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U.S. Supreme Court backs energy companies over Baltimore in climate case

U.S. Supreme Court backs energy companies over Baltimore in climate case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of BP PLC, Chevron Corp, Exxon Mobil Corp, Royal Dutch Shell PLC and other energy companies contesting a lawsuit filed by the city of Baltimore seeking monetary damages from them due to costs caused by global climate change.

The 7-1 ruling, authored by conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch, came on a technical legal issue that could help the companies in their effort to have the case heard in federal court, as they would prefer, instead of state court, which the city favors as it is seen as a more amenable venue. read more

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Vote against Shell’s energy transition strategy, Pirc urges investors

Vote against Shell’s energy transition strategy, Pirc urges investors

: Tuesday 11 May 2021

Shareholder advisory PIRC has recommended investors vote against Shell’s non-binding resolution on its energy transition strategy at its annual meeting next week.

The Pensions & Investment Research Consultants (PIRC), a major proxy advisory, said Royal Dutch Shell’s strategy to cut emissions “does not seem to have a clear plan for the competitive aspects of the energy transition.” read more

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Officials give notice to Shell refinery on emissions release

Officials give notice to Shell refinery on emissions release

ANACORTES, Wash. (AP) — The Northwest Clean Air Agency issued Tuesday a violation notice against the Shell Puget Sound Refinery for the release of emissions in August and September.

The refinery, on March Point near Anacortes, may face a financial penalty because of the incidents, which impacted the surrounding community including the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, the Skagit Valley Herald reported.

The notice said two flaring events exceeded allowable, visible emissions for more than 5 minutes. The first occurred on Aug. 19, and the second on Sept. 29. The air agency received 12 complaints and verified the presence of odors following the Sept. 29 incident, according to a news release. read more

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Shell to trial use of hydrogen fuel cells for ships in Singapore

Shell to trial use of hydrogen fuel cells for ships in Singapore

Jessica Jaganathan: April 21, 2021

Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) said on Wednesday it was conducting a feasibility study with partners to trial the use of hydrogen fuel cells for ships in Singapore, the first such move for the oil major.

If successful, the trial will pave the way for cleaner, hydrogen-powered shipping, the company said, adding that its analysis points to hydrogen with fuel cells as the zero-emissions technology having the greatest potential to help the shipping sector achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. read more

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Shell calls on investors to vote for its new climate strategy

Jillian Ambrose: Thu 15 Apr 2021 13.58 BST

Royal Dutch Shell has urged investors to vote for its strategy to shift the business towards cleaner energy sources, despite warnings that the plan does not go far enough to meet the Paris climate agreement goals.

The oil company set out its energy transition plan before its annual shareholder meeting in May, when investors will be able to take part in an advisory vote on Shell’s climate plans for the first time. The vote will not be binding. read more

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Shell Outlines Plans for Reducing Its Own Carbon Footprint

Shell Outlines Plans for Reducing Its Own Carbon Footprint

The energy giant has high hopes for sustainable aviation fuel

While energy giant Shell may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of sustainability, it’s looking to change that by “reduc[ing] the carbon intensity of all the energy that we sell by 2050.”

That’s according to Dean Aragón, CEO of Shell Brands International AG, who said the company has set milestones toward becoming a net-zero emissions energy business for the years 2023, 2030 and 2035 that are “very clear, measurable and quantifiable targets on the decarbonization journey.” He did not provide specifics. read more

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Oil Giants Win Climate Suit as Judges Push For Political Fix

Oil Giants Win Climate Suit as Judges Push For Political Fix

Chevron Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc and ConocoPhillips were also sued in the case.

Bloomberg News: Chris Dolmetsch and Erik Larson: Publishing date: Apr 01, 2021(Bloomberg) — New York City failed to persuade a federal appeals court to reinstate a climate-change lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp., BP Plc and three other oil companies, with the judges saying the problem demands political rather than legal solutions.

