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Shell begins probe in response to fraternization report

Shell begins probe in response to fraternization report

By DAVID IVANOVICH Houston Chronicle Copyright 2008

Sept. 12, 2008, 11:37AM

WASHINGTON — Houston’s Shell Oil Co. has launched an internal probe to examine the explosive findings of the Interior Department’s Inspector General regarding fraternizing between oil company workers and the U.S. Minerals Management Service.

Calling the inspector general’s report “very concerning,” Shell President Marvin Odum said today he has started an investigation to make sure there wasn’t “inappropriate behavior within my company.”

Inspector General Earl Devaney earlier this week issued a series of blistering reports accusing federal employees of accepting gifts from industry representatives, engaging in sexual encounters with oil and gas company employees and rigging bids to throw work to a former colleaguee.

Company officials said they expect Shell employees to “comply with all laws and regulations and hold themselves to the highest standards. Employees who do not comply with Shell’s strict code of ethical standards are subject to disciplinary action.”

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