Awesome photos show the “Shell No” kayak protest in Seattle this weekend 

This Saturday, hundreds of environmental activists turned out in Seattle to celebrate a day-long festival called the “Paddle in Seattle” and protest Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to increase drilling activities in the Arctic Ocean. 

The protest proved to be as colorful as it was powerful.

The Supreme Court will weigh next week whether corporations can be sued in the United States for suspected complicity in human rights abuses abroad, in a case being closely watched by businesses concerned about long and costly litigation.

The high court on Tuesday will consider the reach of a 1789 U.S. law that had been largely dormant until 1980, when human rights lawyers started using it, at first to sue foreign government officials. Then, over the next 20 years, the lawyers used the law to target multinational corporations.

The case before the court pits the Obama administration and human rights advocates against large companies and foreign governments over allegations that Royal Dutch Shell Plc helped Nigeria crush oil exploration protests in the 1990s.

Administration attorneys and lawyers for the plaintiffs contend corporations can be held accountable in U.S. courts for committing or assisting foreign governments in torture, executions or other human rights abuses.

Attorneys for corporations argue that only individuals, such as company employees or managers involved in the abuse, can be sued, a position adopted by a U.S. appeals court in New York. Other courts ruled corporations can be held liable.

Citizens United says that corporations are people with the same free speech rights.  So if they are people they get the responsibilities along with the rights.


Shell launches largest vessel ever to float: It’s 93 metres high and half a kilometre long

Royal Dutch Shell says it has completed building the hull of the world’s largest floating facility, which has been constructed to process natural gas off the coast of western Australia.

Shell said Tuesday that the 488-meter (1,600 foot) hull of the structure, known as “Prelude,” was floated out of the dry dock in Geoje, South Korea where it is being built.

With a bow and stern half a kilometre apart, four football pitches would fit on the vessel’s deck were it not for a clutter of kit towering up to 93 metres high that will take in the equivalent of 110,000 barrels of oil per day in natural gas and cool it into liquefied natural gas for transport and sale in Asia. It will float above gas fields.

Shell says it can remain in place through a category 5 cyclone.

Construction began last year, three years after the project was announced. Gas production is slated to begin in 2017. (Photo: Seokyong Lee/ Royal Dutch ShellShell)

Q: Let’s turn to the Ukraine? You have been planning to drill for shale gas in eastern Ukraine near recent fighting. How much of that is in areas controlled by Russian separatists?

It is very much in that general region. That venture is very much in the Donetsk and Slavyansk areas. I’m not sure whether they are smack in the middle of the conflict or on the borders. The contours have changed. One thing I know is we can’t operate there. We have declared force majeure. As it happened, we had taken a pause to evaluate the drilling results. So this is just suspended. I don’t know what is going to happen. I guess nobody knows what is going to happen. When it all has stabilized and returned to normal, which I truly hope will happen soon, we’ll take an inventory of what the situation is. There’s no production. We had drilled and fractured the first well. It is very early exploration.

weird how conflicts arise virtually everywhere oil companies spend money

Keep Shell Out of the Arctic! | Save BioGems

For years, Shell has been vying for one environmental jewel that has remained off-limits to the company’s drill rigs: the Polar Bear Seas off the northern coast of Alaska, including the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The Obama Administration has just given Shell a tentative go-ahead to begin drilling this summer off the coastline of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—the polar bear’s most important denning ground in Alaska. An oil spill is all but assured if the company moves forward with full-scale oil production. Even worse, the oil industry has no proven method for cleaning up oil in the Arctic’s ice-filled waters. So the death toll of oil-soaked and poisoned polar bears, whales and seals would be unimaginable.

-Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., NRDC Senior Attorney


Looks like Shell Oil, you know, Royal Dutch Shell?, is finally going to get their way in the Arctic. Despite the fact that they don’t have a plan to handle a spill, don’t have effective technology to handle an accident, and our government lacks technology or money to handle a problem, we’ve given them a shot at creating another Deepwater Horizon for the Arctic. Oh, and to make a lot of money exporting petroleum.

In case you think this drilling will cut your gas bill, guess again. Our number 1 export last year was, wait for it, Gasoline! (“Gas, other fuels are top U.S. export –”) We’re using less gas, so they’re selling it offshore to South America rather than cutting prices. They won’t cut prices, they’ll keep them high and sell whatever we don’t use offshore and pocket the profits.

