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Oil waste eating away plumbing in contaminated Carousel tract neighborhood, study says

This issue with sewer pipes is the latest development in a decade-long saga for Carousel tract residents. Developers of the 285-home community, which borders Wilmington, secretly buried remains of a former Shell Oil tank farm a few feet beneath the homes in the 1960s. The burial was kept secret until routine testing discovered soil pollution in 2008.

Years of state-led environmental investigations into massive oil contamination at Carson’s Carousel tract neighborhood missed a key problem for residents living amid the mess: the sewer pipes under some homes are literally corroded into dust.

Beyond the high cost of replacing sewer lines, the oil-degraded pipelines could present yet another major health concern for residents across the 50-acre community, a new city-commissioned study has found. read more

Kiobel v Shell lawyers hearing 12 Sept 2017

Andrew Denney, New York Law Journal: September 12, 2017

Forcing Cravath, Swaine & Moore to hand over documents related to litigation against Royal Dutch Shell to a plaintiff seeking redress in Dutch courts would give rise to “discovery litigation tourism,” an attorney for the firm said Tuesday in arguments before a federal appeals court.

Esther Kiobel, who was unsuccessful in her effort to hold Shell liable in American courts for the 1995 execution death of her husband and eight others under the Alien Tort Statute, has taken her fight to the courts in the Netherlands. read more

General Motors, Disney, Shell and 1,200 other companies are taking steps to fight climate change, report says

September 12 at 12:01 AM

More than 1,200 global businesses, including U.S. companies such as Disney, Shell and General Motors, are moving to embrace a carbon price — even if President Trump isn’t, according to a new report by a Washington climate think tank.

While the president has suggested that tackling climate change will undermine the economy and hamstring  businesses, chief executives have been busy voluntarily putting a price on their own carbon dioxide emissions. read more

Shell Withholds 100,000 Documents Critical To Ogoni Nine Case

The oil giant, Shell, is refusing to hand over more than 100,000 internal documents on the arrest, detention, and execution of nine Ogoni men in the 1990s, Amnesty International has said.

BY PUNCH NEWSPAPERSEP 08, 2017

The oil giant, Shell, is refusing to hand over more than 100,000 internal documents on the arrest, detention, and execution of nine Ogoni men in the 1990s, Amnesty International has said.

The execution of the “Ogoni Nine”,  including the renowned writer Ken Saro-Wiwa, by the government in 1995 sparked global outrage.

Others executed along with Saro-Wiwa were Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate, Baribor Bera, Barinem Kiobel, and John Kpuine. read more

Oil giants donate $23 million for Harvey victims

Extracts from unedited feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

September 4, 2017 | UPDATED 03:55 IST

By Seema Hakhu Kachru

Houston, Sep 4 (PTI) US oil giants have pledged USD 23 million for disaster relief operations to help Gulf Coast residents recover from Hurricane Harvey, one of the most destructive storms in US history that killed at least 50 people.

Harvey has soaked Texas with the heaviest rainfall in US history. Texas officials said more than 185,000 homes were damaged and 9,000 destroyed as 42,000 people remain in shelters amid overflowing rivers and reservoirs. read more

Shell, Exxon say some pollution released as storm hits Texas

Pollutants have been released from refineries operated by Exxon, Shell and other companies as torrential rains damaged storage tanks and other industrial facilities on the Texas Coast.

Shell told state regulators this week that a floating roof over a tank at its oil refinery in Deer Park, Texas, partially sank during the heavy rainfall. The company said 100 pounds of benzene and 100 pounds of toluene were released.

A similar event happened at Exxon Mobil Corp.’s refinery in Baytown, Texas. David Gray, a spokesman for the Environmental Protection Agency, said the company reported the release of 15 pounds of benzene. The EPA classifies benzene as a carcinogen. Toluene, a solvent, is less toxic.

A Shell spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“This is an unprecedented storm, and we have taken every effort to minimize emissions and safely shut down equipment,” said Exxon spokeswoman Charlotte Huffaker. She said the Irving, Texas-based company was monitoring emission levels and was committed to complying with environmental laws. read more

Shell staff return to Gulf of Mexico platform after Harvey: sources

AUGUST 30, 2017 / 6:16 PM

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) staff have returned to a major oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico in preparation to restart production one week after its shutdown due to Hurricane Harvey, industry sources said on Wednesday.

