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Shell Shock! Canadian Workers to Vote on Strike as Oil Giant Plays Tug-of-War with Fair Wages

Posted by John Donovan: 16 June 2024

In the latest episode of Shell’s ongoing drama series “How Low Can We Go?”, the oil titan’s workers at the Scotford facility in Canada are preparing to vote on a strike. Apparently, the greedy, ruthless, polluting giant thinks it’s acceptable to keep its workers’ compensation “well-below industry standards,” according to the Unifor union. 

Despite months of bargaining starting in January, Shell’s idea of a “mutually acceptable agreement” involves low-balling the very people who keep their bitumen upgrader, oil refinery, chemicals plant, and carbon capture and storage facility running smoothly. Let’s not forget, this upgrader has a capacity of 320,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day of diluted bitumen. That’s a lot of oil and a lot of profit, yet somehow fair wages are still out of reach.

A Shell spokesperson, with all the sincerity of a used car salesman, stated, “We will continue to work through the bargaining process to reach a mutually acceptable agreement for both parties.” Sure, because nothing says “mutual” like pushing for wages that don’t meet industry standards. read more

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Shell’s Ghostly Carbon Credits: Spooky Scandal or Just Another Day in Big Oil’s Playbook?

Posted by John Donovan: 14 May 2024

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, to witness the astonishing spectacle of Shell’s latest performance in the carbon credit circus—featuring their star act, the “Phantom Carbon Credits!” That’s right, Shell has once again slipped into the role of the environmental illusionist, trading in what turns out to be absolutely zilch in the real world of CO2 reduction. Let’s give them a round of disbelief, shall we?

Nestled in the heart of Alberta, Canada, Shell’s Quest carbon capture facility became the unlikely star of a scandal where they apparently conjured up double the carbon credits they were supposed to. Yes, you heard that right—like a bad magician pulling fake rabbits out of a hat, from 2015 to 2021, Shell pulled out 5.7 million credits that, oops, didn’t quite match the actual CO2 reductions. read more

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Shell’s Shell Game: Selling Smoke and Mirrors with ‘Phantom’ Carbon Credits!

Posted by John Donovan: 5 May 2024

In a move that could only be described as a masterclass in corporate chutzpah, Shell, the reigning champion of environmental lip service, has been caught with its hand in the carbon cookie jar, selling millions of carbon credits as substantial as a politician’s promises.

Enter Alberta, the land of opportunity for oil giants looking to greenwash their way to profitability. Here, Shell found a cozy little subsidy scheme that allowed them to register and sell carbon credits tied to CO₂ removal that was about as real as a unicorn sighting. According to the province’s registry, Shell managed to pull off the miraculous feat of selling credits equivalent to twice the volume of emissions avoided by its Quest carbon capture facility, which, surprise, surprise, didn’t quite live up to its carbon-sucking hype. read more

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Shell’s Eco-Friendly Fairy Tale Ends in Canada: Greenpeace Waves Magic Wand

Posted by John Donovan: 18 Jan 24

Once upon a time, Shell, the oil giant known for its love affair with the environment (wink, wink), launched an ad campaign in 2020 that was like a fairy tale. They promised the Canadian public that by buying their fossil fuels, they could magically “Drive carbon neutral” thanks to carbon offsets. It’s like saying eating more cake will help you lose weight, but only if you believe hard enough!

But here comes Greenpeace Canada, the party pooper, filing a complaint with the Competition Bureau. They were like that one kid at the party who said, “But the Emperor has no clothes!” Greenpeace pointed out that Shell’s claims were as shaky as a house of cards in a tornado. The big question: Could Shell really offset all emissions from “production through to the use of the fuel”? Spoiler alert: The evidence was as solid as a ghost. read more

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Shell Discovers the Secret Formula: Only Stop Polluting When No One Wants Oil

Posted by John Donovan 17 Sept 2023

In a revelation that’s sure to win hearts worldwide, the president of Shell Canada, Susannah Pierce, has imparted her wisdom on the intricacies of decarbonization. According to Pierce, oil and gas companies, those paragons of environmental stewardship, are merely at the mercy of global energy trends. How refreshing!

