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September, 2013:

Standards proposed for risky Arctic oil drilling

Interior Department officials are drafting proposed minimum standards for oil and gas activity in U.S. Arctic waters, partly with an eye to codifying some of the voluntary steps that Shell took during its 2012 drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas north of Alaska.

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The mobile drilling unit Kulluk, which ran aground in the Gulf of Alaska in December 2012, is towed by the tugs Aiviq and Nanuq in 29-mph winds and 20-foot seas 116 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska. Photo: Associated Press

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Jennifer A. Dlouhy: Published 1:02 am, Monday, September 23, 2013

Washington

Hunting for offshore oil in remote and unforgiving Arctic waters requires vessels capable of withstanding crushing blows from icebergs, a nearby supply of emergency equipment and other specialized resources, according to a new report from Pew Charitable Trusts. read more

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Nigeria’s stolen oil is sold and laundered abroad – report

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* Billions of dollars in Nigerian oil stolen each year

* Stolen oil is sold on international markets

* One part of complex criminal web

* Money from theft laundered in global financial centres

Reuters – Thu, 19 Sep 2013 09:00 PM

By Joe Brock

ABUJA, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Stolen Nigerian oil worth billions of dollars is sold every year on international markets and much of the proceeds are laundered in world financial centres like Britain and the United States, a report said on Thursday.

An estimated 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil was stolen from pipelines in the Niger Delta in the first quarter of this year, the report by London-based Chatham House said, not including the unknown quantities stolen from export terminals. read more

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It’s time to draw a line in the Arctic ice over oil and gas

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  Author: Tavis Potts, Senior Lecturer in Oceans Governance at Scottish Association for Marine Science: 20 Sept 2013

I have a great respect for National Geographic. I’m a card-carrying member with an annual subscription, and I appreciate the balance, depth and understanding they bring to revealing the links between the natural and human world.

So the latest issue had prepared me for a recent debate at the Royal Society in London which examined the question of the Science of Change in the Arctic. It painted a stark and disturbing picture of our planet’s future in terms of the impact of global sea level rise on coastal cities. It dramatically brought home the message that a fossil fuel-driven civilisation has profoundly altered the planet, which by 2070 will put some 150m people and US$35 trillion worth of assets in the world’s coastal cities at risk from flooding. Our desire for carbon intensive energy has raised sea level by 60mm since 1994 and the draft fifth IPCC report predicts a one metre rise by the end of the century. That is a lot of coast underwater. read more

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LAST NIGHT AT IRISH GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS

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ABOVE IS AN ATTACHMENT TO A BRIEF OSSL EMAIL (BELOW) SENT TO SENIOR EXECUTIVES AND OFFICIALS OF ROYAL DUTCH SHELL EARLIER TODAY

From: THE OSSL COMPANY <[email protected]>
Subject: LAST NIGHT AT IRISH GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS …YOU SHAME THE NAME OF SHELL …
Date: 20 September 2013 07:19:41 GMT+01:00
To: Michael Crothers <[email protected]>, John Shell News <[email protected]>, Michiel Brandjes <[email protected]>, Peter Voser <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], Neil Rooney <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected] read more

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OSSL EMAIL BOMBARDMENT OF SHELL CONTINUES

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By John Donovan

I have published within this article the latest OSSL emails and attachments sent to Shell regarding the Shell Garda alcohol scandal.

OSSL claims that they have actually sent 678 emails to Shell alone requesting payment for the alcohol in question, which was supplied on Shell’s instructions.

They say that copies of the emails are available on request “just ask” – and that the figure does not include emails sent to the Garda on the same subject.

