Restrictions on Shell called for after safety record revealed

Following reports of Shell’s poor safety records held by the government’s Health and Safety Executive, WWF Scotland has called for an end to the company’s North Sea drilling. Dr Richard Dixon, Director of WWF Scotland said: “Revelations over Shell’s own concerns about the Gannet field and about a series of prosecutions and warning from the […]

Industry and Government rebuff oil and gas safety fears

The North Sea industry has reacted defensively to comments made by Adam Ma’anit in the Guardian newspaper suggesting that a more serious disaster is only a matter of time following Shell’s recent spill. Adam Ma’anit wrote in The Guardian on Wednesday that the UK Oil and Gas Industry was a “ticking timebomb” and that ageing […]

Greenpeace criticise secretive Shell

Responding to the latest developments in the North Sea, Greenpeace have questioned Shell’s motives for keeping quiet over last week’s spill. Senior oil campaigner Vicky Wyatt said: “While oil has been flowing, timely information has not. The original leak, now classified as significant, happened on Wednesday, but the news wasn’t made public for 48 hours, […]

North Sea spill continues to flow

Shell UK has confirmed that they have discovered another leak at the Gannet Alpha oil platform and is thought to be steadily releasing around a ton of oil into the North Sea a day. Glen Cayley, Technical Director of Shell’s exploration and production activities in Europe said: “It is not easy to quantify the total […]

Charity calls for clearer dialogue with Shell

RSPB Scotland has called on oil giant Shell to come clean over the recent spill in the North Sea last week and to open a clear dialogue to limit any damage caused. Stuart Housden, Director of RSPB Scotland said: “Communication and sharing knowledge is key at this stage, RSPB Scotland is ready and willing to […]

Shell spill in North Sea

Shell U.K. has confirmed an oil leak in the North Sea but has said that it is under control. The subsea well was shut in on Wednesday and the flowline on the seabed is now isolated and depressurized with leakage of oil considerably reduced. The oil company has come under criticism for not releasing details […]

UK oil spill equipment tested

The UK oil and gas industry has tested its ability to deploy a well capping device in the waters west of Shetland and reported its full success. After the Deepwater Horizon disaster the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Advisory Group (OSPRAG) promised to improve well engineering and oil spill response. This included the creation of […]

Shell own up to Nigerian spill

Shell faces paying a penalty of hundreds of millions of dollars after accepting full liability for two oil spills in the Nigerian Delta which has reportedly affected 69,000 people.According to Amnesty International, more than 13 million barrels of oil have been spilt in the delta, twice as much as by BP in last year’s Gulf […]