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Thursday 19 October 2006 Russian president Vladimir Putin may have a rather uncomfortable dinner with EU leaders in Finland on Friday. Since the booking was made in Lahti, there has been a dispute over Shell’s operations in Sakhalin and a spate of apparently politically-motivated murders, culminating in the shooting of journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Finnish president […]

The Moscow Times: Police Seize Sakhalin-2 Probe Papers

(A police car on Wedesday passing the offices of the Federal Service for the Inspection of Natural Resources Use, where officers carried out a search.) Thursday, October 19, 2006. Page 1. By Miriam Elder Staff Writer   Denis Sinyakov / Reuters   The campaign against Sakhalin-2 appeared to hit a stumbling block Wednesday, with organized crime […]

U.S. EPA settles with Shell Oil and GSA over $1.2 million in cleanup costs at the Del Amo Superfund site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Release date: 10/17/2006 Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute, 213 244 1815 LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signed an agreement valued at approximately $1.2 million with the Shell Oil Company and the United States General Services Administration for recovery of response costs at the Del Amo Superfund Waste […]

Sakhalin II: Apocalypse Now? A potential environmental calamity on a scale never before witnessed by humanity!

I confirm for the record that we are in contact with Oleg Mitvol, the Deputy Head of RosPrirodNadzor. Mitvol is the senior Russian Environmental Official unkindly described in a recent Guardian newspaper article as a “Kremlin attack dog” – “6ft 2in and dressed in a black coat.” Information from our Shell insider sources about Sakhalin […]

Reuters: Russia probes environment agency, scourge of Shell

Wed Oct 18, 2006 12:24 PM BST Mikhail Yenukov MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian criminal investigators removed documents on Wednesday from the state environmental agency that has put pressure on Royal Dutch Shell and other foreign oil firms, but officials said the probe was not linked to the agency’s own investigations. Oleg Mitvol, the outspoken deputy […]

Business Week: Russia regulator’s documents confiscated

The Associated Press/MOSCOW OCT. 18 2006: ET Russian organized crime police confiscated documents from an environmental regulatory agency Wednesday, but denied the search was connected with the agency’s ongoing probes at a Royal Dutch Shell PLC-led development or other energy projects. Russian news agencies quoted the Interior Ministry’s organized crime department as saying that documents […]

RIA Novosti: Russian police seize documents from environment watchdog

15:12 | 18/ 10/ 2006 MOSCOW, October 18 (RIA Novosti) – Police are seizing documents from Russia’s Service for the Oversight of Natural Resources as part of an ongoing investigation that has nothing to do with the environmental watchdog, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday. “This is part of a criminal case against a group of […]


KEITH FINDLAY 18 October 2006   Shell is reviewing the number of people it employs in the North Sea, the energy giant’s UK subsidiary revealed last night. A spokesman for Aberdeen-based Shell UK stressed the exercise was routine and part of worldwide reviews that were carried out periodically to ensure maximum efficiency. Shell’s spokesman said: […] Shell attorneys in Ogoni human rights case fined by U.S. Judge for conduct which degrades legal profession

By Alfred Donovan Three attorneys from a leading New York law firm, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP, representing Shell in a human rights case brought by Ogoni plaintiffs resident in the USA, have been fined $5,000 each by a U.S. Judge, Henry Pitman. The sanctions were imposed for making unseemly and unfair accusations against opposing […]

MarketWatch: U.S. court orders fine against Shell lawyers in Nigeria case

Last Update: 5:26 AM ET Oct 18, 2006 LONDON (MarketWatch) — A New York court has fined Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s (RDSB.LN) lawyers $5,000 each after it ruled they had broke legal rules when alleging their colleagues had knowingly let Nigerian witnesses lie. The decision was taken on Sept. 29, but obtained this week by […]

