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News Environmental groups challenge Shell drilling plan

By HARRY R. WEBER, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Environmental groups asked a federal appeals court Thursday to throw out a U.S. government decision to approve a Shell oil exploration plan that involves five proposed wells under more than 7,000 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement approved the plan in May. The plan also includes three previously approved wells 72 miles off Louisiana.

Defenders of Wildlife, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Natural Resources Defense Council claim in a petition filed in the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta that the decision violates the law and that the environment would be harmed if it stands. read more

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Shell’s U.S. Deep-Water Oil Drilling Disputed in Petitions

By Katarzyna Klimasinska

June 9 (Bloomberg) — U.S. approval of a Royal Dutch Shell Plc oil exploration plan for the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico is illegal and should be withdrawn, environmental groups led by the Natural Resources Defense Council said in petitions.

The NRDC and Oakland, California-based Earthjustice, in filings today in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta, said the May 10 action by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement violates environmental laws. read more

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Shell adds to Gulf of Mexico finds

HOUSTON, June 9 (UPI) — Shell said expected production at its Cardamom oil and gas field in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico could reach 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Marvin Odum, upstream director for Shell operations in the Americas, said the estimate bodes well for energy supplies for the United States.

“It will also secure employment for more offshore workers,” he added.

Cardamom is expected to reach an eventual peak production rate of 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. More than 140 million boe is expected from the project over its lifetime. read more

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BP says it is still obvious partner for Rosneft

The chairman of BP has said the company remains the “obviously favourable” partner to explore the Arctic with Rosneft, despite the failure of their £10bn tie-up last month.

BP chief executive Bob Dudley (right) with Rosneft president Eduard Khudainatov during the original signing of the share-swap and joint venture deal. Photo: EPA

By Rowena Mason, Energy Correspondent

6:00AM BST 09 Jun 2011

Carl-Henric Svanberg said BP is still optimistic about reaching a deal “in some form or another” after a planned share swap and exploration deal with the Kremlin-backed oil giant fell through.

Bob Dudley, the chief executive of BP, also implied that the company’s efforts to expand in Russia are not yet quite over.

“We’ve worked very hard on this with all the parties,” he said. “From BP’s view, it’s other parties that need to reach an agreement and in the meantime we are moving on.” read more

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Roxana residents assail Shell over benzene worries

Large crowd asks questions about underground plume

June 08, 2011 9:34 PM
GLORIA LLOYD For The Telegraph

ROXANA — Residents concerned about the ramifications of benzene leaks at the former Shell Refinery in 1986 came to an informational meeting Tuesday night looking for reassurance, but many left with more questions than answers.

A crowd of more than 100 residents packed the Rox-Arena to hear a presentation by Simmons law firm attorney Mike Stewart, who outlined a brief history of the benzene plume under Roxana.

Benzene is a carcinogenic chemical that is linked to blood cancers. Stewart said leukemia is benzene’s “signature illness.”
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