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Petroleum News: Shell breaking ground in sands

U.S.-based arm of Dutch mega-major emerges as mystery buyer at Alberta lease sale; creates new Canadian subsidiary SURE Northern Energy to probe untapped resource
Gary Park
For Petroleum News
A Texas-based arm of Royal Dutch Shell has disclosed it paid a record C$468 million for almost 220,000 acres of northern Alberta oil sands leases in February, ending six weeks of speculation about the identity of the mystery buyer.
Shell Exploration and Production in the Americas said March 21 it is creating SURE Northern Energy, a new Calgary-based subsidiary, to evaluate and potentially develop the heavy oil resources using possible ground-breaking technologies.
SURE is separate from Shell’s 78 percent owned Shell Canada, which is 60 percent operator of the Athabasca oil sands project in partnership with Chevron Canada and Western Oil Sands, each holding 20 percent.
Shell America’s Executive Vice President Marvin Odum said Royal Dutch Shell has a “suite of both enhanced and new heavy oil technologies that could potentially apply to this type of resource.”
“While these technologies are not commercially proven, we believe there is significant potential for us to pursue this opportunity,” he said.
“This move represents a distinct opportunity to assess new and emerging technology.”
Limestone-encased bitumen
The bitumen in the area acquired by Shell is actually encased in limestone, which would require a shift from the current methods of extracting the raw bitumen from sandstone or dirt, using open pit mining or steam-assisted methods.
Neither of those systems works with limestone, which is not easily mined and breaks down if water is used.
The resource is called carbonate and until now what little data has been gathered suggests the leases are not suited to thermal recovery techniques.
Shell is not talking in detail about its challenges although a company official told the Globe and Mail that “some type of enhanced thermal recovery will be required to economically develop the resource.”
The company has said it needs more time to conduct a detailed appraisal program.
For now it is encouraged by the size of the resources (which Shell has not disclosed), current market conditions and advances in enhanced oil recovery methods.
Venture 60 miles west of Fort McMurray
The SURE venture is about 60 miles west of the established Fort McMurray oil sands region, moving into an area of deeper deposits where Robert Bedin, a senior analyst at Ross Smith Energy Group, said companies have tried and failed to develop a workable technology.
The move by a new Shell subsidiary into the oil sands caught some off guard, given the track record of Shell Canada and its ambitious plans to expand the Athabasca project from 155,000 barrels per day to more than 500,000 bpd. However, Royal Dutch Shell said it is maintaining its full support for the Canadian subsidiary’s ongoing business.
In addition to Athabasca, Shell Canada is also playing a role in an attempt by a tiny aboriginal community in northeastern Alberta to develop a C$1 billion mining project covering more than 8,000 acres holding an estimated 500 million barrels of recoverable oil.
The Native-owned Fort McKay Group of Companies, a conglomerate of seven businesses, has been working as an oil field service firm for the past decade and last year generated C$50 million in revenue for its 550 residents through a variety of operations.
Fort McKay and Shell Canada have an agreement that could see Shell become the primary developer and producer if the first nation relinquishes control of its leases and simply collects royalties.
A stronger indication of what is under discussion is expected at a community meeting on April 4 when the Fort McKay leadership will unveil details of work done by the engineering firm SNC Lavalin to put a cost estimate on a mining project.
Core drilling is also under way to define the quality of the reserves.
Earlier reports have pointed to a possible 25,000 bpd operation coming on stream in the 2013-2015 period.
The land is close to the massive oil sands operations run by Shell, Syncrude Canada and Suncor Energy.
It was inherited by the Fort McKay community as part of a 15,000-acre land claim settlement that gives the community C$41 million in cash over three years, of which C$10,000 is distributed to each member and C$33 million has been locked into a trust fund for future investment. read more

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ShellNews.net: Request for help from a student regarding Exploration and Production strategies of Royal Dutch Shell

Dear Sir
I am a 3rd year business studies student at the University of Liverpool, England and doing a report into the Exploration and Production strategies of Royal Dutch Shell. I am e-mailing you to request any information you might have on targeted oil fields and/or details on where Shell is exploring for oil and how the company goes about securing targeted oil fields.
Many thanks,
David
We have David's full name and his email address. If any of our readers at Shell E & P or elsewhere can assist him we will pass on David's contact details to you. Please respond contact via: [email protected] read more

