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Nigeria Holds Talks With Shell, Exxon to Agree on Oil-Tax Reform

By Elisha Bala-Gbogbo on December 04, 2012

Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer, said it’s in talks with Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) and other energy companies to reach an agreement on tax demands proposed in draft legislation.

“There’s always the intent to try and strike a balance, particularly from the side of government,” Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke said today at a conference in Abuja. “There seemed to be such disparity in terms of where we stood on the fiscals.”

The Petroleum Industry Bill, or PIB, is aimed at increasing the country’s share of profits from oil pumped off its shores. The government claims that extraction laws going back to 1993 are based on crude at $20 a barrel and unrealistic at prices that are now more than four times as high. The energy companies have warned Nigeria against driving away investment. read more

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Corrib protestors meet UN Human Rights Rapporteur


Áine Ryan: [email protected]: TUESDAY 04 DECEMBER 2012

GOVERNMENT’S ‘positive’ attitude to human rights issues in Africa are not reflected in its addressing of the controversial Corrib gas project. That was the view expressed by human rights observer, Sr Majella McCarron, when she met the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders recently.

The ten-person delegation, who met Mrs Margaret Sekaggya, included members of Shell to Sea, as well as Kilcommon Parish Priest, Fr Michael Nallen, Sr McCarron and Donal Ó Mearáin. read more

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Shell donation boosts Jameson project

Dan Irwin: December 4, 2012

NEW CASTLE — Shell Appalachia’s search for natural gas will help fuel completion of Jameson Heath System’s emergency/surgical wing.

Jameson is scheduled to take possession of its $20.3 million expansion Feb. 14. After that, health system officials anticipate another month of furnishing the 55,000-square-foot facility before opening it for business.

Yesterday, Sewickley-based Shell Appalachia — which is focusing on Marcellus shale development in Tioga County while exploring other leased acreage in Lawrence and Butler counties — presented Jameson with $250,000 to help push the project toward the finish line. read more

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Waitrose urged to freeze links with Shell’s Arctic drilling

Greenpeace launches campaign condemning supermarket’s new partnership with Shell, but Waitrose insists the deal is ‘tiny’

By Jessica Shankleman: 04 December 2012

Waitrose is the latest company to come under fire from Greenpeace, which has alleged its ties to an oil company planning to drill in the Arctic undermines its ethical commitments.

The group has launched a new campaign yesterday urging the retailer to drop plans for a new partnership with Royal Dutch Shell that would see Waitrose supermarkets open in Shell petrol stations.

In a spoof advert, Greenpeace accuses Waitrose of misleading the public by promoting its charitable giving over the holiday period and hiding its links with Shell.    read more

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Toxic flaring at Shell/Motiva continues after equipment failure

The $500,000 settlement is an accumulated penalty for violations that occurred during the years 2003-2010. During that time there were 265 violations at the Norco facility (and more than 140 violations at the Motiva refinery in Convent)

3 December 2012

An equipment failure at the Shell/Motiva manufacturing complex in Norco caused the release of unknown amounts of butadiene, hydrogen sulfide and benzene, according to a report submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center.

The elevated flaring, which began Sunday and caused a smoky backdrop to Norco’s annual Christmas Parade, has continued throughout Monday. The company says they are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

“We also continue to conduct extensive monitoring around the site and in the community,” the statement said. “No injuries have been reported associated with this situation, and air monitoring results indicate no environmental impact at this time.” read more

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