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Machine removed from Mayo road

3 August 2012 (Evening)

IRISH TIMES REPORTERS

A giant tunnel boring machine belonging to Shell, which became stuck on Tuesday after the lorry it was being transported on jack-knifed at an isolated Co Mayo crossroads, has been removed.

A spokesman for Mayo County Council said the junction at Glenamoy crossroads near the villages of Rossport and Carrowteigue was now cleared and that traffic was back to normal.
In a statement Shell E&P Ireland said it “apologises once again to the local community and to all road users who were inconvenienced by this incident”. read more

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Heavy vehicles deployed to shift lorry

Friday, August 3, 2012, 10:37

ÁINE RYAN

More than 100 gardaí escorted a convoy of heavy vehicles to the isolated Glenamoy crossroads in north Mayo at about 4.30am this morning in a bid to free Shell’s giant tunnel boring machine.

A spokesman for Rossport Solidarity Camp said the gardaí implemented checkpoints from about 10km away at Bangor Erris.

He confirmed that veteran campaigner, Maura Harrington, was arrested at one of the checkpoints, and that the rear window of her van smashed when she declined to exit it. The van was subsequently impounded and Ms Harrington was detained at Belmullet  Garda station. read more

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Shell’s Claims About Sabotage Of Oil Pipelines In Niger Delta Challenged

3 August 2012

(RTTNews) – Amnesty International and the Center for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) on Friday challenged the investigation process into oil spills in the Niger Delta, as inconsistencies in Shell’s (RDS-A) claims about sabotage were revealed.

Experts have examined evidence from the latest oil spill from Shell’s poorly maintained pipelines in the Bodo creek area and confirmed that it strongly indicates that the leak is due to corrosion of the pipeline. However, Shell appears to be ignoring the evidence of corrosion. read more

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Social media #fail: how Greenpeace let Shell off the hook over Arctic drilling

Greenpeace has an impressive track record on social media engagement so why has its most recent campaign, an elaborate hoax of Shell’s Arctic exploration, seemingly flopped?

It’s not often that a major oil company comes off looking more social savvy than either a major media company or one of the world’s leading social media platforms.

But that’s exactly the position Royal Dutch Shell finds itself after a week when NBC and Twitter – corporate partners during the Olympics – managed to bumble their way into major social media #FAIL by conspiring to silence a vocal Twitter critic of the US media network.

For those of you not caught up in the goldfish bowl atmosphere of social media discussing social media the screw-up occurred when someone at Twitter suggested to NBC that they might consider complaining about Guy Adams, the acerbic US correspondent for the Independent who had been using the microblogging network to vent his fury at NBC’s coverage of the games. In a Tweet of particular pique, Adams published the corporate email address of Gary Zenkel, the NBC executive responsible for the network’s Olympic’s coverage. Twitter suggested to NBC that this contravened the social network’s privacy conditions. NBC ran with the complaint and Twitter duly suspended Adams. read more

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Nigeria leaks billions from rampant oil theft

Oil firms and government say nearly 200,000 barrels of oil stolen each day from pipelines and wells by criminal gangs.

Last Modified: 03 Aug 2012 11:14  

A sophisticated criminal network has stepped up its operations in Nigeria’s Bayelsa State, costing state and oil companies as much as a billion dollars per month.

Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company’s Nigerian subsidiary said in a recent report that between 150,000 and 180,000 barrels of oil are stolen each from its pipelines and wells. Government estimates have put the number of stolen oil as high as twice this amount.

The trade in stolen oil involves international traders who provide oil at discounted prices to refineries in other parts of the world. read more

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Investigations of Shell’s Nigeria spills a ‘fiasco’: Amnesty

2 August 2012

LAGOS — Rights group Amnesty International said Friday investigations into Shell oil spills in Nigeria were a “fiasco,” alleging the company repeatedly blamed sabotage in an effort to avoid responsibility.

“No matter what evidence is presented to Shell about oil spills, they constantly hide behind the ‘sabotage’ excuse and dodge their responsibility for massive pollution that is due to their failure to properly maintain their infrastructure,” Audrey Gaughran, director of global issues at Amnesty, said in a statement. read more

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Shell Starts Prep Work In The Arctic

By Stephanie Joyce, KUCB – Unalaska | August 2, 2012 – 5:24 pm

Shell still hasn’t received final permits for its Arctic drilling plans, but the company is starting to send vessels north anyways.

Two of the company’s support vessels – the Aiviq and the Fennica – left Unalaska early this week for the Chukchi Sea. The icebreaker Tor Viking is expected to join them in the next few days. Together, the vessels will start prepping the drill site for the Noble Discoverer’s arrival. read more

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Shell and Todd in non-payment dispute

Spokespersons for Shell New Zealand and Todd Energy have declined to comment on a non-payment dispute showing up in a report to the Companies Office.

3 August 2012

The joint owners of some of New Zealand’s largest oil and gas fields, Shell New Zealand and Todd Energy, are in dispute over non-payment for services provided for work on the Maui, Pohokura, and Kapuni fields.

Companies Office records show Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) was carrying a contingent liability at December 31 for an unresolved dispute relating to work programmes and budgets for all three fields.

The notes say these have “not been approved and accordingly some JV parties have declined to pay cash calls relating to aspects of the SIEP (Shell International Exploration and Production) charges”. read more

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In Beaver County, Corbett pushes Shell ethane cracker

By James O’Toole / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: August 2, 2012

Joining a bipartisan coalition of supporters of Shell’s proposed ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, Gov. Tom Corbett emphasized today that the building the multibillion-dollar processing facility is not a done deal.

Pennsylvania prevailed earlier this year in a multi-state competition to secure a preliminary commitment from Shell to develop the plant on an industrial site near Monaca. Mr. Corbett was joined there this afternoon by representatives of business and labor groups in a cautious progress report on the proposed development. read more

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Shell’s boring machine bogged down in Ireland

Shell machine remains stuck

AINE RYAN

Shell’s giant tunnel boring machine is expected to remain at an isolated Co Mayo crossroads for a third night, as residents questioned the ability of the boggy road to withstand the weight of heavy removal vehicles and some protestors vowed to continue their actions.

A Mayo County Council spokesman confirmed the local authority was continuing to work with oil company experts and hoped the machine and jack-knifed lorry would be removed within the next two days.

“It is envisaged that the problem will be resolved in the next 24 to 48 hours but that is contingent on the level of protest activity encountered. The protestors have already delayed the transportation of lifting equipment to the scene,” the council spokesman said. read more

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The Frozen Frontier: Is Shell Ready For The Risks Of Arctic Drilling?

8/02/2012 @ 2:19PM

This column is a guest blog authored by Jim Coburn, who directs Ceres’s corporate sustainability disclosure program:

Just two years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, another oil industry giant is poised to begin drilling in an even more forbidding, unpredictable and remote environment: the Alaskan shoreline.

Shell is moving forward with at least two Arctic wells this year, at a time when confidence in the oil and gas industry’s risk management practices is remarkably low. read more

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