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The Times: Shell: ‘It seems safety and oil don’t mix’

Britain’s second oil company has been repeatedly warned by the Health and Safety Executive about the poor state of its North Sea platforms, according to the Guardian.

The warnings undermine Shell’s public commitment to improve its performance after a fatal explosion on the Brent field in the North Sea in 2003.

The newspaper says that Shell was served with a rebuke and a legal notice that it was failing to operate safely as recently as November 13.

Meanwhile, the Financial Times says that BP avoided $150 million in monitoring and equipment upgrades in the lead-up to the fatal refinery explosion in 2005. It seems safety and oil don’t mix.

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