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Shell’s oil spill is bad news for all as energy prices rocket

The flow of oil into the North Sea may have been reduced to no more than a trickle, but the damage to Shell’s reputation has already been done.

The Royal Dutch Shell platform Gannett Alpha is seen in the North Sea in a 2009 file photograph Photo: REUTERS

Richard Fletcher

By 9:05PM BST 16 Aug 2011

Yes, it’s tiny when compared to Exxon Valdez or BP’s Gulf of Mexico disaster, but the Gannet oil field spill still ranks as Britain’s worst oil spill for over a decade.

More importantly, as my colleague Rowena Mason reports on B5, the spill has highlighted the increasing difficulties facing Shell (and other explorers) when trying to pump oil and gas out of the North Sea.

Even before the Gannet leak it had been a challenging a year in the North Sea for Shell. All four of its Brent platforms stopped producing for eight months, when part of one fell into the sea in January. read more

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Oil leak is threat to Shell hope in Arctic

It’s only 0.02pc as big as BP’s giant Gulf of Mexico oil leak at the moment.

The Royal Dutch Shell platform Gannett Alpha has leaked 216 tons of oil in to the North Sea, the highest in a decade (REUTERS)

Rowena Mason

By 9:50PM BST 16 Aug 2011

But Royal Dutch Shell’s spillage of 1,300 barrels of crude into the North Sea from the Gannet field is still a big headache for the company as it tries to convince regulators it should be allowed to carry out drilling in the Arctic.

In the wake of BP’s disaster last year, Shell has tried to position itself as the solid and dependable one among the oil majors.

However, that image has been increasingly undermined by a series of issues in the North Sea that Glen Caley, Shell’s technical director in Europe, admits have made this a “challenging year”. read more

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Shell battles its North Sea oil spill from pipeline below the Gannet Alpha platform


By Rob Davies: Last updated at 10:59 PM on 16th August 2011

Shell is facing a burgeoning image crisis as its North Sea oil spill – the biggest in British waters for a decade – stretched into its seventh day.

The Anglo-Dutch giant has been using teams of divers and Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to battle the leak, which is estimated to have slowed from five barrels a day to two.

But initial work on the sub-sea pipeline below the Gannet Alpha platform succeeded only in plugging one part of the damaged pipe, forcing oil out elsewhere.

The company estimates that some 1,300 barrels of oil have been spilt so far.

In the context of BP’s oil spill in Gulf of Mexico last year – which saw an estimated 4.9m barrels of oil gush into US waters – Shell’s leak is relatively small. read more

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Shell struggles to contain worst North Sea oil leak in a decade, hit to its reputation

MEERA SELVA ASSOCIATED PRESS August 16, 2011

LONDON — Royal Dutch Shell struggled to contain the worst North Sea oil spill in a decade as well as damage to its credibility Tuesday as a second leak was found in an oil line the company had said was “under control.”

Although the amount of oil involved in the Shell spill off the coast of Scotland is an order of magnitude smaller than BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster — around 1,300 barrels so far compared to an estimated 4.9 million in the Gulf — the spill undercuts Shell’s earlier suggestions that it was a safer company than BP. read more

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Cost hike on Shell Iraq deal

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Cost hike on Shell Iraq deal

Iraq’s gas deal with supermajor Shell, to capture and exploit associated gas from its giant southern oilfields, is expected to produce 2 billion cubic feet per day and cost $17.2 billion, according to an official agreement summary.

Aleya Begum 16 August 2011 09:38 GMT

The figures were reported by Dow Jones, who obtained a copy of the summary agreement.

The Iraqi Oil Ministry signed a final draft deal with Shell and Japan’s Mitsubishi last month, to develop gas production in a number of giant oilfields in the Basra region of southern Iraq. read more

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Shell’s second oil leak in North Sea pipeline caused by relief valve

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Campaigners and politicians have criticised the oil company for being slow to release information on the spill

Shell Gannett Alpha platform oil spill in the North Sea. Photograph: Marine Scotland

A relief valve close to the faulty pipeline at Shell’s Gannet Alpha oil platform in the North Sea appears to be the source of a secondary leak that is adding to the worst oil spill in UK waters in a decade.

