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SEX, DRUGS & CORRUPTION SPONSORED BY SHELL
By John Donovan of royaldutchshellplc.com: October 2009
Shell senior management pretends that it stands resolutely behind the anti-corruption pledges in the Shell General Business Principles.
I have already revealed that the hypocrites at the top of Shell, including executive director Malcolm TFA Brinded and the rule bending Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Richard Wiseman, encourage and support corrupt practices. Wisemans behind the scenes support is directly at odds with an anti-corruption speech he delivered in June 2008 at the Asia Anti-Corruption Conference.
The stink of corruption associated with Shell is pervasive and impossible to contain. In the hard commercial world, Shell senior management is prepared to do whatever it takes to meet its objectives, whether it is turning a blind eye to corrupt practices in the UK, bribery and corruption in Russia (the Sakhalin2 project) or in Nigeria, where Shell has also paid militants carrying out attacks on Shell employees and property. It is unclear whether the murky payments, reported in the FT, were to stop or promote the attacks, which have driven up the price of oil.
We mentioned in a recent leaflet the criminal investigation currently in progress in Scotland involving Shell, Malcolm Brinded, the HSE and alleged corruption.
We now have the criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department into former U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton and the award of potentially highly lucrative oil shale leases to Shell Oil, which subsequently became her employer.
One moment Norton was the head of a U.S. government department negotiating multibillion-dollar agreements with Shell, the next (just months later) she was working for Shell Oil as General Counsel in the division dealing with oil shale. This was blatantly improper, undoubtedly against the public interest and probably illegal. It smells to high heaven.
In this connection, we are aware of speculation that we have supplied Shell internal documents and correspondence to the U.S. investigators. The speculation is understandable bearing in mind our international reputation as a purveyor of Shell confidential internal information. One example was our key role in the Sakhalin2 project resulting in Shells loss of its ownership stake and the forced resignation, in embarrassing circumstances, of the project director, General David Greer.
I have been writing about Gale Norton for over a year. Not just out of concern over her joining Shell in highly dubious circumstances, but also because of a corruption scandal involving her staff. This scandal had it all; bribes, drugs, sex and oil. Shell was a prime sponsor of the immoral and illegal activities, which also breached Shells claimed ethical code.
Further proof that Shell General Business Principles are a complete fraud.
The Minerals Management Service (MMS) of the U.S. Department of The Interior and the Office of Inspector General initiated an investigation in 2006 after receiving allegations from a confidential source that improprieties were occurring within the Royalty in Kind Program (RIK). The following extracts in italics, not necessarily in original order, are taken directly from the official report.
In e-mails we retrieved from computer hard drives and network servers, we found numerous indications that many of the events that RIK employees attended with industry officials were purely social. For instance, e-mail from Shell Pipeline Company representative to RIK employee Crystel Edler, regarding attending tailgating festivities at a Houston Texans game, stated, Youre invited have you and the girls meet at my place at 6am for bubble baths and final prep. Just kidding
The Shell Pipeline Company representatives previous e-mail inviting people to the event was laden with sexual innuendo such as, Weve always provided the patrons with beer on demand, but the ever-depleting supplies have dwindled beer storage to dangerously low volumes on occasion . Although its a given that the horsemen will indeed bring the meat to the table.
In 2004, Shell provided Leyshon with lodging and paid for her ski costs in Keystone, CO. She also admitted to having a one-night stand with a Shell employee. She stated that this employee did not prepare Shells RIK bids. Leyshon told investigators that she had a hit every once in a while in reference to her use of marijuana but noted that this never occurred at the MMS office.
When interviewed, Michael Faulise, Director of Marketing for Shell Exploration and Production Company (Shell E&P), stated that he had worked for Shell since 2000 When asked, Faulise stated that he was unable to recall Leyshon ever paying for any lodging or meals provided by Shell.
We interviewed a senior crude oil trader for Shell Oil Trading Company regarding his relationship with Stacy Leyshon pursuant to a DOJ proffer agreement. The senior trader said he had heard Leyshon and Edler referred to by other Shell employees as the MMS Chicks who often drank too much and conducted themselves in an unprofessional manner.
In addition, our investigation disclosed that in 2004, Greg Smith became concerned that an RIK employee might have released confidential pipeline transportation rates to Shell. Apparently, a company official from Poseidon Oil had called Smith to complain that Shell had learned of the confidential transportation rate that Poseidon had negotiated with RIK. We also discovered emails sent among RIK Staff where Edler admitted to talking to Mike (Faulise) about the Poseidon deal. On May 6, 2004, Smith sent an e-mail to several RIK marketers including Edler that stated, I have heard the details of our agreement with Poseidon including the actual rate we agreed to was communicated to Shell. If true, this ran counter to our promise to Poseidon to keep this information confidential.
