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Cables Paint Shell as Dismissive of Nigeria

By JAMES HERRON in London and WILL CONNORS in Lagos, Nigeria

Royal Dutch Shell PLC feared it could lose the bulk of its oil-license acreage in Nigeria after the country’s new Petroleum Industry Bill is passed, according to one in a series of diplomatic cables that offer glimpses into the intersection between business and politics in Africa’s biggest oil producer.

“The PIB will redefine how a company can hold on to its exploration and production blocks, limiting what can be kept to two kilometers around each well,” said the cable from the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria to government officials in Washington. The message followed an Oct. 13, 2009, meeting between Dundas McCullough, the U.S. deputy chief of mission in Abuja, Nigeria, and Ann Pickard (right), who then was Shell’s vice president for sub-Saharan Africa. “We could lose 80% of our acreage” under rules that would redistribute undrilled areas, she was quoted as saying. read more

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WikiLeaks: Royal Dutch Shell Nigerian Espionage

FROM A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL USA

No matter your opinion about Wiki-leaks and the founder of that organization, there is little doubt that the latest revelations regarding the degree of infiltration of Royal Dutch Shell into the Nigerian government have been potentially a great service to the people of Nigeria.

The release of these documents is also a PR nightmare for RD Shell. Does anyone now believe RD Shell management about the level of their involvement in the framing and execution/murder of Ken Sara Wiwa ? Clearly, RD Shell management knew exactly who was doing what and when. And they knew the Sara Wiwa was a target long before his arrest. Yet they did nothing, and warned no one of the governments plans. Appears like collusion to me.

And then there is the massive amount of bribery of Nigerian officials, in which Shell played a significant role. Given RD Shell’s level of knowledge of governmental affairs, those bribes most certainly were highly targeted pay-offs. read more

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WikiLeaks: NIGERIA: SHELL CLAIMS PRODUCTION UNAFFECTED BY ATTACKS

Viewing cable 08LAGOS368, NIGERIA: SHELL CLAIMS PRODUCTION UNAFFECTED BY

Reference ID     Created     Released     Classification     Origin
08LAGOS368     2008-09-19 16:04     2010-12-08 21:09     SECRET//NOFORN     Consulate Lagos

VZCZCXRO7080
PP RUEHDE RUEHPA
DE RUEHOS #0368/01 2631613
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
P 191613Z SEP 08
FM AMCONSUL LAGOS
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0170
INFO RUEHZK/ECOWAS COLLECTIVE
RUEHHH/OPEC COLLECTIVE
RUEHUJA/AMEMBASSY ABUJA 9823
RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 0037
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0140
RUFOADA/JAC MOLESWORTH AFB UK
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHDC
RHEBAAA/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHINGTON DC
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHDC
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHINGTON DC
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC
RUEWMFD/HQ USAFRICOM STUTTGART GE read more

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WikiLeaks: SHELL MD DISCUSSES THE STATUS OF THE PROPOSED PETROLEUM

Viewing cable 09ABUJA1907, C) SHELL MD DISCUSSES THE STATUS OF THE PROPOSED PETROLEUM

Reference ID     Created     Released     Classification     Origin
09ABUJA1907     2009-10-20 06:06     2010-12-08 21:09     CONFIDENTIAL//NOFORN     Embassy Abuja

VZCZCXRO4227
PP RUEHPA
DE RUEHUJA #1907/01 2930617
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 200617Z OCT 09
FM AMEMBASSY ABUJA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7262
INFO RUEHOS/AMCONSUL LAGOS PRIORITY 2129
RUEHSA/AMCONSUL JOHANNESBURG 0101
RUEHZK/ECOWAS COLLECTIVE
RHEBAAA/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHDC
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHDC
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHDC read more

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WikiLeaks: NIGERIA: SHELL BRIEFS AMBASSADOR ON OIL GAS ISSUES

Viewing cable 09ABUJA259, C) NIGERIA: SHELL BRIEFS AMBASSADOR ON OIL GAS

Reference ID     Created     Released     Classification     Origin
09ABUJA259     2009-02-10 16:04     2010-12-08 21:09     SECRET//NOFORN     Embassy Abuja

VZCZCXRO7442
OO RUEHPA
DE RUEHUJA #0259/01 0411610
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
O 101610Z FEB 09
FM AMEMBASSY ABUJA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5253
INFO RUEHZK/ECOWAS COLLECTIVE
RUEHOS/AMCONSUL LAGOS 0802
RHEBAAA/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHDC

S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 03 ABUJA 000259

NOFORN
SIPDIS

STATE PASS USTR FOR AGAMA
USDOE FOR GEORGE PERSON AND CHAYLOCK read more

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