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International Herald Tribune: Gazprom excludes partners

The Associated Press

Gazprom, the Russian state-run natural gas monopoly, said Monday that it alone would develop the country’s biggest untapped natural gas deposit, spurning offers from five Western producers to exploit the $20 billion Shtokman field.

Gazprom’s chief executive, Alexei Miller, told state television that the company did not need “international participation.” Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Norsk Hydro, Statoil and Total had bid to help develop the Barents Sea field’s 3.7 trillion cubic meters, or 130 trillion cubic feet, of gas, enough to supply the United States for more than five years.

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Gazprom story

The EU’s plans for closer integration with Russia via Arctic energy projects have been dealt a blow (Photo: Gazprom)

09.10.2006 – 17:38 CET | By Andrew Rettman

Russia’s Gazprom says it will develop the Shtokman gas field in the Barents Sea alone, which could deal a blow to Norway’s plan to help integrate Russia with Europe via major Arctic energy projects and dash the plans of major European firms.

“Gazprom will develop the giant Shtokman gas deposit off Russia’s Arctic shelf without foreign companies,” Alexei Miller, the energy giant’s CEO, told Russia Today TV on Monday (9 October), Russian state-owned news agency Ria Novosti reports.

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Bloomberg: Gazprom Rejects Foreign Bids for Largest Gas Field (Update5)

By Lucian Kim and Torrey Clark

Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — OAO Gazprom, Russia’s state-run gas company, said it will develop the $20 billion Shtokman field itself, spurning offers from five Western producers to exploit the country’s biggest untapped natural-gas deposit.

Gazprom doesn’t need “international participation,” Chief Executive Officer Alexei Miller said on state broadcaster Russia Today. Chevron Corp., ConocoPhillips, Norsk Hydro ASA, Statoil ASA and Total SA had bid to help develop Shtokman’s 3.7 trillion cubic meters of gas, enough to supply the U.S. for more than five years.

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Indymedia Ireland: Solidarity Protest at Shell’s Irish HQ, 53 Lwr Leeson Street, Dublin 2

Shell E & P HS Dublin

(Shell Exploitation and Production Ireland Ltd (SEPIL), 52 Lwr Leeson St, Dublin – at the corner of Adelaide Road).

There will be a protest against what is currently happening in Mayo on Wednesday October 4th at 1PM, outside the headquarters of Shell Exploitation Ireland Ltd, 53 Lwr Leeson Street, Dublin 2 (just around the corner from the Department of Marine and Natural Resources) on the corner of Adelaide Road.

Protesters are being injured as they are beaten off the road in Mayo. It’s important to let those people who work for Shell in Dublin know that their company’s behaviour is considered lamentable.

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The Guardian: Texas City fire: judge rules BP chief Browne must testify

Terry Macalister
Monday October 9, 2006

Lord Browne, the chief executive of BP, has been told by a US judge that he must give personal testimony in a case arising out of the Texas City Refinery fire last year in which 15 people died and scores were injured.

The move came as oil prices were set to move upwards again this morning, after more ministers from the Opec cartel said they would support a production cut of 1m barrels a day.

Britain’s biggest company confirmed the US ruling and said it was “considering our next step”, although it declined to say whether it would appeal against the judgment.
BP has apologised for the disaster, and settled many of the cases brought against it by relatives of those who died. But it still has a range of outstanding cases – including the one that requires Lord Browne’s personal involvement. The oil executive, who has recently announced plans to retire in 2008, must devote hours of his time to answering questions in person from US prosecutors.

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U.S. Judge thwarts attempt by Shell lawyers to dismiss Ogoni charges of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘torture’ against Royal Dutch Shell

By John Donovan
Monday 9 October 2006

An attempt by Shell lawyers to have certain counts dismissed in a class action brought by Ogoni Plaintiffs resident in the USA has been only partly successful. 

In an Order dated 29 September 2006, United States District Judge, Kimba M. Wood, granted a motion to dismiss the counts of extrajudicial killings, rights to life and property destruction. However, the Judge denied Shell’s motion to dismiss counts of crimes against humanity, torture and arbitrary arrest and detention. 

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By John Donovan
Monday 9 October 2006

Whilst trawling the Internet for information about Shell, I stumbled across a report of a super-secret Bilderberg meeting held in Italy in June 2004.