Green campaigners and members of the Scottish parliament have rounded on the oil company for being slow to release full information on the leak, which was first detected last Wednesday but only disclosed to the public on Friday evening.

Shell said on Tuesday that while the leaking well was “under control”, and the main spill had been shut off successfully, a small quantity of oil was still finding its way to the sea by another pathway. After lengthy searching, the valve was pinpointed as the likely source. read more

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Shell North Sea ‘leak’ is in fact an uncontrolled blowout

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Posted by John Donovan ([email protected])

Comment from an expert source that technically the Shell North Sea oil leak is an uncontrolled blowout. Fortunately on a much smaller scale that the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

COMMENT FROM A 100% RELIABLE EXPERT SOURCE

If the leak at Gannet is coming from the flowline between the well and the platform, it should be a very simple matter to shut it in – but after 5 days, the flow continues.

According to Shell’s news releases, the leaking flowline connects a subsea well to to the Gannet platform. A subsea well has a Christmas tree on the wellhead at the seabed to control flow from the well into the flowline, so if the leak is from the flowline it is a very simple matter to close in the line and depressurize it – and the leak would stop immediately. read more

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Shell detects second leak under North Sea

16 August 2011 Last updated at 08:14

Another leak has been found in the flow line beneath the Gannet Alpha oil platform, 113 miles (180km) off Aberdeen.

Shell has been dealing with the release of an estimated 216 tonnes – 1,300 barrels – from a leak near the platform discovered last week.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change said it was a “substantial” spill, but should disperse naturally.

The oil company said it was working to locate the second leak.

Glen Cayley, technical director of Shell’s exploration and production activities in Europe, said: “We’ve got a very complex sub-sea infrastructure and the position of the leak is in an awkward place with a lot of marine growth. read more

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Why is Shell still present and operating in Syria?

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

By John Donovan

EXTRACT FROM EMAIL WE RECEIVED ON 14 August 2011

In light of US demands on the international community that the EU and others break their ties with Syria, you may wish to investigate why Shell is still present and operating as usual in Syria. Unlike most foreign investors and operators that pulled out of Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and other countries at the first signs of government repression, Shell and its expatriate staff have remained in Syria to this day. read more

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Supreme Court Set to Decide Corporate Liability for Human Rights Violations

Tom Ramstack: August 15, 2011 07:14 pm EDT

The Supreme Court is expected to decide within weeks whether it will hear a case on the liability of U.S. corporations for human rights violations in other countries.

The issue has simmered for years as human rights advocates accused corporations of abusing residents of mineral rich areas overseas to evade U.S. laws that never would allow the same kind of exploitation.

The dispute came to a head in recent lawsuits against oil companies Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Exxon Mobil Corp. for their oil exploration in Nigeria and Indonesia. read more

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Anger as Shell fails to answer questions about spillage

Shell’s modus operandi – of giving out information only on what appears to be a need-to-know basis – is not good enough. The public needs to know, and has a right to know.


Published Date: 16 August 2011 By Jenny Fyall Environment Correspondent
ENERGY giant Shell is facing mounting criticism over its secrecy about an oil leak in the North Sea, as the spill was revealed to be twice as large as previously thought. Five days after the leak from the Gannet Alpha rig was spotted about 112 miles east of Aberdeen, Shell finally responded to pressure to reveal the volumes of oil involved.

It confirmed 216 tonnes had spread into the sea – the equivalent of 1,300 barrels of oil. The Scottish Government said at the weekend it involved only about 100 tonnes.

However, a raft of questions today remain unanswered, including how the leak started, why Shell has not yet been able to stop the flow of oil, where exactly the spill is in the North Sea, and whether any seabirds or other wildlife are caught up in it.

Politicians and environment groups have increased their calls for Shell to be more open about the leak. Government figures show it is four times the entire quantity of oil discharged into the North Sea in 2009, and by far the largest spill in UK waters for more than a decade. read more

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BPing the Arctic, Again — Fast-Tracking Shell’s Dangerous Drilling

Posted: 8/15/11 09:43 AM ET

One of the riskiest and most destructive extreme energy oil exploration projects on the planet is moving toward implementation without scientific understanding or technical preparedness — Shell’s oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean of Alaska.

