Jun 23, 2006
LONDON (MarketWatch) — A Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) spokeswoman Friday denied reported allegations that it had compromised safety to pursue higher production in its U.K. North Sea platform.
She added that Shell has launched $1 billion worth of programs to improve safety.
In a 1999 report seen by The Times and The Guardian newspapers, senior engineer Bill Campbell, at the time a consultant for Shell, issued warnings on safety which he reiterated in 2004.
According to The Times, U.K. North Sea oil and gas trade unions are calling for a public inquiry into the matter.
A Shell spokeswoman said the company took Campbell’s “concerns very seriously” but after investigation “concluded his perception was not supported by the evidence.” Shell was fined a record GBP900,000 last year after security lapses led to the death of two workers on a North Sea platform in 2003.
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