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Royal Dutch Shell and Mad Dog Gaddafi

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The compilation of articles accessible below provide the answer to why Tony Blair and Royal Dutch Shell executive director Malcolm Brinded (above left), sucked up to the Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi, the monster ultimately responsible for the Pan-Am 103 bombing and other terrorist atrocities. They include the murder of a British police constable Yvonne Fletcher shot outside the Libyan Embassy in London while policing an anti-Gaddafi demonstration.

By John Donovan

Last night a remarkable 90 minute documentary was aired on BBC FOUR TV under the title: Mad Dog: Gaddafi’s Secret World

Part of the documentary covered the bombing of Pan Am 103 and the subsequent release of the convicted bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi in a deal involving oil.

Shell is the only oil company named in the documentary. It claims to operate under strict business principles, but in fact has no scruples at all.

The following are extracts from a related Daily Mail article published under the headline: Shell wrote letter Tony Blair used in £325m Libyan oil deal

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Shell Libya Security Breach

There are 47 pages in all, many marked as confidential. The leaked files include a history of Shell’s long involvement with Libya, confidential technical information, confidential strategies and plans, including projections stretching many years ahead.

By John Donovan

We have combined a number of leaked files relating to Shell’s operations in Libya and have published them online.

There are 47 pages in all, many marked as confidential.

The leaked files include a history of Shell’s long involvement with Libya, confidential technical information, confidential strategies and plans, including projections stretching many years ahead.

The information is likely to be of interest to academics and even more so to Shell’s rivals, who may find some of it invaluable.

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How Shell pleased Qaddafi

It seems Shell violated its own principles in Libya…

SUMMARY OF AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE DUTCH MAGAZINE VRIJ NEDERLAND ON 1st AUGUST 2012 (TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH)

Shell consolidated its interests in Libya by appeasing Qaddafi’s confidants with jobs for their children.

Ahmed Sawani was in 2006 a freshman in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tripoli. In despite of the fact he just started studying, he got a job at Shell Libya. According to a comment in a leaked Shell document, Ahmad’s father was director of the Qaddafi Foundation, an acquaintance of the country chairman of Shell Libya, Mark Hope. Just like the Sawanis many other Very Important Persons are mentioned in the VIP document. The opposite also happened when a minister, Tahar Jehaimi, was relieved from his post and nothing was heard from him for a long time. It was mentioned as a reason for closing the file of his child.

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Libya Slams Shell for Exploration Halt, Record in Country

07/08/2012 | 11:13am US/Eastern

By Summer Said

DUBAI–Libya’s state oil company Sunday criticized Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB) for its decision to abandon exploration blocks in Libya, and said that Shell “has generally not achieved any encouraging results” in the North African country.

In a statement posted on its website, Libya’s National Oil Corp., or NOC, said it hadn’t received prior notice from Shell of its intention to give up its exploration permits, which covered several areas in the Sirte basin.

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Shell’s undignified exit from Libya

By John Donovan

We have already published an article containing a leaked email purportedly sent on 14 June 2012 by disgruntled Shell Exploration & Production Libya staff to senior Shell managers. Shell claims that it is withdrawing from Libya because of a deteriorating security situation. It self-evidently prefers to do business with dictators (a policy stretching back to Hitler).

The disgruntled employees – 17 in total, are all members of Shell’s security staff in Libya.

We now have a Statement of Complaint signed by all 17, detailing serious allegations against Salah Alshaafi, the chief of the Shell Security team.

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Claimed uprising by Shell Libya staff

(Photo from the article Royal Dutch Shell, Tony Blair and Muammar Gaddafi)

Email purportedly sent on 14 June 2012 by Shell Libya staff to senior Shell managers.

The email is in reaction to Shell’s recent decision to terminate its exploration contracts in Libya.

Shell apparently preferred to deal with Mad Dog Gaddafi.