On August 4, the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) conditionally approved Shell’s plan to drill up to four exploratory wells in the Beaufort Sea of Arctic Alaska starting July 2012. A Los Angeles Times editorial correctly opined, “Shell Oil’s conditional permit to drill exploratory wells off Alaska should not have been granted. The hazards of drilling in such waters are in some ways worse than operating thousands of feet underwater. … It’s too early for any approval, conditional or otherwise.” Shell still needs several more permits including an air quality permit from the Environmental Protection Agency before they can do any drilling in the Arctic seabed. We must stop it. read more

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Shell North Sea oil spill is ‘substantial’

FROM THE FINANCIAL TIMES August 15, 2011 5.34 pm

An underwater pipeline leak from a North Sea platform operated by Royal Dutch Shell could already have spilt “several hundred tonnes of oil”, which would make it the biggest spill in the UK in the past decade, according to the government.

Although the spill is small in comparison with BP’s last year in the Gulf of Mexico and its size is subject to revision, it is nevertheless “substantial”…

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U.K. Warns of Shell Oil Spill

AUGUST 15, 2011 10.29 A.M. ET

By ALEXIS FLYNN

LONDON—Several hundred tons of crude oil may have spilled into the North Sea as a result of an underwater pipeline leak on a Royal Dutch Shell PLC production platform, the U.K.’s Department of Energy and Climate Change said Monday.

“Current estimates are that the spill could be several hundred tons,” the department said in a statement, adding this was subject to ongoing revision due to the difficulty of assessing the spill.

An undersea pipe at the Gannet Alpha platform has been leaking oil into the ocean for days. Shell confirmed the leak Friday and said Saturday that a nearby well had been shut Wednesday. read more

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Shell mum on flow from oil pipeline leak

Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:24am GMT

LONDON Aug 15 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell said an oil leak from a ruptured pipeline into the North Sea was slowing but refused to say how much oil has already leaked into the sea.

Oil from the Anglo-Dutch oil major’s pipeline has been spilling into the sea since last Wednesday but the rate of flow has been reducing since the company shut off the well the same day.

A spokesman for Shell on Monday declined to comment on how much oil has leaked, although Alex Salmond, leader of the Scottish regional government, told the BBC on Saturday that around 100 tonnes of oil or about 750 barrels had spilt. read more

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UK: 100s of Tons of Oil Leaked in North Sea Spill

By BEN MCCONVILLE and MEERA SELVA Associated Press

LONDON August 15, 2011 (AP)

The British government warned Monday that several hundred tons of oil may have leaked into the North Sea from a Royal Dutch Shell rig.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change said it estimates that the leak from a flow line at the Gannet Alpha platform off the Scottish coast that began last week could have spilled several hundred tons of oil into the sea.

It said the leak was small compared to the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year, but said it was still substantial for the U.K.’s continental shelf. The government said the oil would disperse naturally and was not expected to reach the shore. read more

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MEND Accuses Shell of Sponsoring UNEP Ogoniland Report

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Joy Olekanma: 14 August 2011

Port Harcourt — Government for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has on Thursday accused oil giant, Shell of sponsoring the report of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on the oil spills in Ogoniland.

MEND frowned at the acceptance of the report by President Goodluck Jonathan, adding that the claim by UNEP that it would take 30 years to clean up Ogoni environment was an attempt to reclaim the area for Shell.

The statement, which was signed by MEND spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo said; “The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) views the Shell Petroleum sponsored, U.N report on the degradation of the environment of the Niger Delta and its inhabitants by the deliberately irresponsible activities of western oil companies as a pathetic attempt at trivializing the wave of destruction wrought on the ecology of the Niger delta, the lifestyle and dignity of its people by criminal oil companies occupying the Niger delta forcibly for the sole purpose of plundering the resources of its people. read more

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Shell accused of secrecy over North Sea platform oil leak

By Ian Forsyth

Published: 15/08/2011

OIL giant Shell was accused last night of being secretive about a North Sea oil spill.

