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Banana labourers sue Shell over pesticide harm

FROM PAGE 23 OF THE I NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED 20 JUNE 2011

By Cahal Milmo
Chief Reporter

Banana labourers in Latin America who claim they were left infertile and crippled by exposure to a dangerous pesticide have filed lawsuits against their former employers and chemical manufacturers, including the British-Dutch oil giant Shell.

In the latest step in their 25-year battle for compensation, 160 former plantation staff from Ecuador, Panama and Costa Rica have lodged the claims in Louisiana in the United States against two of the world’s largest banana producers – Dole and Chiquita – and against Shell’s American subsidiary and the chemical company Dow. read more

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Shell UK sentenced over Norfolk gas blast

The damage caused to Bacton Gas Terminal by the explosion

20 June 2011

Energy giant Shell UK Limited has been ordered by Ipswich Crown Court to pay a total of £1.24million in fines and costs over the explosion and fire at its Bacton gas terminal in Norfolk in 2008.

Experts from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said it was only good fortune that no one was killed or seriously injured in the February 28 blast.

The explosion blew the concrete roof off a buffering tank within the plant, hurling concrete and metal debris over a large area and sucking a nearby drain out of the ground. After investigating the incident HSE and Environment Agency (EA) jointly prosecuted the firm over safety, environmental control and pollution-prevention failures at the plant leading to the explosion. read more

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British court fines Shell UK 1.2 million pounds ($2M) over blast in 2008 at coastal terminal

Judge Martin Binning said Monday that workers had warned Shell many times about dangerous conditions at the plant in Bacton, on the Norfolk coast 125 miles (200 km) northeast of London.

By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, June 20, 3:31 PM

LONDON — A British court has fined Shell UK 1.24 million pounds ($2 million) for safety and pollution offenses which led to an explosion at a gas terminal in England.

Judge Martin Binning said Monday that workers had warned Shell many times about dangerous conditions at the plant in Bacton, on the Norfolk coast 125 miles (200 km) northeast of London.

Prosecutor Andrew Marshall said that if the explosion in February 2008 had not occurred during a shift change, it could have killed 10 workers. read more

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Shell ordered to pay $2 million for UK gas fire

LONDON | Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:25pm EDT

(Reuters) – A British court ordered Royal Dutch Shell’s UK unit to pay 1.242 million pounds ($2 million) in fines and legal costs for a fire at its Bacton gas terminal in 2008 which cut more than a tenth of UK gas supply.

A leak of highly flammable hydrocarbon liquid caused the explosion and fire at a waste water plant in which nobody was killed or seriously injured only by “good fortune,” according to Britain’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE). read more

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Gas terminal blast: Shell fined £1m plus £240,000 costs

The court heard the company ignored warnings from staff before the explosion

20 June 2011

Shell UK has been fined £1m plus £240,000 costs after an explosion at a gas terminal in Norfolk in 2008.

The company admitted seven safety and pollution offences following the explosion and fire at the Bacton terminal.

Ipswich Crown Court heard the company ignored warnings from staff before the explosion.

The prosecution was brought by the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive.

Shell admitted breaching two Health and Safety Regulations and five areas of environmental legislation, including pollution prevention and control. read more

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Shell sponsored conflict and corruption in Nigeria

From pages 12, 13, 14 & 15 of “Royal Dutch Shell and its sustainability troubles” – Background report to the Erratum of Shell’s Annual Report 2010

The report is made on behalf of Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands)
Author: Albert ten Kate: May 2011.

SHELL IN NIGERIA

Shell assesses its contribution to conflict

With regard to conflict in the Niger Delta, Shell often profiles itself as one of the main victims. In July 2009, the company wrote: “We hope people recognise that the employees and contractor staff of [SPDC]…have to carry out their work against a backdrop of crime, violence, threats of kidnap and community actions.” Indeed, the Niger Delta is an extremely difficult environment for any company to operate.

However, one could also assess how Shell’s activities might contribute to conflict. In 2002 and 2003, Shell commissioned such research. The resulting report, released in December 2003, was written by three external conflict resolution experts. The insights in the report drew “heavily on the experiences of more than 200 individuals consulted during its preparation.” Shell had declined to publish the independent report, but it was leaked in June 2004. The report states that “after operating in the Niger Delta for over 50 years, SCIN [Shell company in Nigeria] is an integral part of the regional conflict environment (….) and the manner in which the SCIN operates and its staff behave creates, feeds into, or exacerbates conflict.” read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Signs Pact With CNPC For A Well Manufacturing JV

LONDON (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA.LN) and China National Petroleum Company or CNPC, announced Monday a Global Alliance agreement emphasizing their shared intent to pursue mutually beneficial cooperation opportunities internationally as well as in China.

MAIN FACTS:

-The two parties also signed a Shareholders agreement to establish a Well Manufacturing joint venture (50% CNPC and 50% Shell) subject to further corporate and government approvals.

-It is intended that the joint venture will develop an innovative, highly automated Well Manufacturing System that could significantly improve the efficiency of drilling and completing new wells onshore. read more

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Shell and Gazprom Neft to Implement Joint Projects

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Chairman of Gazprom Neft Management Committee Alexander Dyukov and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell plc. Peter Voser have today signed Heads of Agreement between OAO Gazprom Neft and Shell Exploration Company (RF) B.V. The signing took place at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Under the agreement, the two companies will assess the potential of creating a joint venture between Gazprom Neft and Shell to pursue joint projects in Western Siberia and other areas inside and outside of Russia to further develop cooperation between the two companies in upstream and downstream. read more

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