The Friday ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York is a setback for those trying to use the courts to hold the industry responsible for costs associated with rising seas and other consequences of a warming planet.

Chevron Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc and ConocoPhillips were also sued in the case.

The court said global warming “is a uniquely international concern” that requires the federal government to step in rather than judges. Only the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate domestic greenhouse gas emissions, the unanimous three-judge panel held. read more

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Nigeria Bribery Case Ends In Victory For Shell, Eni

Nigeria Bribery Case Ends In Victory For Shell, Eni

An Italian court has ruled that oil giants Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Eni SPA are not guilty in a bribery case involving a Nigerian oilfield that has spanned years, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Shell, Eni, and Eni’s CEO Claudio Descalzi, have been on trial for years in the infamous OPL 245 case. Shell, Eni, Descalzi, and others, were accused of knowing that more than $1.1 billion of the $1.3 billion deposited a decade ago into an escrow account controlled by the Nigerian government would eventually be used as bribes to secure oil drilling rights. read more

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Shell sees 70%-complete Pennsylvania petchem project operational in 2022

Shell sees 70%-complete Pennsylvania petchem project operational in 2022

Mar. 12, 2021, 4:31 PM ETRoyal Dutch Shell plc (RDS.A) By Carl SurranSA News Editor 8 Comments

  • Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.ARDS.B) says its $6B petrochemical complex in northwest Pennsylvania is now more than 70% complete and projected to be operational sometime in 2022.
  • Shell previously projected the startup in this year’s H1 after suspending work in March 2020 due to pandemic concerns.
  • The project is one of the largest construction sites in North America and includes a 1.6M mt/year cracker and three polyethylene plants with a combined capacity of 1.6M mt/year.
  • Portions of the site’s water treatment facility are being commissioned and the site’s 250 MW power plant will soon follow, the company says.
  • Shell has “hit peak oil, but not peak opportunity,” as its impressive portfolio of assets should drive long-term shareholder returns in the tens of billions of dollars, The Value Portfolio writes in a bullish analysis posted on Seeking Alpha.
  • read more

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    Shell Canada employing ‘agile teams’ to power energy transition and reduce emissions

    Shell Canada employing ‘agile teams’ to power energy transition and reduce emissions

    Wed., March 3, 2021, 9:15 p.m.

    CALGARY — The president and country head for Shell Canada says its transition into a provider of cleaner energy is being driven by a network of “agile teams” of employees who are examining between 30 and 40 project ideas at a time.

    Michael Crothers says the teams formed from employees brought in from various parts of the company are looking at proposals that include the use of hydrogen, biofuels, and wind and solar energy to help the company reduce its environmental impact. read more

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    With oil past peak, Shell sharpens 2050 zero emissions goal

    By Ron Bousso and Shadia Nasralla

    LONDON (Reuters) – Energy giant Royal Dutch Shell vowed to eliminate net carbon emissions by 2050, raising its ambition from previous targets, as its oil output declines from a 2019 peak.

    The Anglo-Dutch company is in the midst of its largest overhaul yet as it prepares to expand its renewables and low-carbon business in the face of growing investor pressure on the oil and gas sector to battle climate change.

    Shell last year laid out a plan to reach net zero by 2050, in line with the Paris climate agreement and European Union ambitions, but it said the goal depended on its customers. read more

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    Shell Deer Park, Texas, refinery and chemical plant shut – company

    Shell Deer Park, Texas, refinery and chemical plant shut – company

    Reuters Staff: FEBRUARY 16, 2021

    HOUSTON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc shut its 318,000 barrel-per-day joint-venture Deer Park, Texas, refinery because of severe cold weather, the company said on Tuesday

    The company’s adjoining chemical plant was also shut.

