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NASCAR’s Increasingly Green Flag

11 June 2012 -

(Mother Jones)

Can a sport devoted to gas-guzzling machines ever be a good environmental steward? Well, the stock car racing industry is trying—and is seeing results.

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Fracking for gas allowed in UK despite earthquakes

8 May 2012 -

(The Independent) By Michael McCarthy

Fracking, the controversial natural gas extraction technique which sometimes causes earthquakes, can go ahead in Britain – but only with tight restrictions on the process, a panel of independent scientists will tell the Government today.

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Shell Nigeria oil spill ’60 times bigger than it claimed’

8 May 2012 -

(Guardian) By John Vidal
As the company faces a lawsuit by residents, an assessment by a US oil spill consultancy casts doubt on Shell’s estimate of the Nigerian leak

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Forest Footprint Disclosure Annual Review Shames BP, Shell, ExxonMobil, Others

5 March 2012 -

(Environmental Leader)

Forest Footprint Disclosure has criticized leading oil and gas companies including BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell, Total and Valero Energy for their lack of disclosure regarding their forest use.

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Olympic Games organisers face protests over BP sponsorship deal

5 March 2012 -

(The Guardian) By John Vidal

London 2012 chiefs criticised for allowing oil giant to be major sponsor and official ‘carbon offset partner’ to summer event

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Shareowners Press Chevron on Environmental Liabilities in Ecuador

12 January 2012 -

(Greenbiz) By Robert Kropp

There may be major corporations with poorer corporate governance records than Chevron, but it is unlikely that many have been as tied to systemic human rights and environmental abuses as the U.S.-based oil and gas giant.

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Shell must pay $1bn to deal with Niger Delta oil spills, Amnesty urges

18 November 2011 -

(Guardian)

Rights group says oil giant’s 2008 spills have wrecked livelihoods of 69,000 people and will take 30 years to clean up

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Most Oil and Gas Companies Shunning Sustainability Goals

29 October 2011 -

(GreenBiz.com) By Frank Came

Green Research, a New York-based corporate sustainability research and advisory firm, today released its latest benchmark of corporate environmental sustainability goals, this one analyzing the oil and gas industry.

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Few Oil & Gas Firms Set Environmental Goals

12 October 2011 -

(Environmental Leader)
BP, ConocoPhillips, GazProm, PetroChina, SinoPec and Royal Dutch Shell have all failed to set specific sustainability goals, making the industry lag conspicuously behind others, according to a report by Green Research.

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Oil sands imports could be banned under EU directive

5 October 2011 -

(The Guardian) By Fiona Harvey
Oil from controversial and environmentally destructive tar sands is likely to be all but banned from Europe after a decision on Tuesday. The move also casts doubt on the future of other controversial energy sources such as shale gas.

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Full extent of BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster emissions revealed

22 September 2011 -

(EdieEnergy) September 21, 2011
More than 2m kilograms of black carbon poured into the atmosphere over the nine weeks of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, research has revealed for the first time.

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Controversial Tar Sands Pipeline Moving Forward Despite Heavy Protest

5 September 2011 -

(ENN) By David A Gabel – August 31, 2011
The massive international pipeline, known as the Keystone XL pipeline, would connect Alberta, Canada’s booming tar sands to refineries in Texas and the Gulf Coast. It would be the longest pipeline outside of Russia and China, and would carry North America’s largest oil deposit to the market.

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Dole, Chiquita Targeted by Anti-Tar Sands Ads

24 August 2011 -

(Environmental Leader) August 18, 2011
Dole and Chiquita were confronted yesterday by full-page ads in USA Today, criticizing the banana distributors for their use of Canadian fossil fuels.

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Threat to birds as Shell struggles to halt oil leak

16 August 2011 -

(The Independent) By Michael McCarthy – August 16, 2011
Engineers from Shell were last night still working to halt the biggest oil leak in the North Sea for more than a decade, as conservationists expressed fears for the safety of young seabirds in the affected area.

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Shell says North Sea oil spill is under control

15 August 2011 -

(BBC News) August 13, 2011
Conservationists say an oil leak near the Gannet Alpha platform in the North Sea poses a threat to seabirds. Oil giant Shell says a leak in a North Sea pipeline is under control. A leak in a flow line leading to the Gannet Alpha oil platform, 180 km (113 miles) east of Aberdeen, was found on Wednesday.