A small team was airlifted to the Perdido platform and is currently assessing conditions to understand when production can be resumed, the sources said.

Perdido, operated by Shell, was shut down on Aug. 23 ahead of Hurricane Harvey’s arrival. The hub, the second deepest in the Gulf of Mexico, normally produces around 100,000 barrels per day of oil and gas. read more

Cracker plant critics pleased with air pollution agreement

By Daveen Rae Kurutz [email protected]: 31 August 2017

POTTER TWP. — Local critics who wanted Shell Chemicals to increase monitoring of air pollution are pleased with a settlement agreement that will create a fence-line monitoring system.

Terrie Baumgardner, a member of the Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Committee, said the move shows that Shell officials listened to the 750 people who signed a petition objecting to the lack of fence-line monitoring in Shell’s plan to build a $6 billion ethane cracker plant in Potter Township. read more

Storm Harvey: Shell boss takes stock of disruption

Shell boss Ben Van Beurden says Storm Harvey is a “major event” for the industry and the firm’s staff in Texas.

Shell, which has its US base in the Texas city of Houston, has put some of its staff in emergency homes and closed two major facilities.

The storm, which earlier achieved hurricane status, has ripped through the US energy industry in the region.

However, Mr Van Beurden thinks the tropical storm will not have a major impact on its US oil production.

Large parts of Houston are under water, and more than 20 people are reported dead.

Thousands of people there have fled their homes in search of emergency shelter after record rainfall caused severe flooding.

The Shell chief executive said: “We’ve all seen the pictures. Many, many of our people – as with others as well – have been displaced… We’ve had to put people up in temporary accommodation.” read more

Shell Pledges $1 Million to American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey Relief

HOUSTON, Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Shell today informed the American Red Cross it will make an initial contribution of $1 million to the Hurricane Harvey disaster relief fund. As recovery and relief efforts evolve, Shell will consider where else to offer assistance that can have the most immediate impact.

“Our roots run extremely deep in Houston and we are committed to doing our part to help the city move on in the aftermath of Harvey,” said Bruce Culpepper, Shell U.S. President. read more

Shell agrees to install fenceline air monitors at Beaver County ethane cracker plant

By Anya Litvak / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: 28 August 2017

After a two-year legal battle, Shell Chemical Co. has agreed to install continuous air monitors on the fenceline of its petrochemical complex in Beaver County.

The chemical company reached a settlement with two environmental groups, Clean Air Council and Environmental Integrity Project, to provide publicly-available data on what chemicals will be leaving the sprawling Potter Township site where Shell is building an ethane cracker, three other chemical units, a power plant and a rail yard. read more

Shell halts operations at Deer Park refinery

Royal Dutch Shell said Sunday the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is causing the shutdown of its massive refining and petrochemical complex in Deer Park.

Shell is closing one of Texas’ largest refineries, which can refine more than 315,000 barrels of crude oil a day into gasoline and other petroleum products.

“The top priority of Shell Deer Park is to operate in a safe and environmentally sound manner. Due to continued inclement weather conditions from Hurricane Harvey, Shell Deer Park is conducting a controlled/planned shut down of the refinery and chemical plant,” Shell said in an email response. read more

Damage unknown to Shell’s Perdido platform in U.S. Gulf

AUGUST 27, 2017

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc said on Sunday it has not yet been able to assess damage to its deepwater Perdido platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico after evacuating it ahead of Tropical Storm Harvey, which came ashore as a hurricane.

The company scrapped plans on Saturday to send a reconnaissance flight over the platform, about 200 miles (321 km) south of Freeport, Texas, said spokesman Curtis Smith. A second flight will be attempted on Sunday.

Reporting by Ernest Scheyder; Editing by Sandra Maler read more

Shell says Deer Park, Texas refinery may be shut for a week

AUGUST 27, 2017

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc said its Deer Park, Texas, refinery and chemical plant complex may be shut for up to a week because of Tropical Storm Harvey’s impact on the Houston area.

Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said following a controlled shutdown of the complex including the 325,700 barrel per day (bpd) refinery on Sunday, only essential personnel would remain at the plant through the end of the week.