    “Shell’s Deer Park facility has shut down due to unprecedented weather in the region,” the company said in an email. “As a result, flaring is expected to increase in the near term. There is no threat to the surrounding community and we continue to contribute power to the regional grid by way of our cogeneration facilities.” read more

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    U.K. High Court Says Nigerians Can Sue Shell in Britain Over Oil Spills

    U.K. High Court Says Nigerians Can Sue Shell in Britain Over Oil Spills

    The Dutch energy company has a presence in Britain, and a judge ruled there was “a real issue to be tried.”

    Stanley Reed

    : Feb. 12, 2021

    LONDON — Britain’s Supreme Court said Friday that a group of about 50,000 Nigerian farmers and fishermen could bring a case in London’s High Court against Royal Dutch Shell over years of oil spills in the Niger Delta that have polluted their land, wells and waterways.

    The judges said there was the potential that a parent company like Shell, which has its headquarters in the Netherlands but a large British presence, has responsibility for the activities of subsidiaries like the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, which operates in the delta region. read more

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    Shell pays $191K fine for 2015 refinery incident

    Shell pays $191K fine for 2015 refinery incident

    11 Feb 2021

    MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Shell Oil Products U.S. has paid a $191,000 fine for the release of pollutants from its Shell Puget Sound Refinery north of Seattle in Skagit County.

    The fine comes via a legal settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to resolve federal Clean Air Act violations, The Skagit Valley Herald reported.

    During refinery maintenance on Feb. 20, 2015, several operating procedures were violated, resulting in the release of about 700 pounds of pollutants. Hydrogen sulfide, dimethyl sulfide, mercaptans, pyrophoric iron and benzene were released over a period of more than three hours. read more

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    EPA fines Shell Oil $191,000 over release of toxic vapors from Anacortes refinery

    EPA fines Shell Oil $191,000 over release of toxic vapors from Anacortes refinery

    by KOMO News Staff:

    SEATTLE – The company that operates the Anacortes oil refinery will pay a $191,000 fine for violations of the Clean Air Act stemming from a 2015 release of toxic vapors that sickened dozens of local residents of the area.

    The fine, part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency, is in addition to previous fines of over $420,000 levied by the Northwest Clean Air Agency and the Washington Safety and Health Agency against Shell Oil Products U.S. over the incident. read more

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    Dutch appeals court rules Shell Nigeria unit responsible for oil leaks

    Dutch appeals court rules Shell Nigeria unit responsible for oil leaks

    Reuters Staff: JANUARY 2021/ 10:32 

    AMSTERDAM, Jan 29 (Reuters) – A Dutch appeals court on Friday said that the Nigerian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell was responsible for oil pipeline leaks in the Niger Delta and ordered it to pay unspecified damages farmers.

    The decision went a step further than a 2013 ruling by a lower court, saying that Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary was responsible for multiple cases of oil pollution.

    Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; editing by Jason Neely read more

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    Barrett hears climate case against her father’s ex-employer Shell

    Barrett hears climate case against her father’s ex-employer Shell

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    Research on external factors (suppliers, customers, competition, environment, etc) influencing Royal Dutch Shell

    AskWonder.com: Research on external factors (suppliers, customers, competition, environment, etc) that are influencing Royal Dutch Shell at the moment. Delivered January 30th, 2017.

    Links to royaldutchshellplc.com and royaldutchshellgroup.com as reference sources.

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    SHELL INVESTS IN QUEBEC’S FIRST WASTE TO LOW-CARBON FUELS PLANT

    SHELL INVESTS IN QUEBEC’S FIRST WASTE TO LOW-CARBON FUELS PLANT

    Jan. 05, 2021

    Shell Canada Limited, an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell plc (“Shell”), today announced the signing of commercial agreements to invest in Varennes Carbon Recycling, the first waste to low-carbon fuels plant in Québec, Canada.

