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ROYAL DUTCH SHELL NEWS HEADLINES NOVEMBER 2005

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL NEWS HEADLINES NOVEMBER 2005

 Dow Jones Newswires: Global Gas Demand To Grow By 3% Next Decade – Shell Exec: $16 Trillion Energy Invest Needed From 2001-30 – Shell Exec: Wednesday November 30, 2005: READ
 
AllAfrica.com: Delta Community Threatens to Shut Shell’s Facilities: “If after three weeks from the date of this letter (21st November 2005), nothing positive is seen on ground, be informed that we will be left with no option than to take our fate in our hands and this will include mass protest, shut down of all SPDC facilities in Uzere kingdom and any other legal process to seek an end to this injustice.”: Posted Wednesday 30 November 05: READ
YnetNews (Israel): Shell returning to Israel: U.S. energy giant plans to return to do business in Israel following 50-year-long absence: Wednesday 30 November 2005: READ
 
Daily Independent (Nigeria): Shell, Iwhrekan community disagree on oil spill clean-up contract: Wednesday 30 November 2005: READ
 
BLOOMBERG: China May Drill Philippine Oil That Shell Rejected (Update2): Wednesday 30 November 2005: READ
 
AFX Europe (Focus): Australia’s Woodside appoints Chaney to board; in line for chairman job: “Woodside, 34 pct owned by Royal Dutch Shell, said Chaney will become chairman following the retirement of current chairman Charles Goode in mid 2007.”: Wednesday November 30, 2005: READ
 
Irish Times: Ion makes offer for 180 British Shell stations: Posted Wednesday 30 November 2005: READ
 
The Independent: Hamish McRae: Forget nuclear power – focus on greener energy sources and promoting conservation: ” Other oil groups are terrified of having a non-green image and are working hard to improve both perceptions and reality. What BP does will be watched very closely by Shell and Exxon. There are ways in which we can both improve our own performance and influence the world for the better”: Wednesday 30 November 2005: READ
 
The Times: Suburbs sprout oil derricks as city taps into slimy past: “THE rusting oil derricks that once pumped crude from beneath the streets of Los Angeles are being brought back to life almost 50 years after being abandoned.”: “In 1943 Shell Oil introduced the first “noiseless” derrick by wrapping it in insulation.”: Wednesday 30 November 2005: READ
Ferret.com.au: Emerson awarded major Sakhalin II contracts (with added commentary by a Shell Insider): 29 November 2005: READ
 
ShellNews.net: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development defers Sakhalin2 decision for one month?: Tuesday 29 November 2005: 07.00am EST: READ
 
ThisDayOnline (Nigeria): At Last, Bonga Oil Field Begins Production: Project costs $3.6bn, says Shell: (With added commentary by a Shell Insider): Tuesday 29 November 2005: READ
 
BankWatch.com: No public financing for Shell’s Sakhalin II project!: Posted 29 November 2005: READ
 
Ireland On-Line: New call for scrapping of Corrib gas project: Posted 29 November 2005: READ
Financial Times: Shell’s Bonga starts production: “Royal Dutch Shell yesterday announced the start of oil production from its Bonga field in offshore Nigeria, two years behind schedule and about $1bn (£581m) over budget.”: “…the project’s troubled history has harmed the company’s reputation when it comes to executing large and technically-challenging projects.Costs at Shell’s flagship Sakhalin-2 project in Russia have already doubled to $20bn and the company has also faced rising costs at its oil sands project in Canada.”: Tuesday 29 November 2005: READ
 
The New York Times: Protests Hit Nigerian Oil State Under Army Watch: “Right now, we don’t think we are threatened. Our normal operations and routine continue,” said a spokesman of Royal Dutch Shell, which accounts for almost half of Nigeria’s output.”: Posted Tuesday 29 November 2005: READ
 
LexPress.mu: POLITICS: Civil Society, where art thou?: “In a case that is still ongoing in Ireland, there has been the clearest example of a corporate and political conspiracy against the people. But it also refreshingly demonstrates the great potential within society to resist forces against its interests. The multinational in question is Royal Dutch – Shell, a company that we are all too familiar with in Africa.”: Tuesday 29 November 2005: READ