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"NOTICE TO SHOW CAUSE" CONTEMPT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST DR. HUONG: PART THREE: THE EMAIL TO JYOTI MUNSIFF (CHIEF ETHICS AND COMPLIANCE OFFICER FOR ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC):

24 MARCH 2006
By Alfred Donovan
This is part three of the publication of extracts from a letter and “NOTICE TO SHOW CAUSE” issued by TH Liew, the solicitors acting for the EIGHT Royal Dutch Shell companies collectively suing Dr Huong for alleged defamation in respect of postings on this website.
The letter and accompanying “NOTICE TO SHOW CAUSE” were served on Dr Huong on Wednesday, 15 Match 2006 notifying of Shell's intention to issue contempt of court proceedings against him punishable by imprisonment or fine. Shell has some expertise in this area having had the “ROSSPORT FIVE” committed to prison in Ireland last year the day after the most important ROYAL DUTCH SHELL dual AGM's in the history of the Anglo Dutch Group. It is fair to say that Shell management came to regret that move which resulted in an International PR disaster. Shell backed down in a spectacular U-TURN three months later and took steps to ensure that the five martyrs who opposed the Corrib pipeline were released from incarceration.
It will be interesting to see the timing on this imprisonment threat, bearing in mind the fast approaching inaugural AGM of ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC. Will Shell management be willing to risk another PR debacle which will inevitably focus even more attention on the matters raised by Dr Huong and on publications made on my websites? It is quite a poker game. All in all, a no win situation for Shell.
 
Since I am named in the proceedings and have played the key role in the various internet publications at the heart of the case, I have been asked by Dr Huong and his lawyers to supply an Affidavit testifying to the facts as Dr Huong has to respond to the charges made in the NOTICE TO SHOW CAUSE. My draft response in printed in red. All yellow highlighting is mine. All underlining is by Shell lawyers, TH Liew.
 
Part three extracts deal with sections 5, 6 & 7 of the NOTICE TO SHOW CAUSE: –
The 2.2.06 publication of your letter to Jyoti Munsiff on the Shellnews.net website
5. You wrote this letter to Jyoti Munsiff:
“Congratulations on your appointment as Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for Royal Dutch Shell Plc…

The entire article is accessible via the following link: –
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Globe & Mail.com: Alberta's royalties to slide despite boom

