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Shell BP Merger? A perfect fit

By John Donovan


Updated 18 July 2010

Why all the talk of an American predator devouring a fatally wounded BP?

Royal Dutch Shell and BP have a shared corporate culture that makes for a perfect fit.

For many decades Shell and BP traded as a single entity in the UK under the name of Shell-Mex & BP Limited.

Both have made extravagant claims in multimillion dollar global greenwash advertising campaigns about their lofty business ethics and undying commitment to the environment.

Both companies in reality have flouted environmental laws and regulations and as a consequence, inflicted terrible pollution that has ruined the lives of ordinary people e.g. Shell’s notorious track record in Nigeria and BP’s in the USA.
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Buncefield explosion: Five companies fined £9m

Daily Telegraph

Total, the French energy giant, and four other companies must pay £9m in fines for safety violations that led to an oil depot explosion measuring 2.4 on the Richter scale.

Buncefield fuel depot fire

A court ordered Total to pay the largest sum of £6.2m for its involvement in the blast at Buncefield five years ago – Europe’s largest ever fire outside a war zone. It caused £1bn of damage, injured 43 people and forced 2,000 residents to be evacuated from their homes near the site in Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire Oil Storage, Total’s joint venture with Chevron that controlled the depot, was separately fined £2.45m.

“We fully accept our responsibilities for the events that took place and recognise the devastating consequences that the incident had on the surrounding communities and businesses,” said Lee Young, Total UK’s head of legal and company secretary. read more

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