    Calgary, AB – Shell will have a 40% interest in the plant using technology developed by Enerkem, a leading Canadian clean tech company. Enerkem announced the project in December 2020, subject to finalization of commercial agreements. read more

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    Shell warns of flaring at Dutch Pernis oil refinery due to ‘malfunctioning’ unit

    Shell warns of flaring at Dutch Pernis oil refinery due to ‘malfunctioning’ unit

    By Reuters Staff: DECEMBER 21, 2020

    LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell warned on Twitter on Monday of increased flaring at its 400,000 barrel per day Dutch Pernis oil refinery, Europe’s largest, due to a “malfunctioning” unit which it did not name.

    Reporting by Ahmad Ghaddar and Shadia Nasralla; editing by David Evans

    SOURCE

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    Shell climate lawsuit: Dutch activists push courts for steeper emissions cuts

    Shell climate lawsuit: Dutch activists push courts for steeper emissions cuts

    Companies that make money selling coal, oil and gas could be held more accountable if judges in the Hague order fossil fuel giant Shell to cut its emissions.

    Backed by 17,000 Dutch citizens, climate activists are wrestling fossil fuel giant Royal Dutch Shell in court over its responsibility to cut emissions to levels that comply with global treaties.

    On the last of four days of hearings in the District Court of the Hague, seven environmental groups led by Friends of the Earth Netherlands pressed the court to force the oil major to commit to the Paris Agreement target of keeping warming to 1.5C. This would mean cutting net carbon emissions by 45% from today’s levels in a decade, the campaigners say, at a time where Shell is still investing heavily in fossil fuels. read more

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    New York Becomes The First State To Divest From Oil And Gas

    New York Becomes The First State To Divest From Oil And Gas

    09/12/2020 13:10 GMT | Updated 09/12/2020 14:54 GMT

    The Empire State’s pension fund is the largest to dump fossil fuel investments ― ever, in the entire world.

    New York state announced plans on Wednesday to eject oil and gas stocks from its $226 billion financial portfolio, becoming the first U.S. state and the biggest pension fund anywhere to divest from fossil fuels.

    By 2025, the New York State Common Retirement Fund, which disburses some $1 billion in benefits to retirees each year, will sell off its “riskiest” oil and gas stocks, following a review. The state aims to completely eliminate carbon polluters from its portfolio by 2040. read more

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    Shell Nigeria Employees Vandalize Oil Pipelines

    Shell Nigeria Employees Vandalize Oil Pipelines

    By Charles Kennedy – Dec 10, 2020, 9:30 AM CST

    Employees of Shell’s Nigeria subsidiary SPDC ordered the deliberate vandalization of oil pipelines to profit from them, according to a Dutch TV documentary, done in partnership with environmentalist organization Milieudefensie.

    Aljazeera reports that the program, to be aired today, cites witnesses who said pipeline leaks were caused by SPDC employees.

    “According to sources, Shell employees profit from these intentional oil leaks by pocketing money from clean up budgets,” the program, Zembla, said. read more

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    Communities in oil-rich Niger Delta pin hopes on Shell climate case

    Communities in oil-rich Niger Delta pin hopes on Shell climate case

    DAKAR, Dec 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As a legal case over energy giant Shell’s planet-heating emissions kicked off in the Netherlands, activists said the health and livelihoods of people in Nigeria’s oil-producing region would hinge on its outcome.

    Royal Dutch Shell faced its first court hearing on Tuesday in a lawsuit brought by environmental and human rights groups in The Hague, the company’s headquarters. read more

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    Multinationals Seem Too Big For Accountability. Switzerland May Change That

    Amnesty International has been challenging Shell for decades about the devastating impact that pollution and environmental damage, associated with the company’s operation, have had on the human rights of people in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. Shell has, however, tried to delegate its responsibility for the damage to its Nigerian subsidiary, SPDC, making it more difficult even for victims to seek justice. Today, there is a case pending in the UK which seeks to hold the company accountable.