Syncrude, Suncor to pay less in 2009
PATRICK BRETHOUR
CALGARY — Alberta is forecasting a steep drop in royalties from the oil sands in three years — by as much as a fifth — as the two founding members of the sector start paying charges on cheaper bitumen rather than more valuable synthetic crude.
In budget documents released this week, the province predicts that royalties from synthetic crude and bitumen will drop to $1.35-billion in fiscal 2008-09 from $1.71-billion the previous year. Even as royalties fall, oil sands production is forecast to rise sharply, jumping nearly 40 per cent between now and fiscal 2009.
The smaller income on a higher volume of production is largely predicated on the two oldest companies in the oil sands sector, Syncrude Canada Ltd. and Suncor Energy Inc., beginning to pay royalties on bitumen, which sells at a deep discount to synthetic oil. As a result, the royalty bill for the two companies would fall substantially.
Prices are expected to decline as well — helping to push down royalties — but the drop in payments by the oil sands sector is the most significant factor at work, and part of a larger trend of Alberta getting a smaller part of the income from exploiting the province's energy resources. The Energy Department's business plan released this week shows that the Crown was paid 19 per cent of industry revenue between 2002 and 2004, down from the 24 per cent it received between 1999 and 2001. The most recent figures are lower than the target of 20 to 25 per cent that the government has set for itself.
Energy Minister Greg Melchin has said that the decline in part results from rising oil sands production and a system that allows the projects to pay low royalties while they recoup capital costs. Royalties then jump sharply, a scenario laid out in the budget, where the province's revenue from bitumen and synthetic crude production rises by 50 per cent from fiscal 2006 to fiscal 2008.
But in the next year, the tally drops by $360-million, largely a reflection of the expected switch by Suncor and Syncrude. Both companies were in business before the province established a fiscal regime in the mid-1990s that allowed future oil sands operators to choose between paying royalties on bitumen or synthetic crude. Although the bitumen royalties are lower, the tradeoff is that a company gives up the right to deduct the billions it might spend on an upgrader facility from the calculations of those payments to the Crown.
Shell Canada Ltd., for instance, decided in 1998 that it would pay royalties on bitumen. (Although Shell does not pay royalties on its synthetic crude production, any profit that results are subject to corporate tax.) However, the decision to pay bitumen royalties meant it was not able to apply the cost of its Scotford upgrader. The decision made seven years ago — a “shot in the dark,” said spokeswoman Janet Annesley — proved to be the right one. Bitumen prices rose, but crude oil prices rose even more, leaving Shell better off.
The policy was designed to ensure that any company wanting to exploit the oil sands would not end up being inadvertently encouraged to simply extract raw bitumen and ship it out of the province to be upgraded. But its arrival meant that Suncor and Syncrude could have been stuck with permanently higher royalties than their competitors, so they were given the right to make a changeover.
Although the two companies have yet to formally make a decision, both have entered into extensive negotiations on when and under what conditions they could make the transition. Suncor has largely hammered out its agreement, while Canadian Oil Sands Trust, the largest owner of Syncrude, says the talks with the province are still in their initial stages.
If they do make the switch, they will lose any unused credits for earlier capital spending. However, the benefits they have already received will not have to be refunded — an acknowledgment, Alberta's Energy Department says, that the province also benefited from the two companies producing synthetic oil.
Greg Stringham, vice-president at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said the public may have to adjust its expectations of how much “economic rent” can be extracted from each barrel of oil or gigajoule of natural gas, although total royalties could well continue to grow. Costs are on the rise generally, and the more profitable conventional production is giving way to the capital-intensive businesses such as the oil sands and coal-bed methane. However, Mr. Stringham added that he has some hope that major natural gas discoveries could still deliver high rates of production, and high royalties. read more

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Reuters: Shell Canada finishes C$400 mln low sulfur project

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Shell Canada Ltd.(SHC.TO: Quote) has wrapped up a C$400 million ($342 million) project to produce ultra low sulfur diesel fuel at its two refineries, the company said on Thursday.
The Calgary-based company, 78-percent owned by Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L: Quote), completed work on two units, called hydrotreaters, at its refineries in Montreal and in the Edmonton, Alberta, area.
The facilities can now produce diesel fuel containing just 15 parts per million of sulfur. That's a 90 percent drop from previous amounts and matches new Canadian government regulations for sulfur levels in diesel that come into effect on June 1. Canada already requires refineries to produce ultra low sulfur gasoline.
Shell Canada is the country's third-largest petroleum refiner and explorer by market value. Its Montreal refinery can process 130,000 barrels of oil a day, while its Scotford plant, near Edmonton, handles read more

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Reuters: Shell India not actively seeking Hazira stake sale

Friday 24 March 2006
NEW DELHI, March 24 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research) is not actively looking to sell a stake in its Hazira LNG terminal, the head of its Indian operations told reporters on Friday.
“If a company adds value to the totality of Hazira terminal, we will talk to them, but we are not actively seeking any buyer,” Vikram Mehta said on the sidelines of the India Oil and Gas Conference in New Delhi.

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Daily Record (Scotland): A MESSAGE FROM OUR SPONSOR…: Kieron Mcfadyen Director Shell U.K.

