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Two explosions and a gas leak at a chemical plant south of Rotterdam have resulted in a heavy fine for energy major Shell. The company has been fined $2.8 million by a Dutch court for violating Dutch labour and environmental laws. The company has also been found responsible for a leak of ethylene oxide gas that lasted from Nov.14, 2015, until Jan. 27, 2016, at the same plant.
A lawsuit which was filed in 2016 by Nigeria, accused many companies of exporting a total of 57 million barrels of crude oil to the United States between 2011 and 2014. The names of the companies also included Eni and Petrobras. However, on Wednesday the Nigerian court ruled out all the claims of the involvement of the subsidiaries of Eni and Petrobras for illegally exporting crude oil to the US.
Senior executives at Shell and Eni are now facing additional corruption allegations over a Nigerian oil deal. In a London lawsuit hearing, Nigerian government asserted about the involvement of executives, including CEOs, into over $1 billion in bribery payments. The years-long dispute over exploration rights to OPL 245 has made it to courtrooms all across Europe. Nigeria has separately prosecuted JP Morgan Chase for transferring payments for the deal.
America's biofuels company, Growth Energy has filed a federal lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency of the US. The company has challenged US for its failing attempt to address rising waived biofuel volumes in its renewable fuel mandate for 2019. Growth Energy's CEO slammed EPA by saying "Today's filing calls for greater accountability from EPA to ensure that every renewable fuel obligation is fulfilled as the law intended".
Nigerian government has accused energy super major Shell and Italy’s Eni for a 2011 oilfield deal. The government has filed a $1.1 billion lawsuit against the energy giants in a commercial court in London on Thursday. Shell and Eni’s former and current officials are also involved in the ongoing corruption trial in Milan where OPL 245 oilfield is a pressing matter.
Supermajor, ExxonMobil has been slammed with a new lawsuit by the New York Attorney General. The lawsuit alleges Exxon of misleading investors about its readiness to overcome the financial challenges posed by climate change to their business. The suit follows a three-year legal fight against Exxon. Spokesman for Exxon, referring to the allegations as baseless, said that the New York AG’s office is yet to find any evidence against Exxon.
EPC giant, TechnipFMC has sued Houston-based McDermott International and its newly appointed CEO, Samik Mukherjee for trade secret theft. TechnipFMC has alleged that Mukherjee downloaded thousands of sensitive and confidential documents right before he left his job at TechnipFMC to accept an offer at McDermott. The court has passed a temporary restraining order necessitating McDermott and Mukherjee to return any TechnipFMC documents and their use.
Anil Ambani-lead Reliance Naval has filed a lawsuit against E&P major, ONGC for wrongfully terminating a deal and invoking bank guarantee. ONGC refused to take the delivery of an eighth vessel under a supply deal of a dozen vessels. Reliance Naval has asked ONGC for a reimbursement of more than $6.6 million, and another $15.46 million as payment for the support vessel.
Greenpeace activists boarded a rig, ‘West Hercules’, which was due to sail to the Arctic to drill prospects for the oil firm Statoil. The drilling unit is being prepared at the Skipavik yard on the west coast of Norway. Along with other environmental groups, Greenpeace has been challenging the verdict of the Norwegian government for continued drilling in the Arctic which violates the citizens’ right to a clean environment.
In the year 2014, India had used a two year old legislation to raise a Rs.10, 247 crore retrospective tax demand on a decade old Cairn’s unit in the country. The British firm had initiated an international arbitration challenging the tax demand and the final hearing will begin in August, 2018 in The Hague.