:ShellNews.net: Dynamite Email from Shell insider: “I am a Shell employee but of late we not allowed anymore to freely ventilate our concerns to management by fear which reigns inside the company. Therefore I take the unusual step to send this email to you from my home address and trust you will keep me anonymous.”: “The last few weeks there has been a great number of articles on Sakhalin and other disasters on your site. The one that made me write this email was the interview with Linda Cook.”: “…the ‘poodle’ of Phil Watts…”: November 2005: READ

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Shell News Archive Wednesday 30 November 2005

Shell News Archive Wednesday 30 November 2005

Dow Jones Newswires: Global Gas Demand To Grow By 3% Next Decade – Shell Exec: $16 Trillion Energy Invest Needed From 2001-30 – Shell Exec: Wednesday November 30, 2005: READ

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Shell News Archive Tuesday 29 November, 2005

Shell News Archive Tuesday 29 November, 2005

Ferret.com.au: Emerson awarded major Sakhalin II contracts (with added commentary by a Shell Insider): 29 November 2005: READ
 
ShellNews.net: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development defers Sakhalin2 decision for one month?: Tuesday 29 November 2005: 07.00am EST: READ
 
ThisDayOnline (Nigeria): At Last, Bonga Oil Field Begins Production: Project costs $3.6bn, says Shell: (With added commentary by a Shell Insider): Tuesday 29 November 2005: READ
 
BankWatch.com: No public financing for Shell’s Sakhalin II project!: Posted 29 November 2005: READ
 
Ireland On-Line: New call for scrapping of Corrib gas project: Posted 29 November 2005: READ
Financial Times: Shell’s Bonga starts production: “Royal Dutch Shell yesterday announced the start of oil production from its Bonga field in offshore Nigeria, two years behind schedule and about $1bn (£581m) over budget.”: “…the project’s troubled history has harmed the company’s reputation when it comes to executing large and technically-challenging projects.Costs at Shell’s flagship Sakhalin-2 project in Russia have already doubled to $20bn and the company has also faced rising costs at its oil sands project in Canada.”: Tuesday 29 November 2005: READ
 
The New York Times: Protests Hit Nigerian Oil State Under Army Watch: “Right now, we don’t think we are threatened. Our normal operations and routine continue,” said a spokesman of Royal Dutch Shell, which accounts for almost half of Nigeria’s output.”: Posted Tuesday 29 November 2005: READ
 
LexPress.mu: POLITICS: Civil Society, where art thou?: “In a case that is still ongoing in Ireland, there has been the clearest example of a corporate and political conspiracy against the people. But it also refreshingly demonstrates the great potential within society to resist forces against its interests. The multinational in question is Royal Dutch – Shell, a company that we are all too familiar with in Africa.”: Tuesday 29 November 2005: READ

:ShellNews.net: Dynamite Email from Shell insider: “I am a Shell employee but of late we not allowed anymore to freely ventilate our concerns to management by fear which reigns inside the company. Therefore I take the unusual step to send this email to you from my home address and trust you will keep me anonymous.”: “The last few weeks there has been a great number of articles on Sakhalin and other disasters on your site. The one that made me write this email was the interview with Linda Cook.”: “…the ‘poodle’ of Phil Watts…”: November 2005: READ

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Shell News Archive Monday 28 November 2005

Shell News Archive Monday 28 November 2005

Forbes/AFX News Limited: Shell starts production at massive new Nigerian field UPDATE: “Development of the Bonga field was hit by long delays and cost overruns, but Shell now hopes to rapidly reach peak capacity and boost the west African country’s total oil production by 10 pct.”: Monday 28 November 2005: READ
 
BBC NEWS: Shell’s new Nigerian field on tap: Anglo-Dutch giant Shell says it has begun pumping oil from a huge new field off the Nigerian coast, boosting the country’s total production by 10%.”: “However, delays and cost overruns mean the development cost $3.6bn (£2.1bn), up from original estimates of $2.7bn.”: Monday 28 November 2005: READ

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Shell News Archive Sunday 27 November, 2005

Shell News Archive Sunday 27 November, 2005

World Wildlife Fund: Shell fails European Bank’s funding requirements: Sunday 27 November 2005: READ
(including downloadable WWF report: “Risky Business – the new Shell”)
 
Pacific Russia Information (PRI) Group: Sakhalin Oil and Gas News: Week of November 27, 2005: READ
 