22 March 2006
By Kieron Mcfadyen Director Shell U.K.
WHAT does sustainable development mean to an oil and gas company? For Shell, it first of all means safety – the safety of our people and our operations. Improving our safety performance remains our top priority.
Sustainable development is also about being efficient and looking after the environment in all the locations where we work, offshore and onshore. As a company we have committed to reducing our environmental footprint and are industry leaders in reducing emissions and offshore flaring. We consistently try to operate cleanly with reduced waste
It's also about looking after the communities where our operations are based. In Scotland the main areas are around Aberdeen, where a lot of our North Sea operations are managed, Glasgow and around the gas plants in St Fergus near Peterhead and Mossmorran in Fife.
It's important to us that Shell is a good neighbour and understands the impact of our operations in local communities. So we also support good causes at a local and national level, anything from funding children's playgrounds to taking Scottish Opera around offbeat venues in Scotland.
Most of all, sustainable development means responsibly meeting the energy challenge. Shell provides around a quarter of the UK's gas and oil, just from the North Sea. Without gas there would be no electricity, no heating or lighting, no transport, no alternative fuels or even the convenient plastic bottles and packaging that we should all recycle.
So Shell makes products that make life easier – and we try to do that safely and cleanly. We have a whole range of policies and standards dealing with the sustainable development side of our business – social, ethical and environmental guidelines that help make Shell not just a socially responsible company but also a leading energy supplier. There are many challenges ahead, but do believe that we are making progress.
The challenge of ensuring sufficient, clean and secure energy for the future is high on the national and international agenda. No one should underestimate the pivotal role that oil and gas will play in this. There has never been a more exciting time to be in, or to join, our industry.
RELATED ARTICLE: http://www.tellshell.net/blog/_archives/2006/3/22/1834363.html
COMMENT FROM A SHELL INSIDER: your “Sponsor” Kieron McFadyen is one of the most honest, ethical, sociable and hardworking people with whom I have ever had the pleasure of working and drinking…. If only there had been a few more people like Kieron in Shell…your website would never have been required, and lots of lawyers would be engaged in more productive work…. read more

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Daily Telegraph: Shell creates post to focus on technology

By Christopher Hope (Filed: 24/03/2006)
Shell has hired its first-ever technology guru in a bid to ensure that the oil and gas giant stays at the cutting edge of developing new alternative energies. Jeroen van der Veer, Shell's chief executive, will announce this morning that he has appointed Jan van der Eijk to be group chief technology officer from May 1.
Mr Van der Veer is keen to ensure that Shell is set apart from its rivals by its focus on new technologies.
Mr Van der Veer said: “This appointment is a significant step forward for the group and represents our firm commitment to a culture that fosters innovation with visible support for technical leadership at the most senior levels of the company.”
The new chief technology officer will report directly to Linda Cook on Shell's board. Mr Van der Eijk will lead a team of eight “chief scientists” appointed earlier this year and will be charged with drawing up “a group technology strategy and an annual group research and technology plan”.
Mr Van der Veer added: “Technology can be a key differentiator for Shell. For this to be the case, we must have world class research and development and effective technology application, aligned with our strategy and embedded in a real culture of innovation.” read more

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Irish Independent: Gas pipe opponents' challenge allowed

By Ann O Loughlin
A NUMBER of residents being sued by Shell over their opposition to gas pipeline works may amend their defences to include claims that there is no valid consent for the pipeline, the High Court ruled yesterday.
However, while permitting such amendments, Justice Mary Laffoy said she was disposed to direct the trial of a preliminary issue as to whether the defendants could raise public law issues in the case.
The question whether the issues raised can be dealt with in the proceedings will have to be addressed at some time, she said.
She would not direct a trial of the preliminary issue until Shell and the Marine Minister Noel Dempsey had delivered their replies and defences, and until all the issues between the sides had been clearly identified.
She was dealing with a number of preliminary legal issues in the action by Shell E and P Ireland against five local people and a photographer arising from their opposition to the gas pipeline development near Rossport, Co Mayo.
The defendants are Philip McGrath, James B Philbin, Willie Corduff, Monica Muller, Brid McGarry and Mr Peter Sweetman, the latter with an address at Rathmines in Dublin.
In its proceedings against the six, Shell alleges they obstructed and interfered with Shell's entry onto lands. The defendants have denied the claims. After delivering her decision, the judge said she required the sides to further consider a number of matters and returned the action to Wednesday next. read more

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THE NEW YORK TIMES: The next big thing in clean tech?

