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Sex, Lies and Oil Spills

In one incident reported by the Inspector General, agency employees got so drunk at a Shell sponsored golf event that they could not drive home and had to sleep in hotel rooms paid for by Shell.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

President, Waterkeeper Alliance; Professor, Pace University

Posted: May 5, 2010 10:19 AM

A common spin in the right wing coverage of BP’s oil spill is a gleeful suggestion that the gulf blowout is Obama’s Katrina.

In truth, culpability for the disaster can more accurately be laid at the Bush Administration’s doorstep. For eight years, George Bush’s presidency infected the oil industry’s oversight agency, the Minerals Management Service, with a septic culture of corruption from which it has yet to recover. Oil patch alumnae in the White House encouraged agency personnel to engineer weakened safeguards that directly contributed to the gulf catastrophe.

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Statement by former Royal Dutch Shell executive John Johns: RDS Forensics has arrived!

At the request of John Johns we have today (11 June 2010) removed information previously printed below (published on 5 May 2010) that was copied from his Royal Dutch Shell Forensics Website.

That website is apparently no longer operational because of pornographic advertising appearing on it over which Mr Johns had no control.

Although initially profusely welcoming the free publicity we generated for his website, Mr Johns objected when I raised legitimate questions about him and his motives. Mr Johns has recently sent several legal notices threatening defamation proceedings and demanding the removal of his copyrighted material which appeared on this web page.

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Novel Gripe Site kicks up a stink

Weather Forecast:  Tomorrow:  Sickly fecal fug around lunchtime, pungent haze deepening towards evening.  Vile stink clearing towards dawn, followed by periodic pongs.

As the operator of an index of gripe websites, we receive requests to feature a variety of gripe sites.

We have just added a novel site targeting a Chicken Processing Plant in Ptuj, Slovenia, described as “a leaky rendering plant.”

The gripesite is operated by a Brit determined to cause a stink about a stink.

“Chewed-up chicken shit, boiled bones, ground gizzards, broken beaks, fetid feet and lingering litter: they’re all part of the atmosphere awaiting visitors to the Slovenian destination of Ptuj, unless the town’s only English resident gets his way…”

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Shell Is Losing More Oil

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

MAY 5, 2010

Sabotage and theft in Niger Delta is causing big jumps in spills

By JAMES HERRON

LONDON—Royal Dutch Shell PLC reported Tuesday big increases in the volume of oil spilled in the Niger Delta in 2008 and 2009, due in large part to damage to pipelines from sabotage and attempts at oil theft.

[SHELL] ReutersA Nigerian Shell worker watches over the well head that spilled crude oil near the Niger Delta village of Oloibiri in Bayelsa state in Nigeria, in June 2004.

The figures show how serious an impact armed militants in the Niger Delta have on Shell’s operations in the region and how important it is that the Nigerian government’s push for a truce is successful.

In 2009, 13,900 metric tons of oil were spilled into the Niger Delta as a direct result of sabotage or theft, more than double the 2008 total and four times the 2007 figure, Shell said in its annual sustainability report. Shell also quadrupled its estimate of the amount of oil it spilled in the region due to accidents in 2008 to 8,800 tons following the completion of investigations.

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Shell: No Change To Proposed A$3.44B Offer For Arrow Energy

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

MAY 4, 2010

SYDNEY (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) said Wednesday there has been no change to it and PetroChina Corp.’s (PTR) A$3.44 billion takeover offer for Arrow Energy Ltd. (AOE.AU).

“There’s been no change to the proposed offer following FIRB (Foreign Investment Review Board) approval,” a Shell spokesman said.

“Shell continues to look at the impact of the government proposal across all of our Australian investments,” the spokesman said, referring to the resource super profits tax announced this week by the Australian government.

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Groups challenge Shell’s Arctic air permits

By DAN JOLING (AP) 5 MAY 2010

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska Native and conservation groups have filed challenges to clean air permits the Environmental Protection Agency granted Shell Oil for drilling exploration wells in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.

“Shell’s drilling threatens to pollute the air we breathe, and EPA needs to regulate the emissions more strongly,” said Caroline Cannon, president of the Native village of Point Hope, in a prepared statement. Point Hope is an Inupiat Eskimo village of 713 on the coast of the Chukchi Sea, 330 miles southwest of Barrow.

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Gulf oil leakage could worsen if measures to stop the flow fail, executives say

washingtonpost.com By Steven Mufson

Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 4, 2010; 6:28 PM

Under a worst-case scenario, the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico from a damaged offshore rig could rise to 40,000 barrels a day — eight times the current estimated leakage — oil-industry executives told members of Congress on Tuesday.

Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) said that the estimate was prompted by a question: What might happen if BP fails to cap the flow of oil from the well or funnel it through a giant steel box and pipe? He said the executives responded that, in a worst-case scenario, that oil could gush out at rates ranging from 10,000 barrels to 60,000 barrels a day, with 40,000 being the most likely in such circumstances.

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The limitations of rational man…

One of the problems with having spent most of my career in the oil industry is that it was a far too rational world – or liked to think that it was. There were lots of engineers, geologists and accountants to explain to you that managing was about input-process-output. In other words you came to proper business judgments by making sure that you had the right resources (the inputs); handling them properly (the process) and doing the right thing with the products of all this effort (the outputs). Business was a machine and the better designed and oiled and maintained that machine was the better you would do. But my world, the world of brand management, was less certain – much less actually. In promoting a brand you are only partly appealing to rational man – you are also appealing to emotional man and emotional woman. As David Ogilvy once memorably said “The consumer is not a fool – she is your wife”.
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