    Multinationals Seem Too Big For Accountability. Switzerland May Change That read more

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    5 legal tactics environmentalists are using to fight climate change

    “Fossil fuel companies, like tobacco companies before them, have allowed governments to pay for the harms caused by their products“…

    5 legal tactics environmentalists are using to fight climate change

    Activists are increasingly using litigation as a tool to influence climate action worldwide. Here’s a look at some of the main tactics they’re wielding to force change on fossil fuel firms and weak government policies.

    More than 700 climate lawsuits have been filed around the world since 2015, according to the Climate Change Litigation Databases. That’s a huge increase, considering there have only been about 1,700 of these types of cases since the late 1980s, most of them in the US. read more

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    Shell Canada gives customers option to offset their carbon emissions for two cents per litre

    Shell Canada gives customers option to offset their carbon emissions for two cents per litre

      Posted November 12, 2020 10:03 am: Updated November 12, 2020 6:14 pm A customer fills her full-size sport-utility vehicle at a Shell station in Mississauga, Ont. in this September 28, 2004 photo. The Sobeys grocery store chain is expanding its gasoline retailing business with the purchase of 250 gas stations in Atlantic Canada and Quebec from Shell Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/J.P. Moczulski. THE CANADIAN PRESS/J.P. Moczulski

    Shell Canada is letting carbon-conscious customers get their two cents in for the environment while filling up at one of its 1,400 stations across Canada.

    The Canadian branch of Royal Dutch Shell is launching its Drive Carbon Neutral program  on Thursday to allow customers to help it buy offset credits to reduce net carbon dioxide emissions from the production, refining and burning of fossil fuels. read more

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    Environmental groups want Shell air permit denied

    Environmental groups want Shell air permit denied

    By   – Reporter, Pittsburgh Business Times, Nov 6, 2020, 1:44pm EST

    Environmental groups are urging the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to deny Shell Pennsylvania Chemical’s air quality permits on the basis of what they say will be too much pollution into the Pittsburgh region.

    Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Community’s letter is the latest volley in environmentalists’ battle against the Potter Township project, costing in excess of $6 billion, that has remade a portion of the Ohio River coastline and brought thousands of construction jobs into the region. They’ve asked for a 30-day extension for more information about the permits as well. read more

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    Shell says Pennsylvania ethane cracker about 70% complete

    Shell says Pennsylvania ethane cracker about 70% complete

    By Reuters Staff: October 9, 2020

    Oct 9 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc said on Friday its multibillion-dollar petrochemical complex near Pittsburgh was about 70% complete and remains on track to enter service in the early 2020s.

    After temporarily suspending construction activities on the ethane cracker in March to limit the spread of coronavirus, Shell said it has been re-introducing workers at a measured pace – bringing the total number of workers on site to about 6,500. read more

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    Shell Plans to Divest Oil Drilling Rights off North Alaska Coast

    Shell Plans to Divest Oil Drilling Rights off North Alaska Coast

    Sept. 24, 2020, 10:40 PM Jennifer A. Dlouhy: Bloomberg News

    Shell Oil is planning to divest — not drill — an oil prospect in shallow state waters off Alaska’s northern coast, despite a recent filing with regulators, spokesman Curtis Smith said.

    Shell Offshore Inc. had asked state regulators to combine 18 shallow-water leases and create the West Harrison Bay Unit “in order to pursue a commercial agreement with an alternative operator,” Smith said by email

    “Shell has no intention to operate these leases, which were originally purchased in 2012 and are due to expire in 2022” read more

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    Ken Saro Wiwa Resurrection: Spirit of the Ogoni

    Press release 7th September 2020

    Ken Saro Wiwa Resurrection: Spirit of the Ogoni

    November the 10th 2020 is the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the execution of the environmentalist, author Ken Saro Wiwa and 8 others who became known as the Ogoni 9.

    More than 25 years ago Filmmaker Nathan Achim Sheppard filmed and conducted an in-depth interview at Ken’s home in London about his life, work and struggle.

    Literally a few hours before his final journey to Nigeria never to return.