THE EMAIL

From: Mohamed Mahmoud <[email protected]>
To: “[email protected]” <[email protected]>; “[email protected]” <[email protected]>; “[email protected]” <[email protected]>; “[email protected]” <[email protected]>; “[email protected]” <[email protected]>; “[email protected]” <[email protected]>; “[email protected]” <[email protected]>
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2012 5:55 PM
Subject: Demands of Shell Libyan Staff

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Shell Is First Major To Exit Oil Blocks In Post-War Libya

Published May 28, 2012 Dow Jones Newswires

LONDON –  Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) Monday became the first major to exit oil and gas exploration blocks in post-war Libya, amid concerns over insecurity and contracts.

The Anglo-Dutch giant insisted it was still interested in the country, which holds Africa’s largest oil reserves.

But the move casts a cloud on Libya’s oil recovery as Shell had originally planned sizable investments in the blocks.

Shell “intends to suspend and abandon drilled wells and stop exploration in [its] Libyan licenses,” a company spokesman said, confirming an internal e-mail seen by Dow Jones Newswires.

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Shell contracts valid, Libya says

Jan. 5, 2012 at 10:07 AM

TRIPOLI, Libya, Jan. 5 (UPI) — The post-war government in Libya told the Dutch ambassador existing contracts with Royal Dutch Shell were still valid, the country’s oil minister said.

As of November, the International Energy Agency said Libyan oil production was around 500,000 barrels per day, up from the 75,000 recorded in September. Before the war began in March, Libya was producing around 1.6 million bpd.

Production in the country is returning faster than most analysts expected when NATO forces established a no-fly zone over the country last year.

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Royal Dutch Shell’s Interest indicates Major Shift for Low Energy Nuclear Reactions

Shell also seeks oil deal with Libyan NATO-rebels.

From: New Energy Times Blog
By Steven B. Krivit

Royal Dutch Shell, plc, one of the largest energy companies in the world, is interested in exploring low-energy nuclear reaction research as a possible game-changer in the energy business.

Two Shell scientists, Anitha Sarkar and Gilles Buchs, with the backing of the Shell GameChanger program, are looking for opportunities to work actively with Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR) experts, according to a brief introduction the researchers prepared.

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BP, Shell Plan to Resume Exploration, Boost Production in Libya

December 07, 2011, 8:58 AM EST

By Robert Tuttle and Anthony DiPaola

Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) — BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s biggest oil companies, aim to resume exploration in Libya, whose new government seeks to stabilize relations with foreign companies following the ouster of Muammar Qaddafi.

Both companies are evaluating whether to resume drilling at wells begun in the North African state before the outbreak of hostilities at the start of this year, BP Chief Executive Officer Robert Dudley and Shell head Peter Voser said yesterday in Doha, Qatar’s capital.

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Qatar Has World in Its Sights for Power Projects

Qatar also signed an initial agreement with local Chinese authorities, the Chinese state-run oil company C.N.P.C. and Royal Dutch Shell to be part of a petrochemical and refining complex in China, the world’s second-biggest oil consuming nation.

Blair and a mere ‘lapse of judgment’

Saif was a key player in Libya’s campaign to renounce nuclear status and became close to leading figures after Mr Blair signed the ‘deal in the desert’ in March 2004, which saw British firms such as BP and Shell sign massive contracts with the Libyans.

Links: Blair and Gadaffi pictured in 2007 – will he be squirming regarding Saif’s capture?

By REBECCA EVANS and TOM KELLY

Last updated at 1:28 PM on 21st November 2011

Tony Blair’s close relationship with the Gaddafi family was yesterday dismissed by an ally as a mere ‘lapse of judgment’.

Lord Goldsmith, who served as Mr Blair’s Attorney General for six years, said that cosying up to Colonel Gaddafi was trivial  when compared with the crimes of the former Libyan dictator’s bloody regime.

His comments followed claims that the capture of the tyrant’s playboy son Saif could cause acute potential embarrassment for Britain’s political elite.

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Blair’s ‘deal in the desert’ with Gadaffi paved the way for Shell and BP contracts

The release happened after Blair’s notorious “deal in the desert” with Muammar Gadaffi paving the way for multi- million-pound oil contracts with Shell and BP.