The company was criticised for lack of transparency by both environmental body WWF Scotland and wildlife conservation group RSPB Scotland over the continuing incident at the Gannet Alpha platform.

Between 12 and 120 barrels of oil are understood to have leaked into the North Sea, 112 miles east of Aberdeen, from the pipeline spill spotted last Wednesday. It was two days later, on Friday, when the media was informed. read more

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Shell under criticism for largest oil spill off Scotland in more than a decade

August 15, 2011

CRUDE oil continued to seep from a Shell platform in the North Sea late Sunday as the Anglo-Dutch oil giant came under criticism for what has been described as the worst spill in Britain in more than a decade.

Shell was alerted to the leak from an undersea pipeline Wednesday after an oil sheen was spotted on the surface near the Gannet Alpha production platform, 180km east of Aberdeen, on the Scottish east coast.

The energy giant has since been criticized by environment groups for waiting until Friday to go public with the spill and for refusing to reveal details about the leak, The Scotsman reported. read more

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MOSOP DISASSOCIATES ITSELF FROM STATEMENT BY LEDUM MITEE ON UNEP OGONILAND REPORT

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People MOSOP hereby disassociates itself from a Statement purportedly issued by former MOSOP President, Mr. Ledum Mitee on the UNEP Ogoniland Report, stipulating 30 days ultimatum for action on the UNEP Ogoniland report.

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UN report on Ogoni oil pollution: FG to sanction Shell if ….

Former president of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, Ledum Mitee, who made known the position of the people, said the only option was for the company to commence, without delay, a remediation exercise in Ogoniland, and not to infuriate the angry people the more with comments that the pollution was caused by a third party.

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Shell ‘should have been more open about oil spill’

By Alison Campsie

14 Aug 2011

SHELL is under fire for its handling of an oil leak which has left a 20-mile long and three-mile wide slick in the North Sea.

Although the spill, from the Gannett Alpha platform, around 112 miles east of Aberdeen, has now been contained some 100 tonnes of oil have spilled into open waters.

It is the second leak linked to the platform in just over two years.

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Royal Dutch Shell says North Sea oil leak now ‘under control’

Royal Dutch Shell has said an oil leak from one of its pipelines in the North Sea is now “under control”.

Shell did not say how much oil had been released, but estimated that the size of the sea surface affected was around 31 kms by 4.3 kms at its widest point. Photo: REX

By 7:33PM BST 13 Aug 2011

The company said on Saturday that it had managed to “considerably reduce” the leak from a pipe leading to the Gannet Alpha platform, located 112 miles east of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Shell did not say how much oil had been released since the leak was found on Wednesday, but estimated that the size of the sea surface affected was around 31 kms by 4.3 kms at its widest point.

The company added that it expects “the sheen to disperse naturally through wave action and not reach the shore”. read more

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Experts damning comment on Shell North Sea Oil Spill

Comment from a Shell North Sea Platform Safety & Maintenance Expert on the current oil spill near the Gannet Alpha Platform

…another example of reactive maintenance regime, i.e. allowing, through neglect, equipment to fail and then reacting to the failure rather than, as the Safety Case for Gannet prescribes, preventing failure in the first instance by application of appropriate maintenance, inspection and monitoring. read more

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Shell fights spill near North Sea oil platform

13 August 2011 Last updated at 03:02

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has said it is working to stop a leak at one of its North Sea oil platforms.

The leak was found near the Gannet Alpha platform, 180 km (113 miles) from Aberdeen, Scotland.

The company would not say how much oil may have been spilt so far, though it said it had “stemmed the leak significantly”.

One of the wells at the Gannet oilfield has been closed, but the company would not say if production was reduced.

The company says it has sent a clean-up vessel to the location and has a plane monitoring the surface. read more

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Shell confirms oil leak in North Sea

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Royal Dutch Shell has said it is working to contain an oil leak at its Gannet Alpha platform in the North Sea, but declined to specify the size of the leak.