Michael Kanellos, for News.com
SAN FRANCISCO–Airplanes, skyscrapers and cars are all going to need better sunglasses, according to John Petraglia, CEO of SPD Control Systems.
Smart Glass, which will be shown off and discussed more fully in about eight weeks, is industrial glass that turns dark in bright sun and becomes clear when it gets dark. By keeping out (or letting in) sunlight selectively, companies can cut their building electricity bills by up to 20 percent because of reduced heating and air conditioning costs, Petraglia said.
Companies such as Hitachi and Leminur will produce the glass, which is coated with a special emulsion, while SPD Control Systems will make the controllers that switch the tint. Another company, Research Frontiers, owns the patents on Smart Glass and licenses the technology to SPD, Hitachi and others.
“Smart Glass changes color from clear to opaque and all shades in between, and in a second or two,” Petraglia said during a presentation at the Cleantech Venture Forum taking place here this week. Aircraft corporations are also interested in Smart Glass as a way to increase passenger comfort.
The three-day conference has become one of the major stops for start-ups trying to capitalize on the young but growing interest in clean technology and energy efficiency. Across town, energy is one of the dominant themes at the Dow Jones VentureOne Summit.
Nearly 140 venture firms are raising funds for so-called clean-tech investing, according to Nick Parker, chairman of the Cleantech Venture Network, which sponsors the Cleantech Venture Forum. In 2004, more processed silicon got consumed in making solar panels than semiconductors, he added.
“A broader concentration on clean tech will be necessary if we are going to have sustainable societies,” he said. “Clean-tech VC is increasingly a substitute for corporate R&D.”
A yawning gap remains between the promise of many start-ups and reality. Many of the companies presenting at the Cleantech Forum have achieved a few million in revenue at most, but some assert sales will rise to more than $100 million by 2009. Corporations like Philips and General Electric also make products for energy efficiency.
Still, the enthusiasm is tough to miss. Here are some of the companies and their pitches from the Cleantech Forum so far:
• ClearFuels Technology: The vegetable alcohol for ethanol now mostly comes from fermentation. Hawaii's ClearFuels, by contrast, takes ground and dried biomass and turns it into synthetic gas, which is then converted to ethanol that can be mixed with gas. Shell and ExxonMobil want to deploy a similar process to convert natural gas to vehicle fuel for polluted megacities.
“There's enough virgin biomass that you don't need to go to things like municipal waste,” which can cost more to process, said ClearFuels CFO Eric Darmstaedter.
“A broader concentration on clean tech will be necessary if we are going to have sustainable societies.” –Nick Parker, chairman, Cleantech Venture Network
The company can turn a ton of biomass into 200 gallons of fuel, better than the 100 gallons of fuel by the conventional methods, according to Darmstaedter. The synthetic gas produced in the process can be used to run the plant. The higher yields mean that the ethanol from the process costs 75 cents to 90 cents, less than the $1.10 cost of a gallon of traditional ethanol.
• Extengine Transport Systems: The Fullerton, Calif.-based company produces a unit that attaches to the exhaust system of diesel trucks and buses and converts the nitrogen/oxygen gases in the exhaust that contribute to global warming into nitrogen and water vapor. It does this by mixing in ammonia.
So far, it has sold $1.2 million worth of its Adec I converters and just came out with the Adec II, which plugs in easier. The market is being driven by the fact that many states have begun to impose stricter emission standards and in tandem have offered subsidies for retiring or retrofitting old vehicles. Retrofitting, says Extengine President Philip Roberts, is cheaper.
“Diesel engines last forever,” he said.
• Ice Energy: Did you ever stick your head into the freezer on a summer day and inhale the cool vapor? That's Ice Energy in a nutshell. The company's Ice Bear 50 system makes ice in large quantities, keeps it in an insulated copper tub, and then delivers the cool air during the hot afternoon hours, when electricity costs the most.
Customers who have installed the system, including big-box retailers like Petco, have seen overall energy bills decline by 15 percent, he said. Ramirez, however, did not fully explain how the company could keep away large, established competitors. Revenue over the last 12 months came to $1.75 million, but he said it would grow to $110 million by 2008.
• Metrolight: The company essentially makes processors and software that can replace the traditional control systems in High Intensity Discharge, or HID, lights used in streetlights and fixtures in stores. By more acutely controlling the electricity going to these lights, power bills can be cut. Lighting consumes 20 percent to 25 percent of all the electricity in the industrialized world, according to Metrolight founder Yigal Yanai. The company's revenue over the last 12 months came to $3.3 million.
• MWOE Solar: CEO and University of Toledo professor Xunming Deng says he can cut the costs involved in manufacturing amorphous silicon solar panels by 90 percent. (Most solar panels employ rigid crystalline silicon solar panels, which harvest more energy. But flexible amorphous silicon panels are growing in demand.)
Deng, however, would not describe how his company can reduce the costs in this manner. The only clue he gave was that MWOE's panels incorporate silicon and germanium, not just silicon. MWOE has an exclusive license on the technology from the university.
• TecHarmonic: Although not a huge contributor to global warming, semiconductor manufacturing requires a number of chemical gases. TecHarmonic makes equipment that eliminates those gases. The equipment can also be used at disk drive and solar factories to abate regulated gases. read more