Reporting by Ernest Scheyder and Erwin Seba; Editing by Andrea Ricci read more

Shell says no impact from hurricane on Texas, Louisiana refineries

AUGUST 26, 2017 / 7:06 PM

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Hurricane Harvey has not impacted operations at Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) refineries in Convent and Norco, Louisiana, and at its joint-venture refinery in Deer Park, Texas, company spokesman Ray Fisher said on Saturday.

Harvey has dumped between 4 inches (10 centimetres) and 5 inches (13 cm) of rain in the area around the Deer Park refinery in the past 24 hours, according to the Harris County Flood Warning System.

Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Andrew Hay SOURCE

Oil producers signal offshore return in latest Gulf of Mexico auction

 Unused oil rigs sit in the Gulf of Mexico near Port Fourchon, Louisiana August 11, 2010. Lee Celano/File Photo

Royal Dutch Shell claimed the largest number of blocks, with 19 high bids valued at a combined $25.1 million.

Liz Hampton: AUGUST 16, 2017

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Major oil producers pushed up high bids at a Gulf of Mexico offshore auction to $121 million (94.08 million pounds) on Wednesday, a nearly seven-fold increase from a year ago, as their return to deep water exploration gained momentum.

This compared with $18 million in high bids at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) Outer Continental Shelf auction last summer. read more

Massive Shell platform starts its journey to Texas

The hull of a massive deep-water platform owned by Royal Dutch Shell recently left South Korean shipyards as it set off for Texas. The hull will be attached to the topsides of the platform before its installation in the Gulf of Mexico.

Massive Shell platform starts its journey to Texas

The massive four-column hull of a deep-water oil platform began sailing from South Korea to Texas this week, starting a monthslong voyage that will bring Shell closer to finishing a multibillion-dollar Gulf of Mexico project. read more

One Shell Square in New Orleans will become Hancock Whitney Center in 2018

One Shell Square, the 51-story building that occupies an entire block of New Orleans’ Central Business District, has carried the name of the oil company since it first welcomed workers in 1972. That will change next year when Hancock-Whitney moves out of its regional headquarters and rebrands the building.

Some 400 bank employees will move from a 106-year-old building just down St. Charles Avenue to seven floors in the tallest building in Louisiana (697 feet), which will then be called the Hancock Whitney Center. The space became available this year after Shell decided to consolidate some of its office space in the tower, which has housed various segments of its business for nearly five decades. read more

Shell Reports Fire, Unit Shutdown at Norco, La., Facility

December 19th, 2013, Norco Louisiana, A flare from the Shell Refinery illuminates the sky. 

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc said Monday that a fire over the weekend at its Norco refining and chemicals facility in Louisiana has forced it to shut down a unit.

“There is no timetable for the restart of the unit,” Shell said in an emailed statement, without identifying the specific unit. “Operations are stable. For reasons of commercial confidentiality, we do not provide details about the operational status of individual units or information on supply.” read more

Shale drillers show few signs of slowing as profits expand

Shale drillers show few signs of slowing as profits expand

The optimism from the U.S. shale fields followed quarterly reports last week that showed major international producers including Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc are also learning to make money at $50 a barrel…

Alex Nussbaum and Joe Carroll, Bloomberg: Published 6:46 am, Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The shale surge that’s tied down global oil prices shows no signs of abating, as four of the biggest U.S. drillers said they’re not backing away from lofty production targets for 2017.

In second-quarter earnings reports, EOG Resources Inc., Devon Energy Corp., Newfield Exploration Co. and Diamondback Energy Inc. all outlined goals on Tuesday that would help push U.S. output toward a record 10 million barrels a day next year. Even Pioneer Natural Resources Co., which trimmed the top end of its forecast due to delays in the Permian shale basin, still expects to increase oil and natural gas volumes by 16 percent at year’s end. read more

European oil majors seek to harness U.S. offshore wind

Karolin Schaps and Susanna Twidale: AUGUST 1, 2017 / 10:34 AM

LONDON (Reuters) – Some European oil majors have made inroads into the emerging U.S. offshore wind energy market, aiming to leverage their experience of deepwater development and the crowded offshore wind arena at home.