    In this interview Ken also directs his daughter reading a moving passage from one of his books. read more

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    INSIGHT- In the run-up to U.S. election, drilling lobby promotes natural gas as ‘clean’

    INSIGHT- In the run-up to U.S. election, drilling lobby promotes natural gas as “clean”

    By Valerie Volcovici, Andrew R.C. Marshall and Matthew Green: AUGUST 18, 2020

    WASHINGTON/LONDON, Aug 18 (Reuters) – America’s biggest oil and gas lobby group is ramping up its advertising spending ahead of the November election to persuade voters that natural gas is a climate-friendly fuel, according to ad buying data.

    The campaign by the American Petroleum Institute (API), targeted at younger voters and some tight congressional races, is part of a global battle by the drilling industry to assuage growing fears over the role of natural gas in driving climate change. read more

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    Possible chemical spill in Talfourd Creek

    Possible chemical spill in Talfourd Creek

    Shell Canada is reporting a possible chemical spill at its facility in Corunna.

    A CVECO Code 10 was issued by Shell at around 9 p.m. following the spill of an unknown product into Talfourd Creek.

    Due to the creek’s connection to the St. Clair River, there is a potential that the chemical could reach the main waterway, Shell said.

    BlackburnNews.com will provide more information as it becomes available.

    SOURCE read more

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    Shell faces UK supreme court case over Niger delta pollution

    The fossil fuel company Shell must be held accountable for significant and systematic pollution caused by oil extraction in the Niger delta, lawyers will argue in the supreme court.

    Nigerians from the Ogale and Bille communities say they have suffered decades of pollution, including the contamination of their water wells with potentially cancer-causing chemicals, as well as the devastation of mangrove vegetation, all of which was documented by the UN in a groundbreaking report in 2011.

    The United Nations environment programme (UNEP) said in its report it could take 30 years to clean up the pollution caused by oil extraction and recommended an initial fund of $1bn (£800m) for the first five years to be paid by the oil companies that operate in Ogoniland – including the largest company, Shell. read more

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    Oil Spill Clean-Ups in Nigeria Lack Progress, Groups Say

    Oil Spill Clean-Ups in Nigeria Lack Progress, Groups Say

    William Clowes: Bloomberg: June 17, 2020

    (Bloomberg) –Nigeria and Royal Dutch Shell Plc have failed to implement most recommendations made by the United Nations to clean up oil pollution in the Niger River delta, according to a new report.

    The UN Environment Programme in 2011 proposed the creation of a $1 billion fund to repair the damage done by decades of crude spills in the Ogoniland area in southeastern Nigeria. However, progress has been poor and the little work that has been done is sub-standard, advocacy groups including Amnesty International said Thursday. read more

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    Shell signs up Bureau Veritas for emissions fight

    Shell signs up Bureau Veritas for emissions fight

    Bureau Veritas has signed a global framework agreement with Shell to help reduce emissions from operations.

    Shell has set a target of maintaining methane emissions intensity below 0.2% by 2025.

    Bureau Veritas has said it will help Shell detect leaks across its assets. The Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) process will allow Shell to monitor, quantify and control emissions in order to minimise its carbon footprint. read more

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    Pandemic exposes cracks in oil majors’ bet on plastic

    A massive Pennsylvania plastics project, owned by Shell, that President Donald Trump touted during a visit last year faces risks of oversupply and a low price outlook, an energy industry report said on Thursday.

    Pandemic exposes cracks in oil majors’ bet on plastic

    Joe Brock: JUNE 4, 2020

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The energy industry’s bet that a petrochemicals boom would support decades of oil and gas sales growth is on shaky ground as an already saturated plastic market is hit by a coronavirus demand shock.

    While soaring demand for personal protective equipment and takeaway food containers has boosted sales of some plastics, it is likely to be only a temporary spike, say analysts. read more

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    Shell adding more workers to Beaver County construction site

    Shell adding more workers to Beaver County construction site

    By: Paul J. Gough – Reporter, Pittsburgh Business Times
    Updated: May 14, 2020 – 5:13 PM

    BEAVER COUNTY, Pa. — Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals is planning to reintroduce more workers to its Beaver County construction site, which had been temporarily shut down in March over Covid-19 safety concerns.