The Observer: WWF attacks Shell over Sakhalin: “The attack comes at a sensitive time for Shell because the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development assesses tomorrow whether to lend money to the oil and gas scheme, which is essential for Shell’s long-term prospects.”: “For Shell, a rejection would spell disaster.”: Sunday November 27, 2005: READ

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Shell News Archive Saturday 26 November, 2005

Shell News Archive Saturday 26 November, 2005

Financial Times: Banking: Whales hold key to fate of voluntary guidelines: “Top executives at some of the world’s biggest banks have spent a good deal of time recently pondering the fate of 100 grey whales. The whales, which live off Russia’s Pacific coast, are threatened by Shell’s huge Sakhalin II oil and gas project, according to environmental campaigners who have been lobbying banks to withdraw funding from the scheme.”: Saturday 26 November 2005: READ

WWF International, Switzerland: Unfit for purpose: Shell consortium profiting from the riches of Russia’s Far East: “…an oil platform is being built at the very spot where the last 100 critically endangered Western Pacific gray whales feed off of Sakhalin Island.”: 26 November 2005: READ

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Shell News Archive Friday 25 November, 2005

Shell News Archive Friday 25 November, 2005

AFX Europe (Focus): EU clears joint venture between Shell and ERG: Saturday November 25, 2005: READ

CNW Group: Queen’s University TEAM Project Empowered by Shell Canada: “Shell Canada today donated $400,000 to power Technology, Engineering and Management (TEAM) at Queen’s University for the next three years.”: Posted Saturday 26 November 2005: READ

Bellona (UK): Shell does not intend to invest in Russian oil refinement: Friday 25 November 2005: READ

BLOOMBERG: Gas Drilling Plan in Dutch Wetland Spurs Anti-Government Outcry: “Shell, Europe’s second-biggest oil company, and Exxon want to drill in the Wadden Sea to supplement their aging Groningen field.”: Friday 25 November 2005: READ

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Shell News Archive Thursday 24 November 2005

Shell News Archive Thursday 24 November 2005

The New York Times: Big Oil CEOs Mull Response to Subpoenas: “Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and the U.S. units of BP and Royal Dutch Shell Plc. were subpoenaed.”: Posted Thursday 24 Nov 05: READ

Gulf Times (Qatar): Shell calls for innovation: “Shell exploration and production executive vice president (technical) John Darley has said meeting the increasing demands for hydrocarbon fuels would require innovation and investment in both technology and people.”: Thursday, 24 November, 2005: READ

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Shell News Archive Wednesday 23 November, 2005

Shell News Archive Wednesday 23 November, 2005

Financial Times: The clockwork mind in Shell’s high echelons: “She is also one of the five executive directors of a business that has been through two years of hell, following the huge overstatement of its oil and gas reserves that led to the removal of Sir Philip Watts, the chairman, and two other directors, fines of about $150m and a corporate governance overhaul. Restoring morale and rebuilding the group’s shattered reputation are inevitably top priorities. Earlier this year, an internal survey found that fewer than half the 112,000 employees thought the company was well led. But are those executives who belonged to the previous senior team tainted by association? “It’s something that we can’t worry about,” Ms Cook says briskly. “Worrying about reputation or morale isn’t going to change it.”: “But the group faces another major headache – delays and cost overruns at some ofits biggest projects, including Sakhalin-2, its flagship Russian project. With hindsight, it is clear that Shell underestimated the enormous challenges involved in Sakhalin, she says.”: Posted Wednesday 23 November 2005: READ

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Shell News Archive Tuesday 22 November, 2005

Shell News Archive Tuesday 22 November, 2005

RIGZONE: Rumours Point to Growing Expectation of Big Oilpatch Deals in the Offing: “EnCana, Canada’s largest independent energy company, was also rumoured in October to be coveted by global energy giant Royal Dutch Shell Group PLC, despite its market value of more than $45 billion.”: Posted Tuesday 22 November 2005: READ

Moscow Times: Shell Has Buyers for Sakhalin Gas: “Royal Dutch Shell’s venture on Sakhalin Island in the Far East has sales commitments for all the liquefied natural gas it plans to produce, President Vladimir Putin told an economic forum Monday in Tokyo.”: Tuesday, November 22, 2005.: READ

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Shell News Archive Monday 21 November, 2005