The failure of Royal Dutch Shell senior management to deal with this huge continuing embarrassment is breathtaking. Shell appears to be being run by fools who do not have a clue about crisis management. read more

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Tiresome outrageous allegations by OSSL against Shell

Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 13.51.56Posting on our Shell Blog 19 Sept 2013:

The practice of accusing Shell of something outrageous and then claiming that lack of rebuttal equates to proof of that claim is getting quite tiresome. Does anyone agree? (ref. OSSL emails to Shell and Irish Police18 Sept 2013)

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By John Donovan

A posting on our Shell Blog this morning by “supershell” makes a fair point…

The practice of accusing Shell of something outrageous and then claiming that lack of rebuttal equates to proof of that claim is getting quite tiresome. Does anyone agree? (ref. OSSL emails to Shell and Irish Police18 Sept 2013)

It is relevant to note that the first OSSL email of today to Supt Thomas Murphy (copied to various Shell executives and lawyers) that I have printed below, claims that 434 out of 435 emails OSSL sent on the alcohol subject to the Garda, Shell, or associates parties, went unanswered. read more

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Europe sets out plans to stop benchmark rigging

The Commission’s antitrust chief continues to investigate benchmarks including Libor and has also raided offices of oil majors Shell, BP and Statoil in an investigation of suspected manipulation of oil prices.

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By John O’Donnell and Barbara Lewis: BRUSSELS | Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:51pm IST

(Reuters) – European Union regulators proposed new rules on setting commodity and interest-rate benchmarks on Wednesday that backed away from their earlier plans for sweeping EU oversight of the multi-trillion-euro markets.

The draft law would regulate benchmarks for the first time at the European level and aims to prevent scandals such as the rigging of the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor), used to price some $300 trillion of products including home loans and credit cards globally. read more

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Montepeque of Platts Caught in Battle Over Oil Assessments

Screen Shot 2013-05-17 at 01.06.41The oil-market investigation became public in May when European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, who is also pursuing price-fixing allegations related to the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, sent investigators to seize computer records and documents from Platts offices, and raided BP Plc (BP/), Statoil ASA and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), three of Europe’s largest oil companies,

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By the time Jorge Montepeque came to London in January 2002 to revamp Platts energy-price benchmarks amid a series of manipulation scandals, he’d already earned a reputation as the company’s troubleshooter.

During a decade in Singapore leading the company’s Asian editorial operations, Montepeque brought more transparency to the $6 trillion global energy market. He ordered reporters to stop using anonymous tips to determine fair values of fuels, pushed traders into a system that sent bids and offers to subscribers around the world and made it more difficult to manipulate prices of Dubai crude. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell has potential for constructive change under new boss, says JP Morgan

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September 18 2013, 11:57am

Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSB) has the potential for constructive change under soon-to-be appointed chief executive Ben van Beurden, according to analysts at JP Morgan.

The investment banking major does, however, retain an ‘underweight’ rating for the stock.

Shell caught the market off guard when it hired BvB, promoting the 30 year company man from within, from his position as director of downstream operations – before that he was executive VP of the chemicals division. read more

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OSSL emails to Shell and Irish Police 18 Sept 2013

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More OSSL emails have been sent today to Shell and the Garda.

One includes an email exchange between OSSL and Supt Patrick Diskin in January 2012 under the subject heading:

“Supply of alcohol to Garda on Corrib project.”

I note that Supt Diskin did not take issue with what was stated in the subject heading.

If anyone sent me an email with false information in the subject heading, I would definitely point that out in my reply.

Supt Diskin did not do so because he knew that it was a valid subject, not a figment of someones imagination. read more

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Horrible business practices of Shell in the Niger Delta

Screen Shot 2013-09-06 at 16.45.38FROM PROFESSOR RICK STEINER: I wanted you to have two letters sent by the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) in the past few days regarding the horrible business practices of Shell in the Niger Delta…

From: Richard Steiner <[email protected]>
Subject: MOSOP letters re: Shell in Nigeria
Date: 17 September 2013 18:47:38 GMT+01:00
To: John Donovan <[email protected]>

Dear John,

I wanted you to have two letters sent by the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) in the past few days regarding the horrible business practices of Shell in the Niger Delta, as well the unwitting support to these damaging corporate behavior by an international environmental organization, IUCN. read more