This was the 50th-anniversary of what has been described as a confab of a mysterious society of world leaders. According to sources that have penetrated the high-security meetings in the past, the Bilderberg meetings emphasize a globalist agenda and promote the idea that the notion of national sovereignty is antiquated and regressive. Some conspiracy theorists believe that the organisation is intent on world domination.

read more Stop Ignoring the Obvious

EXTRACT: What we find perturbing is the brazen gouging and massive profiteering. Recent headlines about BP forging Alaskan pipeline inspection documents and coercing workers to lie clearly show the “profit above people” mentality of Big Oil.


October 9, 2006 at 04:38:10
by David Rippe 

Energy Crisis?
Let’s Stop Ignoring the Obvious
David Rippe and Jared Rosen

Many Americans are oblivious to the energy they waste. We don’t see the connection between our lack of energy conservation, cruising around in cars that get poor gas mileage, high fuel prices, wars in the Middle East and global warming. We’re disconnected from the repercussions of our actions and habits. We’ll drive on toward oblivion, complaining all the way.

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Reuters: Output from Exxon Russia field to decline from 2008

Mon Oct 9, 2006 5:58am ET
YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, Russia (Reuters) – Oil output from the Exxon Mobil-led (XOM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) Sakhalin-1 project will peak in 2007 and start to decline immediately afterwards partly because it failed to agree with Russia to extend the field’s territory, a project member said on Monday.

Lev Brodsky, head of Sakhalin projects at Russian state oil firm Rosneft, which is part of Sakhalin-1, told a news conference the failure to agree the extension of license territory would cut the projected output by around 10 percent.

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MarketWatch: Shell restarts 18,000 barrel-per-day output station in Niger Delta

Last Update: 5:25 AM ET Oct 9, 2006

LONDON (MarketWatch) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s (RDSB.LN) Nigeria unit has restarted an 18,000 barrel-a-day crude oil flow station in the Niger Delta, a company spokeswoman said Monday.

“The 18,000 b/d from the Cawthorne Channel in the eastern Niger Delta is now flowing,” said the spokeswoman although she wouldn’t specify when the oil came back on line.

The crude feeds into the Bonny export terminal. However, the 9,000 b/d Ekulama-1 flow station near the Cawthorne Channel is still shut down, the spokeswoman added.

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The Washington Post: Mountain glaciers in retreat, threatening world’s water: ‘Glaciers store an estimated 70 percent of the world’s fresh water’

Increase in carbon dioxide leads to higher temperatures that shrink ice supply

By Doug Struck
Posted October 8 2006
QUELCCAYA GLACIER, Peru: In the thin, cold air atop the Andes mountains, the blue ice that has claimed these peaks for thousands of years and loyally fed the streams below is rapidly disappearing.

Mountain glaciers such as this are in retreat around the Earth, taking with them vast stores of water that grow crops, generate electricity and sustain cities and rural areas.

Farmers here say that over the past two decades they have noticed a dramatic decrease in the amount of ice and snow on their mountaintops. The steady supply of water they need to grow crops has become erratic.

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The Moscow Times: Audit Body Says Exxon Broke PSA

Monday, October 9, 2006. Issue 3514. Page 5.

The Audit Chamber said Friday that the ExxonMobil-led Sakhalin-1 energy project had broken many terms of its production sharing agreement.

The agency, which supervises the use of government finances, said in a statement that the group had started oil production two years later than expected and still had no clear gas export plans.

The agency has no enforcement powers but can send its conclusions for further investigation by prosecutors. It said it had sent a letter to President Vladimir Putin.

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Adam Smith Institute: Oh how they try to stifle free trade

Monday, October 09, 2006
By Dr Madsen Pirie
They might pay lip service to free trade and WTO rules, but by the back door they use every conceivable excuse to let their national rules thwart their international agreement. We saw the USA Senate attach to its Safe Ports bill another bill which effectively shuts down on-line gambling. Irwin Stelzer in the Sunday Times suggests it might be the social conservatives who find gambling distasteful. Yes, but why didn’t they touch horse-race bets or state lotteries? Because those are US dominated, where on-line gaming was dominated by foreign firms.