Late entrants to the offshore wind game in Europe, which began with a project off Denmark 25 years ago and is now approaching maturity, they are looking across the Atlantic at what they view as a huge and potentially lucrative new market. read more

Shell to Shutter Convent Gasoline Unit in Early ’18-Sources

HOUSTON — Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to begin permanently shuttering the gasoline-producing unit at its 227,586 barrel-per-day (bpd) Convent, Louisiana, refinery in January 2018, said sources familiar with the company’s plans on Thursday.

Shell has rescheduled planned repairs on the heavy-oil hydrocracking unit from spring 2018 to summer of that year, the sources said.

The company plans to overhaul the Convent refinery’s alkylation unit in October of this year, according to the sources. read more

EU warns U.S. it may respond swiftly to counter new sanctions on Russia

A list prepared by the EU executive, seen by Reuters, shows eight projects including those involving oil majors Anglo-Dutch Shell, BP and Italy’s Eni that risk falling foul of the U.S. measures. EU officials warn the U.S. measures would also hit plans for the LNG plant on the Gulf of Finland in which Shell is partnering with Gazprom.

Alissa de Carbonnel: 26 July 2017

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union warned on Wednesday that it was ready to act within days to counter proposed new U.S. sanctions on Russia, saying they would harm the bloc’s energy security.

Sanctions legislation overwhelmingly approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday has angered EU officials: they see it as breaking transatlantic unity in the West’s response to Moscow’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. read more

Shell shifts focus to chemicals, refining: Financieele Dagblad

Anglo-Dutch energy giant Royal Dutch/Shell is shifting its focus toward downstream operations like refining and chemicals and away from traditional upstream activities like exploring for oil and gas, the Financieele Dagblad said on Wednesday.

This shift is likely to become even clearer when the company publishes its second quarter figures on Thursday, the paper said.

Shell’s investment in exploration slumped to $157m in the first quarter of 2017 from an annual quarterly average of between $500m to $600m in recent years, the paper points out.  This is partly due to the group’s recent acquisition of the BG Group which has large deep-sea reserves off the coast of Brazil. read more

Shell Oil sued over claim of sexual harassment, discrimination in the East Bay

NEWTON worked at SHELL as a refinery process operator.  During her tenure, she was discriminated against and harassed by supervisors and co-workers because of her gender. She was taunted with comments like, “If your pussy hurts, just stay home.” (Extract from complaint – link below)

By | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group: PUBLISHED: | UPDATED:

MARTINEZ — A former employee at Shell Oil’s refinery in Martinez is suing the massive oil company for “sex-based harassment, sex discrimination, (and) failure to take reasonable steps to prevent discrimination and harassment,” according to a copy of the lawsuit given to this news organization and originally filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. read more

Lawsuits rise against Big Oil

While Washington dithers, the courthouse could become the next battleground against climate change. San Mateo and Marin counties, along with San Diego County’s Imperial Beach, filed lawsuits Monday against 37 oil, gas and coal companies, accusing them of ramping up extraction of fossil fuels for decades even though they knew the resulting carbon pollution would have devastating effects on the planet.

To anyone who followed the long legal fight against Big Tobacco, the arguments have a familiar ring. The plaintiffs claim the defendants: read more

Northern Panhandle Activity Picking Up in Wake of Shell’s Cracker Plans

Royal Dutch Shell is building a $6 million cracker in Monaca, Pennsylvania, and nearby businesses are already seeing positive effects

As signs go, Eagle Manufacturing‘s Joe Eddy sees plenty that tell him the Upper Ohio Valley’s economic fortunes are changing.

With one ethane cracker under construction in nearby Monaca, Pennsylvania, and another on the table in nearby Dilles Bottom, Ohio, Eddy says it’s no longer a question of “if” West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle will benefit, but when.

“This opportunity is generational; it’s the best opportunity we’ve had to see growth in the valley for 50 years,” Eddy said. “This type of growth has really never been afforded in the local area. It’s still a big story; it’s the best thing West Virginia has going for it.” read more

Appeals court says third-party companies are liable for compensation in offshore Shell drilling unit collision

Appeals court says third-party companies are liable for compensation in offshore Shell drilling unit collision

by Todd Barnett | Jul. 15, 2017, 8:00am

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court recently ruled that two third-party companies involved in conducting an archaeological sonar survey near an offshore drilling unit in the Gulf of Mexico are not responsible for compensating the two companies found liable for the accident.