    Several weeks ago, Shell began to add more workers from the 300 or so that had remained there for security and other approved purposes even after the construction had been temporarily halted. It now has 800 workers there as it adds employees, but it’s a small portion of the 7,000 or so it had two months ago. read more

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    Nigeria: Court Garnishees First Bank Account With CBN Over Judgment Debt of N182.7 Billion

    The humongous amount represents the punitive measures slammed on Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Limited for devastating the community and its environs and ecosystem with oil spillage.

    By Akin Akinwale: 8 March 2020

    Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has made a garnishee order compelling the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to pay the people of Ejama Community in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State a total sum of N182.7 billion. The amount is to be deducted from the account of First Bank of Nigeria Plc. in the custody of the CBN.

    Lawyers to Ejama community told THISDAY last night they have since served the CBN the garnishee order absolute.

    The humongous amount represents the punitive measures slammed on Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Limited for devastating the community and its environs and ecosystem with oil spillage. read more

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    Shell releases new details on Ascension chemical leak, some roads back open

    January 24, 2020 12:10 PM: Source: WBRZ: By: WBRZ Staf

    GEISMAR – An incident involving hazardous materials has prompted law enforcement to close off multiple intersections near a chemical plant in Ascension Parish.

    The sheriff’s office says a situation at the Shell plant along LA 75 prompted them to shut down several roadways nearby. The department says the closures are precautionary, and there appears to be no off-site impact at this time.

    A Shell spokesperson response stemmed from a hydrocarbon leak that was first noticed around 8 a.m. The plant’s deluge system was activated to reduce the vapors and a response team was immediately dispatched. read more

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    ‘Elevated flaring’ at Shell Norco plant — visible for miles — should end by midweek, company says

    The unusually large streak of fire visible recently in the sky over St. Charles Parish should be gone within the next few days, according to a spokesman for Shell Oil Co.

    For more than a week, the company’s Shell Norco complex has been in a state of “elevated flaring,” creating what at times has been a flare over its facility large enough that it can be seen for miles.

    Shell has said the flaring — which can also be accompanied by loud rumbling noises — was necessary after the complex experienced a series of power dips as a line of storms moved through the area on Jan. 11. read more

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    Shell wins court case to stop activists boarding North Sea rigs

    Wednesday 04 December 2019

    Energy company Shell has won a court order to prevent activists from boarding installations in the North Sea.

    The company secured an interim interdict against Greenpeace at the Court of Session in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

    Shell began the action after environmentalists spent the night on its Brent Alpha and Bravo platforms in October to campaign against leaving parts of them in the sea. The Brent Field is situated 116 miles off the coast of Lerwick, Shetland, midway between the Shetland Isles and the coast of Norway. A Shell spokesman said: “Shell sought this court order only to prevent protesters breaching the statutory 500-metre safety zones around platforms in the Brent field, putting themselves and Shell staff at risk.

    “We wholeheartedly support the right to protest peacefully and safely.

    “We’re pleased this decision recognises that the existing legal safety zone should be respected by campaigners.”

    Shell said of the four Brent platforms, only one – Brent Charlie – is now manned, from which Shell staff could be required to give urgent assistance to any protesters in the event of an emergency but this would also put their teams at risk. read more

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    Shell says oil spill contained at Puget Sound, Washington, refinery dock

    NOVEMBER 18, 2019

    (Reuters) – A crude oil spill onto a barge docked at Royal Dutch Shell’s oil refinery at Puget Sound, Washington, late on Friday was contained on Saturday, the company said in a statement.

    Twenty gallons of oil leaked onto the barge, out of which 5 gallons reached the waters of Fidalgo Bay, Shell said in another statement on Sunday. Clean-up operations were completed and all recoverable product was removed from the water, the company said.

