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Murphy’s Law and Shell drilling in the Arctic Ocean

Comment from a former employee of Shell Oil USA

After several decades of working in the oil industry in the exploration side of the business I have learned that Murphy’s Law pretty much rules. If it can happen, it will happen. Soon or later the laws of statistics catch up with you.

Some examples are:

– $150 million wells that are supposed to be ‘sure discoveries’ are dry holes (e.g., the Mukluk prospect in Alaska).

– Gas pipelines that are not well maintained explode in the middle of residential neighborhoods (last week in California).

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Royal Dutch Shell Fat Cat Malcolm Brinded: Big Brain but no scruples

By Alfred and John Donovan

We note that our article “Royal Dutch Shell Fat Cat Malcolm Brinded: Big Brain but no scruples” published in May 2009 on Blogger News Network has now been read over 8,000 times. The outcome of a related investigation by Grampion Police into alleged corruption and HSE issues regarding Shell and the Brent Bravo explosion is still pending. Click here to read the whistleblower email which sparked the Police investigation.

Why has Shell still not taken legal action against the us or Bill Campbell, the former HSE Group Auditor of Shell International, to defend the reputation of Mr Brinded? Shell currently has 1800 in-house legal staff, including 800 lawyers. Where are they all hiding?

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Shell dropped from Dow Jones Sustainability Index

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Shell has been dropped from the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. The Anglo-Dutch oil company says it does not know why this has happened. The company has always been included in the ranking since the index was introduced in 1999.

The list includes firms deemed to be among a particular branch’s top 10 percent most sustainable companies. This year, Shell fell well short of the threshold.

Shell spokesman Peter van Boesschoten says: “We are still trying to identify the reasons behind the decision.”

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Why We Mustn’t Allow Shell to Go… to America’s Arctic Seas

Shell wants to go quite far, all the way to the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas of Arctic Alaska to get the oil that is there. And they want you to support them in their journey, which is why they say, “Let’s Go.”

THE HUFFINGTON POST

Subhankar Banerjee: Photographer, writer, activist, founder ClimateStoryTellers.org

Last Sunday, after I posted my most recent blog, “Climate Educators Wanted,” I visited the Green page in HuffPost. My eyes lit up. Before my eyes, the GREENscape slowly turned into a story. Stories are nothing but fragments from life put together. Here’s how this story came together.

About midway down the left column, my earlier post, “Letter to Young Americans” was still visible. Right above it was a Shell oil ad. The ad and the story each occupied an equal amount of space, so that was a good beginning. Here is a quick read: the ad says, “Let’s Go,” asking all of us to join in. The story asks all young people to join in. The ad says, “Go Further,” telling us to progress into the future. The story says, “Start the climate revolution now,” for the purpose of a brighter future. The ad and the story outwardly appear to be saying the same thing and peacefully cohabiting in the HuffPo GREENscape.

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Putin meets with Royal Dutch Shell CEO Peter Voser

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Mr Putin cited the successful participation of Shell in the Sakhalin-2 project, as well as its cooperation with Gazprom, Gazpromneft, Rosneft and other Russian companies. In turn, Mr Voser called Russia a key investment partner and expressed satisfaction with the results that have been achieved through cooperation with Russia in a variety of sectors.

17 Sept 2010: Transcript of the beginning of the meeting:

Vladimir Putin: Mr Voser, Shell has been operating in Russian for a long time and with good results. You have several major joint ventures with local partners, including the ambitious Sakhalin-2 project. Last year, we launched the first Russian gas liquefaction company as part of this project. And I must say that in this area, in hydrocarbons, in particular for the production and sale of gas, we have our own plans, which are to increase the production and export of LPG – up to 10% of our total exports by 2020 and up to 15% by 2030.

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2nd Circuit Rejects Corporate Liability in Alien Tort Act Cases

New York Law Journal

Mark Hamblett September 20, 2010

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected outright Friday the theory that corporations can be held liable in the United States under the Alien Tort Statute for violations of international law in foreign countries.

In a sweeping decision rebuffing a lawsuit against The Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. and others for allegedly aiding and abetting human rights violations during oil exploration in Nigeria, the court declared that “corporate liability is not a discernible — much less universally recognized — norm of customary international law that we may apply pursuant to ATS (Alien Tort Statute).”

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