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ROYAL DUTCH SHELL ‘TOUCH F*** ALL’ APPROACH TO OFFSHORE DRILLING

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 12.59.38A safety audit on the Brent Bravo platform in 1999 led by Bill Campbell exposed a “Touch F*** All” culture with safety records routinely falsified. The damning audit report was passed to then Shell EP director Malcolm Brinded, who made promises to remedy the situation that were not kept. Instead Brinded decided to put profits before safety. Hence the subsequent deadly explosion followed by a cover-up at the highest level of Royal Dutch Shell. It seems from recently published articles that despite all the pledges and the appointment of a so-called safety Czar, nothing has changed.

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 12.44.48By John Donovan

In 2005, Shell received a record breaking fine of £900,000 at Stonehaven Sheriff Court, for a series of safety failings on the Brent Bravo platform, which led to a gas leak inside the giant platform’s utility leg and the tragic avoidable deaths of offshore workers.

A safety audit on the Brent Bravo platform in 1999 led by Bill Campbell exposed a “Touch F*** All” culture with safety records routinely falsified.

The damning audit report was passed to then Shell EP director Malcolm Brinded, who made promises to remedy the situation that were not kept. Instead Brinded decided to put profits before safety. Hence the subsequent deadly explosion followed by a cover-up at the highest level of Royal Dutch Shell.

A subsequent report in 2008 by upstreamonline revealed that even the oil rig lifeboats were not seaworthy.

It seems from articles published in the last 24 hours that despite all the pledges by Shell senior management and the appointment of a so-called safety Czar, nothing has changed.

Gas leak lands Shell safety warning: upstream online.com: 27 August 2014

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Shell has been served with a serious safety warning by UK authorities following a gas leak on its Brent Bravo platform in the northern North Sea.

Notice from HSE for Shell after Brent Bravo gas leak off Shetland: 27 August 2014

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The incident happened on the Brent Bravo, off Shetland, on 9 June. Production on the Brent Bravo was shut down at the time, to allow maintenance work to be carried out.

Safety watchdog launches investigation after gas leak on oil platform: STV News 27 August 2014

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In its prohibition notice, the HSE reported: “Appropriate measures not taken to prevent uncontrolled release of hydrocarbon gas from gas export system including the pig traps and crossover arrangements. “Unwanted and unnecessary accumulation of hydrocarbon gas in the pig traps could not easily be blown down in an emergency.”

Shell hit by safety warning for North Sea gas leak

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The HSE is still wrapping up its investigation and said it should reach its final conclusion soon.

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COMMENT RECEIVED

John,

It seems that Malcolm Brinded’s legacy of TFA is alive and kicking on Brent B. The issuing of a Prohibition notice by the HSE is a very serious matter which reflects yet again at the failure of Shell in Aberdeen to be able to eliminate gas leaks.

Just one question:- Why do Shell continually shoot themselves in the foot?

Regards

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