Shell have confirmed a leak in a pipeline serving one of their North Sea platforms. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Royal Dutch Shell has said it is working to contain an oil leak at its Gannet Alpha platform in the North Sea, but declined to specify the size of the leak.

“We can confirm we are managing an oil leak in a flow line that serves the Gannet Alpha platform. We deployed a remote-operated vehicle to check for a subsea leak after a light sheen was noticed in the area,” a Shell spokesman said.

“We have stemmed the leak significantly and we are taking further measures to isolate it. The subsea well has been shut in, and the flow line is being depressurised.” read more

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UNEP OGONILAND ASSESSMENT REPORT IS SOWING SEEDS OF CONFLICTS AND WAR

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MOSOP: 12 August 2011 21:46:01 GMT+01:00

The Movement for Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, speaking through its President /Spokesman, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo has said that UNEP Ogoniland Assessment Report was already building up tension in Ogoniland and sowing seeds of inter and intra communal conflicts and war.

Diigbo said that the two Bodo oil spills reported in The Guardian, London published on August 3, 2011 for which Shell was said to have  admitted responsibility for (involving hundreds of millions of dollars), are in Gokana of Ogoniland, but the UNEP Ogoni Report states that the two oil spills are in Bolo and Ogu local government area, which is outside Ogoniland. read more

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Shell says it is fighting a leaking flow line in North Sea off Scottish coast

By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, August 12, 8:25 PM

AMSTERDAM — Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it is trying to stop oil leaking from a flow line at one of its drilling platforms in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland.

Spokesman David Williams confirmed the leak was ongoing Friday and he referred further questions to a company statement. Shell said it cannot specify how much oil may have escaped, but it knows which line had the leak and the flow has been stemmed as the underwater well has been shut in and the line at the Gannet Alpha platform is being de-pressurized. read more

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Shell Fighting Oil Spill At North Sea Platform

AUGUST 12, 2011 12.23 P.M. ET

LONDON (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB) Friday confirmed that an oil spill has occurred at its Gannet Alpha platform in the U.K. North Sea.

“We can confirm we are managing an oil leak in a flow line that serves the Shell-operated Gannet Alpha platform,” said Shell spokesman Kim Blomley.

“We have stemmed the leak significantly and we are taking further measures to isolate it,” he said. “The subsea well has been shut in, and the flow line is being depressurized. We continue to monitor the situation on the surface and subsea.” read more

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Supreme Court May Consider Whether Companies Can Be Sued Over Human Rights

By LAWRENCE HURLEY of Greenwire

Published: August 11, 2011

Recent court rulings on the question of whether oil companies and other multinationals can be sued in U.S. courts for alleged human rights violations overseas has made the issue ripe for Supreme Court intervention, possibly as early as this fall.

Oil companies Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Exxon Mobil Corp. have been battling allegations that they played a role in human rights abuses in Nigeria and Indonesia, respectively.

Shell won a major victory last year when the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Shell that there was no corporate liability under the statute. read more

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A UN report criticises Royal Dutch Shell over pollution in Ogoniland

Aug 13th 2011

BY BOOTING out Royal Dutch Shell in 1993, the 500,000 inhabitants of Nigeria’s Ogoniland hoped to take the first step towards cleaning up their homeland, a small region within the creeks and swamps of the vast Niger Delta, Africa’s biggest oil-producing region. Almost 20 years later, a new report from the UN says it could take 30 years and at least $1 billion to rid the poisoned mangroves of a thick, black carpet of crude.

The report, the most extensive, scientific research carried out in the Niger Delta, found that some families were drinking water contaminated with 900 times as much benzene, a carcinogen, as is deemed safe by the World Health Organisation. It said areas that Shell had said were clean were in fact still polluted. It also exposed serious failures on the part of Shell and Nigeria’s national oil company NNPC, which it says failed to follow their own best operating practices. Some infrastructure, the report said, was unsafe and could cause further spills. Shell said the “report makes a valuable contribution”, and that it was reviewing its practices. read more

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Shell VP Andrew Vickers comments on UNEP Ogoniland Report

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aHa4VbQBZ8&feature=player_embedded

Mutiu Sunmonu, Managing Director of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) comments on the report and outlines how the company is taking action to prevent operational spills.

