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LONDON (AFX) – Royal Dutch Shell PLC is facing calls by North Sea oil and gas unions for a government inquiry into its safety record after an internal audit found widespread violations of safety procedures and the alleged falsification of compliance documents, according to the Times.
The claims were made by Bill Campbell, a former senior Shell engineer, and reported in the Times and the Guardian.
He told the Guardian that he brought his concerns to the attention of directors as far back as 1999, and again in 2004, but still feels safety is compromised, so has decided to go public.
Shell told the Guardian that it was aware of the claims and that it did not agree with some allegations such as the falsification of documents.
The Times reported that Campbell, who led a Platform Safety Maintenance Review (PSMR) of Shell’s North Sea facilities in 1999, claims that managers at the vast Brent complex were instructed not to take any action that might cause an unplanned shut down of production.
Shell’s response to the PSMR was inadequate, Campbell believes, according to the Times.
The news comes as Shell waits for the findings of a Fatal Accident Inquiry into the deaths of two workers at Brent Bravo in a gas escape in September 2003, expected within weeks.