From our Shell News Archive Monday 21 November, 2005

ShellNews.net: Shell Brent field shut down?: Monday 21 November 2005: 10.50am EST: READ
Dow Jones Commodities News via Comtex: “A Russian government committee Friday rejected Total SA’s (TOT) financial plan for the Kharyaga oil production project for 2005 and 2006, claiming it had failed to stick to a plan approved earlier in the year.”: “The ministry noted Total’s cost estimates were more than 10% higher than originally planned.”: *”This report proves that companies other than Shell are also over budget on projects in Russia, but not by 260% as is the case with Shell!”: Monday 21 November 2005: READ

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Shell News Archive Sunday 20 November, 2005

From our Shell News Archive Sunday 20 November, 2005

Al-Bawaba (Jordan): Shell to start seismic operations in Libya: Sunday 20 November 2005: READ

AME Info (United Arab Emirates): Shell introduces innovative technology for water life cycle management in oil fields: Sunday 20 November 2005: READ
 
BLOOMBERG: Putin to Seek Kurils Solution Through Economic Ties: In Sakhalin, Japanese companies are investing in at least two of five oil and gas projects that may spend $50 billion to supply Northeast Asia and the U.S. Exxon Mobil Corp., BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the biggest publicly traded oil companies, lead three of the ventures. Sunday 20 November 2005: READ

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Shell News Archive Saturday 19 November, 2005

Shell News Archive Saturday 19 November, 2005

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Senate Approves Tax Bill Despite Oil Firms’ Protests: “…lobbyists for companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp., BP PLC, Chevron Corp., Royal Dutch Shell PLC and ConocoPhillips mounted a campaign in opposition.”: Posted Saturday 19 November 2005: READ
 
The Times: Natural resources: Scottish group’s oil strike is jewel in India’s crown: “The discovery of oil at Mangala single-handedly catapulted Cairn from relative obscurity into a FTSE 100 company, poured further mockery on Royal Dutch Shell at the time of its reserves scandal — the Rajasthan block was originally Shell’s, but was relinquished to Cairn three years ago…”: November 19, 2005: READ
 
Confidential Shell internal document: More Upstream, Profitable Downstream: The 2005 Roadmap to realising the strategy: Posted 19 November 2005 VIEW
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ShellNews.net: Rattled Shell management swamped with bad news, issues threat following President Putin’s Sakhalin2 tirade: November 2005: READ

The New York Times: Chevron CEO Denies 2001 Cheney Task Force Meetings: “The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that a White House document showed that some companies — Exxon Mobil Corp., Conoco, Shell Oil Co. and BP America Inc., whose executives testified at last week’s Senate hearing — did in fact meet with the task force, but Chevron was not named in the document.”: Sat 19 November 2005: READ

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Shell News Archive Friday 18 November 2005

Shell News Archive Friday 18 November 2005

noticias.info: UK Pledges $30 Million To African Business Fund: “Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Shell Foundation also announced that they would contribute a combined total of $2.5 million over five years…”: Friday 18 November 2005: READ

Oil Voice: Shell Canada Announces $2.7 Billion Investment Program For 2006: Friday, November 18, 2005: READ

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: White House Backs Oil Firms’ Attempt To Avoid New Tax: Friday 18 November 2005: READ

Asia Pulse: SHELL CONTINUES TO EXPAND INVESTMENT IN CHINESE MAINLAND: Shell Group has so far invested more than US$3 billion in the Chinese mainland, said Lim Haw Kuang, chairman of Shell Group of Companies in China.”: Friday November 18, 2005: READ

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SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE 17 NOVEMBER 2005

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE 17 NOVEMBER 2005

ShellNews.net: Rattled Shell management swamped with bad news, issues threat following President Putin’s Sakhalin2 tirade: Thursday 17 November 2005: 03.00am EDT: READ

FOX NEWS: Dems: Oil Execs Lied at Senate Hearing: “Spokesmen for Shell and ExxonMobil reached Wednesday stood by their executives’ statements last week.”: Thursday 17 November 2005: READ

Edubourse.com/La Société: Shell Exploration & Production expands its South Texas asset: Thursday 17 November 2005: READ

Legal Week: Herbies celebrates as FSA clears ex-Shell boss Watts: “The move saw the FSA’s regulatory decision committee (RDC) reject the call of the City watchdog’s own enforcement division to subject Watts to further investigation.”: “Watts continues to be investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission in the US, where he has instructed Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw.”: Thursday 17 November 2005: READ

