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Shell and BASF offer $20 million to settle toxic environmental lawsuit

The factory was built in 1977 by Shell. Dozens of former employees of the plant have been diagnosed with prostate, thyroid and other types of cancer, circulatory, liver and intestinal illnesses, as well as infertility and sexual impotence.

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By John Donovan

We were recently contacted by an association representing former workers at a Shell/Basf Chemicals factory in Brazil.

The factory was built in 1977 by Shell. Dozens of former employees of the plant have been diagnosed with prostate, thyroid and other types of cancer, circulatory, liver and intestinal illnesses, as well as infertility and sexual impotence.

Today, AP reported that Shell and BASF have offered $20 million to settle a related class-action. The AP article is printed below. read more

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Cameron may fly in to Shell India tax row

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By Andrew Callus: LONDON | Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:18pm GMT

(Reuters) – Oil company Royal Dutch/Shell has asked the British government to raise the subject of a tax dispute with India during Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit there next week, according to a source familiar with the request.

The dispute blew up earlier this month when tax authorities revalued by $2.7 billion a 2009 transaction by Shell with a wholly-owned subsidiary, and claimed a tax payment was due.

It comes as India seeks to balance its need to shore up its finances by raising tax receipts with its desire to encourage foreign investment. read more

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SHELL’S DEFEATED ANCIENT ARCTIC FLEET

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SHELL’S ARCTIC MELTDOWN: WHAT WERE WE ALL WORRIED ABOUT? THIS OIL COMPANY RUN BY A PAIR OF  BEAN-COUNTERS, PETER VOSER AND HIS SIDEKICK SIMON HENRY, BOTH TAINTED BY FRAUD & SCANDAL, HAVE MADE A GLOBAL LAUGHING-STOCK OF ROYAL DUTCH SHELL BY SENDING A COUPLE OF REFURBISHED RUST BUCKETS ON AN ILL-FATED ARCTIC FOLLY RESULTING IN SHIP BOARD FIRE, EXPLOSION, POLLUTION, GROUNDINGS AND PUBLIC HUMILIATION, FORTUNATELY WITH NO ONE KILLED OR INJURED. THE FATE OF THE ARCTIC ENVIRONMENT ENTRUSTED TO CORNER-CUTTING CLOWNS. IT HAS ENDED WITH SHELL’S DEFEATED ANCIENT ARCTIC FLEET RETREATING SLOWLY FROM THE SCENE, UNDER TOW, PERHAPS BOUND FOR THE SCRAPYARD, WHERE THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN SENT DECADES AGO. VOSER SHOULD HAVE SPENT MORE TIME CONCENTRATING ON SHELL’S ARCTIC EXPEDITION AND LESS ON CRITICISING BP. NOW THERE ARE WARNING SIGNS THAT SHELL RISKS A DECLINE IN PRODUCTION. LETS HOPE SHELL SENIOR MANAGEMENT DOES NOT START COOKING THE BOOKS AGAIN. THERE IS SOME REMAINING IN-HOUSE EXPERTISE IN THAT REGARD. read more

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Shell Risks Production Decline Over Rigs Repair

Royal Dutch Shell’s production output is likely going to suffer a major decline this year, following its decision to send its two offshore drilling rigs to Asia for repairs: …sending the rigs for repairs will likely mean the cancellation of its second summer of drilling in the U.S. Arctic Ocean, unless it can find replacements…: rigs that are able to operate in harsh Arctic conditions are rare and even if available, would have to be modified and receive approval from the United States’ government…

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By Michael Eboh With Agency Report, 13 February 2013

Royal Dutch Shell’s production output is likely going to suffer a major decline this year, following its decision to send its two offshore drilling rigs to Asia for repairs.

According to reports, sending the rigs for repairs will likely mean the cancellation of its second summer of drilling in the U.S. Arctic Ocean, unless it can find replacements fit to do the work.

The report stated that rigs that are able to operate in harsh Arctic conditions are rare and even if available, would have to be modified and receive approval from the United States’ government to operate in a remote and environmentally sensitive area in less than five months. read more

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Dutch gas field to keep producing as earth tremor risk is studied

Several politicians… have called for an urgent review of gas extraction in Groningen province following earth tremors in recent weeks of up to 3.2 magnitude, which caused cracks in some buildings. The huge gas field near Slochteren in the north of the country has recoverable gas reserves of around 2.7 trillion cubic metres and is operated by Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV (NAM), which is jointly owned by Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil.

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AMSTERDAM | Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:28pm EST

Feb 14 (Reuters) – The Netherlands will maintain current output levels at one of the world’s largest gas fields while scientists study whether the operations risk causing more severe earth tremors than they have already, a minister said.

“If I cut production, then the effect will be felt in the Netherlands,” the minister for economic affairs, Henk Kamp, told a parliamentary commission on Thursday, referring to the economic consequences of a reduction in gas output. read more

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