Yesterday we supplied Mr Michiel Brandjes, Company Secretary and General Counsel Corporate of Royal Dutch Shell Plc., with an email we intend to circulate to U.S. government officials, Senators and Congressman posing an important timely question:
Is it safe to trust Shell to drill in the Arctic Ocean?
The email contains information about various matters concerning Shell’s trustworthiness as a foreign company operating in the USA.
The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, though disastrous in consequence, was an accident. Even if it occurred as a result of gross negligence, or even criminal negligence, it was not a deliberate act.
Contrast this with…
Reference is made to an industrial espionage investigation of Shell Oil instigated at the behest of the U.S. Dept. of Defense.
We provided Shell with sight of an internal Memorandum of the U.S. Department of the Navy. It deals with a secrecy order relating to a patent application for certain IP technology owned by a former employee of Shell Oil USA. The technology has military and commercial applications (including deepwater drilling – hence Shell’s intense interest). The Memorandum mentions aircraft, ship, and submarine stealth technology, Weapon Science, and nuclear weapon design.
Shell has been invited to point out any inaccuracies in the information set out in the draft email and/or to seek an injunction if it wishes to try to block circulation/publication of the email. If we do not receive a response from Shell by this evening, the first email will be sent. The initial recipient being Robert Gates, the U.S. Secretary of Defense.
Subject to any response from Shell, we will publish the email this evening, but for security and legal reasons, disable the link to the Memorandum.
We feel sure Mr Gates will be interested to learn of the industrial espionage investigation if he is not already aware of it and of apparent blundering over classification issues by officials in his department.