On June 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed a district court’s ruling that Integrity Fishers Inc. and Sea Eagle Fisheries Inc. are not responsible for compensating Tesla Offshore LLC and International Marine LLC, the parties found at fault in a collision that damaged a submerged mooring line attached to Shell Offshore’s Nautilus offshore drilling unit. read more

Shell acquires local power company MP2

By Ryan Maye Handy: 29 June 2017

Royal Dutch Shell said Thursday that it plans to acquire MP2 Energy, a power and retail electric company based in the Woodlands, as the oil major seeks to diversify its business.

The transaction, if approved by regulators, would expand Shell’s electricity business beyond the West Coast into Texas, the Midwest and the East Coast. MP2, which manages power plants and runs a retail electric business, serves mostly industrial and commercial customers. In Texas, however, it offers residential electric plans for customers, including a program with rooftop solar systems. The company also operates in Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania. read more

Shell Energy North America Signs Purchase Agreement To Acquire MP2 Energy LLC

HOUSTON, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Shell Energy North America (“SENA”) announced today that it has signed a purchase agreement for the acquisition of MP2 Energy LLC (MP2). Subject to regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to be closed in the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Through self-developed proprietary systems and technology, MP2 provides market based solutions to commercial and industrial customers for managing energy supply, load, and generation.  MP2 is unique in its skill set and at the front of the curve when it comes to developing fit for purpose solutions to its customers, which face ever more complicated energy choices. read more

CCBC students surprised, starstruck by Shell CEO visit

CENTER TWP. — About 15 students enrolled in the Community College of Beaver County’s process technology program on Monday got the surprise of a lifetime when their class was crashed by Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden.

The chief executive officer, accompanied by most of Shell’s board of directors, came to Beaver County to tour the company’s cracker plant site in Potter Township and to meet with local and state representatives to hear their thoughts and experiences about the project. read more

Shell CEO, board of directors visit Beaver County

POTTER TWP. — The chief executive officer and a majority of the board of directors of Royal Dutch Shell were in Beaver County Monday to view the ethane cracker plant site, but also to talk to local leaders about their experiences with the $6 billion project.

Rebecca Matsco, chairwoman of Potter Township’s supervisors, was one of the local leaders in attendance and said Monday afternoon that it was a chance “to share our experiences of the last several years.” read more

Shell ‘shells out’ $75 a foot for pipeline easements


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Court records suggest that Shell’s latest pipeline easement agreements in Pennsylvania will cost $75 a foot to carry ethane to its new ethane cracker facility.

Jun 23, 2017

Foot by foot, Shell Pipeline Co. is getting landowners in Beaver County, Pa., to sign easements for its 94-mile Falcon Ethane Pipeline. It’s a pipeline with two “legs” that will feed Shell’s ethane cracker plant now under construction at Monaca, Pa., northwest of Pittsburgh.

In early 2016, the Royal Dutch Shell affiliate began signing leases with landowners for the pipeline branches stretching into Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. See map. More easements were signed in January and May. read more

Gov. Tom Wolf tours Shell cracker plant site, impressed by speed and scale of work

POTTER TWP. — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is impressed by the speed and scale of the work being undertaken by the workforce building Shell Chemicals’ $6 billion ethane cracker plant.

Wolf toured the 300-acre Potter Township site Tuesday morning, the first time he’s been back since November. The governor said the site has been transformed since then as thousands of workers prepare the land for construction, which is slated to start later this year.

The governor spent nearly two hours touring different aspects of the site, but said he was most impressed by the quality of the workforce and the fruits of their labor. read more

Polluted-Water Case Against BP and Shell Revived

ADAM KLASFELD: 

MANHATTAN (CN) — No longer protected by its deals with California prosecutors, BP and Shell must face another lawsuit alleging that its underground storage tanks continue to pollute Orange County’s groundwater with a toxic gasoline additive.

The British and Dutch oil giants were named among the dozens of fossil-fuel companies in hundreds of lawsuits over the chemical methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).

