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SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE: Gas stations repeatedly cited for air pollution

EXTRACT: ..regulators confronted Shell/Equilon officials after issuing a string of citations to its gas stations in 2000. Company leaders signed a legal agreement with the air district that year, promising to start an enhanced inspection and maintenance program. Since then, however, records show that the air district has cited Shell/Equilon 371 more times.

Fines may be too small to spur pump upkeep

By Mike Lee
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
July 30, 2006

Most drivers filling up at a gas station lately probably focus on the pump’s fast-rising money counter. But the pump is doing more than selling gasoline – it’s fighting air pollution. read more

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Niger Delta : An Open Letter To Oil Companies

EXTRACT: Since this is not going to be a very long letter I intend to address one of you who I assume is the most culpable of the lot. That is the British and Dutch oil interest known as Shell Petroleum Development Company. You are all guilty of the same offences to some degree but Shell is seen as the King Kong of injustice in the region and it deserves special mention and attention in this patriotic letter.

Letter published by The Daily Independent (Nigeria), on Monday 24th July, 2006

By Michael John, [email protected] read more

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The Wall Street Journal: More Earnings Roll In; Senate May Pass Energy Bill

EXTRACT: Oil Profits Gush: Exxon Mobil’s profit jumped 36%, to $10.36 billion, the oil company’s second-highest quarterly profit ever. Shell’s profit rose 40%, to $7.32 billion. BP’s earnings jumped 30%, to $7.27 billion as the firm unveiled measures to improve U.S. operations following safety and regulatory problems. Chevron reported an 18% rise in profit to $4.35 billion on surging oil prices.

THE ARTICLE

July 30, 2006

INVESTOR’S CALENDAR

This Week

Profit Patrol: Look for earnings reports from United Airlines’ parent UAL tomorrow; Archer-Daniels-Midland, Burger King, Eastman Kodak and Verizon Tuesday; Procter & Gamble and Starbucks Wednesday; Tyco International and Unilever Thursday, and Toyota Motor Friday. read more

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The Sunday Times: Return of the wildcat oilmen

July 30, 2006

Special Report

Prospectors are scouring Africa and the US deserts in search of black gold.
By Tarquin Hall
  
 
“FOLKS call me Cactus on account of a friend of my dad’s,” said Charles E Schroeder III, as he emerged from a Texas steakhouse where he had devoured an enormous plate of prime rib for lunch.

“When I was born he took one look at me and said, ‘that boy don’t look like no baby! He looks like a cactus!’ So the nickname kind of stuck.” 
 
Cactus is the real deal: one of the last independent oil prospectors in northwest Texas — a genuine wildcatter. He sports a Stetson, ostrich-skin cowboy boots and drives around with a .308 rifle in the cab of his SUV (bumper sticker: “Don’t mess with Texas!”). read more

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The Sunday Times: Focus: Browned off (plan hatched last year for BP to merge with Shell)

EXTRACT: It was not the first time Browne and Sutherland had clashed. They also failed to see eye-to-eye over a tentative plan hatched last year for BP to merge with Shell. The potential mega-merger, which could have created a global energy giant worth more than £250 billion, was discussed between board members, but the idea was dropped. Browne was thought to be in favour but Sutherland argued it would be impossible to execute. BP has also cast its eye over French oil firm Total.

THE ARTICLE

July 30, 2006 read more

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The Sunday Telegraph: The Friday night bombshell

(Filed: 30/07/2006)

BP’s decision requiring him to step down as chief executive in 2008 came as a blow to Lord Browne. Sylvia Pfeifer describes the events leading up to the announcement and looks at the potential successors

It never gets too hot in the Andalucian mountains in southern Spain, even during the brutal summer month of August. A cooling breeze will no doubt be welcome when Lord Browne, the chief executive of BP, meets his chairman, Peter Sutherland, there next week.

Browne will be staying with Sutherland and his wife at their house. It was a holiday that had been arranged long before last week’s extraordinary events at the oil company, which saw two of the biggest personalities in British business clash. At issue was nothing less than the succession at Britain’s biggest company.
 
Peter Sutherland told Lord Browne: ‘John, you need to give people a retirement date’  read more

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Houston Chronicle: Oil execs speak out

July 30, 2006, 12:07AM

LYNN J. COOK
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

John Hofmeister:
President,
Shell Oil Co.

High prices, war in the Middle East and global warming concerns have transformed energy from a dull industry taken for granted by many Americans into a top-of-the-mind pocketbook issue for consumers.

The Chronicle posed 10 questions to several top executives of the world’s major oil companies on topics ranging from gasoline prices to U.S. energy security to hefty company profits.

Some of the CEO answers — delivered by e-mail last week as BP, Royal Dutch Shell and ConocoPhillips were reporting their second quarter financial results — might be surprising. read more

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Chicago Tribune: Oil Safari: A Travelogue of Addiction

What does it take to quench America’s mighty thirst for gasoline?

Pulitzer-winning correspondent Paul Salopek traced gas pumped at a suburban Chicago station to the fuel’s sources around the globe. In doing so, he reveals how our oil addiction binds us to some of the most hostile corners of the planet—and to a petroleum economy edging toward crisis.

STORY BY PAUL SALOPEK, TRIBUNE CORRESPONDENT
RESEARCH BY BRENDA KILIANSKI, TRIBUNE RESEARCHER
PHOTOS BY KUNI TAKAHASHI, TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPHER

About the project
Paul Salopek (left) and photographer Kuni Takahashi traveled to the distant sources of the South Elgin Marathon’s gas.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/specials/chi-oil-about-story,0,7014967.htmlstory
Chapter 1: The pay zone
A Marathon station in South Elgin, Ill., serves as an ideal prism to examine the coming end of the oil age.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/chi-oil-1-story,0,2482956.htmlstory
Chapter 2: The frontier
Americans have hitched their 210 million autos to Africa, forcing the planet’s last superpower to rattle its half-empty oilcan at the world’s poorest continent.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/chi-oil-2-story,0,2941709.htmlstory
Chapter 3: The war
The hidden costs of our oil addiction include everything from U.S. job losses to the medical bills of American troops wounded in Iraq.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/specials/chi-oil-3-story,0,80570.htmlstory
Chapter 4: Last call
An energy cold war over oil threatens to become the defining struggle of the 21st Century. An early flash point: the United States and Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/specials/chi-oil-4-story,0,539323.htmlstory

Copyright © 2006, Chicago Tribune
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Iranian.ws: Shell oil company to decide on mullahs’ blood money in 2007

International oil giant Shell will make its final decision on whether to invest in Phase 13 of South Pars gas field development project in 2007. Mullahs’ Managing Director of Pars Oil and Gas Company Akbar Torkan said the final investment decision (FID) on Phase 13 of South Pars gas field which pertains to Shell will be made available next year, adding that the FID on Phase 11 will also be available at the end of this year.

He said that based on talks with the managing director of Shell, the company is not going to finalize its decision on investment in Phase 13 this year, however, according to the plan, the company is expected to make its final investment decision in 2007 instead. read more

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Taipei Times: Oil prices down on slower US growth, slack demand fears

EXTRACT: The market was still feeling the ramifications after Royal Dutch Shell declared force majeure on crude deliveries from Nigeria’s Bonny oilfield for this month and next. The move means contracts might not be honored during those two months.

THE ARTICLE

AFP , NEW YORK
Sunday, Jul 30, 2006,Page 10

Advertising Oil prices slumped on Friday following news of slower economic growth in the US, which prompted fears for demand in the world’s biggest consumer of energy, traders said.

New York’s main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in September, plunged US$1.30 to close at US$73.24 a barrel. read more

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