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State department faces Keystone XL review

8 November 2011

The US state department’s handing of a request to build Keystone XL, a 1,600-mile (2,700km) oil pipeline, will be reviewed for wrongdoing.

Reports have surfaced that a company involved in the environmental review had listed developer TransCanada as a “major client”.

The review decision comes a day after demonstrators protested against the pipeline plans outside the White House.

A review could potentially delay a final decision on the pipeline.

The state department is handling public consultations on the project as the pipeline would cross the US border with Canada, but the White House has made it clear that President Barack Obama will influence the final outcome. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell: Profits and No Principles

(Modified 23 April 2018: Relevant Shell executives name changed to initials only “AJL” or denoted by xxxx’s)

By John Donovan

For the record, the litigation news reports in the “Motiva Live News Feed” – eg. Nintendo Stomps Motiva’s Patent Infringement Claims relate to a small company called Motiva LLC, not Motiva Enterprises, the company owned jointly by Shell and the Saudi regime.

The apparent clash prompted memories of the time that we approached Nintendo and Shell proposing a Nintendo themed instant win promotional game for Shell forecourts. We went to the trouble of obtaining approval from Nintendo before disclosing our proposal to a Shell executive, AJL, on a strictly confidential basis.
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Woodside Petroleum: To Shell or Not to Shell?

NOVEMBER 8, 2011

By Gillian Tan

It’s been a year to the day since Royal Dutch Shell blindsided Australia’s largest oil and gas company Woodside Petroleum by selling down a 10% stake for A$3.3 billion (US$3.4 billion).

Appeasing Woodside, Shell promised to hold onto its remaining 24.27% interest for a year unless a takeover offer or a strategic buyer surfaced.

Given that no industry interest arose even when stock fell to a three-year low below A$30 (US$31.08), analysts believe the only way Shell can divest is to return to the market. read more

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Shell’s toxic legacy in Curacao

From pages 52, 53, 54 & 55 of “Royal Dutch Shell and its sustainability troubles” – Background report to the Erratum of Shell’s Annual Report 2010

The report was made on behalf of Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands)

Author: Albert ten Kate: May 2011.

A toxic legacy in Curacao

Curacao and its oil refinery

Curacao is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea, off the Venezuelan coast. It is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and has a land area of 444 square kilometres. As of January 2010, its population amounted to around 142,000 people. Prior to 10 October 2010, when the Netherlands Antilles were dissolved, Curacao was administered as the Island Territory of Curacao, one of five island territories of the former Netherlands Antilles.

From 1918 until 1985, Shell owned and operated the Isla oil refinery in Curacao. During this period, the refinery has been one of the most important lifelines of Curacao. For example, in the early fifties it employed more than 12,000 people out of the total island population of 110,000 people. The refinery generated the foreign exchange necessary to finance the imports the island could not produce itself.  In the beginning of the eighties, Shell-companies provided for 33% of the island’s Gross National Product. Apart from the refinery, Shell had a local sales company, an oil storage/transshipment company, and a shipping company on the island. Shell was very important to Curacao, and the government of Curacao treated Shell kindly. In 1980, a former director of Shell declared towards a reporter of the Dutch newspaper NRC: “The Antillean government? We were that government.” read more

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