Edler admitted that she had used cocaine in the past, most recently in 2005. However, she claimed that she never used cocaine during business hours and that she never used cocaine with any MMS employees or industry representatives.
We interviewed Mike Faulise, Barbara Layer, and Alan Raymond of Shell, who all confirmed that Edler was an RIK employee they dealt with on both a professional and social basis. Both Faulise and Layer remembered her attending the annual Shell outings. During Faulises interview, we showed him a February 2004 e-mail he wrote to Edler stating, Nobody will say anything about you being here for the night. As far as Im concerned, you were in a hotel. Edler responded, Mikey:..you are sooo wonderful You know how much I totally adore you.
Shell managers used immoral tactics directed against employees of a U.S. government department to seek commercial advantage. This included obtaining confidential, commercially valuable information belonging to a third party. Déjà Vue All Over Again.
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Sex, Drugs, and Rockin’ Oil
Are we surprised to find out that the U.S. government employees who oversee offshore oil drilling turn out to be literally and figuratively ‘in bed’ with the oil industry? A compilation of news stories about this scandal.
by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News
None of us in the renewable energy sector are surprised by the scandal that was announced Wednesday involving sex and drug favors to the U.S. Department of Interior personnel overseeing offshore oil drilling.
This embarrassing illustration of the cozy relationship between the Bush administration and the oil industry is now paraded before the world. This unveiling of the wizard behind the curtain can be a positive thing for the quest to move toward renewable energy sources.
The day prior to the report’s release, President Bush had a private lunch with Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, the man in charge of the agency at the heart of the scandal. To be a fly on the wall during that meeting . . .
The allegations of scandalous behavior involve a dozen or so government employees in Denver and Washington. Their task is to sell U.S. mineral rights to oil companies — contracts worth eight billion annually, providing one of the government’s biggest sources of revenue besides taxes.
According to the inspector general, they rigged contracts, and engaged in illegal moonlighting, drugs, sex and gift-taking from oil company representatives.
The report allegations include:
* An employee who attended a so-called “treasure hunt” in the desert with all expenses paid by an oil producer.
* A former supervisor who bought cocaine from a colleague, then boosted her performance award, had sex with subordinates and steered government contracts to an outside business where he also worked.
CBS News reported that “no one – from the oil companies to the workers allegedly involved – provided a response today other than to say they cooperated with the investigation, or appropriate action will be taken.”
SELECTION OF RELATED NEWS STORIES
Shell Sex and Drugs Scandal
U.S. Department of The Interior: Office of Inspector General: Investigative Report of Gregory W. Smith (Redacted) 7 August 2008 Pages 1 to 22 (By accepting the Shell gratuities in fiscal years 2003, 2004, and 2005, and by accepting the GWEC .
gratuities in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005, Smith violated federal ethics regulations that prohibited accepting
items valued in excess of either $20 per occasion or $50 in total from one source in a given year. )
Denver Post: Sex, drugs alleged in oil deals: 10 September 2008 (Many of the alleged misdeeds occurred when Gale Norton was secretary of the interior. Now a general counsel with Shell in Denver, Norton declined to comment, even when asked to address the portion of the reports dealing with the department she headed.)
The Denver Post: Interior Dept, scandal: Sex, Drugs alleged in oil deals: 10 September 2008
CNN: Sex, drugs, gifts uncovered in government oil probe: 10 September 2008
Reuters: US govt workers in oil industry sex, drug scandal: 10 September 2008
Forbes.com: Sex, Drugs and Oil: 10 September 2008
Wall Street Journal: Federal Oil Officials Accused In Sex and Drugs Scandal: 11 September 2008 (The report named four companies Chevron Corp., a U.S. unit of Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Gary-Williams Energy Corp. and Hess Corp. as gift givers.)
BBC News: US oil agency rapped over conduct: 11 Sept 2008
Reuters: US Interior Secy outraged by oil-sex scandal: 11 September 2008
USAToday: Oil brokers sex scandal may affect drilling debate: 11 September 2008
CBS News: Sex Scandal Taints Oil Drilling Debate: 11 September 2008
Baltimore Sun: Viewpoint: Sex, drugs and natural gas royalties: 17 September 2008
Reuters: US House hearing looks into govt oil-sex scandal: 18 September 2008
The Wall Street Journal: Lawmakers Assail Interior Over Scandal: 19 September 2008
CNN: Whistleblower: Oil watchdog agency cult of corruption: 14 October 2008
New York Times: Eight Years of Madoffs: 10 January 2009
Shell in U.S. Gov. Sex, Drugs and Corruption Scandal: 24 January 2009 (John Donovan article)