Used to raise the oxygen level in gasoline, MTBE is banned by more than half of the states in the nation. The Environmental Protection Agency has flagged it as a possible human carcinogen at high doses. read more

Shell Must Face ‘Take-Home’ Asbestos Suit, Calif. Court Says

Shell Must Face ‘Take-Home’ Asbestos Suit, Calif. Court Says

Law360, New York (June 6, 2017, 7:03 PM EDT) —

A California appeals court has reversed itself and revived a lawsuit against Shell Oil Co. filed by a former employee’s wife who alleges she contracted mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos that accumulated on her husband’s work clothing. The decision by the Second Appellate District panel on Friday followed the state Supreme Court’s December finding in Kesner v. Superior Court of California that employers can be held liable for injuries caused by secondhand asbestos exposure suffered by household members of employees. The panel, following the high court’s “take-home” liability… read more

Shell says Geismar olefins expansion project still on schedule

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Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) says it remains on schedule in the construction of its $717M project to increase alpha olefins production at its Geismar, La., chemical manufacturing plant, which will become the world’s largest AO production site.

Shell says the 425K metric tons/year AO unit, which will join three existing units at the site, will begin commercial production by year-end 2018.

Shell plans to supply the Geismar expansion with ethylene feedstock from its nearby Norco, La., and Deer Park, Tex., manufacturing sites, which would bring total AO production at Geismar to more than 1.3M tons/year. read more

Shell still working to reduce emissions despite U.S. pullout from Paris agreement

President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement Thursday, but one of the largest companies in the world said it will still do its part to provide clean energy.

Shell Chemicals, which is building a $6 billion ethane cracker plant along the Ohio River in Potter Township, said Thursday that the company’s “position on climate change and the importance of the Paris agreement is well known.” read more

Q&A: Shell cuts costs on major deep-water projects

By Collin Eaton: Business Reporter, Houston Chronicle: May 3, 2017

The recovery in energy prices won’t produce a mad rush into deep-water fields anytime soon, but drillers are still spending billions this year on more cost-efficient projects that can outlast cheap oil, says the executive who leads Shell’s deep-water business.

Over the next two years, Royal Dutch Shell plans to spend up to $14 billion developing new and existing deep-water projects in places like the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil, but it’s trying to keep costs nailed down with myriad initiatives that have, for example, reduced its offshore staff by nearly a third. read more

Stones: A True Ultradeepwater Success Story

Rhonda Duey Executive Editor, E&P Hart Energy Jennifer Presley Senior Editor, Production, E&P Hart Energy

Monday, May 1, 2017

When it comes to the offshore industry, people need to hear a good story once in a while. The segment has been hammered in recent years, particularly since the 2014 downturn. But there are still positives coming out of this difficult sector.

One such case is Shell’s Stones Field, the deepest production facility in the world. “I’m on a number of industry committees, and one of the things that people keep saying is, ‘We really need to hear the Stones story because it’s such a positive story,’” said Curtis Lohr, project manager for Stones. “The industry needs to hear that story and wants to hear that story.” read more

Kiobel v. Cravath: An Example of How a Little-Known U.S. Law can be Used as a Pre-Litigation Tool Overseas

Upasana Khatri: 22nd February 2017

When Esther Kiobel—who believes Shell collaborated with Nigerian authorities to commit gross human rights abuses, including the murder of her husband—could not find justice by suing Shell in U.S courts, she decided to sue the Dutch oil giant in the Netherlands. In support of the Dutch action, EarthRights International (ERI) helped Ms. Kiobel and her Dutch lawyers file an application under the Foreign Legal Assistance (FLA) Statute to gain access to important evidence originally gathered during the U.S. litigation. In December, a U.S. federal court granted Ms. Kiobel’s petition, allowing her access to documents housed in Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, the law firm that defended Shell in the U.S. read more

Shell says Motiva assets still set to be divided May 1

Shell Oil Co, the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, on Thursday reaffirmed the target date to split up the Motiva Enterprises [MOTIV.UL] refining joint venture with co-owner Saudi Aramco [IPO-ARMO.SE] would be May 1.

Shell and Saudi Aramco in March 2016 announced the plan to divide up the nearly 20-year-old venture, which runs three refineries and other assets. The date of the split has been pushed back twice since the announcement.