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The Times: The Frenchwoman with a taste for business and Thatcher’s Britain

October 09, 2006
By Angela Jameson

Christine Morin-Postel was expected only to be a housewife, but her savoir-faire has become a key asset to the boards of Shell and 3i 
IT’S AUTUMN and, had things worked out differently, Christine Morin-Postel might have been in Paris, in the Marais perhaps, somewhere chic on the Left Bank, sipping treacle-thick coffee or a glass of rosé. In fact, it’s a wet Monday afternoon in London and Madame Morin-Postel is entirely at home at the Reform Club on Pall Mall, ordering tea and taking it the English way, with milk.
She might have had a very different life, too, that of the content, if well-educated, wife and mother, busying herself with the million and one things that that terrifyingly misleading “job” description entails. In fact, for much of the past 20 years she has, in addition to having a family, played a busy role in British corporate life — from her days in charge of English water companies in Newcastle, Gateshead, Durham and Essex in the 1990s to now, when she sits on the board of two of the most important British corporations — 3i, the venture capital firm, and Shell, the Anglo-Dutch energy giant. Given that record, Madame Morin-Postel’s familiarity with English traditions is hardly surprising. 
Yet as a young woman, she had no overwhelming, burning desire to go into business. There were other things to worry about. Aged 22, she finished her studies at the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris in May 1968 — but the country was in turmoil.

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The Guardian: Putin silent as fiercest critic is murdered


(President Putin)


· Reporter was investigating torture in Chechnya
· Protesters blame Kremlin for apartment shooting

Tom Parfitt in Moscow
Monday October 9, 2006
A crowd of protesters gathered in central Moscow yesterday to express their anger at the assassination of the crusading journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who at the weekend became the 13th Russian journalist to be killed in a contract-style killing since President Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000.

Politkovskaya, 48, had today been due to publish an article on torture and kidnappings by pro-Moscow forces in the restless southern republic of Chechnya, her colleagues said.

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New Straits Times (Malaysia): Shell’s mobile F1 lab

Published: Oct 08, 2006

SHELL is the only fuel supplier in Formula One that has a mobile lab providing full fuel and oil analytical services for the Ferrari team at every F1 race around the world.

Manned by three Shell personnel, including Mike Copson (the Shell technical manager for Ferrari), a fuel scientist, and a lubricant scientist, the lab is housed in a 3m x 3m x 2m container next to the Ferrari garage.

It is set up at least four days before race day, and forms an important part of the Ferrari paddock support complex at every F1 race.

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Irish Times: Protests over gas pipeline

Published: Oct 09, 2006

Madam, – I am astonished at the recent statement by Joe Murray of the non-governmental organisation Afri about the protests against work on the Shell gas terminal in North Mayo.

Mr Murray says that the Irish Government should not “emulate the role of the Nigerian government during the crisis there in the 1990s, when that government colluded in the executive execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight members of the Ogoni community”.

To link the execution of nine citizens in Nigeria to what is happening in north Mayo at the moment is the finest example of hyperbole I have come across in quite some time, and speaks volumes about the nature of these protests. – Yours, etc,

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Irish Times: Kremlin threatens to close BP and Shell projects in Russian Far East

By: Chris Stephen in Moscow, Irish Times
Published: Oct 09, 2006

Russia has turned up the heat on oil giants BP and Shell, threatening to shut down two gigantic oil and gas developments in the Far East on environmental grounds.

The threats have created a storm of protest amid accusations that the action is a Kremlin move to force the oil giants to cede control to the Russian state.

Shell’s massive Sakhalin 2 oil and gas project, financed principally by two Japanese companies, has already had its licence suspended by the Ministry of Natural Resources.

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Brunei Times: Shell, Exxon expand business in Asia


ROYAL DUTCH SHELL will extend its marine fuels business to all main ports in China expecting double-digit expansion, but rival Exxon Mobil will sustain its growth through Hong Kong and Singapore, senior executives from the oil majors said.

Loh Wai Kiew, chief executive of Shell Marine Products Ltd, said the European major, which launched its shipping fuel business in Shanghai earlier this year, will expand it to China’s 15 other ports as the firm sees continued growth in Asian shipping volumes.

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