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The bravest woman in oil

 

PHOTO: VANESSA VICK/REDUX: Ann Pickard at a gas plant near the Niger Delta

Ann Pickard at a gas plant near the Niger Delta

Ann Pickard, Shell’s chief in Nigeria, knows the true meaning of oil crisis.

By Jon Birger, senior writer

NOVEMBER 21, 2008: 7:13 AM ET

(Fortune Magazine) — Ann Pickard’s title sounds normal enough – she’s regional executive vice president in Africa for Royal Dutch Shell’s exploration and production division. But there’s nothing normal whatsoever about Pickard’s job. Indeed, as Shell’s top official in Nigeria, Pickard may well hold the most dangerous executive post within the oil industry.

A 53-year-old Wyoming native who helped organize battered women’s shelters before entering the energy biz in the late 1980s – “making $7,000 a year doesn’t quite cut it,” she says of her former life – Pickard is the first woman to run Shell’s African operation. She talks a lot about reducing accidents, and by accidents, she’s not talking about the industrial variety. read more

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Big oil gets help leaving footprints in Alaska

Yogi Berra put it best: It's déjà vu all over again. As it drills wells in the Chukchi Sea, Shell Oil is delivering the same sheen of assurance to Arctic villages and native subsistence hunters. "As a company, we could never afford an oil spill in the Arctic. We just can't afford to have that happen," Marvin Odum, president of Shell Oil Co., said in an Anchorage speech this month.

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Palin, Alaska grapple with lower crude prices

Falling oil prices will take a bite out of Alaska's state budget and put a damper on oil-field investment, Gov.Sarah Palin told a conference of major North Slope oil operators on Wednesday.

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Chevron slows Colorado natgas drilling development

Chevron Corp said on Thursday it had to curtail plans for expansion of a new development in Colorado's Piceance Basin due to a drop in local natural gas prices.

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Russians control TNK-BP as foreigners leave-sources

Russian oligarchs have taken effective management control of BP's Russian oil venture TNK-BP as part of an exodus of foreign executives from senior positions, according to TNK-BP sources.

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Gunmen attack Nigerian navy near Shell oil facility

Unknown gunmen attacked a navy houseboat in southern Nigeria protecting a Royal Dutch Shell crude oil flow station on Friday, a military spokesman said.

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Appeals court rules against Arctic drilling plan

"The U.S. faces an energy supply crisis, and delays like this only extend and aggravate it. In times of shrinking global supply and ever increasing reliance on imported oil, the Alaska offshore could be a significant resource for national energy security," Shell said in a statement.

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Court voids Shell’s Beaufort Sea drilling plan

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday blocked a major oil-drilling program in the Beaufort Sea, ruling that federal officials failed to address environmental impacts when they granted permission to Shell Oil to drill wells over a three-year period. The company spent $2.1 billion earlier this year...

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