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ShellNews.net: ROYAL DUTCH SHELL IMPRISONMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST DR. HUONG: PART TWO

24 March 2006
By Alfred Donovan
Published below is a further section from the NOTICE TO SHOW CAUSE served on 15 March 2006 on Shell Whistleblower Dr John Huong by solicitors acting for the EIGHT Royal Dutch Shell companies collectively suing him for alleged defamation (relating to postings on this website).
The NOTICE TO SHOW CAUSE basically notified the Defendant, Dr Huong of the intention to issue contempt of court proceedings and gave him 10 days in which to provide evidence why he should not be imprisoned or fined for the alleged contempt.
Since I am named in the proceedings and have played the key role in the various internet publications at the heart of the case, I have been asked by Dr Huong and his lawyers to supply an Affidavit testifying to the facts. Part of my draft Affidavit is published below.
PART TWO OF NOTICE TO SHOW CAUSE ARTICLE (PARAGRAPH'S 2, 3 & 4) SERVED ON DR HUONG.
2. You disobeyed the Order by publishing or causing to be published, the following:
The 29.1.06 publication of your Defence on the Shellnews.net website
3. You forwarded a copy of your Defence to Alfred Donovan with the knowledge that he would publish it on his website at ShellNews.net, which he did. Alfred Donovan was, for this purpose, your servant or agent.

DRAFT COMMENTS OF ALFRED DONOVAN
As indicated I have never been the agent or servant of any third party in my dealings with Shell. The same applies to my son John.
We have assisted a number of parties who contacted us, including the WWF (formally known as the World Wildlife Fund), The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, and the New York lawyers Bernstein Liebhard & Lifshitz, LLP acting for the lead Plaintiffs in a U.S. class action lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell plc (and others) in respect of the reserves fraud.
In each case our assistance has involved us posting/publishing information on my websites. We have never charged any of these parties or anyone else a penny. Everything we do in in regard to my websites is completely free. I take full responsibly for everything published. We have declined to publish negative commentary against Shell when deemed inappropriate by us. Dr Huong has never been in a position of knowing that we will automatically publish any material he shares with us. The same applied to the Defence document. The fact of the matter is that Dr Huong does not own or operate a website and has no guarantee that we will publish anything.
The WWF, U.S. PIRG and the ECCR all appealed through the medium of my websites for Shell shareholders to support resolutions to be put to Shell shareholders at the Royal Dutch Shell Plc AGM in May 2006. The ECCR was successful in recruiting more than the required 100 shareholders and the relevant resolution has been accepted by Royal Dutch Shell Plc. I hope that my websites generated some of this support.
Mr Zack Brown, a representative from U.S. PIRG was in the UK a few weeks ago. My son John and I met Mr Brown at Lloyds Registrars in Worthing in an unsuccessful attempt to assist in the purchase of stock in Royal Dutch Shell Plc. We also corresponded with Royal Dutch Shell Plc in relation to U.S. PIRG but made it clear that we had no authority to speak for the organisation.
With regard to the class action, Bernstein Liebhard & Lifshitz has confirmed that my website successfully generated a shareholder, Mr Peter M Wood, to act as a representative of all non-U.S. Shell shareholders in the class action. As a result, a motion has been filed with the appropriate U.S. District Court.
We are happy to assist anyone who shares our aspirations that Royal Dutch Shell Management should abide with Shell’s STATEMENT OF GENERAL BUSINESS PRINCIPLES which include honesty, integrity, transparency, and respect for people in all of Shell’s dealings.
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http://shellnews.net/2006 docs/DR HUONG 2006/notice-to-show-cause-part-two-march-2006.htm
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