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Shell urges U.S. to adopt North Sea drilling rules

Reuters Africa

Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:01pm GMT

LONDON Oct 14 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L: Quote) said the United States should adopt tougher drilling rules applied in the North Sea, adding they could have helped prevent mistakes that contributed to BP’s (BP.L: Quote) Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Shell finance director Simon Henry said on Thursday the United States should force everyone drilling a well to prepare a “safety case” — plans that examine potential risks and define who is responsible for risk management tasks. read more

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Shell Philippine unit denies govt smuggling complaint

MANILA Oct 14 (Reuters) – The chairman of the Philippine unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) denied on Thursday that it had engaged in smuggling after the government said it was seeking $567 million in back payments and penalties in a technical smuggling complaint.

“We have never, ever engaged in smuggling,” Edgardo Chua, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum chairman said in a television interview. “That’s against our business principles.”

*(So was securities fraud, but that never stopped Shell from being responsible for one of the biggest securities frauds in corporate history)
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Wikipedia Foundation non profit status at risk?

COMMENT RECEIVED FROM USA

Wikipedia/Wikimedia is a non-profit organization/foundation. From their website they claim to be a 501(3c) corporation. As such it enjoys tax-exempt status here in the States.

If for profit businesses are contributing to Wikipedia, and Wikipedia is in turn sponsoring informational web pages on those businesses, which are nothing less than sanitized advertisements for those businesses, then the Wikipedia organization may be violating the terms of its non-profit tax-exempt charter and US law.

Given that businesses have found a clever way to ‘get around the rules’ and sanitize their Wiki pages for image and commercial promotional purposes it behooves Wikipedia to separate out the web pages of operating for profit businesses /organizations from the rest of their data base. This could become their ‘commercial’ data base for business propaganda for which they could charge an annual fee and corporations control what went on their pages. read more

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Shell Gets $567 Million Philippine Smuggling Complaint, Will Face Probe

Bloomberg

By Francisco Alcuaz Jr. – Oct 14, 2010

The Philippines filed a 24.5 billion peso ($567 million) smuggling complaint against the local unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, saying it was shifting its drive against tax evasion “to a much higher gear.”

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. evaded 2.72 billion pesos of excise and value-added taxes by misdeclaring and misclassifying 52 shipments from 2005 to 2009, the Bureau of Customs said in a statement. It said it was seeking the maximum fine of 800 percent, or 21.8 billion pesos, on top of this. read more

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Shell sees 2011 as “year of choices” on biofuels

By Scott Malone

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts Wed Oct 13, 2010 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell, which is investigating about 10 second-generation biofuel technologies that would use nonfood raw materials, expects to narrow its research to about five options next year, its top scientist said.

“I am putting a lot of time and energy into sustainable biofuels, second-generation biofuels, in essence, the conversion of redundant material, straw, into ethanol,” Gerald Schotman, the Anglo-Dutch oil company’s chief technology officer said on Wednesday. “We’re also playing with ideas on algae, growing algae and then converting algae directly into gasoline and diesel.” read more

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Shell Recruits Debevoise Litigation Partner as New Legal Chief

Friederike Heine

Legal Week

October 14, 2010

Debevoise & Plimpton litigation partner Peter Rees is set to leave the firm to take up a new role as legal director at Shell.

Rees, who will join the oil and gas giant on Nov. 15, will take over as legal director at the beginning of next year when current incumbent Beat Hess retires.

Rees will take responsibility for Shell’s global legal function and will advise group management on all legal matters. The Shell legal function comprises 1,200 staff, of which around 720 are lawyers and 80 are intellectual property professionals. read more

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