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Boasts over Shell avoidance of oil spills come back to haunt its CEO

By John Donovan

In October 2010, the Daily Mail published an article reporting claims by Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive, Peter Voser, that Shell would never have made the mistakes that led to the BP Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, which resulted in a huge oil spill.

The claims have come back to haunt Mr Voser.

Royal Dutch Shell wades in with attack on BP over spill (Daily Mail 13 October 2010)

We subsequently learned of a “near miss” which had taken place in December 2009 on Shell’s Sedco 711 North Sea platform, with an uncanny similarity to issues surrounding the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Since then, Shell has been responsible for the biggest oil spill in the last decade in the North Sea, amid allegations of Shell hiding the facts.

This has been followed by the biggest Nigerian deepwater oil spill in the last decade, into the Atlanta Ocean.

All the responsibility of Royal Dutch Shell, the oil company in which the U.S. government has recently placed its trust to drill in the Arctic Ocean.

It is notable that Shell’s atrocious track record on oil spills and related safety and environmental issues have been deleted by anonymous parties from Wikipedia articles. Entire pages of copious information from reputable, verifiable, independent sources, including newspaper reports, court documents and environmental agency findings, have been systematically deleted from Wikipedia by anonymous parties.

SELECTION OF DECEMBER 2011 OFF SHORE NIGERIA SHELL OIL SPILL REPORTS

Satellite Imagery Indicates Shell Spill May Be Worse Than Reported: 25 December 2011

Nigerian Oil Spill Stretches 900 Square Kilometers, says Environmental Group: 24 December 2011

Huge slick from Shell’s 1.68 million gallon Atlantic Ocean oil spill: 23 December 2011

Rush to clean major Shell oil spill off Nigeria: 22 December 2011

News Shell oil spill off Nigeria likely worst in decade: 22 December 2011

SELECTION OF AUGUST 2011 NORTH SEA OIL SPILL REPORTS

North sea oil spill ‘worst for a decade’: The Guardian August 2011

North Sea oil spill is worst in a decade: Telegraph August 2011

North Sea oil leak worst for a decade: The Scotsman August 2011

Don’t hide facts about oil leak: The Herald

Shell Under Fire Over Silent Tactics: Spiegel Online

Shell Withholds Information On North Sea Oil Spill: UK Progressive Magazine

Leader: Onus is on Shell to come clean on North Sea oil spill: The Scotsman

Don’t hide facts about oil leak: Herald Scotland

Shell accused of secrecy over North Sea platform oil leak
: Aberdeen Press and Journal

Shell, govt spin machine keeps lid on worst UK oil spill for decade: RT

Shell accused of playing down spill as estimate rises: Aberdeen Press and Journal

Shell needs to come fully clean: The Independent

Shell ’should have been more open about oil spill’
: Herald Scotland

Shell less than transparent about worst UK oil spill in a decade: Greenpeace

So many questions, so few answers from Shell
: The Scotsman

Shell mum on flow from oil pipeline leak: Reuters

Leader: Oil is not well where information is concerned: The Scotsman

Criticism Is Growing Over Shell’s Response to Oil Leak
: New York Times

Shell’s reputation is tarnished by North Sea oil spill: TheNewsTribune.com

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