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Shell Corrib Gas Scandal Continues

TDs unite outside Dáil to back Shell to Sea campaign

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 – 04:22 PM

Twenty-two TDs gathered at the gates of Leinster House in Dublin today to call on the Government to overturn consents granted by former Minister Pat Carey to Shell E&P Ireland on the day of the recent General Election.

Speaking at the press conference, Dublin Shell to Sea spokesperson Caoimhe Kerins criticised Mr Carey’s decision, saying: “These consents were issued in a highly dubious manner on the day of the recent general Election. read more

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Transparency: the only way to do business with despots

The current opacity on how money changes hands has cooked up predictable outcomes. According to Nigeria’s corruption agency, as much as $400-billion (U.S.) in oil cash has been stolen or wasted during the past 50 years…

TOBY HEAPS

From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail Published Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2011 2:00AM EDT

The simultaneously shifting sands under the feet of North African despots and resource companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange provide an extraordinary opportunity for Canada to become the gold standard for corporate transparency.

Canada punches way above its relative lightweight status in the global economy (2 per cent of global GDP) because more than two-thirds of the world’s mining companies are listed on our stock exchange. Since acquired by Suncor, Petro-Canada’s $1-billion signing bonus to the Gadhafi regime is only the tip of the iceberg. From Burma to Madagascar, there are more than 25 despotic states where Canadian-listed companies are the No. 1 foreign investor. read more

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Shell Says Japan Nuclear Accident to Support Long-Term Global Gas Demand

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s largest oil company, said Japan’s nuclear accident will support world natural gas demand in the longer term.

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Shell deep-water Gulf plan wins OK, but challenge is likely

...the decision faces an almost-certain legal challenge from conservationists who say the government's review was weak and that it is acting prematurely by not waiting until it completes a lengthy post-spill environmental study of the Gulf of Mexico that could take until next year.

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Shell wins approval to drill new Gulf of Mexico deepwater wells

Royal Dutch Shell has won approval to drill the first new deepwater oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico almost a year after a spill by rival BP halted the industry’s expansion.

An offshore crude oil rig platform (left) sits peacefully in the Gulf of Mexico, USA. By contrast, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, is seen burning after an explosion last April.

Richard Blackden

By Richard Blackden, US Business Editor 11:38PM GMT 21 Mar 2011

US authorities have given the green light to the Anglo-Dutch company’s plan to drill three wells to a depth of about 2,950 feet in a field 130 miles off the coast of Louisana.

Shell will still be required to apply for specific permits for each well it drills.

The award is significant because the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) has so far only handed out a small number of deepwater permits to resume work on wells on which work had started before last April’s explosion at BP’s Macondo well. read more

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Shell sees Athabasca expansion complete in Q2

Reuters Africa

CALGARY, Alberta, March 21 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s (RDSa.L: Quote) 100,000 barrel per day expansion of its Athabasca Oil Sands Project in northern Alberta will be fully ramped up in the second quarter, the head of the company’s Canadian unit said on Monday.

Lorraine Mitchelmore, president of Shell Canada, said the expansion will boost output at the mining and upgrading project to 255,000 bpd when complete.

“In Q2 we’ll be up and running at 255,000 barrels per day,” Mitchelmore told Reuters. read more

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Shell drills 17 wells in China, eyes big spend -CEO

Reuters Africa

BEIJING, March 20 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L: Quote) is drilling 17 wells in China, including for tight gas and shale gas, Chief Executive Peter Voser told Reuters on Sunday.

If the drilling is successful, Shell aims to spend $1 billion a year over the next five years on shale gas in China, he said on the sidelines of a forum, adding that it was already spending $400 million on unconventional gas in China this year.

(Reporting by Chen Aizhu)

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Interior Department OKs first new deepwater oil and gas exploration plan since disaster

Published: Monday, March 21, 2011, 2:02 PM

Jonathan Tilove, The Times-Picayune By Jonathan Tilove, The Times-Picayune

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Director Michael Bromwich announced Monday that, for the first time since the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the bureau has approved a deepwater oil and gas exploration plan, submitted by Shell Offshore Inc., following the completion of a site-specific environmental assessment.

As explained by Salazar and Bromwich, an exploration plan describes all exploration activities planned by the operator for a specific lease or leases, including the timing of these activities, information concerning drilling vessels, the location of each planned well, and other relevant information that needs to meet important safety standards. Once a plan is approved, additional new applications for permits to drill can be issued.

According to BOEMRE, Shell’s plan supplements its original exploration plan for the same lease in the company’s Auger field, which was approved in 1985. This plan would allow for the Shell to seek permits to drill three exploratory wells in about 2,950 water depth, 130 miles off the coast of Louisiana. read more

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