EMAIL SENT TO OGONI SCIENTISTS OKEKE UCHE AND ANASONYE BY SHELL VICE PRESIDENT ANDREW VICKERS, ON BEHALF OF ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC CEO PETER VOSER

WE RECEIVED THIS COPY FROM MR VICKERS

(ARTICLE CONTAINING INITIAL EMAIL: Nigerian Ogoniland oilspillage cleanup issue)
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Panel Seeks Stiffer Rules for Drilling of Gas Wells

By and

A version of this article appeared in print on August 11, 2011, on page A13 of the New York edition

A federal Department of Energy panel issued recommendations on Thursday for improving the safety and environmental impact of drilling in shale formations for natural gas.

In a report on the drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that is used currently in most oil and gas wells, the seven-member Natural Gas Subcommittee called for better tracking and more careful disposal of the waste that comes up from wells, stricter standards on air pollution and greenhouse gases associated with drilling, and the creation of a federal database so the public can better monitor drilling operations. read more

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Nigerian Ogoniland oilspillage cleanup issue

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Received by email from Okeke Uche and Anasonye Festus (Scientists, University of Helsinki, Finland). Also sent to Jorma Ollia and Peter Voser, Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

Greetings………

Our attention has been drawn to the most recent report on the oil spillage issue in the Ogoniland, Nigeria. This is a great victory for us and has been long overdue.

We have gathered from many sources that the United Nations is interested in  monitoring the cleaning up of Ogoniland oil spillage which should last for several years.

Most recently, we have also gathered that the Federal Government of Nigeria is considering taking over the responsibility for cleaning up Ogoniland through the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) of Nigeria (“Nigeria: FG to Clean up Ogoniland“, 7/08/2011. This Day Newspaper, Nigeria). read more

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Royal Dutch Shell has 14.40% Drop in Stock Price

Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.B), which bottomed at $71.82 on 08/02/11, the day Congress resolved the debt crisis, has since dropped 14.4% to its most recent close of $61.48. Over the same time period the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 9.7% from 11,866 to 10,720 as of the last close.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC, through subsidiaries, explores for, produces, and refines petroleum. The Company produces fuels, chemicals, and lubricants. Shell owns and operates gasoline filling stations worldwide. read more

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OGONI ACTIVISTS ACCUSE SHELL OF ‘ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM’

Extracts from a Press Statement issued by the National Union of Ogoni Students, USA.

On August 04, 2011 the world had a preview of the report of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) sent to the Nigerian government after 14 months of studying the impact of Shell Oil Company’s operations in Ogoni.

The report was astonishing and confirmed the toxicology of the Ogoni environment as a result of oil exploration, pollution, spillages and negligence. The report also collaborated on genocidal claim by Ogoni people as they experience slow death resulting from oil agents like benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, and xylene (BTEX), mercury, PAHs, VOC, polluted reactive gases, and metals. read more

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LA TIMES EDITORIAL: OIL AND THE ARCTIC MIGHT NOT MIX

latimes.com A family of polar bears on the Beaufort Sea, where Shell plans to drill for oil and gas. One of the remaining obstacles for the oil company is the plan’s potential effect on polar bears in the region. (Reuters)

August 10, 2011

Shell Oil’s proposal to drill three exploratory wells in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska’s North Slope received a conditional go-ahead last week from the Obama administration even though the Interior Department has not yet approved the company’s plan for responding to a catastrophic oil spill. That plan fails to adequately address many of the harsh realities of drilling in Arctic seas. It’s too early for any approval, conditional or otherwise.

Exploratory offshore drilling in the Arctic doesn’t present the same potential for danger as, say, BP‘s offshore rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The hazards of drilling in the Arctic are quite different and in ways worse.

