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Ku Klux Klan culture at Wikipedia: secrecy and censorship

Royal Dutch Shell management is obsessed with my Wikipedia editing/contributions. Among the documents Shell has been legally obliged to supply to me are several Shell internal documents and emails, some marked confidential, which discussed my editing on Wikipedia and the possible impact on shareholders and students. There was also discussion about the risk of Shell being caught if it tried to edit the material.

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Shell criticizes BP oil spill report, well design

By Tom Bergin

LONDON | Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:23am EDT

LONDON (Reuters) – The chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) criticized the investigation that rival BP Plc (BP.L) conducted into the causes of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and the design BP chose for its blown out well.

Peter Voser said that to correctly investigate the accident one had to examine the thinking behind the particular well design BP used.

The Macondo well design included a number of cheaper options, including the use of a single tube from the surface to the reservoir, rather than two overlapping tubes, and U.S. lawmakers said these choices reflected a tendency on BP’s part to put profits before safety. read more

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Shell CEO: Oil Output At Iraq Majnoon Field Up To 70,000 B/D

OCTOBER 12, 2010, 6:07 A.M. ET

LONDON (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) has already raised oil production from Iraq’s Majnoon field to 70,000 barrels a day, from 45,000 barrels a day previously, the company’s Chief Executive Peter Voser said Tuesday.

The risk of operating in Iraq has increased in recent months, but operations are still going well, he said. The production increase required “relatively little investment because infrastructure is already there,” he said. read more

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Voser – Shell would not have made BP’s mistakes

FT: October 12, 2010 11:05am

Oil & Money conference in London

The keynote speech this morning was delivered by Peter Voser, the CEO of Shell. He talked about the role natural gas has to play in global energy supplies, and especially in the UK, which our energy editor Sylvia Pfeifer wrote about in today’s FT.

But when it came to the Q&A sessions, there are no prizes for guessing what came up first: the BP oil spill. How far would Voser go in criticising his company’s main rival? How confident was he that such an incident would not happen to Shell?
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Shell CEO:UK Should Divert Investment From Offshore Wind To Gas

OCT 12, 2010

LONDON (Dow Jones)–The U.K. government should divert investment from offshore wind power to natural gas exploration and production, Peter Voser, chief executive of energy giant Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN), said Tuesday.

It will be impossible to hit 2020 carbon dioxide emission reductions targets without increased use of natural gas in the country, Voser said at the Oil and Money conference in London. Using natural gas instead of coal is also a cheaper way to cut emissions than offshore wind, he said. read more

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Shell’s Malcolm Brinded moves to Network Rail board

London Evening Standard

12.10.10

Network Rail appointed a new non-executive director today under moves to reshape its board.

Malcolm Brinded, Royal Dutch Shell‘s executive director, joined NR with his appointment to be confirmed at next year’s annual meeting.

NR chairman Rick Haythornthwaite said: “My priority when joining Network Rail was to reshape the non-executive element of the board. Building on the success of the current and former non-executives, this reflects the change agenda on which the company is now embarked. read more

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Shell says opposes tougher EU carbon cut

By Gerard Wynn LONDON | Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:35pm EDT

(Reuters) – Anglo-Dutch oil company Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) opposed tougher European Union carbon emissions targets, as proposed by some EU countries, the company’s head of carbon dioxide (CO2) said.

A unilateral EU move to tighten its carbon caps before other countries followed suit would entail “very real business risks,” Graeme Sweeney told Reuters on Monday.

An EU draft document said in April a 30 percent target would be “technically feasible and economically affordable,” especially after recession had cut EU industrial carbon emissions. read more

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The Life and Death of the Corporate Alien Tort

The corporate defendants who settled are probably not happy either. With Drimmer's help, we count at least 17 settlements flowing from alien tort suits. These include three large Holocaust agreements ($5.25 billion from German state and industry, $1.25 billion from Swiss banks and $210 million from Austrian state and industry); a reported $30 million from Unocal for Burmese pipeline allegations; a reported $20 million from U.S. clothing retailers for Saipan sweatshop allegations; and $15.5 million in Wiwa, which (like Kiobel) arose out of Shell's activity in the Niger delta.

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