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SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE WEDNESDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2005

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE WEDNESDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2005

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Chief Oil & Gas Eyes Future Sale: “In August, Royal Dutch Shell PLC bought up leases for 25,000 acres, marking the first entry by a so-called supermajor into the field. Shell was rumored to be interested in Chief earlier this year…”: Posted Wednesday 16 November 2005: READ
 
CNW Group: Press Release: Shell announces $750,000 for Fort McMurray health care: Wednesday November 16, 12:24 pm ET: READ
 
The New York Times: Senate Panel Votes to End Big Oil Tax Break: “Executives from five major oil companies, Exxon Mobil, BP Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Shell Oil, told a televised Senate hearing last week that their companies did not need some of the tax breaks Congress provided.”: Posted Wednesday 16 November 2005: READ

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Shell News Archive Tuesday 15 November, 2005

From our Shell News Archive Tuesday 15 November, 2005

ShellNews.net: Royal Dutch Shell fails to deny $26 billion overrun figure on Sakhalin2: Tuesday 15 November 2005: 08.45am ET: READ

ShellNews.net: Leaked Shell internal email from Tom Botts, Executive Vice President-Europe, Shell International Exploration & Production: Posted Tuesday 15 November 2005: READ

Houston Chronicle: Nigerian court orders an end to gas flaring: “Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron, Exxon Mobil and other oil companies in Nigeria must stop burning off gas associated with oil production or risk prison time and fines, a Nigerian federal court has ruled.”: Posted Tuesday 15 November 2005: READ

JPT ONLINE: Offshore Europe Conference Assesses Hydrocarbon Demand Challenges: “Rethinking the Upstream/Downstream Split: Tom Botts, Executive Vice President-Europe for Shell Intl. E&P”: Posted Tuesday 15 Nov 2005: READ

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Shell News Archive Monday 14 November 2005

From our Shell News Archive Monday 14 November 2005

Daily Telegraph: Shell urged to help pay investors’ tax bills: “Lord Oxburgh of Liverpool, the former chairman of Shell, has called on the oil and gas giant to compensate British investors left with a multi-million pound tax bill from its restructuring.”: The vast majority of the 3,000 Royal Dutch holders accepted the deal after Jeroen van der Veer, Shell’s chief executive, warned his “toolbox” to help them was empty. But a small minority held out and were rewarded in late September when Shell offered a tax-efficient loan note alternative. The shareholders who originally accepted – and have been left with a large tax bill – are now considering legal action against Shell.”: Monday 14 November 2005: READ

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Shell News Archive Sunday 13 November 2005

Shell News Archive Sunday 13 November 2005

Sunday Business Post (Ireland): Cassells meets Shell and Mayo protesters to seek mediation: Shell mediator Peter Cassells held his first informal meetings with Shell management and action group Shell to Sea last week, The Sunday Business Post has learned.”: Cassells travelled to Mayo last Tuesday evening to meet Shell management and the five local men who spent 90 days in prison for refusing to undertake not to obstruct the Shell pipeline.”: Sunday 13 November 2005: READ

Sunday Business Post (Ireland): Shell strike could hit oil supply: “More than a quarter of Ireland’s total oil supply could be affected by a planned strike at Irish Shell next week, The Sunday Business Post has learned.”: Sunday 13 November 2005: READ

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Shell News Archive Saturday 12 November 2005

From our Shell News Archive Saturday 12 November 2005

BBC NEWS: Technician dies on offshore rig (Shell’s Sole Pit Clipper platform complex): Saturday 12 November 2005: READ

The Times: Chequing out: “SHELL has quietly banned cheques from its petrol station forecourts.”: “A company already with a reputation for arrogance and high-handedness, now I come to think of it.”: Posted Saturday 12 November 2005: READ

Financial Times: Oil companies poised to ride out dip and maintain strength: Saturday 12 November 2005: READ

Irish Times: Pre-Christmas action unlikely as Dublin Bus drivers vote for strike: “Meanwhile, Siptu has served notice of industrial action on Irish Shell on behalf of 65 clerical, managerial, supervisory and administrative grades employed in Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Cork. The union accused the company of attempting to impose change without agreement which would result in a worsening of employment conditions for its members. Pickets are planned from Thursday.”: Saturday 12 November 2005: READ

