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The Observer: Who’s killing Putin’s enemies? Parts 1 & II

EXTRACT: The Kremlin recently provided a particularly audacious example of how it sees its role as an ‘energy superpower’: Royal Dutch Shell, which had invested billions of dollars to develop the world’s largest oil-and-gas field, Sakhalin II, in the Russian far east, was forced by the government to sell its controlling stake in the project. The company had endured a year of regulatory harassment – including ludicrous threats that the pipeline would not meet Russia’s environmental standards. The moment Shell surrendered to Gazprom, however, those environmental concerns vanished. And what was Shell’s response after its holding in the project was reduced from 55 to 25 per cent? ‘Thank you very much for your support,’ the company’s chief executive, Jeroen van der Veer, told Putin at a meeting three weeks ago. ‘This was a historic occasion.’ read more

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Sunday Telegraph: Where’s Olly?: No one has seen Jorma Olilla since he took over as chairman of Royal Dutch Shell nine months ago

Business comment
By Sylvia Pfeifer, Deputy Business Editor, Sunday Telegraph

No one has seen Jorma Olilla, the former head of Nokia, since he took over as chairman of Royal Dutch Shell some nine months ago. The appointment of the Finnish entrepreneur, who transformed a little-known manufacturer of rubber boots and paper products into a household name, was greeted as a sign that the famously bureaucratic Anglo-Dutch oil giant was embracing a new era of openness.

He was an outsider, not British or Dutch, who would lead the company after the damaging reserves scandal that led to the departure of Shell’s three most senior executives and paved the way for the historic merger of its two subsidiaries. Some investors I spoke to last week were unhappy about his lack of communication with the City. He has held no meetings with shareholders since his appointment. The mood among investors is one of déjà-vu that Shell is returning to its old ways of keeping investors at arm’s length. More worryingly, the message that has come back so far is that Olilla doesn’t meet investors – instead, Lord Kerr, Shell’s likeable deputy chairman, who helped recruit Olilla, is put forward as a substitute. read more

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BBC News: Gas pipeline causes bitter dispute

The site of the proposed Corrib gas refinery and pipeline near Rossport in County Mayo is the focus of a bitter dispute.

Locals who have gone to jail in opposition to the project and their supporters remain firmly against it, while Shell, its partners and the Irish government says it is vital to Ireland’s national interest. Diarmaid Fleming reports on the different views.

Rossport is as quiet and remote a place as one can find in Ireland, set in stunning wild scenery in the Irish-speaking Gaeltacht beside the Atlantic Ocean sweeping into Broadhaven Bay.
 
Shell wants to pump gas through a pipeline
read more

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Ireland.com: Shell to Sea protest passes peacefully

Saturday 24 February 2007

Around 500 hundred supporters of the Shell To Sea campaign marched in Dublin this afternoon in protest at the energy giant’s plans for a gas terminal and pipeline in Co Mayo.  

Among those participating are members of the Rossport Five, who spent 94 days in prison in 2005 for refusing to give an undertaking to stay away from protests at the site of Shell E&P Ireland’s proposed gas terminal in Bellinaboy, Co Mayo.

There have since been a number of violent protests at the site. read more

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International Fact Finding Delegation to Investigate Human Rights Case in County Mayo Regarding Controversial Shell Refinery / Pipeline Project

Public Hearing Scheduled to Hear Community Evidence of Police Brutality, Shell and Government Actions – Monday, February 26, 2007 – 6-9 PM
Glenamoy Community Hall

(San Francisco, USA- Amsterdam, Holland) An International Fact Finding Delegation will travel to County Mayo, Ireland to investigate a possible Human Rights Case regarding police, government and corporate actions at the controversial Shell Refinery/Pipeline Project in the area.  Delegates from five nations will travel to various sites in the Rossport area next week to conduct an independent investigation which may lead to possible legal cases before international human rights commissions and courts. read more

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Daily Telegraph: BP settles at 11th hour as legal claims continue to pile up

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(The Texas City blast killed 15
people and injured over 100)

By Russell Hotten, Industry Editor
Last Updated: 1:15am GMT 24/02/2007

US lawyers pursuing BP over the Texas City refinery explosion said there would be no let-up in their campaign, after the oil giant made an 11th-hour out-of-court settlement in another two claims brought by workers injured in the fatal blast.  
 
A Houston court was to hear the latest compensation claim on Monday, but BP said yesterday that it had agreed an undisclosed financial settlement with the two workers. read more

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Canberra Times (Australia): W E ARE about to find out if the invasion of Iraq really was a war for oil

Saturday Feb 24, 2007

Headline: Rush to rouse a sleeping giant

W E ARE about to find out if the invasion of Iraq really was a war for oil.

The country is on the verge of passing a petroleum law, which will set down rules for investing in its oil industry. That will set off a race among the foreign oil giants, scrambling for their slice of Iraq’s vast oil riches.

Britain’s two world-leading oil companies, BP and Shell, both say they want to enter Iraq. Exxon, ConocoPhillips, Total, Russia’s Lukoil and the Chinese will also form part of the rush. read more

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Irish Times: Judge praises courage of garage cashier

Published: Feb 24, 2007

The courage of a young woman who twice faced a gunman in separate armed raids where she worked was praised by a judge yesterday.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane said 22-year-old garage forecourt cashier Deborah Mooney had shown great courage in her job.

Dublin Circuit Civil Court was told that Shell Ireland Ltd had decided to settle Ms Mooney’s damages claim for post-traumatic stress injuries following assaults by different gunmen on March 23rd and May 4th in 2003, in the Kilnamanagh filling station in Tallaght. read more

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Financial Times: Eni’s Kashagan oilfield development dogged by delays and doubled costs

By Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent
Published: February 24 2007 02:00 | Last updated: February 24 2007 02:00

Development of the world’s most important new oilfield will be delayed by a further three years and require almost double the investment initially anticipated, Eni, the Italian oil group operating the field, said yesterday.

Kazakhstan’s giant Kashagan oil field will now produce its first oil at the end of 2010 and hit peak production by 2019, according to Paolo Scaroni, chief executive of Eni, Europe’s fourth largest listed international energy group. read more

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2theadvocate: Shell funds $225,000 grant to boost commercial fishing

Advocate staff report
Published: Feb 24, 2007

Thanks to a grant from Shell Oil Co., 45 commercial fishermen received $5,000 each in recovery aid during a Friday event in Baton Rouge.

Organizers said this is the first step in the Back to the Dock program designed to help fishermen recover from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

More than 800 applications were received for this first round of funding. The money is supposed to go toward replacing and repairing fishing equipment.

The money from Shell is meant as a first step, said Harlon Pearce, chairman of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board. read more

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Apen Daily News: Shell delays decision on oil shale production

From The Associated Press –
Fri 02/23/2007 10:00PM MST

RIFLE — A decision by Royal Dutch Shell on whether to begin commercial oil shale development won’t happen by the end of this decade as planned because the permit process has taken longer than expected.

Jill Davis, spokeswoman for an experimental project in western Colorado, said they’ll decide shortly after 2010 whether to proceed.

“We just need a little more time to get our test projects going on the federal leases,” she said. “Those leases took a little more time than we thought.” read more

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