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The arsonist complains about the diligence of the fire brigade

RETIRED SHELL CHIEF SAFETY OFFICER: Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) has gained its reputation as an organisation with no morality that if it can get away with it will lie repeatedly even when trapped by its own evidence, by its own falsehoods. It seems based on its track record RDS has no justification to support its protestations about public authorities using whatever legitimate means they can to dig out from the corruption cesspit the truth.  

By Bill Campbell [from 1996 to retirement Upstream Senior Maintenance Engineer, Global Consultant on this and Techical and Finance audits before retirement as SIEP Audit Manager]

Re the article on the Moerdijk explosion and the Dutch prosecutors getting to the truth don’t you think it’s a bit rich that RDS protests? Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) has gained its reputation as an organisation with no morality that if it can get away with it will lie repeatedly even when trapped by its own evidence, by its own falsehoods.

When hundreds of employees were aware internally of the reserves misreporting it lied, it lied about Brent Bravo, and still does not apologise even when the Health and Safety Executives internal report (never made public issued internally by HSE by November 2004) declared the deaths in 2003 could not have been avoided because the criminal negligence and failures of Shell Expro Directors were so gross.

Shell lied in Alaska about the movement of the drill rig Kulluck, (the wreck of the Kulluck NYT) this was not they stated to avoid taxes but this was later found to be a lie, it discounted the risks of operating in Alaska despite the concerns raised earlier by an SIEP audit that the geographical dispersion of its assets would make managing risks difficult in extremism and raised early concerns about Shell’s inability to manage its contractors (both concerns raised in the Congressional post-mortem report into its Alaskan performance including the crushing of the underwater dome during testing.

In later times it grossly underestimated the risks of FLNG and exaggerated the deck space available on Prelude which turns out not to be a quarter of a comparable onshore site but 20 plus times smaller and of course the ongoing protestations that it was innocent of any wrongdoing in the OPL 245 Nigerian affair.

It seems based on its track record RDS has no justification to support its protestations about public authorities using whatever legitimate means they can to dig out from the corruption cesspit the truth.

It’s encouraging to see the newspapers such as the Dutch FT and also the Dutch prosecution service showing the backbone so missing for example re the Brent Bravo affair in Scotland.

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