US Appeals Court to Consider Shell’s Plan to Drill New Wells in Gulf of Mexico

US Appeals Court to Consider Shell’s Plan to Drill New Wells in Gulf of Mexico


“Oil On Canvas, Ghosts Birds” by © Greenpeace. “Like a countless assembly of small ghostly shadows urging us to do better…”

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A U.S. appeals court is set to hear a challenge from environmental groups seeking to block Shell from drilling 10 new deepwater wells off the coast of Alabama, one of the first drilling approvals since the disastrous 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill…

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Nigeria: Why Shell Will Continue Oil Spills in the Country
“Oil spills in the Niger Delta have become so common that entire ecosystems are wiped away, eliminating the major source of livelihood of fishermen living on the coastland and forcing many residents to find alternative sources of livelihoods.The recent such disaster inflicted on the country by Royal Dutch Shell is the offshore oil spill on its Bonga oil facility which is reported to have spilled over 30,000 barrels of crude oil on the water body and has a capacity of two million barrels of oil holding capacity, a disaster the company is easily walking away from as usual.The company cleverly declares the spill as a force majeure thereby freeing itself of any obligation such as fine that may be imposed on it and, so far, there has been no investigation by the Nigerian government through its National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) to find out if the company’s claim of a force majeure is tenable.”

North Sea Oil Pollution: “Something has gone wrong here,” Shell Declared; by Greenpeace
“Shell has apologised for the North Sea oil spill and for its own lack of transparency saying: “The fact is something has gone wrong here, so whatever risk assessment we made about the condition of these pipes has proven to be wrong.” It’s not the most reassuring apology in the world; alongside the apology came the admission that the second leak could take weeks to fix, that the pipe that sprung the leak is more than 30 years old, and that if Shell’s risk assessment, maintenance and inspection processes had been better, the accident wouldn’t have happened in the first place…”

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