(Saif al-Islam Gadaffi – above right)

THE SUNDAY TIMES

Headline: Gadaffi son may spill British secrets

Sunday 20 November 2011

Marie Colvin and Dipesh Gadher

THE London-educated Saif al-Islam Gadaffi, 39, always denied that he played an active role in politics, but he holds the key to the secrets of his father’s despotic regime.

His trial could prove deeply embarrassing if he chooses to reveal details of his once-cosy relations with British politicians including Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson, the former business secretary.

Mohammed al-Alagi, Libya’s interim justice minister, said yesterday that Gadaffi will be placed on trial in Libya and faces the death penalty.

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Royal Dutch Shell, Tony Blair and Muammar Gaddafi

From pages 42 & 43 of “Royal Dutch Shell and its sustainability troubles” – Background report to the Erratum of Shell’s Annual Report 2010

The report was made on behalf of Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands)
Author: Albert ten Kate: May 2011.

In May 2005, Shell signed an agreement to start a joint venture with the Libyan National Oil Corporation. The joint venture would revamp and expand the existing liquified natural gas (LNG) Plant at Marsa el-Brega on the Libyan coast. It would also explore for gas and subsequently develop five areas totalling 20,000 square kilometres located in the heart of Libya’s Sirte Basin. Shell was committed to invest USD 637 million in the first phase of the joint venture.

Already in March 2004, Malcolm Brinded, head of exploration and production at Shell, stated: “We were in Libya in the Fifties and we were in Libya in the Eighties for an exploration programme, but for this one we came back in 2001 and so this is the culmination of discussions over that.” International sanctions on Libya were lifted in 2003 and 2004. Thus, Shell had been fishing for contracts from Gaddafi a long time before international sanctions were lifted.

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Will Malcolm Brinded be attending the funeral of his friend Gaddafi?

COMMENTS FROM A ROYAL DUTCH SHELL RETIREE ON CURRENT NEWS STORIES

Interested in the report on this leak they are trying to stop in Athabasca…

Oilsands leak turned mine to pond

Few people probably realise this is a nightmare and very likely unstoppable until the whole aquifer runs out of energy. Compare it with a blow-out.  I think it is a major mishap but have no other info then what I read in the article.

And the oilwells in Sakhalin going to sand is a disaster of great magnitude.

6 Oil Wells On Sakhalin Go Offline

With winter starting they presumably cannot re-enter the wells and try to fix it. It also shows the original design was flawed. I bet that even those atheist Russians (and the secular Shell folk as well)  are praying the same will not happen on the gaswells because then they really are f*cked!

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Shell execs in Tripoli discuss Libya return

TRIPOLI | Wed Oct 5, 2011 12:48pm EDT

(Reuters) – Executives from Royal Dutch Shell held talks with Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) in Tripoli on Wednesday, a source said, as more majors return to the war-torn country to grasp new opportunities and make sure old deals are valid.

“There were discussions about the procedures to come back to Libya,” said a source in Libya with direct knowledge of the meeting.

Shell confirmed it held talks with NOC in Tripoli.

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Royal Dutch Shell interfering with politics

From pages 41, 42, 43 & 44 of “Royal Dutch Shell and its sustainability troubles” – Background report to the Erratum of Shell’s Annual Report 2010

The report is made on behalf of Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands)
Author: Albert ten Kate: May 2011.

Interfering with politics

Improper involvement?

Oil and politics have a lot to do with each other. The home states of Royal Dutch Shell are the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. These countries might want to secure their oil/gas imports and the economic benefits of having an international oil company based within their territory. These interests might overpower ethical interests, such as the protection of human rights in countries hosting the oil company. Home states often might have the same business interest than “their” oil companies.

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Shell: too early to return to Libya

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Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is keeping an ear close to the gound in Libya, but says it’s still much too early to consider returning there, a spokesman told Dutch news agency ANP.

Shell withdrew its personnel from Libya earlier this year because of heightening political tension. The company was conducting exploration for natural gas with the help of two drilling towers.