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Niger Delta left with $1bn oil pollution clean-up bill

8 August 2011 -

(The Independent) By Daniel Howden – August 5, 2011
Oil pollution in the Niger Delta has gone further than previously thought and a clean-up will take 20 years and cost over $1bn (£614.6m), the UN said.

Half a century of oil production has had a “disastrous impact” on the swamps, mangroves and creeks of the south eastern Nigerian region of Ogoniland, forcing residents to breathe contaminated air and drink polluted water, according to a study by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Shell accepts liability for two oil spills in Nigeria

4 August 2011 -

(The Guardian) By John Vidal
Shell faces a bill of hundreds of millions of dollars after accepting full liability for two massive oil spills that devastated a Nigerian community of 69,000 people and may take at least 20 years to clean up.

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Oil and gas spills in North Sea every week, papers reveal

11 July 2011 -

(The Guardian) Rob Evans, Richard Cookson and Terry Macalister, 5 July 2011 22.34 BST:
Documents list companies that caused more than 100 potentially lethal – and largely unpublicised – leaks in 2009 and 2010. Serious spills of oil and gas from North Sea platforms are occurring at the rate of one a week, undermining oil companies’ claims to be doing everything possible to improve the safety of rigs.

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Shell faces pressure to pull Syria operations

16 June 2011 -

(Syria Today) Syria’s single largest foreign investor, Royal Dutch Shell, is facing calls to end its operations in the country in response to the government’s handling of the recent protests.

A Dutch charity last month held a demonstration at the oil giant’s annual meeting, calling on it to withdraw from Syria.

Speaking to Dutch media, a Shell spokesman said the company had no plans to pull out of Syria. “We are working according to our general policy and principles in our code of conduct,” he said.

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Saudi prince calls for lower oil prices

30 May 2011 -

(CNN) Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal said Sunday that he wants oil prices to drop so that the United States and Europe don’t accelerate efforts to wean themselves off his country’s supply.

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Nine Out of Ten Top Climate Deniers Linked to ExxonMobil

12 May 2011 -

(Triple Pundit) Today’s story probably won’t come as a big surprise to anyone, but in an era where unsubstantiated assertions fly through the news media like raindrops in a hurricane, obscuring the truth to the point of near-invisibility, it’s nice when a bright beam of factual research and analysis shines in to cut through the haze.

A recent analysis conducted by Carbon Brief which investigated the authors of more than 900 published papers that cast doubt on the science underlying climate change, found that nine of the ten most prolific had some kind of relationship with ExxonMobil.
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The political chemistry of oil

3 May 2011 -

Shell admits more responsibility for oil spills in the Niger delta

17 March 2011 -

“LAGOS — For the second time in two years, the Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, has been forced to modify the cause of oil spill in its areas of operations in the Niger Delta.
Under a thorough grill by the Dutch Parliament yesterday, Shell was forced to admit that about 70 per cent of the spills over the past five years were caused by sabotage, contrary to its earlier claims that it was 98 per cent, attributing only two per cent to the company.”
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Shell cuts executive bonus link to Dow Jones Sustainability Index

17 March 2011 -

“Royal Dutch Shell has severed the link between executive bonuses and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
Responsible Investor had reported in October 2010 that the oil giant was reviewing whether to use the DJSI as a bonus metric after it was dumped from the benchmark in what executives termed a “subjective” decision.
Dow Jones and its partner SAM, the sustainable investing arm of Robeco, dropped Shell from the index in September 2010 after deleting rival BP in June following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Now Hans Wijers, the chairman of Shell’s remuneration committee, has written to investors informing them that it had to consider its exclusion from the DJSI “notwithstanding improvements in our 2010 DJSI score”.”
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Converting waste plastic into Oil

28 February 2011 -

A Japanese scientist has engineered a simple way of turning waste plastic back into a valuable resource. His revolutionary form of recycling dramatically reduces harmful emissions caused by burning plastic and could spell the end for one of the most notoriously difficult and abundant pollutants.

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