the significance of a critical Russian environmental audit by persuading AEA to disperse its findings through the report, rather than leaving them in one potentially damning appendix

Oil companies completing Gulf evacuations

Royal Dutch Shell, BP and other oil companies wrapped up evacuations and shut down production Saturday as an intensifying Hurricane Gustav churned toward the petroleum-rich waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

ADL slams Shell, Austrian energy giant for taking part in Iran conference

Officials from Austrian energy giant OMV and the multinational Shell corporation are scheduled to attend a conference in Tehran sponsored by Iran's state-run energy firm. "These two companies are co-sponsoring a conference by the state-owned energy company of the leading state-sponsor of terrorism and human rights violator," the ADL said.

Linda Zarda Cook the next CEO of Royal Dutch Shell?

Linda Zarda Cook, a Shawnee native who earned a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from KU in 1980, ranks 43rd. Now the executive director of gas and power for Royal Dutch Shell, Cook is in the running to become CEO of the company in 2009

Oil and gas: Party on, Alberta!

The sands have become a major focus for Shell Canada’s parent, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, which picked up the outstanding shares of its subsidiary in 2007. That decision reinforces the theory that we’re moving deeper into the age of unconventional oil...

Gustav: Shell, BP and Exxon ready to close Gulf of Mexico rigs

Shell and BP evacuated staff from rigs, while ExxonMobil and other operators activated contingency plans to cease operations on offshore facilities that account for a quarter of US crude oil production and 15% of natural gas output.

Beware the bear trap

In the oil sector, all the major companies have been drawn into the Kremlin's new great game. Shell has lost majority ownership of its vast Sakhalin project; Total has been reduced to the status of a services company; BP seems on the verge of having 25% of its reserves expropriated by Russian oligarchs.

Darling under pressure to ease jitters over tax

2003: * Shell Opts for a parent company with Dutch HQ and tax residency

Shell Guides: No stone was left untold

Of the rash of quality guidebooks that hit the bookshelves in the first half of the past century, it was the Shell Guides, with their sharp writing and atmospheric black and white photos and pictures, that elevated the medium to an art form

Navy called in over Shell Corrib pipeline protests

A naval ship has been deployed as protests mounted over a controversial Shell gas pipeline.

China Reaches $3 Billion Deal To Develop Oil Field in Iraq

Ministry officials had said they hoped to sign contracts with Western companies by the end of June. Now, those talks -- with major oil companies such as Royal Dutch Shell PLC,BP PLC and Exxon Mobil Corp. -- are unlikely to go through, the Oil Ministry said.

Gulf storm shuts US oil and gas production

Royal Dutch Shell and ConocoPhillips led the majors in evacuating personnel and ceasing production.

Oil Producers Prepare for Storm in the Gulf

BP, ConocoPhillips, Shell and Transocean, a large drilling contractor, have begun evacuating hundreds of workers from rigs and production platforms in deep waters of the Gulf.

Russia may cut off oil flow to the West

Fears are mounting that Russia may restrict oil deliveries to Western Europe over coming days, in response to the threat of EU sanctions and Nato naval actions in the Black Sea. Such action would be seen as economic warfare...

Few companies are watching Gustav more closely than Royal Dutch Shell

Few companies are watching Gustav more closely than Royal Dutch Shell. About 80 percent of Shell's U.S. oil and natural-gas production comes from the Gulf of Mexico, where it's the top oil producer.

Shell expects to shut all Gulf output in 2 days

Shell flew 400 workers onshore Wednesday. The company has a staff of 1,300 workers in the Gulf. All workers are expected to be onshore by Saturday.

Shell Evacuates Workers From Gulf on Storm Threat (Update1)

Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe's biggest oil company, said it has evacuated about 400 workers from its oil and natural-gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico because of Tropical Storm Gustav.

Iraq, China Agree to Revive Saddam Hussein-Era Oil Deal

Oil Ministry officials had said they hoped to sign contracts with Western companies by the end of June. Now, those talks -- with major oil companies such as Royal Dutch Shell PLC, BP PLC and Exxon Mobil Corp.-- are unlikely to go through, the oil ministry said.

Outline deal close on TNK-BP shake-up

At stake, at the very least, is the management structure of the company and who will fill the position of Bob Dudley, TNK-BP chief executive, who last month fled Russia...

Oil chief says customers will pay for tax

The energy group, which is 34 per cent-owned by Royal Dutch Shell, said net profits rose 67 per cent to A$1.02bn as it was bolstered by high oil prices. Under lying profit rose 86 per cent to A$1.01bn on revenue up 45 per cent at A$2.6bn.

It’s a windfall. Now share it

For Shell, they amounted to £13.9bn in 2007-08 and £4bn in the second quarter of this year, a 4.6% improvement on 2007.

Hurricane alert puts New Orleans on evacuation footing

Evacuations from New Orleans may start tomorrow. The oil company Shell has begun ferrying workers off its rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP may close deal with Russian co-owners “in weeks”

The crisis at TNK-BP, which produces a quarter of BP's worldwide oil output, hit the headlines after BP accused the Russian side of using 1990s-style corporate raider tactics to grab control of the venture.

Oil price surges again as Gustav sends Gulf workers packing

Speculation was also growing yesterday about progress on another "cold war" front - the long-running dispute between four Russian oligarchs and BP over the future structure and control of the TNK-BP joint venture in Russia.

Shell’s ex-president presses on

During an appearance on CNBC early in the summer, John Hofmeister made a startling statement: "Oil isn't a free market." Soon after he said it, the show cut to a commercial and someone handed Hofmeister, who was about to retire as president of Shell Oil Co., a piece of paper. It was a message from Shell's headquarters in the Netherlands telling him he could not say that.