“We are watching the situation carefully and monitoring it to see when one can make contact [with the rebels] and when we can go back in and operate,” said Shell. “It’s too early to make a call.”

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Why is Shell still present and operating in Syria?

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

By John Donovan

EXTRACT FROM EMAIL WE RECEIVED ON 14 August 2011

In light of US demands on the international community that the EU and others break their ties with Syria, you may wish to investigate why Shell is still present and operating as usual in Syria. Unlike most foreign investors and operators that pulled out of Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and other countries at the first signs of government repression, Shell and its expatriate staff have remained in Syria to this day.

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Tony Blair, Royal Dutch Shell and Corrupt Regimes

By John Donovan

Today The Guardian newspaper published an outspoken article by Ian Birrell about the “breathtaking hypocrisy” of Tony Blair.

It discusses his role in bringing “the maverick Muammar Gaddafi in from the cold as he brokered oil deals and oversaw prisoner transfer agreements that led to the release of the Lockerbie bomber.”

Shell drafted a letter that Tony Blair sent as UK Prime Minister to Gaddafi as part of the brokering process.

The article also covers “Blair’s appeasement of the Saudi royal family in perhaps the most disgraceful episode of his time in office, when his pressure led to the halting of the landmark BAE bribery case.”

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Shell ready to ship extra gas to Japan in wake of tsunami

*SHELL DEALING WITH THE DEVIL AGAIN:

Voser insisted the North African dictatorship was ‘still under development and is evolving into democratic structures over time’. And despite saying Libya was ‘rather small for Shell’, he refused to profess any discomfort at the firm’s cosy relationship with Gaddafi, based on a £ 375m exploration deal signed in 2005 with the blessing of former Prime Minister Tony Blair

Fuelling a growth support

By Rob Davies
Last updated at 3:35 AM on 16th March 2011

Shell boss Peter Voser said the oil supermajor stood ready to ship extra gas to tsunami-hit Japan but has refused to distance the company from the regime of Libyan tyrant Colonel Gaddafi.

Speaking as he showed off an ambitious $100bn ( £ 62.2bn) growth plan, the Swiss chief executive said Shell had diverted boatloads of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Japan, to address the power shortfall caused by its nuclear crisis.

But he offered no firm stance on Libya, saying Shell would ‘see things unfolding … and then we’ll take a decision’ on how to proceed.

Voser insisted the North African dictatorship was ‘still under development and is evolving into democratic structures over time’.

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Malcolm Brinded endorses the Duke of Pork

ARISE SIR MALCOLM…

The unscrupulous Royal Dutch Shell fat cat, Malcolm Brinded, with the aid of the sleazy duo Blair and Prince Andrew (aka “Air Miles Andy”), sold out the relatives and victims of Pan Am 103 by getting Shell into bed with the mass murderer, Gaddafi.

Regular readers of this blog will know that we have consistently made forthright comments about the dubious circumstances of Shell’s return to Libya and the deranged despot, Gaddafi.

We were never fooled by the claims that he was a reformed sponsor of international terrorism.

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Satan dealing with the devil in Libya

By John Donovan

A few days ago we published an article under the headline “Shell dealing with the devil in Libya”

Today I received an email from a well known former senior Royal Dutch Shell official suggesting that the headline should have been

“Satan dealing with the devil in Libya”.

This serious person, of high integrity, knows Shell even better than we do.

THE MOST EVIL COMPANY ON THE PLANET?

Evidence of Shell’s Nazi past from Shell’s paid historians

Photograph shows Swastika flag flying at the head office of Royal Dutch Petroleum, 30 Carel van Bylandtlaan , The Hague, during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands in World War II (From Image Database Hague Municipal)

By John Donovan

In a matter of days we will publish on the Internet all of the pages from “A History of Royal Dutch Shell” relating to Shell’s close relationship with Hitler and the Nazi Party. This is the official account by eminent historians associated with Utrecht University who were given unrestricted access to Royal Dutch Shell archives. The project was supervised by the Research Institute for History and Culture.

