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Shell Cleared to Drill Near World-Heritage Australian Site

By James Paton and Eduard Gismatullin – Jul 7, 2011 3:08 PM GMT+0100

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) got permission to drill an exploration well near the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef in Australia after the government decided against referring it for a more detailed environmental review.

Shell, Europe’s largest oil company, will drill the Palta-1 well about 70 kilometers (44 miles) from the Ningaloo Reef, the Hague-based company said today in a statement.

“The Exmouth Sub-basin is an important region for oil and gas production in Australia with existing exploration and production facilities operating safely in the region for many years,” the company said. read more

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‘Spills & Spin’ by Tom Bergin; The Inside Story of BP

By Tom Bergin

My book, Spills & Spin; The Inside Story of BP, is published today.

The book provides a behind-the-scenes look at the decisions and personalities that have shaped the company over the past 20 years. It charts BP’s rise from industry also-ran in 1990, to industry-leader, under Lord John Browne, by the turn of the century, and the company’s fall from grace since the Texas City blast in 2005. It reveals the truth behind BP’s mega mergers and its (successful) attempt to turn climate change from a mortal threat to a lucrative business opportunity. read more

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Shell ‘disappointed’ by ruling on fracking ads

Advertising Standards Authority orders the multinational to withdraw “unsubstantiated” and “misleading” claims it made in a series of full-page print advertisements

SUE BLAINE: Published: 2011/07/07 07:13:09 AM: Photo: Reuters

PRO-FRACKING advertisements Shell SA placed in national newspapers were a technical statement of its opinions on the gas extraction technique to promote public understanding of the implications of shale gas exploration in SA, Shell SA chairman Bonang Mohale said yesterday.

Mr Mohale was speaking after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ordered the multinational to withdraw “unsubstantiated” and “misleading” claims it made in a series of full-page print advertisements about its aim to use the controversial gas extraction technique in a 90000km² area of the unique Karoo biome. read more

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Gas Flaring Increases in the Niger Delta

Ogoni: Less Hot Air and More Action – Gas Flaring Increases in the Niger Delta

Despite repeated commitments by oil companies and governments, gas flaring continues in Nigeria at an environmental cost.

Below is an article published by Think Africa Press:

Gas flaring in the Niger Delta region highlights the environmental problems posed by resource extraction, and the failure of successive governments to tackle these problems. Goodluck Jonathan, elected as president of Nigeria this April, has the opportunity to take action where his predecessors have failed.

Gas flaring is a routine practice with a number of extractive processes, including the flaring of associated gas following oil extraction. It is a wasteful process, as much of this gas could be used to provide fuel, either for the local market or for export. According to some estimates, $2.5 billion is wasted annually through gas flaring in Nigeria. Perhaps more importantly, the release of these gasses damages the health of the surrounding population, releases enormous amounts of greenhouse gases and contributes to acid rain. In fact, according to a World Bank  report released in 2002, gas flaring in Nigeria is the single greatest source of greenhouse gases in sub-Saharan Africa. Nigeria has the secondhighest gas flaring rates in the world, following Russia. read more

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Welcome to the Niger Delta

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ne0nBc4JKI

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