Shell’s wells would be just 160 feet underwater, as opposed to the 5,000-foot depth of BP’s Deepwater Horizon well, source of the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. That, at least theoretically, would make the Arctic wells easier to cap. But there are other important differences. BP’s rig was located in generally calm waters that happen to contain oil-degrading bacteria. The gulf’s concentration of oil rigs also makes it a hub for Coast Guard rescue equipment and drilling expertise. read more

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Employee safety advice to Shell ‘bean counter’, Peter Voser

COMMENTS FROM RETIRED ROYAL DUTCH SHELL GROUP HSE AUDITOR, BILL CAMPBELL (RIGHT) RELATING TO THE ARTICLE:

HSE feared a ‘catastrophe’ at Brent C platform

Learning after the event is a recipe for Disaster

Maybe its because he is a bean counter but Peter Voser does not seem to understand that risks need to be controlled before the event – not raised to unacceptable levels where loss of containment occurs – it would seem on a regular basis – within Shell North Sea operations and elsewhere around the World in its daily activities.

In general loss of containment, or other circumstances causing flammable atmospheres to exist, when these exist concurrent with a source of ignition causing an explosion,  is the largest cause of industrial deaths and asset damage worldwide. read more

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upstreamonline: HSE feared a ‘catastrophe’ at Brent C platform

The UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) feared “catastrophic consequences” on Shell’s Brent Charlie platform because the scale of a long-running series of gas leaks meant ignition was “almost inevitable”, documents reveal.

ROB WATTS London  05 August 2011 01:39 GMT

Leaked documents and others obtained by Upstream under UK freedom of information (FoI) legislation shed further light on the complex safety problems Shell is battling on the ageing North Sea facility.

One leaked document, dated 18 July, said Shell is facing a 15,000-hour maintenance backlog on mechanical equipment. This is on top of the extensive work it is undertaking to overcome leaks of hydrocarbon gas and hydrogen sulphide — known as glugs — that have led to the shutdown of the platform and 30,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day of output. read more

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MOSOP PRESIDENT REFUTES CORRUPTION ALLEGATION

By John Donovan

We have printed below an email we have received purportedly from MOSOP President Dr Goodluck Diigbo replying to corruption allegations made against him.  The”Amaechi”mentioned in the email is a reference to Chibuike Amaechi, Governor of Rivers State in Nigeria.

The email was addressed to fellow Ogonis, Austin Lemea, and refers to Patrick Naagbaaton, another Ogoni activist. We are in possession of email correspondence from both of these individuals relating to Nigerian politics, Shell and the recent UNEP report on Nigerian oil spills.
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Nigeria: Oil-polluted Ogoniland could become environmental model

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UN says clean-up operation following two massive oil spills in the Niger Delta could benefit other African countries developing their oil reserves

Crude oil spilled in the Niger Delta swamps of Bodo, a village in Ogoniland. Photograph: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images

Ogoniland is one of the most oil-polluted places on earth but it could become a model for other countries wanting to clean up their environments or avoid making the same mistakes, the UN has said.

This could be the world’s biggest oil contamination clean-up,” said Nick Nuttall, spokesman for the UN’s environment programme (UNEP) director, Achim Steiner. “It is up to the government of Nigeria what happens now, but [from talks with President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja this week] there appears to be a willingness to act,” he said while in London. read more

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UN oil devastation report to be taken ‘seriously’: Shell

LAGOS — Shell’s managing director in Nigeria on Monday pledged the oil giant would take “seriously” a UN study on unprecedented pollution, but reiterated that the company was not to blame for most spills.

“It’s important for me to emphasise that we are taking the UNEP report very seriously,” Mutiu Sunmonu told AFP in an interview after the UN Environment Programme released the report last week.

“We are looking at it in greater detail. We are taking a comb through the report to see exactly what necessary follow-up actions will be required of SPDC.” read more

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Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plan: Another Disaster Waiting to Happen

POSTED: August 8, 3:10 PM ET | By Tim Dickinson

The Interior Department has greenlighted Royal Dutch Shell’s exploration plans for offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean after finding “no evidence” that a potential spill larger than the Exxon Valdez will “significantly affect the quality of the human environment.” The decision is premised on the oil company’s fantastical claims that it will be capable of recovering 90 percent of any oil that hits the water after a Gulf-style blowout. read more

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A Necessary Condition for Arctic Drilling

EDITORIAL

A version of this editorial appeared in print on August 9, 2011, on page A22 of the New York edition

