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Shell officially shelves plans to build Prince Rupert LNG project

‘Global industry challenges’ delay LNG Canada’s Kitimat project

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A liquefied natural gas tanker arrives at Sodegaura city in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo. There were conditions placed on marine routes and speeds after an environmental assessment of the LNG Canada project. (STR/AFP/Getty )

Consortium says liquefied natural gas facility in Kitimat, B.C., still ‘a promising opportunity’

The Canadian Press, July 12, 2016

Instability in global energy markets has caused the international partners in a proposed liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, B.C., to delay their final decision on the venture indefinitely.

LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz said in a conference call Monday that a drop in natural gas prices around the world, particularly in Asia, has made the project too expensive for now. Read the rest of this entry

Haisla Nation in tough waiting game as LNG delayed

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Haisla chief councillor Ellis Ross with a view in the background of his community and Douglas Channel in the fall of 2014. At the time, community members had jobs to pick from as preliminary work for potential LNG projects was underway and Rio Tinto was in the midst of a major upgrade project on its aluminum smelter in Kitimat. Now, Haisla members are leaving town to look for work as LNG projects are in limbo and the aluminum plant project is complete. Gordon Hoekstra / Vancouver Sun

by Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, May 27, 2016

The Haisla Nation, which supports two of the leading proposed major LNG projects in B.C., is in a tough waiting game as the projects remain in limbo.

Activity on both the $25-billion to $40-billion Shell-led LNG Canada project and the $12-billion Chevron-led Kitimat LNG project proposed for the Kitimat area in northwest B.C., where the Haisla claim traditional territory, have slowed to a crawl. Read the rest of this entry

Royal Dutch Shell casts fresh doubt on B.C. LNG project due to funding

Shell skullby Yadullah Hussain, Financial Post, May 5, 2016

Royal Dutch Shell Plc. has cast doubts its liquefied natural gas export project in British Columbia will secure a final investment decision (FID) by the end of this year, further dashing the province ’s hopes of shipping LNG by 2020.

Shell’s LNG Canada in Kitimat is competing for funding dollars with two other company LNG projects, both in the United States, as well as with a chemicals plant in Pennsylvania, within the next 12 months, chief financial officer Simon Henry told investors during a conference call Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry

Shell Refinery Fined $77,000 for Releasing Toxins Near Swinomish Reservation

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Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery processes as much as 145,000 barrels (5.7 million gallons) of crude oil per day. Photo: Indian Country Today.

by Richard Walker, Indian Country Today, Dec 1, 2015

Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery near the Swinomish Reservation has been fined $77,000 by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries for an uncontrolled release of toxins that sickened residents and sent at least two people to the hospital.

Penalty money will be placed in the workers’ compensation supplemental pension fund, which helps workers and families, Labor & Industries reported November 20.

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Shell abandons Alaska Arctic drilling

The Transocean Polar Pioneer, a semi-submersible drilling unit leased by Shell, was used to explore Arctic deposits. Photograph: Daniella Beccaria/AP

The Transocean Polar Pioneer, a semi-submersible drilling unit leased by Shell, was used to explore Arctic deposits. Photograph: Daniella Beccaria/AP

Oil giant’s US president says hugely controversial drilling operations off Alaska will stop for ‘foreseeable future’ as drilling finds little oil and gas
by Terry Macalister, The Guardian, September 28, 2015
Shell has abandoned its controversial drilling operations in the Alaskan Arctic in the face of mounting opposition in what jubilant environmentalists described as “an unmitigated defeat” for big oil.

The Anglo-Dutch company had repeatedly stressed the enormous hydrocarbon potential of the far north region in public, but in private began to admit it had been surprised by the popular opposition it faced.

Shell said today it had made a marginal discovery of oil and gas with its summer exploration in the Chukchi Sea but not enough to continue to the search for the “foreseeable” future.

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Shell pulls plug on long-delayed oil sands mine

The Oilsands: First Nations struggle to save traditions while profiting from boom

Tar Sands in northern Alberta.

Tar Sands in northern Alberta.

By Marty Klinkenberg, Edmonton Journal, December 15, 2013

FORT CHIPEWYAN — On a hill overlooking Lake Athabasca, the big water that sustained their forefathers for 9,000 years, a dozen residents of Fort Chipewyan gather in a teepee with the legs and shoulders of a freshly killed caribou before them. Read the rest of this entry

Shell consortium gets nod for 25-year LNG export licence

The Canadian Press, Feb 25, 2013Shell skull

The federal government has approved a 25-year export licence for shipping liquefied natural gas from a West Coast terminal proposed by a consortium headed by Shell.

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver says the approval for LNG Canada Development Inc. is a milestone in British Columbia’s plans for a trillion-dollar LNG sector. Read the rest of this entry

B.C.’s Sacred Headwaters to remain protected from drilling

Mark Hume, The Globe and Mail, Tuesday, Dec. 18 2012

Tahltan members protest Shell, 2007.

Tahltan members protest Shell, 2007.

Oil and gas development is to be banned from a 400,000-hectare area in northwestern British Columbia known as the Sacred Headwaters, The Globe and Mail has learned.

In an announcement, expected Tuesday, the B.C. government will confirm that Shell Canada Ltd. is immediately abandoning plans for drilling in the area where the headwaters of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine rivers are located. Read the rest of this entry