    The source of the crude spill was identified as a pressure relief valve on the barge and the source was secured, the company said earlier. read more

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    Reuters: Shell Says Gas Leak on Unit at Pernis Oil Refinery Under Control

    LONDON — Royal Dutch Shell said there was a gas leak on Friday on a unit at its 404,000 barrel per day Pernis oil refinery in the Netherlands.

    The leak has been stopped and the situation at the refinery is under control, a spokesman said.

    Shell did not specify the unit involved.

    The company separately reported on Nov 6 that while taking one of the units at Pernis offline for scheduled maintenance flaring occurred.

    Shell did not specify which unit that was.

    (Reporting by Ahmad Ghaddar; editing by Jason Neely) read more

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    Why it is hard to be a saint in the city

    Why it is hard to be a saint in the city

    By Nick Charalambous: Monday, October 28, 2019 – 06:30 AM

    Greta Thunberg’s speech at the UN’s Climate Action Summit last month stirred a lot of the world’s views about the environment and this is creeping more and more into our everyday lives.

    I saw one headline last week stating that “climate change is the most serious issue for the majority of voters” but notably it added that these same voters are reluctant to meet the cost of tackling the crisis.

    As a financial adviser, I must say my experience is that investing and ethics typically don’t go hand in hand. I must, however, add there has noticeably been more of a focus on socially responsible investments (SRI) from my clients in recent times. read more

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    Greenpeace activists climb Shell North Sea platform saying ‘clean up your mess’

    Greenpeace activists climb Shell North Sea platform saying ‘clean up your mess’

    By Ron Bousso: Reuters: October 14, 2019

    By Ron Bousso

    LONDON (Reuters) – Greenpeace activists boarded two Royal Dutch Shell oil platforms in the British North Sea on Monday in protest against plans to leave parts of the giant structures in place after production shuts down.

    Pictures provided by Greenpeace show two people in yellow hats scaling one of two giant, rusty structures and unfurling a banner reading “Clean up your mess, Shell!”

    Shell confirmed that protesters boarded the Brent Alpha platform and the Brent Bravo concrete legs. read more

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    Dutch court orders Shell to pay $2.8 million fine for 2014 plant blast

    JUNE 17, 2019 / 2:17 PM

    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A Dutch court on Monday ordered Royal Dutch Shell to pay a 2.5 million euro ($2.8 million) fine for failing to prevent an explosion at its Moerdijk facility in 2014 and for breaching emissions limits at the plant.

    The district court in Den Bosch said Shell had not done enough to prevent an incident on June 3, 2014 which resulted in a series of explosions and a large fire at the Moerdijk chemical plant.

    “The factory, employees, the surroundings and the environment were subject to great danger that day”, the court said. “This justifies a significant punishment.” read more

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    Shell in court over Moerdijk blast, faces maximum fine of €2.4m

    MAY 15, 2019

    The public prosecution department says Shell should pay the maximum fine of €2.4m for the explosion on the Moerdijk industrial estate in 2014 and a further €250,000 for not taking immediate action to halt the leak of a dangerous gas in 2016.

    Shell should pay the maximum fine for the explosion because it had not done all it could to prevent the blast taking place, placing both workers and local residents in danger, the prosecutor said at a court hearing in Den Bosch on Tuesday. read more

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    Shell sees rise in Nigeria oil spills in 2018

    LONDON, April 2 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell last year experienced a sharp rise in the number of oil spills caused by pipeline theft in Nigeria, which the company said were the result of larger output and higher oil prices.

    The number of spills caused by sabotage and theft in the Niger delta rose last year to 111 from 62 in 2017, the Anglo-Dutch company said in its annual sustainability report.

    The volume of oil spilt as a result rose to 1,600 tonnes, or roughly 12,000 barrels, from 1,400 tonnes the previous year. read more

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