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Police liquidity – Corrib

Screen Shot 2013-08-28 at 00.03.05I am glad to notice that Superintendent Murphy is in civilised touch with you. No doubt he will do a thorough investigation of the- booze- from-Shell- for-the-Gardai issues in spite of his representing the same county police as most of those specifically mentioned by OSSL as being in receipt of large deliveries of spirits courtesy of Shell. We are all of us aware of the difficult job he has to do: spirits are delivered to be consumed and there goes the evidence…

Comment supplied by Micheál ÓSeighin

Hi, John,

I am glad to notice that Superintendent Murphy is in civilised touch with you. No doubt he will do a thorough investigation of the- booze- from- Shell- for- the- Gardai issues in spite of his representing the same county police as most of those specifically mentioned by OSSL as being in receipt of large deliveries of spirits courtesy of Shell.

We are all of us aware of the difficult job he has to do: spirits are delivered to be consumed and there goes the evidence: as a good policeman, Superintendent Murphy will know that lack of a body does not necessarily mean the lack of a crime and he will act accordingly. He will no doubt try to establish the credibility of OSSL by investigating carefully the other allegations by OSSL of gifts delivered by OSSL on behalf of Shell to named local people and if these allegations are well founded (physical evidence existing) he, the Superintendent, must then find the allegations of OSSL regarding alcohol for Gardai to be an established case requiring a more substantial answer  than a bleated ”we never got any, we never got any”. He will then no doubt investigate some other allegations of attempted bribery of prominent local people by other Shell functionaries apart from OSSL, even in the media, to establish if there is indeed a pattern of behaviour, of bribery, towards which Shell minor operatives tend. At this point he will, no doubt, examine the history of Shell and other companies in the extractive industries, to establish for himself whether such bribery or attempted bribery is and/or has been a distinguishing factor of the activities of such companies vis a vis the members of the police forces serving the communities in which they are established. read more

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Shell starts Prelude drilling

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By Rick Wilkinson: OGJ Correspondent: MELBOURNE, 09/17/2013   

Royal Dutch Shell PLC has started drilling the first of its seven development wells in Prelude natural gas field in the Browse basin offshore Western Australia. It is using the Noble Clyde Boudreaux drilling vessel.

The drilling campaign is expected to last 2 years with the vessel serviced out of Broome on the Kimberley coast.

The Prelude project is expected to be the world’s first floating LNG (FLNG) facility. It will tap into an initial reserve base of 3 tcf of gas and condensate contained in the Prelude and nearby Concerto fields. read more

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Controversy Over Shell’s Oil Exploration in Arctic Continues

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By: Rebecca Jacobson

Salvage teams assess damage to Royal Dutch Shell’s Kulluk drill barge in January after the rig ran aground near Kodiak Island in Alaska. Photo by AFP/Greenpeace/Robert Meyers

Rapidly thawing sea ice in the Arctic Circle has threatened polar wildlife and contributed to global changes in weather and climate. It has also opened the polar region for industrialization and resulted in new shipping lanes and a chance to drill for precious offshore oil reserves. read more

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Shell screwing dealers in Northeast USA?

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Shell, through its subsidiaries and lackeys this time, is again engaging in unfair business practices in the Northeast US and screwing over their dealers.

See the attached Federal Complaint that has been filed.

Court Document – Complaint filed 20 August 2013

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Email from Shell CEO to Irish Police about OSSL ‘demands’

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By John Donovan

We now seem to be getting down to the nitty-gritty in the long running saga in which a small “Mr Fixit” company, OSSL, admits it acted as a conduit for sweeteners (bribes) funded by Shell to smooth the rocky path of the highly controversial Corrib gas pipeline project in Ireland.

Following the personal intervention by RDS Plc Chief Executive Peter Voser, after I arranged for OSSL bosses to corner him at the Shell AGM in May, his chosen envoy, Iain Middleton and the CEO of Shell E&P Ireland, Michael Crothers, met in Dublin the following month with OSSL founders Desmond Kane and Neil Rooney. Peter Voser publicly stated that the objective of the discussions was to resolve the dispute. read more

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