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Shell completes staff withdrawal from Libya

Reuters Africa

Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:33am GMT

AMSTERDAM Feb 22 (Reuters) – Oil major Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday that all its expat employees and their dependents in Libya, involved primarily in the company’s exploration activities in the country, had been relocated.

“Given the continuing uncertainty in Libya, Shell’s expatriate staff have now been temporarily relocated. Shell offices remain closed, and business continuity plans are in place,” a Shell spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman did not say how the evacuations took place.

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Oil majors stall Libya drilling, withdraw staff

Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:22am EST

* Statoil, Shell, BP plan evacuations as unrest spreads

* Repsol, Eni say oil production unaffected

LONDON, Feb 21 (Reuters) – European oil and gas companies have evacuated staff and suspended drilling preparations in Libya as violence spreads across the north African country.

Norway’s Statoil, Austria’s OMV and Royal Dutch Shell have moved some staff as scores of anti-government protesters were killed in the country’s second-biggest city, Benghazi, and unrest spread to the capital Tripoli over the weekend.

Production at the Murzaq oil field run by Spain’s Repsol (REP.MC) has been unaffected so far, as has output from Eni’s operations.

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ROYAL DUTCH SHELL: THE MOST EVIL COMPANY ON THE PLANET?

*CORPORATE TERRORISM AGAINST A FORMER SHELL EMPLOYEE
*ROYAL DUTCH SHELL NAZI SECRETS EXPOSED
*INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: GALE NORTON, SHELL SCANDAL
*Shell employee guinea pigs in study of carcinogenic properties
*1000?s of Shell workers asked to reapply for their own jobs
*SEX, DRUGS & CORRUPTION IN USA SPONSORED BY SHELL
*ROYAL DUTCH SHELL NIGERIAN CORRUPTION SCANDAL
*WIKILEAKS: SHELL EMBEDDED SPIES IN NIGERIAN GOV
*Shell embedded spies in governments of Nigeria, Dubai and Iraq
*PDF ORIGINAL ARTICLE SHELL EMBEDDED SPIES IN NIGERIA
*SHELL SETTLES CLAIM FOR MURDER & TORTURE IN NIGERIA
*SHELL COMPLICITY IN NIGERIAN MURDER OF CIVILIANS
*UNLOVEABLE SHELL, THE GODDESS OF OIL (NIGERIA +)
*CLEAN-UP FOR NIGER DELTA AND SHELL’S REPUTATION
*Shell fueled Nigerian violence by paying rival militant gangs
*SHELL CHIEF HAD A PRIVATE ARMY (IN NIGERIA)
*SHELL PAYS $10 MILLION CORRUPTION FINE TO NIGERIANS
*SHELL ACCEPTS LIABILITY FOR TWO OIL SPILLS IN NIGERIA
*NIGER DELTA CRISIS THREATENED SHELL’S GLOBAL BRAND
*SHELL GLOBAL SPYING ON ITS OWN EMPLOYEES
*DEATH THREATS AGAINST SHELL WHISTLEBLOWERS?
*Irish Police investigate death threats to Shell whistleblowers
*SHELL “TOUCH F*** ALL” OIL RIG SAFETY CULTURE
*PAYBACK TIME FOR CORPORATE VILLAINS?
*SHELL HIDES ITS TRADING WITH FANATICAL IRANIAN REGIME
*SHELL HID TRADING IN IRAQ OIL IN VIOLATION OF EMBARGO
*SHELL IN BED WITH GADDAFI, STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM
*SHELL INVOLVEMENT IN AL-YAMAMAH OIL FOR ARMS SCANDAL
*ROYAL DUTCH SHELL WORLDS LARGEST “SPECULATOR”
*Shell accused of supporting Syrian regime
*Whistleblower accuses Shell of psychological torture
*Blood for oil? (The invasion of Iraq)
*Why is Shell still present and operating in Syria?
*SHELL EVEN DEFRAUDED ITS OWN SHAREHOLDERS
*IRREGULARITIES IN A SHELL TENDER PROCESS

