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Documents reveal extent of Shell lobbying in human rights case

Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 17.03.04The documents, obtained by the Corporate Responsibility Coalition (Core) and Amnesty International, show the closeness of the relationship between the multinational corporations and UK government departments. They also show that UK government officials were privately worried about being seen to be promoting business interests over ethical trading principles. Peter Frankental, economic relations programme director at Amnesty International UK, said: “In these David versus Goliath encounters, the UK has effectively shielded the interests of powerful companies at the expense of their alleged victims.”

Article by Owen Bowcott published Sunday 6 April 2014 by The Guardian under the headline: “Documents reveal extent of Shell and Rio Tinto lobbying in human rights case”

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Campaigners demonstrate in 2009 against Shell’s actions in the Ogoni region of Nigeria. Photograph: Bebeto Matthews/AP

The extent of lobbying conducted by Shell and Rio Tinto in seeking legal support from the UK government to dismiss allegations of human rights abuses has been revealed in internal memorandums released by the Foreign Office.

The documents, obtained by the Corporate Responsibility Coalition (Core) and Amnesty International, show the closeness of the relationship between the multinational corporations and UK government departments. They also show that UK government officials were privately worried about being seen to be promoting business interests over ethical trading principles. read more

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Another blow to Royal Dutch Shell

Screen Shot 2014-04-06 at 21.01.34Extract from a Steve LeVine article published 6 April 2014 by qz.com under the headline: “Kazakhstan’s largest oilfield will be shut down for at least two years”

Kashagan will be shut for at least two years while specialty pipelines are made to resist the unforeseen impact of toxic gas, according to a source close to the project. In recent weeks, word has dribbled out that Kashagan—one of the largest supergiant oil finds of the last half-century—may lie dormant through the summer…  Already, $50 billion has been spent, and the delay means a delay in billions of dollars in cashflow expected by Kazakhstan itself and major oil companies including ExxonMobil, Shell, Eni, and France’s Total.  …source close to the project said that Shell began a few days ago to notify its employees and contractors of the news of the long delay to restart the field. It remains to be seen how oil and stock markets will react to the news… read more

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Kulluk report inspires no confidence for Arctic operations

Screen Shot 2013-11-01 at 09.31.18Extracts from an editorial published on 5 April 2014 by The Anchorage Daily News under the headline: “Our View: Kulluk report inspires no confidence for Arctic operations”

The United States Coast Guard didn’t mince words in its report of the grounding of Shell’s drilling rig, the Kulluk, in December 2012. The Coast Guard found Shell failed both in preparation and operations, and concluded that the company decided to move the vessel despite forecasts of worsening weather in part to avoid a state property tax obligation. None of this took place in the Arctic, where Shell did limited drilling program without incident in the summer of 2012. All of this gives evidence that Shell is not fully prepared for Arctic operations. A telling comment came from Rear Adm. Joseph A. Servidio, the Coast Guard’s assistant commander for prevention policy. Servidio said the most significant factor was the failure to assess and manage the extreme risks of the Gulf of Alaska. read more

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Stay away from Ogoniland, MOSOP warns Shell

Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 02.03.05Extracts from an article by Dapo Falade in Port Harcourt published 6 April 2014 by the Nigerian Tribune

Dutch oil giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), may be heading to another round of crisis as the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) has warned it to stay away from Ogoniland.  The latest warning followed mounting fear and trepidation in Ogoniland over the alleged surreptitious resumption of oil exploration by the Dutch oil giant at the weekend under tight security cover. The MOSOP president, in a statement issued at the weekend, by his media aide, Mr Bari-ara Klapap, warned that previous experiences that led to the death of 13 Ogoni prominent sons, including the late human rights activist, Ken Saro Wiwa… read more

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Fracking earthquakes

Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 14.07.51Extract from an article by Carey Gillam published by Reuters, 5 April 2014, under the headline: Series of small earthquakes rock Oklahoma in record seismic activity

(Reuters) – Earthquakes rattled residents in Oklahoma on Saturday, the latest in a series that have put the state on track for record quake activity this year, which some seismologists say may be tied to oil and gas exploration. One earthquake recorded at 3.8 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey rocked houses in several communities around central Oklahoma at 7:42 a.m. local time. Wastewater disposal related to the fracking is suspected by many scientists to contribute to the earthquake activity. Millions of gallons of wastewater are typically trucked from a fracking site to wells where the water is injected thousands of feet underground into porous rock layers. That work, if done near a fault, can trigger larger quakes, according to several recent scientific studies. read more

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Waitrose-Shell partnership angers Greenpeace

Screen Shot 2013-12-10 at 09.33.03Extract from an article by Guy Montague-Jones published 05 April 2014 by The Grocer under the headline: Waitrose-Shell partnership extension with four new stores angers Greenpeace

Waitrose is extending its controversial partnership with Shell by opening four new stores at petrol stations…

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