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Houston Chronicle: Nigerian Oil Unions Launch Strike

By KATHARINE HOURELD Associated Press Writer
© 2006 The Associated Press

LAGOS, Nigeria — Oil workers’ unions launched a three-day strike Wednesday over worsening security in Nigeria’s oil-rich region as Chevron confirmed the death of a subcontractor in the restive southern area.
 
The country’s two biggest petroleum industry unions had called the action to protest the death of another worker, killed three weeks ago in a shoot-out between government forces and militants amid rising violence in the Niger Delta. It began Wednesday, with both company and union officials saying staff were staying home although disagreeing over the impact on oil exports.

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The Times: It’s just the job for a retired judge

Comments by John Donovan relating to Shell and the controversial former High Court Judge, Mr Justice Laddie, are at the foot of The Times article

September 13, 2006
By Frances Gibb

The chance of a lucrative return to private practice would be allowed under a controversial reforms 
 
JUDGES would have the option of going back to work as lawyers under reforms outlined by the Government yesterday.

The plans are aimed at encouraging a greater diversity of people, including young people, women and ethnic minorities, to apply to be judges, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, the Lord Chancellor, said.

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Associated Press: BP Appoints Ombudsman to Hear Complaints

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By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) 5 Sept 2006 – Just days before being summoned to testify at a congressional hearing, British petroleum giant BP has asked a former federal judge to serve as its ombudsman and hear complaints from BP workers in Alaska and elsewhere about the company’s operations.

Former U.S. District Judge Stanley Sporkin is to give workers an outlet to express concerns about safety and environmental issues. Critics say BP PLC’s American division ignored warnings of problems in its Alaskan oil fields that led to an oil spill in March and the shutdown of its North Slope operations last month.

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Houston Chronicle: EU Fines 14 Companies Over $340 Million

EXTRACT: Royal Dutch Shell PLC has to pay by far the highest fine in the road bitumen probe with euro108 million (US$137 million). In a statement, the EU Commission said the company was an instigator, took the leadership in the cartel and was a repeat offender. Shell’s fine was increased by 50 percent because of its involvement in previous cartels and another 50 percent for instigating and leading the cartel.

THE ARTICLE

Sept. 13, 2006, 7:33AM
By RAF CASERT Associated Press Writer
© 2006 The Associated Press

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Dow Jones Newswires: Nigerian Oil Unions Begin Three-Day Strike -Union

13 September 2006

LAGOS -(Dow Jones)- Nigeria’s two oil unions Wednesday began a three-day warning strike over the lack of security in the Niger Delta, a union leader said.

“The strike has begun and there is nothing the government can do to stop it,” President of blue-collar National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers, or Nupeng, Peter Akpatason, told Dow Jones Newswires.

Members of the two unions are complying with directive from their leaders to stay away from work, oil company and government officials told Dow Jones Newswires.

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The Times (City Diary): Royal Dutch Shell Plc: Nothing against Ivan Fedorchenko

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(Sakhalin Island is not for the faint-hearted. The extreme Arctic conditions give an average winter temperature in the north of -24ºC (-11.2ºF). The sea is frozen for six months of the year and the region is also prone to typhoons and earthquakes.)

THE ARTICLE

ADVERTS from Shell feature a figure in a parka against a snow-covered landscape. Ivan Fedorchenko is in charge of production at Sakhalin Energy — he even has a page on the company website. Nothing against Ivan, but would that be the same Sakhalin project whose cost has doubled to $20 billion, and where environmentalists have protested over the possible extinction of the northwest grey whale?

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edie.net: Bank urged not to fund controversial pipeline

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Conservationists claim the Sakhalin project could put grey whales at risk

URL: http://www.edie.net/news/news_story.asp?id=11986
published on 13-September-2006 by Environmental Data Interactive – UK

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development should not give the controversial Sakhalin oil and gas project its blessing – and its cash – according to conservation charity the WWF.
 
Conservationists claim the Sakhalin project could put grey whales at risk

The Shell-led project, which will be the largest of its kind, has applied for a loan of around £500 million from the EBRD to help fund the project.

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AFX News: EU fines Shell in pricing cartel: Shell, a repeat offender, begun and led cartel

EXTRACT: Shell and KWS had their fine increased as they began and led the cartel, the commission said. Shell was fined an additional 50 pct for as it as a repeat offender, having previously been in PVC and polypropylene cartels.

THE ARTICLE

Headline: AFX News: EU fines Shell, Total, 12 others 267 mln eur in bitume pricing cartel

BRUSSELS (AFX) – The European Commission said it has fined 14 companies involved in the supply and purchase of road bitumen in the Netherlands 267 mln eur for participating in a price-fixing cartel from 1994-2002.

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MosNews: Cost Overruns at Shell’s Sakhalin-2 Project Spell $10Bln Losses for Russia — Minister

Created: 13.09.2006 12:26 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 12:26 MSK
 
Russia could lose $10 billion in the Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project if operators continue to raise expenditures, the country’s Natural Resources Minister Yuri Trutnev said on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

The Sakhalin-2 project, which is run by Sakhalin Energy and controlled by Royal Dutch/Shell, has had a history of controversy since its inception. In the latest challenge to its viability, development costs have reportedly doubled to about $20 billion as global commodity prices have risen.

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UpstreamOnline: Shell restarts oil sands upgrader

By Upstream staff

Shell Canada has restarted its Scotford upgrader near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta after it was shut down following a hydrogen sulfide leak.

The company said that investigations into the cause of the leak are currently underway.

Shell had evacuated 1400 employees and contractors from the refinery and had warned its neighbours within a five-kilometre radius of the plant to stay indoors.

No detectable amounts of the gases remain and no one was reported to be injured.

UpstreamOnline: Nigerian gunmen ‘execute’ oil worker

By Upstream staff

12 Sept 2006

A Nigerian oil worker was killed and another was injured in an armed attack on a supply ship today at an oilfield operated by US supermajor Chevron off the Nigerian coast, an oil industry source said.

It was the latest in a string of attacks on industry workers in Nigeria, and comes the day before unions are to stage a three-day stoppage over rising security problems in the Niger Delta.

“Armed men came alongside the vessel at 0300 hours and got on board to look for things to take. They executed one of the crew when they didn’t find anything,” the source told Reuters, asking not to be named.

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Shell Malaysia propaganda machine

By John Donovan

Malaysia appears to be a perfect operating environment for Royal Dutch Shell where it is a major business partner of the Malaysian government.

The climate of repression of the population (free speech is not permitted) and strict control of the news media is exploited by Shell Malaysia to the fullest extent. 

Contrary to the impression created by recent manufactured news reports, Shell management has little regard for the health and safety of its Malaysian employees.  Documents prove that management ignored safety warnings in relation to its helicopter fleet and allowed the safety of Shell employees to be compromised.

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