Another PR blunder from the House of Shell or a tragic piece of misreporting? Ian McCredie, head of global security services at Shell, is reported to have told a Chatham House conference a tale of how up to 70 staff have been kidnapped over the last year in Nigeria. Mr McCredie then went on to slag off the royal family in Saudi Arabia…
From an ‘Interested Observer; this is for USCitizen posting on Shell Blog
Having some first hand knowledge of Royal Dutch Shell’s issues with the US Dept. of the Navy I can assure that the ‘conspiracy theorists’ are not being paranoid in this particular case. Fortunately for Royal Dutch Shell their only crime (alleged) is that of ‘conspiracy’ to violate US espionage statutes. They failed in their endeavors (alleged).
Now, the US government has a number of options at its disposal when it comes to dealing with companies who would engage in such activities. It can try to bring criminal and civil suites against the company and its management, but in Shell’s case that would fraught with all sorts of ‘political’ and ‘diplomatic’ implications. This path is very expensive, and very time consuming, and it gets ‘messy’. Alternatively, it can simply deal with the issue ‘administratively’. This actually gives the government a host of relatively cheap and rapidly implementable options.
It could be, for example, that it takes a long time for the environmental impact statement for proposed oil and gas exploration/exploitation in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas to be re-done, and done properly this time, as it should have been done the first time around. It could be that Royal Dutch Shell never does get any Arctic drilling permits because of ‘other issues’, like ‘clean air’ concerns; or newly discovered concerns about dangers to the feeding grounds for gray whales; or impacts on walrus feeding habits; or the breeding rituals of the clams the walruses feed on; or because of concerns about how the stress of drilling operations psychologically impacts the shrimp the gray whales feed on, etc., etc.
It could be that Shell’s leases could expire before any of this gets worked out properly. Time is money and that would cost Royal Dutch Shell what? $3 – $4 billion directly, plus the loss of the leases? Things could begin to drag out in the Gulf of Mexico as well. Not a bad back-handed kick in the teeth for conspiracy (alleged) to violate the espionage statutes. Losses like this aren’t chump change, even to a company like Royal Dutch Shell.
The bottom line here is that companies like Royal Dutch Shell really need to follow the rules. Seconding the Nigerian government is one thing, trying the same stunt with the US government is another. The message here is that it really doesn’t pay to try to shit on the Big Eagle.
So, Royal Dutch Shell loyalist manager, what do you think of all of that?
Comment added by John Donovan
We are in possession of Shell internal documents confirming Shell industrial espionage on a global basis, including the USA. What is the point in hiring former spooks such as Ian McCreepy (aka Ian McCredie OBE., Head of Shell Corporate Affairs Security – “CAS”), and Frank T. Garcia, formally of the FBI, if they are not put to good use in spying on Shell employees?
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1: Mr McCredie described the increasing manifestations of insecurity that Shell and other oil companies face around the world. Threats include attacks on oil facilities, corrupt officials, industrial espionage, kidnapping, piracy and the potential for large-scale political instability.
2: Another PR blunder from the House of Shell or a tragic piece of misreporting? Ian McCredie, head of global security services at Shell, is reported to have told a Chatham House conference a tale of how up to 70 staff have been kidnapped over the last year in Nigeria. Mr McCredie then went on to slag off the royal family in Saudi Arabia…
FURTHER COMMENT RECEIVED
I was reading Mr. McCreddie’s somewhat dated comments about corporate security and the threat that ‘corrupt (governmental) officials’ pose to RD Shell. (Has RD Shell muzzled the man the last few years??). In any event, it gave me a good laugh. ‘Corrupt officials’ pose a threat to RD Shell?? Really. That man needs to go to Shell’s ‘charm school’ and learn what not to say. Or maybe he is beyond help. His comments came just after the reserves scandal. And since then Shell has been convicted of all sorts of bribery schemes, etc. (Shell management made those decisions, of course). Seems to me RD Shell is threatened by corruption, but it is by the corruption of it own ‘corrupt corporate officials’ occupying high management positions. Just an observation.