Reuters: Shell Awaits More Sakhalin Environment Claims

RUSSIA: October 18, 2006 MOSCOW – Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday that Russian officials may hit its US$20 billion Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project with a slew of new environmental claims just as it resolves a list of existing complaints.  Chris Finlayson, head of Shell in Russia, said the company had dealt with 97 […]

The Wall Street Journal: Oil News Roundup: October 17, 2006 4:19 p.m.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ONLINE October 17, 2006 4:19 p.m. Crude-oil futures fell to a close of less than $59 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange on the eve of the release of U.S. data that are expected to show a rise in crude inventories and ahead of a special meeting of OPEC, […]

Daily Telegraph: Database: Wednesday 18 October 2006

• Royal Dutch Shell, which has the world’s biggest gas station network, plans to spend about $50m on outlets in Russia’s two largest cities amid rising car ownership in the country. • Royal Dutch Shell’s operator for the Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project filed a complaint against the Russian Natural Resources Ministry’s environmental inspectorate for […]

The Guardian: British Energy recovers but FTSE 100 slips

EXTRACT: Shell also benefited from hopes it was close to solving the dispute surrounding its Sakhalin-2 project in Russia. THE ARTICLE Nick Fletcher Wednesday October 18, 2006 Power companies were in the spotlight again yesterday, with British Energy and International Power the top two risers in the FTSE 100 index. International Power added 3.5p to […]


Published: Oct 18, 2006 TOKYO, Oct 18 Asia Pulse – Showa Shell Sekiyu KK (TSE:5002) has announced a plan to increase the volume of petroleum products that it procures from Fuji Oil Co.’s Sodegaura refinery as of fiscal 2007. Showa Shell will most likely raise the volume to an annual 4.2 million kiloliters, about 40 […]

Irish Independent: Death threats to Dempsey over comment on gas protest

Published: Oct 18, 2006 GARDAI have launched an investigation into “death threat” phone calls to the office of Marine and Natural Resources Minister Noel Dempsey. Staff at the minister’s office were left “pretty shaken” after two phone calls containing explicit death threats were received just after Mr Dempsey had given a radio interview about the […]

Irish Independent: A gauntlet of intimidation

Published: Oct 18, 2006 Was there ever a more senseless name for a campaign than Shell-to-Sea? Shell are at sea in the Corrib Field and have been for ten years. All the hard and extremely hazardous work has been completed and, in keeping with a company obsessed with safety, all works were carried out without […]

Financial Times: Putin dinner ‘risks’ exposing EU splits

By George Parker in Brussels and Daniel Dombeyin Luxembourg Published: October 18 2006 03:00 | Last updated: October 18 2006 03:00 Finland’s prime minister yesterday admitted it was a “risk” to sit 25 European leaders around a dinner table this Friday with Vladimir Putin, Russian president, in the hope they could present Moscow with a […]

Nigerian Tribune: Ibori commends Shell

SYLVESTER IDOWU, Warri – 18.10.2006 Governor James Ibori of Delta State has commended Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) for setting examples for other multi-national companies operating in the state. The governor made the commendation yesterday during the inauguration of a N55 million health centre built by the oil company in Egbo-Uhurie community in Ughelli North […]

Houston Chronicle: Gasoline basics remain the same

(“The supply and demand relationships that took us to $3 a gallon are the exact same supply and demand relationships that are ever present,” said John Hofmeister, president of Shell Oil Co., who spoke to reporters Tuesday before a speech to the Consumer Energy Alliance in Houston. MIKE WINTROATH: AP) Oct. 17, 2006, 11:11PM Shell […]

Itar-Tass: Resistance mounting to Sakhalin Energy inspectors – Mitvol

17.10.2006, 21.31   MOSCOW, October 17 (Itar-Tass) – The attempt to protect nature in the Sakhalin-2 project has entered a vital phase, as inspectors from the Federal Nature Usage Supervisory Services encounter mounting resistance, service deputy head Oleg Mitvol told Itar-Tass on Tuesday. Acting head of the Sakhalin department of the Federal Nature Usage Supervisory […]