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From our Shell News Archive Friday 11 November 2005

From our Shell News Archive Friday 11 November 2005

Daily Mail: FSA halts probe into ex-Shell boss Watts: An internal FSA committee overruled the watchdog’s enforcement arm and dropped the case.”: Posted Friday 11 November 2005: READ

Reuters: NIGERIA: Problems persist in oil-rich delta 10 years after activist’s death: On 10 November 1995, and to international outcry, Saro-Wiwa and eight other members of the Ogoni people who live in the Delta, were hanged for murder by special order of then military ruler, General Sani Abacha after a trial widely condemned as flawed and before an appeal could be made. At the heart of the scandal was oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, which pumps nearly half of Nigeria’s 2.5 million barrels of crude oil exported each year.”: Friday 11 November 2005: READ

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Shell News Archive Thursday 10 November 2005

From our Shell News Archive Thursday 10 November 2005

The Guardian (UK) Ousted Shell boss cleared over reserves scandal: “Sir Philip is still facing investigation by the securities and exchange commission, the US financial regulator, into his personal actions in relation to the downgrades, while one major class-action lawsuit against Shell is under way in America.”: Thursday 10 November 2005: READ

Financial Times: FSA decides not to pursue individuals: “Item two: in July last year it fined Royal Dutch/Shell £17m for mis-stating its oil reserves. Item three: after an inquiry that lasted well over a year into the role of “certain individuals”, it announced yesterday that it would not be taking any further action.”: “Perhaps it was some mischievous computers that took it into their hard drives to concoct all those inflated numbers.”: Thursday 10 November 2005: READ

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Shell News Archive Tuesday 9 November, 2005

From our Shell News Archive Tuesday 9 November, 2005

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: THE AFTERNOON REPORT: “Oil executives went to Washington and tried to convince Congress not to siphon off any of their billions in third-quarter profits.”: Wed 9 November 2005: READ

Virgin.net: Shell’s ex-chairman escapes censure: “Former Shell chairman Sir Philip Watts has escaped censure from the City watchdog over his role in the oil giant’s reserves crisis.”: Wednesday 9 November 2005: READ

Reuters: FSA drops reserves probe into ex-Shell chairman: “Shell shocked investors in 2004 by admitting it had overstated its reserves by around a third. The scandal cost Watts and other senior Shell managers their jobs.”: Wed Nov 9, 2005: READ

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Shell News Archive Monday 8 November, 2005

From Our Shell News Archive Monday 8 November, 2005

The Independent: Business Analysis: Bulging profits make the oil majors an easy tax target for politicians: “The mouth-watering profits made by major oil companies on both sides of the Atlantic are proving an irresistible target for politicians. A special windfall tax on these earnings would neatly help ease the budgetary problems faced by the US and the UK, and in a way that does not directly hurt voters.”: “The embarrassment of riches has simply come from a runaway oil price that has much to do with Opec and geopolitics, and little to do with the ingenuity of Exxon, Shell or BP.”: Tuesday 8 November 2005: READ

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Shell News Archive for Monday 7 November 2005

From our Shell News Archive for Monday 7 November 2005

The New York Times: World’s Energy Policy Is Not Sustainable: Monday 7 November 2005: READ

RIGZONE: Shell Exploration & Production is Returning to New Orleans: Monday, November 07, 2005: READ

Financial Times: Shell’s ‘hands off’ approach pushes up costs: “Shell’s dependence on contractors may help explain why it has lost control over costs at some of its largest projects. This summer, the company said the price tag of Sakhalin-2, a giant natural gas project in eastern Russia, had doubled to $20bn.”: “Shell has conceded it has a problem.”: Monday 7 November 2005: READ

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Royal Dutch Shell News 6 November 2005

Royal Dutch Shell News 6 November 2005

Sakhalin Oil and Gas News: ANALYSTS FORESEE INCREASED INVESTMENT IN SAKHALIN-2: Week of November 6, 2005: READ

ShellNews.net: Royal Dutch Shell suspends its “Tell Shell” discussion forum indefinitely in response to censorship attack: Sunday 6 November 2005: 04.30am EDT: READ

