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Shell has spies in Nigerian ministries – WikiLeaks

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Thursday, 9 December 2010

Online whistleblower, WikiLeaks, has revealed that multinational oil giant, Shell, has inserted staff into all the main ministries of the Nigerian government, giving it access to politicians’ moves in the Niger Delta, the Guardian of London reports.

Ann Pickard, then Shell’s vice-president for sub-Saharan Africa, told US diplomats that Shell had seconded employees to every relevant department and so knew “everything that was being done in those ministries.”

The leaked US diplomatic cable said the unnamed executive boasted that the Nigerian government had ‘forgotten’ about the extent of Shell’s infiltration and were unaware of how much the company knew about its deliberations.
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WikiLeaks: Shell Oil Infiltrated Nigerian Gov’t

A high-ranking executive for the international Shell oil company once bragged to U.S. diplomats that the company’s employees had so well infiltrated the Nigerian government that officials had “forgotten” the level of the company’s access.


The Shell logo is seen on a flag outside a Shell gas station in Fleet, England, July 29, 2010.

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December 8, 2010 5:50 PM

A high-ranking executive for the international Shell oil company once bragged to U.S. diplomats that the company’s employees had so well infiltrated the Nigerian government that officials had “forgotten” the level of the company’s access.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC, the Anglo-Dutch oil giant, could access Nigerian politicians’ every movement from the employees it placed in the government, the Guardian newspaper of London reported on its website Wednesday evening. read more

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WikiLeaks cables: Shell’s grip on Nigerian state revealed

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US embassy cables reveal top executive’s claims that company ‘knows everything’ about key decisions in government ministries: Ann Pickard boasted that the Nigerian government had “forgotten” about the extent of Shell’s infiltration and were unaware of how much the company knew about its deliberations. The WikiLeaks disclosure was today seized on by campaigners as evidence of Shell’s vice-like grip on the country’s oil wealth.

David Smith in Lagos: Wednesday 8 December 2010 21.34 GMT

Despite billions of dollars in oil revenue, 70% of people live below the poverty line. Photograph: George Osodi/AP

The oil giant Shell claimed it had inserted staff into all the main ministries of the Nigerian government, giving it access to politicians’ every move in the oil-rich Niger Delta, according to a leaked US diplomatic cable.

The company’s top executive in Nigeria told US diplomats that Shell had seconded employees to every relevant department and so knew “everything that was being done in those ministries”. She boasted that the Nigerian government had “forgotten” about the extent of Shell’s infiltration and were unaware of how much the company knew about its deliberations. read more

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Overhaul of Oil Industry Urged

Workers clean tarballs Monday off Waveland beach in Mississippi. Months after the BP spill ended, the oil globules are still washing up on Gulf shores. (Getty Images)

Spill Panel’s Co-Chairman Calls for New Approach to Safety to Prevent Disasters

DECEMBER 8, 2010

By STEPHEN POWER

The oil and gas industry needs a “major transformation” in its approach to safety to avoid another big offshore-drilling disaster, a leader of the presidential panel investigating the BP PLC accident plans to tell a gathering of industry officials Wednesday.

William K. Reilly, co-chairman of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, also plans to say that BP and two other companies involved with the doomed Macondo well—Halliburton Co. and Transocean Ltd.—made “breathtakingly inept and largely preventable” missteps, according to a copy of his prepared remarks viewed by The Wall Street Journal. read more

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BP Buys Out Shell’s Interest In US Gulf Oil Fields

By Ryan Dezember, Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES

HOUSTON -(Dow Jones)- BP PLC (BP, BP.LN) has agreed to buy out Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s (RDSA, RDSB, RDSA.LN, RDSB.LN) interest in a pair of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil and gas fields.

The U.K.-based oil giant exercised its preferential rights to buy Shell’s 25% stake in the deepwater Marlin and Dorado reservoirs, after Shell unveiled an agreement to sell the assets to Houston-based W&T Offshore Inc. (WTI). BP currently owns the other 75% of the reservoirs. read more

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