Which is why they want to drill in the Arctic so badly. Not to reduce our energy dependence on foreign oil. Just to make more money while soaking your wallet.

I do, indeed, have a problem with this. If you do too, have a look at the attached.


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US Supreme Court Dismisses Case Of Ogoni’s Kiobel Against Royal Dutch Petroleum

By SaharaReporters, New York

Royal Dutch Shell and several multinational corporations were handed victory by the US Supreme Court which affirmed the decision of the US Court of Appeals for the second circuit relating to the case of Ogoni nationals affected by Shell’s oil connivance with the Nigerian military.


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Hofpoort is the former Shell Tower by Piet Zanstra. The building has been empty for years. There are plans for transforming it into a residential building:

AUDIO: Young Activist Hangs From Shell Drilling Vessel for 66 Hours

Posted on May 31, 2015

    Chiara D’Angelo suspended herself from the anchor chain of the Royal Dutch Shell support ship Arctic Challenger in the harbor at Bellingham, Wash. (Reese Semanko via AP)

Listen to activist Chiara D’Angelo discuss her protest and the dangers of oil drilling on “The Joe Show,” AM 930 Progressive Talk, KBAI, here.

Twenty-year old college student Chiara D’Angelo spent 66 hours over Memorial Day weekend chained to the anchor of a vessel slated for use by the Royal Dutch Shell oil company in exploratory drilling operations off the coast of northwestern Alaska.

D’Angelo ended her protest, which took place in a harbor in the city of Bellingham, Wash., when she asked Coast Guard personnel to help her down at 9:30 a.m. on Memorial Day. She and her fellow activists said they wanted to question claims that the vessel could help clean up oil spills in the Arctic; they also assert that the extraction and burning of fossil fuels must stop to keep Earth habitable for humans and other life.

Earlier in May, hundreds of activists in kayaks swarmed Elliot Bay in Seattle to protest Shell’s drilling plans.

In an interview with the progressive a.m. radio program “The Joe Show,” D’Angelo said she sought “to bring attention to the issue … to shine light on this symbol in our bay.”

“I was sitting on the Gateway Pacific toxic waste site that used to be historic Lummi fishing ground. We’re talking about one of the most ecologically functioning fishing grounds in the Salish Sea. Right? The people that identify most—way of life—this was their fishing ground, and now it’s a toxic waste site. And I’m sitting there with this guise, this way of saying, ‘Oh, we have an ability to clean it up. We have the Arctic Challenger, and it can technically do what Shell claims it can do.’ And so by hanging off of it over the site, I realized that I’m bringing awareness not only to this ship, but also to what this ship is trying to do in the Arctic.”

D’Angelo also spoke about her uncle who works in the petroleum industry. She sympathized with those who depend on the industry for their livelihoods but said that her uncle recognized that the work he is involved in endangers human life.

Listen to the full interview here.

A second protester, Matt Fuller, joined D’Angelo on the anchor that weekend from Saturday morning until Sunday. In a telephone interview cited by The Guardian, he called Shell’s plans “an affront to our planet and to our society and especially to the indigenous populations up in Alaska who rely on the fish for their subsistence and economic wellbeing.” He added that he was motivated to protest by frustration with the Obama administration, which gave a tentative green light to Shell’s drilling project after declaring that the company had developed strong measures to protect against an oil spill.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

#Activists, #MemorialDay, #RoyalDutchShell

I’m not sure whether this article is addressing a lot of noise from a group of environmentalists, or whether Shell’s corporate strategy is based on a failure by our earthly leaders to limit carbon emissions to the worrisome 2°C threshold. If the former, then let the noise ride itself out. If the latter, then Shell is planning to sell a commodity (fossil fuel) at non-sustainable levels, knowing what the consequences are.

I read parts of the strategic plan, and I think it’s more of a strategic plan under various scenarios than a determination to continue to extract and sell petroleum products. Regardless, you decide. Here’s a few excerpts:

An analysis of Shell’s New Lens planning document points to an acceptance that world temperatures will rise to a level that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change argues would have a severe and widespread impact.

The Shell document says: “Both our (oceans and mountains) scenarios and the IEA New Policies scenario (and our base case energy demand and outlook) do not limit emissions to be consistent with the back-calculated 450 parts per million (Co2 in the atmosphere) 2 degrees C.”

It adds: “We also do not see governments taking steps now that are consistent with 2 degrees C scenario.”