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Blair in secret talks with Gaddafi: Lockerbie families’ fury as ex-Premier is treated like a ‘brother’ by dictator just days after denying links with Libya

By James Chapman and Nabila Ramdani
Last updated at 10:25 PM on 16th July 2010 Comments (203)

DAILY MAIL FRONT PAGE LEAD STORY SATURDAY 17 JULY 2010

EXTRACT: 2004: Prime Minister Tony Blair makes the first government visit to Libya since 1943. He offers the Colonel the ‘hand of friendship’. Big trade deals followed involving BP, Shell and BG Group.

Tony Blair was flown to Libya for secret talks with Colonel Gaddafi just days after denying he was an adviser to the dictator.

Mr Blair was ‘entertained as a brother’, a senior Libyan government source has revealed.

He told the Daily Mail that the former prime minister had offered Gaddafi, with whom he is on first-name terms, ‘a great deal of invaluable advice’.

Secret talks: Tony Blair was flown to Libya to discuss international and domestic issues with Colonel Gaddafi – days after denying he was an adviser to the dictator

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BP says oil has stopped leaking

BBC NEWS

15 July 2010 Last updated at 21:11

BP says it has temporarily stopped oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico from its leaking well.

It is the first time the flow has stopped since an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig on 20 April.

The well has been sealed with a cap as part of a test of its integrity that could last up to 48 hours.

BP executive Kent Wells said the oil had been stopped at 1425 local time (1925 GMT) and he was “excited” by the progress.

“It is very good to see no oil go into the Gulf of Mexico,” said Mr Wells.

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Senator Lautenberg should also investigate Shell’s Libyan links

By John Donovan

The Financial Times reports today that “Democratic senators in the US are calling for an investigation into BP’s business interests in Libya, accusing the British oil company of being part of a deal to free a convicted terrorist in return for oil licences.”

The FT goes on to say: “The Senate foreign relations committee is set to consider a request from Frank Lautenberg, a Democratic senator from New Jersey, for an investigation into whether BP helped secure the early release of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber freed by Scottish authorities last year.”

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BP lobbied Jack Straw before he changed mind over Lockerbie bomber

Jack Straw was personally lobbied by BP over Britain’s prisoner transfer agreement with Libya just before he abandoned efforts to exclude the Lockerbie bomber from the deal. The Times has learnt that the Justice Secretary took two telephone calls from Sir Mark Allen, a former M16 agent, who was by then working for BP as a consultant, on October 15 and November 9, 2007.

High stakes in the shifting sands of the oil sector are not best served by low tactics

Whatever you think of the deal to allow the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi to end his days with his family in Libya, British business interests are a big factor. Energy companies such as BP, Royal Dutch Shell and BG have been making steady inroads into Libya, where there are an estimated 44bn barrels of crude beneath the desert sands...

Shell’s Malcolm Brinded – lustful friend of Libya

Malcolm Brinded, Royal Dutch Shell Executive director of Upstream International

By John Donovan

In view of current events, it is timely to consider the real motives of the UK government’s complicity in the release of the Lockerbie bomber – a development said to be “casting a long shadow over relations between Britain and United States, where senior figures in the Obama Administration have voiced dismay over the Government’s failure to take a stand.”

The White House condemned the decision by Scottish authorities to release al-Megrahi as “outrageous and disgusting”. A senior US official said: “The UK has been extraordinarily silent on this issue.”

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15% pay hike for lucky former Shell employees

Shell has exited the Ethiopian fuel market after finalizing a purchase and sale agreement with Libya Oil Holding, according to Petrol Plaza.

Oil explorers find new fields to conquer

Companies are also dipping into “unconventional” hydrocarbon deposits — the sticky mountains of tar sands in Alberta, Canada and on the banks of Venezuela’s Orinoco river, the “tight sands” gas reserves of western Australia, and the methane trapped in long-disused European coal mines.