The criminal investigation by the US Justice Department into former Interior Secretary Gale Norton and the award of oil shale leases to the oil company Shell, which subsequently became her employer, comes as no surprise. The stink of corruption is long-lasting, as Shell is aware.
One moment Norton was the head of a US government department negotiating multibillion dollar agreements with Shell, the next (months later) she was working for Shell. This was blatantly improper and against the public interest. It smelt to high heaven.
According to an LA Times article published today:
“Interior Department investigators referred the case to the Justice Department after concluding that there was sufficient evidence of potential illegal conduct, according to federal law enforcement and Interior officials.”
Shell senior management, including Richard Wiseman, its rule-bending Chief Ethics Officer and EP boss Malcolm Brinded, pretend to oppose corruption, but to our certain knowledge, actually fully support unscrupulous Shell employees who engage in corrupt practices on behalf of the company. Deception, cheating small businesses, running a corrupt tender process, stealing IT property – all is Shell management approved.
It should be plain by now that what we are saying about Shell management is true, otherwise Shell would long ago have taken legal action.
The huge gap between Shell’s claimed business principles and Shell management’s hypocritical deeds, is itself a scandal.