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Shell Nigeria case may temper Big Oil policies

Reuters

Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:17pm EDT

By Rebekah Kebede – Analysis

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDSa.L) cash payment of $15.5 million — roughly four hours of its 2008 profits — to settle a human rights case in Nigeria may not be enough to change Big Oil’s policies in the developing world.

A better incentive may be a desire to avoid the high legal costs and the bad publicity from the 13-year case accusing Shell of abuses in the Niger Delta region.

The suit involved incidents including the 1995 hangings of author and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other protesters by Nigeria’s then-military government. read more

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Nigeria Moves Against Militants in Delta

What began as a mission by the government to rescue the missing servicemen and crew appears to have evolved into an effort to rid the entire Niger Delta of militant strongholds, though no one knows exactly how many there are or how many militants use them.

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Shell, Nigeria, Militant Attacks, and the Escalating Price of Oil

By John Donovan

The petroleum industry in Nigeria is the largest industry and main generator of GDP in the West African nation which is also the continent’s most populous. Since the British discovered oil in the Niger Delta in the late 1950s, the oil industry has been marred by political and economic strife largely due to a long history of corrupt military regimes and complicity of multinational corporations, notably Royal Dutch Shell.

The above is the current opening paragraph of the Wikipedia article “Petroleum industry in Nigeria”. read more

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INDEPENDENT OPINION ON ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC EXECUTIVE BONUS PAYMENTS

Obermatt Independent Compensation Opinion  read more

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Ireland: Shell’s new Nigeria?

ZDNet

June 17th, 2009

Posted by James Farrar @ 3:26 pm

Just as Shell brings to a close a difficult chapter in its troubled relationship with the Ogoni people in Nigeria, its relationship with community groups in the West Ireland appears to be reaching new lows. Shell is the senior partner with Statoil and Marathon in an effort to bring off shore natural gas reserves on to the national grid in Ireland. Unfortunately for Shell, the project has run into fairly determined resistance from a range of activists who variously raise objections on the grounds of safety, unfair compensation for compulsory purchase orders, an unfair deal with the Irish government and over the environmental toll of the project.   read more

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Nigerian Rebels Claim to Destroy Shell Crude Pipeline

Bloomberg.com

By Aaron Sheldrick

June 18 (Bloomberg) — Nigerian rebels said they destroyed a “major” crude oil pipeline in Bayelsa state owned by Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s biggest oil company, according to an e-mailed statement.

High explosives were used to breach the delivery line for the Forcados export terminal at 8:30 p.m. yesterday, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta said in the statement today. Crude oil rose after the statement was issued.

“Shell should take a cue from Chevron and vacate the Niger Delta region to avoid collateral damage to their investment and death to staff,” rebel spokesman Jomo Gbomo said in the statement. read more

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Nigeria Moves to Oust Militants

The military offensive, if successful, could free up hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil for global markets for Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Chevron, Eni SpA and other companies that drill here.

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Nigeria rebels say attack Shell pipeline in delta

Reuters

Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:59pm EDT

ABUJA, June 17 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s most prominent militant group said on Wednesday it had sabotaged a Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) oil pipeline in the Niger Delta, the latest attack in its “all-out war” against the military and the oil sector.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) said it sabotaged a Shell pipeline in southern Nigeria’s Bayelsa state late on Wednesday, its first attack outside Delta state since the military last month declared its biggest military offensive against rebels in years. read more

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The Queen’s birthday honours: a lean year for environment heroes

Badge Environment Blog

Two OBEs for Shell employees, but only a handful for conservationists and environmentalists

Gongs all round in the Queen’s birthday honours list for top corporates and scientists involved in the most controversial environment issues. With woeful timing, in the week that Shell settled £9.6m on the Ogoni families who had accused it of complicity in the deaths of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other activists, there was a knighthood for James Smith, chairman of Shell UK. Coincidentally, there was also an OBE for former top Shell man Chris Haynes who was employed by Nigeria LNG to extinguish Shell and other oil companies’ flares in the Niger delta. Sadly, Chris, Shell and Co have only managed to stop about 40% of the flaring in eight years, thereby infuriating the Nigerian government, the courts and the people who must live with the flares.  read more

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Legal & General says that investors must be allowed to seek changes

He added that being subject to an investor veto would have “focused minds” at Royal Dutch Shell, whose remuneration report was rejected by 59 per cent of voting shareholders last month. “No” votes on remuneration should be binding, he said.

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