Shell cleared of deliberate pollution

Shell has been cleared of breaking three environmental regulations in 2004 at its plant in Moerdijk by a court in Breda, news agency ANP reports.

Shell slammed over “puzzling” tar sands claims

It was in a conference call with journalists a few weeks ago that Shell chief executive Jeroen van der Veer offered perhaps the most bizarre argument yet in favour of the continued development of North America's controversial tar sands.

Shell says Scottish gas terminal due back Saturday

Aug 27 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell's (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research,Stock Buzz) gas import terminal in Scotland is on track to reopen on Saturday...

Oil rises above $118 as Gustav spins toward Gulf

Royal Dutch Shell PLC said it has begun evacuating some 300 workers from offshore rigs as a precaution. "It looks like it could be a big one...



27 August 2008

Talking about wind, this blog site sports an impressive roll call of esteemed expert contributors including William Connolley, Samuel Hazen, James Hrynyshyn, Solomon Hsiang, Erin Johnson, Sheril Kirshenbaum, Scott Mackenzie and Joseph Romm.

I wonder if any of these people of integrity and high repute are feeling queasy about being linked to a blog sponsored by the oil giant Shell, which has been censored by advertising regulators in the UK and the Netherlands for blatant acts of greenwashing; Shell has been found guilty on three counts thus far. read more

Oil rises above $117 on supply worries

Royal Dutch Shell, the largest oil and natural gas producer in the region, said it would begin evacuating non-essential personnel from offshore facilities on Wednesday if the storm's forecast remains unchanged.

Woodside Says Carbon Plan Threatens $30 Billion LNG Project

BHP Billiton Ltd., BP Plc, Chevron Corp. and Woodside's 34 percent shareholder Royal Dutch Shell Plc have stakes in the project.

Hurricane Gustav Hits Haiti; Gulf Coast Faces Threat

Royal Dutch Shell Plc may start evacuating non-essential staff from the Gulf of Mexico as early as tomorrow, spokeswoman Destin Singleton said in an e-mail.

BP to Increase Energy Output in Norway

At Skarv, BP is partnering with E.ON Ruhrgas AG of Germany and PGNiG SA of Poland. E.ON Ruhrgas and PGNiG bought their stakes from Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Exxon Mobil Corp., respectively. "They're new sets of eyes, bringing fresh ideas from a midstream perspective," Mr. Garlick said.

Royal Dutch Shell exec moves to Genesis Energy

The Wall Street Journal Home Page


August 27, 2008; Page B11

GENESIS ENERGY LP (Houston) — Robert Deere was named executive vice president and chief financial officer for this pipeline operator, effective on or about Oct. 1. Mr. Deere will succeed Ross Benavides, 54, who will remain general counsel and will be named senior vice president. Mr. Deere, 53, is vice president of accounting and reporting for Royal Dutch Shell PLC.

Minnow navigates Russian rapids

Imperial Energy, a relative minnow, could argue it has managed to navigate the treacherous waters of business in Russia more successfully than majors such as BP and Shell...

Cairn Energy bought massive find in India off Shell “for pennies”

Mike Watts, head of exploration, saw the potential in India, buying the field off Royal Dutch Shell for pennies. It is Watts who is staking investors' futures on Greenland.

The windfall trap

With oil at $140 a barrel, Shell made £4 billion between April and June this year alone, and BP nearly as much, and it is fashionable in some quarters to argue that they did so more by luck than judgment.

The energy blog sponsored by greenwashing champions, Royal Dutch Shell

By John Donovan

The article below “Could the answer really be blowing in the wind?”, comes from a blog site sponsored by the champions of greenwashing, Royal Dutch Shell Plc:

Shell Connections: It is interesting to note that a Wikipedia Administrator, William M. Connolley, who has been hostile towards the content of the “” Wikipedia article and active in editing the “Controversies surrounding Royal Dutch Shell” Wikipedia article (deleting large chunks of content on grounds on inadequate quality of reference sources), is the same William M. Connolley who is now a contributor to the Shell sponsored blog. It’s a small world. No doubt in view of this development he will declare a potential conflict of interest before carrying out further editing on Wikipedia articles relating to Shell.  read more

Rossport Solidarity Camp Returns to Glengad with a Fresh Call Out for Action

Going back to an outrageous incident during the occupation of the beach by Gardaí and Shell security on Friday 22nd, a Garda bearing the number GW198, who refused to identify himself after kicking a young boy on the beach has been accused of assault by his mother who witnessed the whole incident.

Corrib Gas Project: Garda accused of assaulting boy

Last Thursday (August 21), the day before the alleged incident, Gardaí arrested eight Shell to Sea activists involved in demonstrations at sea at Glengad. Gardaí and Shell security have been maintaining a cordon at Glengad, where Shell contractors are preparing a landfall for the offshore pipeline.

Fishermen refuse to make way for Solitaire

...a Garda Superintendent last night deemed the Corrib gas protest ‘very volatile’ and called for protestors to ‘take a step back’.

Russia – Tough Investment Environment

This article relates the saga of the Sakhalin II project, one of the earliest of the Russian production sharing agreements.


One local chief explained that he received from Shell oil 150 Naira ($1.15) for each acre of land used by the company. I was astonished when he went on to say, ‘150 Naira, once every four years.’ With oil prices at historic highs, how could the compensation to communities long suffering the health impacts of oil spills and gas flares be such a pittance?

Kuwait looking to boost crude output to 3mn barrels in 2009

Kuwait has shortlisted Royal Dutch Shell as a partner on refining and Dow Chemical Co for petrochemicals.

Another TNK-BP Executive Leaves

MOSCOW -- BP PLC's Russian joint venture, TNK-BP Ltd., said the head of its downstream business had resigned, becoming the second senior manager to leave the troubled oil firm this month.

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