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Posts from ‘May, 2009’

LICENSED TO KILL: Right wing zealots, Big Oil and the tattoo that hid an icon of hatred

EXTRACTS FROM TWO ARTICLES: There are plenty of multinationals, too, such as Shell – which has extensive interests in Bolivia’s lucrative gas fields. Morales nationalised a pipeline part-owned by the oil giant – not something the multinational took lightly. Enter Dwyer, infused with a sense of derring-do gleaned probably from the movies. He became associated with an unholy mix of right-wing nationalists and fascist ‘freedom fighters’. And, conspiracy theorists take note, he met some of these unsavoury characters while working as a security guard for Shell, through a security firm employed on Shell’s Corrib project in Mayo. Ironically, some of the media has been fretting lately about alleged republican paramilitary infiltration of the anti-Shell protests in Mayo, but a more serious issue appears to be right-wing paramilitary infiltration of Shell’s security operations (see The Phoenix 8/5/09). Coincidentally, Shell has also been having difficulties in Bolivia as a result of Morales’s decision last year to nationalise the country’s main gas pipeline company. As a result of the Dwyer affair, some light has been shone on the fact that there is now in Ireland a large number of private security operatives supplementing and, in cases such as the Shell operation in Mayo, working closely with the Gardai. Many of these security men are from eastern Europe and, worryingly, security checks on foreign security operators working in Ireland are lax to say the least. The Private Security Authority issues licenses to firms and individuals involved in security work, but a spokeswoman admitted last week that it merely seeks a criminal record certificate and does not follow this up with any background checks for up to one-third of the 22,000 security operatives it has licensed.

Shell wraps up last major gas well on Sakhalin II

Royal Dutch Shell is completing the last major offshore gas well at the Lunskoye platform in Russia’s sub-Arctic Sea of Okhotsk preparing the way for full production capacity of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at Sakhalin II, one of the world’s largest and most challenging integrated oil and gas projects.

Eight held after Mayo Shell protest

RTE News Sunday, 31 May 2009 22:57 Eight people have been arrested for public order and trespass offences during a protest at the Shell compound at Glengad, Co Mayo. Gardaí said over 100 protestors took part in the demonstration and attempted to gain entry through security fencing. Protestors said over 200 people from the local […]

Royal Dutch Shell to compensate shareholders for reserves scandal

News that the oil giant had overstated reserves in submissions to the US regulator, the Securities & Exchange Commission, led to the departure of Sir Philip Watts, the chief executive, and Walter van de Vijver, Shell’s then exploration chief. It came as a serious shock to investors and left Shell’s reputation – and share price – in such tatters that there was speculation it would be taken over by a resurgent BP. The FSA subsequently fined Shell for committing market abuse and breaches of the listing rules after making misleading statements between 1998 and 2004.

Shell Blog Posting by Iain Percival, Royal Dutch Shell retired Global Chief Petroleum Engineer

By Iain Percival I have now caught up with the news / comments having returned from a most refreshing break at my home in Scotland – no internet connection which is good, for a while at least My two pence of observations are as follows. 1. I have written on several occasions that Shell upstream […]

Shell execs accused of ‘collaboration’ over hanging of Nigerian activist Ken Saro-Wiwa

Court documents allege that there was “a pattern of collaboration” between Shell and the military “to violently and ruthlessly suppress any opposition to its exploitation of oil and natural gas resources in the Niger Delta.”

The big name: Peter Voser

The need to adapt Shell to a lower oil price environment, partly through cutting thousands of jobs, is now Mr Voser’s agenda. “Too consensus- oriented,” he called a company whose culture he also hopes to change.

Shell ‘set to axe 10,000’

The Sunday Times May 31, 2009 Jobwatch: Shell is braced for several thousand redundancies after new chief executive Peter Voser announced a big restructuring plan. It has been suggested that about 10,000 posts will be lost. Most of the cuts will hit middle and senior managers. TIMES ARTICLE

Amsterdam court sets $352.6m Shell pay-outs

An Amsterdam court on Friday paved the way for pay-outs to commence in a settlement of Royal Dutch Shell’s oil and gas reserves misreporting scandal.

Shell to cut 350-450 senior managers in overhaul – web site

05.30.09, 11:04 AM EDT LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) -Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to cut 350-450 senior management roles as it restructures to cut costs and improve operational performance, according to a website to which Shell employees post internal information. The cuts represent almost 30 percent of Shell’s ‘Senior Executive Group’ layer of management, John Donovan, […]

Shell to cut 350-450 senior managers in overhaul – website

Saturday 30 May 2009 (AFX UK Focus) 2009-05-30 15.04 LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to cut 350-450 senior management roles as it restructures to cut costs and improve operational performance, according to a website to which Shell employees post internal information. The cuts represent almost 30 percent of Shell’s “Senior […]