As part of the deal, Saudi Aramco will make a $2.2 billion balancing payment to Shell. Of that total, Aramco will only have to pay about $700 million in cash to Shell, with the remainder satisfied by Aramco assuming most of Shell’s half of the $3.2 billion debt held by Motiva. read more

Shell, Dow Hid Cancer-Causing Chemical in Pesticides, Contaminating Drinking Water for Millions

For decades, Shell and Dow hid a highly potent cancer-causing chemical in two widely used pesticides, contaminating drinking water for millions of people in California and beyond, according to lawsuits detailed in a new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

The chemical 1,2,3-trichloropropane or TCP, was formerly an unwanted and ineffective byproduct in Dow’s Telone and Shell’s D-D pesticides. Internal documents uncovered in lawsuits filed by communities in California’s San Joaquin Valley show that the companies saved millions of dollars a year by not properly disposing of TCP, a chemical a Dow scientist once called “garbage,” as hazardous waste. read more

Recorded call reveals Shell worried Nigerian oil deal could lead to U.S. probe

Top executives at Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) last year were worried that a controversial Nigerian oil deal may have violated an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department and would prompt an investigation, according to a recorded phone call between CEO Ben van Beurden and Simon Henry, the company’s CFO at the time.

In the call, van Beurden said he was worried that Shell’s own investigators had discovered internal emails that could cast the company in a negative light and widen the investigation by drawing in U.S. authorities; the call was recorded and has now been made public. read more

Shell Knew Of Bribe Payments To Nigerian Official, Global Witness Report Alleges

A recent publication of leaked emails has found evidence that Shell knowingly bribed ministers in the Nigerian government. Global Witness, an anti-corruption NGO, described the episode as “one of the worst corruption scandals in the history of the oil industry”.

The affair relates to OLP 245, an offshore oilfield in Nigerian waters that is estimated to hold nine billion barrels of oil, valued at over half a trillion dollars at current prices. read more

Recording Puts Shell’s Nigerian Oil Deal Under a Harsh Light

The investigators were “quite forceful and brusque” and “rattled a few people,” Mr. van Beurden told the finance chief at the time, Simon Henry, when Mr. Henry returned his call. But Mr. van Beurden said he was also worried about something else: Shell’s own investigators had discovered internal emails that could cast the company in an even more negative light and widen the investigation by drawing in the United States law enforcement authorities. read more

Shell corruption probe: New evidence on oil payments

The BBC has seen evidence that top executives at Shell knew money paid to the Nigerian government for a vast oil field would be passed to a convicted money-launderer.

It also had reason to believe that money would be used to pay political bribes.

The deal was concluded while Shell was operating under a probation order for a separate corruption case in Nigeria.

Shell said it did not believe its employees acted illegally.

OPL 245 is an oilfield off the coast of Nigeria whose estimated nine billion barrels of oil are worth nearly half a trillion dollars at today’s prices. Shell has been active in Nigeria for nearly 60 years and was keen to acquire the field. read more

Shell: ‘Good progress’ being made on ethane cracker

Paul J. GoughApr 6, 2017, 4:51pm EDT

Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC on Thursday said good progress was being made ahead of main construction later this year on the $6 billion petrochemical complex in Potter Township.

When the company, owned by multinational Royal Dutch Shell, announced the final investment decision in June 2016, Shell had said that construction would begin sometime within the next 18 months for what is expected to be a multiyear time frame employing 6,000 construction and other workers. That would take Shell to the end of 2017 to start construction. read more

Big fire last year at Convent refinery could not have been avoided, Motiva says

A Motiva Enterprises investigation into the dramatic Aug. 11 fire at its St. James Parish oil refinery found the blaze resulted from a small valve failure that could not have been foreseen and prevented.

The Houston company reached that conclusion in a recent report to the State Police after a monthslong probe into the four-hour blaze that sent black clouds billowing into the sky, forced the evacuation of 1,400 workers and contractors during an intermittent lightning storm and heavily damaged an important H-Oil unit. read more

Shell and Anadarko mull clean break from Permian venture -executive

By REUTERSPUBLISHED: 06:03, 27 March 2017

By Ron Bousso and Ernest Scheyder

LONDON/HOUSTON, March 27 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Anadarko Petroleum Corp may let a 10-year joint venture in the oil-rich Permian Basin of Texas expire and split their properties, hoping to speed up development, according to a senior Shell executive.

The divorce and re-parceling of acreage would let each company drill and develop new wells at its own pace in the Permian, which has become the U.S. oil industry’s hottest development area for its low operating costs as crude prices hover under $50 per barrel. read more

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