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Approval for $40bn gas giant at James Price Point ‘unlawful’

  • From: The Australian
  • August 20, 2013 12:00AM

THE development of vast natural gasfields off Western Australia’s Kimberley coast has suffered a setback after the state’s Supreme Court found the environmental approvals for a critical gas-processing hub north of Broome were unlawful.

In an embarrassment for the Barnett government, Chief Justice Wayne Martin yesterday ruled the environmental approvals needed to build a gas hub for Woodside Petroleum’s $40 billion-plus Browse Basin project at James Price Point should be set aside because of conflicts of interest among the environmental watchdog’s board members. read more

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Woodside offshore gas push blow to Barnett

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COLIN Barnett’s push to create thousands of construction jobs by keeping the huge Browse gas project onshore has suffered another blow after Woodside Petroleum said it wanted to develop the project using radical floating LNG technology.

Woodside and its joint venture partners are now expected to formally commit within months to using FLNG for the Browse gas fields.

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Warnings of Arctic drilling risks

John,

Here are a few links that report findings by the US Government Accounting Office about drilling in the Alaskan Arctic.

Your readers might be interested in what they have to say.

GAO finds Arctic offshore-drilling risks despite toughened oversight  read more

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SHELL ALCOHOL FOR THE GARDA: CHRISTMAS GIFT OR BRIBE?

Screen Shot 2013-08-20 at 23.18.11COMMENT BY A KNOWLEDGEABLE SOURCE ON SHELL SPONSORED ALCOHOL FOR THE GARDA: CHRISTMAS GIFT OR BRIBE?

John

Shell have a rule that gifts are acceptable up to a certain value.  I don’t know the current figure, but 100 Euros would probably be about right.

300 garda times 100 Euros = 30,000 Euros, so if OSSL only spent 29,500 Euros that would mean that they were 1 Euro below the limit at which the gift would have been a bribe and hence unacceptable. So Shell can probably hold their hands on their hearts and say that they did not (according to their own definition) bribe the garda. Hence rejection rather than denial. read more

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Alleged sinister developments in OSSL Shell corruption scandal

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 17.00.32By John Donovan

I have published this email from OSSL because I know for a fact (including from my own experience) that Shell has used undercover agents to intimidate perceived enemies of the company and has engaged in widespread industrial espionage using former MI6 agents. I have the documentary evidence to prove what I say is 100% true.

I do not know whether the concerns expressed by OSSL in this email are well founded, but thought it best, for safety’s sake, to put their concerns into the public domain, so that senior Shell executives cannot afterwards claim that they were unaware of these matters. read more

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Nigeria: Shell, Chevron, Others Declare $38.76bn Dividend

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Nigerians were once again the losers, as six international oil companies — Royal Dutch Shell, ConocoPhilips, Chevron, Total, Eni and ExxonMobil — paid their shareholders a dividend of $38.76 billion (N6.201 trillion) in 2013.

The dividends were for the 2012 financial year, which was approved by their respective shareholders a couple of weeks ago.

The dividends declared by the six oil majors represent about 52.93 per cent of the Nigerian Stock Exchange’s, NSE, market capitalization of N11.714 trillion. read more

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RTE Radio 1: Philip Boucher-Hayes investigates the OSSL allegations

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By John Donovan

As can be seen from the transcript of a Drivetime segment broadcast on RTE Radio 1 yesterday evening, Shell has been cornered into making what is described as a much more robust denial of the allegations made by its former “Mr Fixit” in Ireland, OSSL.

In so doing, Shell appears to have given OSSL grounds for a defamation action.

I have redacted from the statement attributed to Shell the potentially defamatory words used by Shell and broadcast by RTE.

I am not a lawyer, but I do have experience in successfully suing Shell for libel. My late father did the same. Shell settled both actions as part of wider settlements. read more

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Any difference between ‘reject’ and ‘deny’???

From Politics.ie/forum

Any difference between ‘reject’ and ‘deny’???

Probably on front page of IT today, available on IT site now:

Shell rejects claims over delivery of alcohol to Garda – The Irish Times – Mon, Aug 19, 2013

Also up already on Donovan site:

Shell rejects claims over delivery of alcohol to Garda | Royal Dutch Shell plc .com

I have a little difficulty with Shell’s use of language here …

I believe the ubiquitous ‘reasonable person’ would read ‘reject’ as ‘no thanks’/’don’t want that’/’refuse to accept’ etc etc whereas ‘deny’ would be read as ‘it didn’t happen’. read more

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Fire hobbles Motiva oil refinery, biggest in U.S.

Sources said refinery managers spoke of their frustration on Monday with problems that have plagued the expanded plant.  “It was a bad weekend for us,” said one source. “We’re all feeling snake-bit. It just seems like we get up and going and then something else goes wrong.”

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Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:28am IST

* ‘Feeling snake-bit’
* Second fire in week
* Vibration problem lingers

By Erwin Seba

PORT ARTHUR, Texas, Aug 19 (Reuters) – A fire at the largest oil refinery in the United States has knocked out more than half of its output for at least two weeks, the latest in a string of mishaps following a $10-billion expansion at the Motiva plant in Port Arthur, Texas.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc – which owns the refinery with Saudi Aramco – said the fire on Saturday, the second in a week, slowed and shuttered units at the 600,000 barrel-per-day plant and hurt production. read more

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Woodside to Recommend Floating LNG to Develop its Browse Project

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Woodside Petroleum Ltd. (WPL), Australia’s second-biggest oil producer, will recommend using Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s floating liquefied natural gas technology to its partners to develop the Browse project.

The selection of floating LNG requires the approval of the Browse partners, including BP Plc (BP/), PetroChina Co. and Shell, Perth-based Woodside said today in a statement.

“A compelling case has emerged for floating LNG as the best option for early commercialization” of Browse, off the West Australian coast, Chief Executive Officer Peter Coleman said in the statement. read more

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Blaze hits Shell plant in Texas

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ROYAL DUTCH SHELL has shut down parts of a refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, after a fire broke out following a £6.4billion expansion scheme.

Shell closed units at the Motiva refinery, which is run by a joint venture of the oil giant and Saudi Refining, after the second blaze in a week is said to have started near the biggest of the plant’s three crude oil units.

The first attempt to start the unit, at the end of a five year upgrade of the refinery, was hampered by a chemical leak in June 2012.

The unit has been running at reduced rates since it began production early this year.

The company may shut the crude unit in the autumn of 2014 to fix the problems. read more

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