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US Corruption Investigation into Royal Dutch Shell Plc General Counsel

Justice targets Bush Cabinet official in probe

By JOHN HEILPRIN AND DINA CAPPIELLO

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has launched an investigation into whether former Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton illegally used her position to steer lucrative oil leases to Royal Dutch Shell PLC, the company she works for now, officials with both departments confirmed to The Associated Press.

The criminal investigation is focused on a 2006 decision by the Interior Department to award three oil shale leases on federal land in Colorado to a Shell subsidiary. Oil from the leases could eventually earn the company hundreds of billions dollars. read more

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