Pierce, with an air of condescension that only a seasoned executive can muster, graciously acknowledged that while oil and gas firms should make token efforts to reduce emissions, they’re practically stuck in slow motion, like a snail in a race of sloths. Why? Because, dear readers, the rest of the world just can’t seem to keep up with the brilliant minds in the fossil fuel industry. read more

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Shell Canada snapping up gas stations in preparation for energy transition

Shell Canada snapping up gas stations in preparation for energy transition

Amanda Stephenson, The Canadian Press

CALGARY — After announcing its purchase of 56 gas stations from the parent company of Sobeys Thursday, Shell Canada is on the lookout for other potential acquisitions as it seeks to grow its retail fuel footprint across the country. read more

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Breakingviews: Shell’s next boss looks a shoo-in

REUTERS

Breakingviews: Shell’s next boss looks a shoo-in

By : September 2, 2022: 2:40 PM GMT+1

LONDON, Sept 2 (Reuters Breakingviews) – Shell (SHEL.L) is about to get a new boss. Chief Executive Ben van Beurden, who has been in situ since the start of 2014, is likely to step down from the $192 billion oil giant next year, Reuters has reported read more . Plenty of credible candidates exist to replace him, but one looks the most obvious.

Despite battling with two major oil price slumps and an unprecedented 66% cut to Shell’s dividend in April 2020, Van Beurden’s track record looks acceptable. Since Jan. 1 2014, when he took over, Shell shares have returned 67%… He also pulled off the $70 billion purchase of BG Group in 2016, which made it a leading force in liquefied natural gas (LNG). read more

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Church of England pension boss’s shares in Shell ‘shocking’, say campaigners

The Guardian

Church of England pension boss’s shares in Shell ‘shocking’, say campaigners

Exclusive: Christian climate groups urge Clive Mather to resign and C of E to divest from fossil fuel

Damian Carrington Environment editor: Wed 17 Aug 2022 10.00 EDT

The chair of the Church of England Pensions Board, which has not divested its £3.5bn fund from fossil fuels, is a shareholder in Shell, the Guardian can reveal.

Clive Mather had a 38-year career at the oil company during which he oversaw a multibillion-dollar tar sands project in Canada. read more

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Shell to install 79 EV charging points at Canadian retail stations by end of year

Shell to install 79 EV charging points at Canadian retail stations by end of year

Wed, July 13, 2022, 6:44 p.m.

CALGARY — Shell Canada has announced plans to significantly expand its electric vehicle charging network across the country.

The energy company said Wednesday it will install 79 Shell Recharge fast charging points at 37 Shell retail stations across Canada, along major corridors from B.C. to Ontario, by the end of this year.

Currently, Shell Canada has just 25 charging locations in this country, but parent company Royal Dutch Shell plc is investing heavily in EV infrastructure around the globe as part of its goal to reach net-zero emissions status by 2050. read more

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Shell’s massive carbon capture facility in Canada emits far more than it captures, study says

CNBC

Shell’s massive carbon capture facility in Canada emits far more than it captures, study says

Sam Meredith@SMEREDITH19
  • The “Quest” plant in Alberta, Canada, owned by oil giant Shell, has previously been touted as a “thriving example” of how CCS is working to significantly reduce carbon emissions.
  • However, an investigation by watchdog group Global Witness, showed that while 5 million tons of carbon dioxide had been prevented from escaping into the atmosphere at the plant since 2015, it released a further 7.5 million tons of greenhouse gases over the same period.
  • In response, a spokesperson for Shell told CNBC via email that the analysis was “simply wrong.”

One of the only facilities in the world that uses carbon capture and storage technology (CCS) to reduce the emissions of hydrogen production has been found to emit far more greenhouse gas emissions than it captures.

The Quest plant in Alberta, Canada, owned by oil giant Shell and designed to capture carbon emissions from oil sands operations and safely store them underground, has previously been touted as a “thriving example” of how CCS is working to significantly reduce carbon emissions. read more

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Shell’s carbon capture project emits more GHG than it sequesters

Shell’s carbon capture project emits more GHG than it sequesters

By Theresa Smith: Jan 21, 2022

NGO Global Witness reports that Shell’s Quest carbon capture project in Canada is pushing more greenhouse gases (GHG) into the atmosphere than it is capturing.

