Views from the Beltline: Shell bails on the tar sands

I read with interest Royal Dutch Shell’s decision to sell sell most of its stake in Alberta’s tar sands. It brought back memories. I toiled for Shell Canada during my days in the oil patch and the last project I worked on was in the tar sands. Shell was a good company to work for. ...

Views from the Beltline: Shell bails on the tar sands

I read with interest Royal Dutch Shell’s decision to sell sell most of its stake in Alberta’s tar sands. It brought back memories. I toiled for Shell Canada during my days in the oil patch, now a long time ago, and the last project I worked on was in the tar sands. Shell was a ...

The Canadian Progressive: Extreme Energy development is a risk for investment and the planet, Indigenous delegates tell Royal Dutch Shell shareholders

By: Polaris Institute | Press Release: Tuesday May 21st, The Hague, Netherlands – Today members of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) and the Native Village of Point Hope, Alaska attended the Royal Dutch Shell AGM to confront the Chairman and Board over Shell’s decision to pursue highly risky ‘extreme energy’ projects without adequate consultation and accommodation ...

DeSmogBlog: TransCanada’s Latest Extreme Energy Export Pipelines in the U.S. and Canada

shutterstock_48011347.jpg TransCanada was once in the limelight and targeted for its Keystone XL pipeline project. Now, with few eyes watching, it is pushing along two key pipeline projects that would bring two respective forms of what energy geopolitics scholar Michael Klare calls "extreme energy" to lucrative export markets. Pipeline one: the southern segment of the originally proposed ...

DeSmogBlog: 2008 Shell Nigeria Oil Spill 60 Times Larger Than Originally Claimed

shutterstock_88735852.jpg Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) dropped a bombshell early this week, unveiling documents pertaining to the Royal Dutch Shell Oil 2008 Bodo oil pipeline spill. The documents indicate that the Shell spill released 60 times the amount of oil Shell had originally reported in the ravaged Niger Delta coastal ...

Bill Longstaff: The new capitalism—reward without risk

Royal Dutch Shell chief executive Peter Voser earned more than $15-million in pay and bonuses in 2011, more than double his remuneration for 2010. Last year also saw Shell increase its oil spills to 207, substantially more than the previous year. The two are not related of course, but the coincidence is interesting. Voser wasn’t ...

DeSmogBlog: ExxonMobil and Shell Eyeing North American LNG Export Deals

LNG Export.jpg Yesterday, LNG World News reported that ExxonMobil Vice President Andrew Swiger announced, at a conference hosted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, that it was actively seeking LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminals throughout North America, including, but not limited to, in British Columbia and on the Gulf Coast. “In terms of exports from North America, whether ...

DeSmogBlog: ExxonMobil and Shell Stamp Huge Oil and Gas Deals in Iraq

Rumaila Oil Field Explosion.jpg Just a few weeks after President Barack Obama announced U.S. troops are "leaving" the war-torn country, ExxonMobil and Shell each announced major new oil and gas production agreements in Iraq. On November 12, ExxonMobil signed an oil production deal with the Kurdish Regional Government to drill in Iraqi Kurdistan, located in northern Iraq. This comes ...

DeSmogBlog: Massive Natural Gas Export Deal Inked by BG Group, So Much for Industry’s "Domestic Energy" Claims

shutterstock_74395414.jpg The natural gas industry's favorite public relations ploy about the necessity of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the process through which "clean natural gas" is now procured, is that the patriotic gas industry is championing the shale gas boom for domestic consumption and for "national security purposes." We now know definitively that this is pure propaganda. Enter the smoking ...

DeSmogBlog: In Throes of Keystone XL Controversy, Obama Admin OKs Alaska Offshore Drilling

Offshore in Alaska.jpg With all eyes on the ongoing battle over whether or not the Obama Administration and the State Department will approve the disastrous Keystone XL pipeline, it was easy to lose another huge piece of news in the scuffle pertaining to the Obama White House.  On October 3, the Obama Interior Department rubber stamped ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: U.N. Report On Niger Delta Calls For Billion Dollar Shell Oil Spill Clean-Up Fund

1235361139_7f26eef43c.jpg A new United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) report [pdf] discussing the environmental destruction in the Ogoniland region of the Niger Delta wetlands calls out Shell, and says that the contamination warrants emergency action and an initial $1 billion clean-up fund to pay for a sweeping environmental restoration which may take 30 years to complete. ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Shell Agrees To Pay Nigerians For 2008 and 2009 Oil Spills

AD_goi_shell_oct04oilspill_ogoni4.jpg In a historic move, oil giant Shell has agreed to take responsibility and to compensate Bodo fishing communities in the Ogoniland region of the Niger Delta wetlands after their homes and livelihoods were ravaged by destructive oil spills in 2008 and 2009. The case is also significant due to the fact that Shell will ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Shell Forced to Retract "Misleading" Fracking Adverts in South Africa

Screen shot 2011-07-21 at 5.43.24 PM.png The gas industry has finally received the slap on the hand it deserves for parroting the outdated refrain: “there are no instances of documented water contamination from hydraulic fracturing.” In South Africa, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ordered oil and gas giant Shell to withdraw claims about shale gas ...