The Obama administration’s decision on Thursday to give “conditional approval” to Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to begin drilling four shallow-water wells in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska alarmed many environmentalists. Cleaning up an oil spill in the frigid, turbulent waters of the Arctic Ocean is likely to be far more complicated than it was in the comparatively benign waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

We have misgivings about this plan for just that reason. But President Obama, who indicated last year that he would honor Shell’s leases if it passed various environmental reviews, seems determined to proceed. The administration should require that Shell meet basic safeguards before it receives final permits to begin punching holes in the ocean floor. read more

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Nigeria: Oil Spills – Shell to Pay $410m to Ogoniland

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7 August 2011

n the first case of its kind, a British high court sitting in London has ordered oil major, Royal Dutch Shell to pay compensation of potentially more than £250m ($410m) to the Bodo community of Rivers State, after the Anglo-Dutch oil group admitted liability for two spills around the community, following a class-action lawsuit brought in England by the Niger Delta community.

Martyn day of the London- based law firm Leigh Day & Co. represented the Bodo Community and brought the legal claim for damages against Royal Dutch Shell plc. (RDS) and its subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company (Nigeria) ltd. (SPDC). read more

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Royal Dutch Shell founder Deterding backed Nazi Stormtroopers

EXTRACT: “Shell was in a business partnership in Germany with the Nazi run company I.G. Farben, which manufactured and supplied the Zyklon-B gas to exterminate millions of people in the Holocaust. Under the circumstances, it can fairly be said that Deterding/Royal Dutch Shell contributed towards the gas bill.”

By John Donovan

The Sturmabteilung (SA) Stormtroopers, the paramilitary wing of the German Nazi Party, played an important role in Hitlers rise to power. SA men were known as “brownshirts.”

Sir Henri Deterding, the person most responsible for founding the Royal Dutch Shell global business empire, was linked to the SA.

Sir Henri was at the helm of the oil giant for over 30 years and at the height of his powers, was able to bind the Board of Shell without their knowledge and consent. Deterding and Royal Dutch Shell were one and the same. read more

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HSE feared a ‘catastrophe’ on Shell’s Brent Charlie platform

Find out more about this story in the hardcopy edition of Upstream, available online today .

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African king sues Shell over Niger Delta oil spills

Royal Dutch Shell is being sued by an African king in a second case related to two oil spills at Bodo in the Niger Delta.

Shell is already facing a class action on behalf of 69,000 people in Bodo over the spills in 2008. Photo: GETTY

Rowena Mason

By 9:00PM BST 06 Aug 2011

The suit was filed at London’s High Court less than two weeks ago on behalf of King Felix Sunday Berebon of Bodo and 18 other parties.

Shell and its joint venture with the Nigerian government, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), were already facing a class action on behalf of 69,000 people in Bodo over the spills in 2008.

In this first case, SPDC said it will take responsibility and pay compensation. It is currently in negotiations over a settlement and the claim against Shell, the parent company, has ceased. read more

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Niger Delta villagers go to the Hague to fight against oil gant Shell

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A man walks on slippery spilled crude oil on the shores of the Niger Delta swamps of Bodo, a village in Niger’s oil-producing Ogoniland. Photograph: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images

Goi is now a dead village. The two fish ponds, bakery and chicken farm that used to be the pride and joy of its chief deacon, Barrisa Tete Dooh, lie abandoned, covered in a thick black layer. The village’s fishing creek is contaminated; the school has been looted; the mangrove forests are coated in bitumen and everyone has left, refugees from a place blighted by the exploitation of the region’s most valuable asset: crude oil. read more

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Shell Defends Self Over Oil Pollution in Ogoniland

By  Chuks Okocha  and Omon-Julius Onabu

Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria has absolved itself of any wrongdoing in respect of the widely reported 2008 oil spills in Ogoni communities in the Niger-Delta.

Apparently reacting to the recent report by the United Nations Environmental Programme on the pollution of Ogoniland, which indicted Shell, SPDC Managing Director, Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu, said “oil spills in the Niger-Delta are a tragedy,” adding, also, that the company “takes them very seriously”. read more

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