One of the few fossil hydrogen plants in the world to use a carbon capture system, Quest is a carbon capture and storage project at a hydrogen plant run by Shell on behalf of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project. It opened in 2015 and according to Shell’s website has captured and stored more than five million tonnes of CO2. read more

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Oil, gas, LNG to be Shell’s ‘cash engines’ for decades: CEO Van Beurden

S&P Global Platts

Oil, gas, LNG to be Shell’s ‘cash engines’ for decades: CEO Van Beurden

Shell plans to keep investing in oil, gas and liquefied natural gas as the “cash engines” for the energy transition and expects its giant LNG Canada project, targeted at Asian markets, will operate well into the second half of the century, CEO Ben van Beurden said Oct. 6.

Speaking at the online Energy Intelligence Forum, Van Beurden dismissed notions of winding down the upstream oil and gas business as “silly” and said there was “nothing illegitimate” about producing oil and gas. In the global energy system, “to just believe that you can switch 100% from coal to 100% renewables…is a little bit of a silly notion,” he said. read more

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Shell proposes large-scale CCS facility in Alberta

Shell proposes large-scale CCS facility in Alberta

Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 12 AM MDT

CALGARY, AB, July 13, 2021 /CNW/ – Today, Shell announced a proposal to build a large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at its Scotford Complex near Edmonton. This would be a key step in transforming Scotford into one of five energy and chemicals parks for Shell around the world, providing customers with lower-carbon fuels and products into the future, such as hydrogen.

The proposed Polaris CCS project, the largest in a series of low-carbon opportunities Shell is exploring at Scotford, would capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from the Shell-owned Scotford refinery and chemicals plant. The initial phase is expected to start operations around the middle of the decade, subject to a final investment decision by Shell expected in 2023. Polaris would have storage capacity of about 300 million tonnes of CO2 over the life of the project. read more

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A Week of Big Blows for Big Oil

THE NEW YORK TIMES

A Week of Big Blows for Big Oil

Two victories by environmental activists added to the uncertainty surrounding the industry and Canada’s oil sands.

: May 29, 2021

For environmentalists, it was a week of victories. For the oil and gas companies they vanquished, as well as Alberta and the other parts of Canada that rely on the energy industry, the week brought new uncertainties.

But environmentalists also dealt a blow to one of those European oil companies, Royal Dutch Shell, this week. A Dutch court ruled that Shell was “obliged” to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of its activities by 45 percent by the end of 2030, compared with 2019 levels. Shell had already announced a 2050 target for reaching net zero emissions, but the decision, if upheld, will force it to speed up its efforts. read more

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Shell Sells Non-Core Canadian Shale Assets to Crescent Point Energy

Shell Sells Non-Core Canadian Shale Assets to Crescent Point Energy

NEWS PROVIDED BY: Shell Canada Limited: Feb 17, 2021, 17:08 ET

CALGARY, ABFeb. 17, 2021 /CNW/ – Royal Dutch Shell plc, through its affiliate Shell Canada Energy (“Shell”), has reached an agreement with publicly listed Canadian energy company Crescent Point Energy Corp. (“Crescent Point”) to sell its Duvernay shale light oil position in Alberta, Canada for a total consideration of US$707 million (C$900 million). The transaction has an effective date of January 1, 2021. read more

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Big Oil’s future could be smaller than its past

Big Oil’s future could be smaller than its past

Paul Takahashi. 6, 2021

Oil companies have crisscrossed the world for more than a century, drilling on nearly every continent and in ever deeper oceans to prospect for fossil fuels that power the global economy.

While they did, the biggest six or seven companies collectively known as Big Oil reshaped international politics and economies, bending them to their will. Oil executives became statesmen in their own right, negotiating deals with foreign leaders to extract oil from the tar sands of Canada, the deserts of the Middle East, off the coasts of South America and Africa and in the shale formations of the U.S. read more

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