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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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EUobserver.com: Russia snubs European firms in Arctic gas project

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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ShellNews.net: Royal Dutch Shell and the super-secret Bilderberg group

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.

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Opednews.com: 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.

THE ARTICLE 

October 9, 2006 at 04:38:10
by David Rippe
http://www.opednews.com 

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.
Reuters

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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