The Observer: In the name of my father: “…Shell remains part of the problem in the Niger Delta but my feeling is that the company mistakenly believes it can ride out the crisis and return to Ogoni one day.”: Sunday November 6, 2005: READ

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ROYAL DUTCH SHELL NEWS SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2005

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL NEWS SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2005

Daily Telegraph: Resistance pays off for Shell rebels: “Rebel Shell shareholders who refused to accept the terms of the the oil company’s restructuring, because it left them with big tax bills, look to have been rewarded for their resistance.”: “More than 1,000 British shareholders who accepted the terms are now considering suing Shell to claw back the money to pay the tax bill.”: Saturday 5 November 2005: READ

BBC Monitoring Service – UK: Amnesty International blames violence in troubled Nigerian region on oil firms: “Amnesty International has indicted the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria and Chevron Nigeria Limited for continued outbreak of violence in oil-rich Niger/Delta area.”: Posted Saturday 5 November 2005: READ

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From our Shell News Archive 4 November 2005

From our Shell News Archive 4 November 2005

Globe & Mail: Ottawa has many pipeline options, Shell says: “There are plenty of ways for Ottawa to help support the proposed $7-billion Mackenzie Valley natural gas pipeline besides taking an equity stake in the venture, the head of Shell Canada Ltd. says.”: Friday, November 4, 2005 Page B4: READ

The Times: Need to Know: “Talks between Royal Dutch Shell, the oil major, and unions to resolve a strike at the Pernis refinery in Rotterdam are to continue, according to unions.”: Friday 4 November 2005: READ

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Shell News Archive 3 November 2005

From Our Shell News Archive 3 November 2005

openprovider.co.uk: The EU domain battle

A recent example of an expensive lawsuit is the Shell case for royaldutchshellplc.com and royaldutchshellgroup.com. Shell lost this case. So far the lawsuit has cost millions and the domain still doesn’t belong to them.”: Posted Thursday 3 November 2005

Forbes/AFX News Limited: Shell and unions reach compromise, work at Dutch refineries to resume today: “…the CNV Chemie union confirmed that Shell has agreed to continue to allow its workers to retire at the age of 60.”: Thursday 3 November 2005

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From our Shell News Archive 1 November 2005

From our Shell News Archive 1 November 2005

Kommersant: Russian President Did Not Bow for Queen: “However, the main intrigue of that day was opened during the meeting with business circles of the Netherlands — the head of Shell raised the question about the participation of this company in the project Sakhalin-2.”: Shell sometime ago signed an agreement with Gasprom, and now Mr. Van Der Veer offered to reconsider the conditions.”: Wednesday 2 November 2005: READ

Reuters: Putin slams Shell’s Sakhalin costs – paper: “President Vladimir Putin told executives of major oil company Royal Dutch Shell Russia would not approve Shell’s request to let it double costs at its huge Sakhalin project to $20 billion”: “…Putin had spent more than 30 minutes criticising the cost overruns at the Shell-led Sakhalin-2. Putin’s criticisms come as a big blow for Shell…”: Wednesday Nov 2, 2005 7:20 AM GMT: READ

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New York Law Journal: Court Finds ‘Gripe Site’ Is Protected Free Speech, Not Defamation

Mark Fass
November 1, 2005

The contents of a New Jersey man’s “gripe site” — a 45-page Web site dedicated to the perceived misdeeds of his car insurer — were protected free speech that did not constitute defamation, a Manhattan judge has ruled.

Penn Warranty Corp. alleged that Ronald DiGiovanni’s site made eight libelous statements about its business, including that it is a “blatantly dishonest company” that has been “running scams,” “committing fraud on a grand scale,” and “ripping off its contract holders for quite a while.”

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From our Shell News Archive 1 November 2005

From our Shell News Archive 1 November 2005

Forbes/AFX News Limited: Striking workers at Royal Dutch Shell look to extend action to two more sites: Tuesday 1 November 2005: READ

Accountancy Age: Angry shareholders may sue Shell over tax bill: Monday 01 Nov 2005: READ

Reuters: UPDATE 1-Shell winds down Europe’s biggest refinery due strike: Tuesday 1 November 2005: READ

The Herald (Scotland): Two deaths on Brent rig were our fault, says Shell: “In April, Shell was given a £900,000 fine, equivalent to about an hour of its global profit, after admitting three health and safety offences.”: November 01 2005: READ

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