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U.S. Re-Examines Bush-Era Changes to Oil-Shale Leases

On Jan. 15--days before President Barack Obama took office--the Interior Department offered exclusive "lucrative benefits" to six oil-shale lease holders in a way that raised "serious concerns," Mr. Salazar wrote in a letter to the Interior Department's inspector general. Three of those leases are held by a unit of Royal Dutch Shell PLC for parcels in Colorado.

Shell oil shale leases could be rescinded says U.S. Interior Secretary?

Royal Dutch Shell holds three of the Colorado R&D leases and is currently part of an ongoing investigation by the Justice Department of former Bush Interior Secretary Gale Norton, who later accepted a job with Shell. The DOJ is investigating whether Norton, a former Colorado attorney general, gave favorable treatment to Shell in exchange for a position with the company.

Shell offshore workers died as a result of a “Touch F*** All” safety regime


Shell offshore workers died as a result of Brinded’s “Touch F*** All” safety regime

Published by John Donovan of Oct 2009

A criminal investigation is currently underway in Scotland relating to alleged corruption allegations involving Shell and officials of the Health & Safety Executive. The investigation follows an email a retired former HSE Group Auditor of Shell International sent to over 600 UK Members of Parliament.

Bill Campbell explained in his email (reprinted below) how the lives of Shell employees working on the Brent Bravo oil platform in the North Sea were lost after Shell senior management put production and profits before safely. read more

US gives Shell green light for offshore oil drilling in the Arctic home

Conservationists say the decision by the Obama administration to allow drilling in the Beaufort Sea repeats Bush era mistakes

Ed Pilkington in Anchorage, Alaska, Tuesday 20 October 2009 12.52 BST

Conservationists fear the decision to allow Shell to drill for offshore oil in the Arctic will threaten polar bears and endangered animals. Photograph: Hans Strand/ Hans Strand/Corbis

Conservation groups based in Alaska have accused the Obama administration of repeating the mistakes of George Bush after it gave the conditional go-ahead for Shell to begin drilling offshore for oil and natural gas in the environmentally sensitive Beaufort Sea. read more

A pirate flag at Shell Centre as a warning to all who enter


From: John Donovan <[email protected]>
Date: 20 October 2009 15:24:44 BST
To: [email protected]
Subject: Leaflets at Shell Centre (Revised email)

Dear Mr Wiseman

I understand that a Shell security guard was sent out on a mission to obtain the names of the people issuing our leaflets to Shell employees outside Shell Centre.

That can only be viewed as another act of deliberate intimidation. Why else would they be asked for their names, unless you intend putting them on your Christmas card list? read more

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