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The Pipe – Shell in Ireland

by John Donovan

A new documentary on Shell’s Corrib Pipeline Project in Ireland is claiming that the Irish Police and regulators colluded in covering up the connection between private security working on the Corrib Gas pipeline project and an apparent assassination attempt on the Bolivian President, Evo Morales.

Shell’s interests in Bolivia have been threatened by Morales’ policy of nationalising its natural resources. However, apparently for legal reasons, the film-maker has been forced to avoid naming the oil company. read more

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News Alert: Gulf leak nation’s worst spill; far bigger than Exxon Valdez

WASHINGTON POST

10:51 AM EDT Thursday, May 27, 2010
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ROBERT, La. — New oil flow estimates by scientists studying the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico would make leak the worst in the nation’s history, far bigger than 11 million gallons that spilled in the Exxon Valdez disaster. U.S. Geological Survey Director Dr. Marcia McNutt says the results are preliminary, but two teams using different methods determined the well that exploded April 20 and sank two days later has spilled between 17 and 39 million gallons. read more

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Obama to Suspend Arctic Oil Drilling Until 2011

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

By STEPHEN POWER And GUY CHAZAN

The Obama administration, under pressure to act over the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, is expected to announce Thursday that it will suspend consideration of any applications for exploratory drilling for oil in the Arctic until 2011.

The decision is a major blow to Royal Dutch Shell PLC, which had planned an ambitious oil-drilling program in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas off Alaska this summer. Shell has been arguing to regulators that its operations in Alaska would face a lower risk of the kind of problems faced by BP PLC in its ill-fated Gulf of Mexico operation. read more

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Obama warns on ‘risky’ fossil fuels

FT.com

By Anna Fifield and Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington and Ed Crooks in London

Published: May 27 2010 00:55

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President Barack Obama will on Thursday announce sweeping new regulations for offshore drilling and delay or cancel some drilling deals, as he struggles to show hisadministration is in control of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Mr Obama will announce standards to “strengthen oversight of the offshore drilling industry and enhance safety”, a first step in a process that the independent Presidential Commission will continue, a White House official said on Thursday morning. read more

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Shell Alaska offshore drilling put on hold

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Obama to Extend Drilling Moratorium

By PETER BAKER and ANAHAD O’CONNOR May 27, 2010

WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to announce Thursday that he is extending the moratorium on permits to drill new deepwater wells for six more months and will delay or cancel specific projects off the coasts of Alaska and Virginia and in the western Gulf of Mexico, a White House official said.

Mr. Obama, who will discuss the decisions at a midday White House news conference, is taking the actions in response to the initial 30-day safety review of offshore drilling ordered after a BP rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 men and opening a gusher of oil that has yet to be stopped. read more

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BP Skimped on Safety Before Blast

BP Used Riskier Method to Seal Oil Well Before Blast

By IAN URBINA: Published May 26, 2010

WASHINGTON — Several days before the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, BP officials chose, partly for financial reasons, to use a type of casing for the well that the company knew was the riskier of two options, according to a BP document.

The concern with the method BP chose, the document said, was that if the cement around the casing pipe did not seal properly, gases could leak all the way to the wellhead, where only a single seal would serve as a barrier. read more

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Democrats and environmentalists push to kill Shell’s Arctic drilling project

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Interior secretary due to give final approvals to Alaska exploration despite intense pressure from Congress and environmental groups

Suzanne Goldenberg 26 May 2010 23.12 BST

Shell is planning a drilling project in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off the northern coast of Alaska. Photograph: Delphine Star/Getty Images

The Obama administration is coming under intense pressure from Democrats in Congress and environmentalists to shelve a Shell offshore drilling project in the Arctic.

The interior secretary, Ken Salazar, is due to give final approvals this week to a Shell exploration project in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off the northern coast of Alaska. He told Congress today that new regulations would help assure greater safety. “We need to move forward with oil and gas development,” he said. “Nothing in life is risk-free … How do you create a program that does in fact minimize those risks?” read more

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