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Shell Arctic Project Risks Getting Put on Ice

By TOM FOWLER

Royal Dutch Shell RDSB.LN +0.28% had high hopes for its plans this summer to start drilling the first oil wells in U.S. Arctic waters in 20 years, backed by an Obama administration eager to show it wasn’t opposed to offshore exploration.

But the closely watched, multibillion-dollar project isn’t going the way the company or the government hoped—illustrating the continuing challenge of plumbing for natural riches in one of the world’s most unforgiving locations.

Sea ice in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off the northern Alaska coast was slow to break up this year, leaving the drilling areas inaccessible much later than anticipated. Meanwhile, one of Shell’s two drilling rigs slipped its anchor while waiting in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and almost ran aground. Shell also still isn’t finished working on a spill-response vessel that under new federal regulations must be in operation before drilling can begin. read more

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Shell spending millions of dollars on security in Nigeria, leaked data shows

Shell is paying Nigerian security forces tens of millions of dollars a year to guard their installations and staff in the Niger delta, according to leaked internal financial data seen by the Guardian. The oil giant also maintains a 1,200-strong internal police force in Nigeria, plus a network of plainclothes informants.

Internal documents reveal oil company spent $383m over three years protecting staff and installations in Niger delta region

Shell is paying Nigerian security forces tens of millions of dollars a year to guard their installations and staff in the Niger delta, according to leaked internal financial data seen by the Guardian. The oil giant also maintains a 1,200-strong internal police force in Nigeria, plus a network of plainclothes informants.

According to the data, the world’s largest company by revenue spent nearly $1bn on worldwide security between 2007-2009: if it were a country Shell would have the third highest security budget in Africa, after South Africa and Nigeria itself. read more

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Government officials accused of ‘schmooze-athon’ with Shell

Jim Footner, head of Greenpeace’s climate and energy campaign, said: “These documents show that one of the world’s most environmentally damaging companies has shocking levels of access to some of the government’s top mandarins. Shell has effectively locked themselves in a room for days with powerful civil servants to promote their own agenda. Our government officials should not be allowed to take part in a two-day schmooze-athon with this company.

Energy giant hosted officials from 10 departments at two-day ‘training course’, according to freedom of information papers

Senior Whitehall officials from 10 government departments and agencies attended exclusive “training courses” laid on by Shell over two days at its London headquarters, according to documents released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) following a freedom of information request.

The documents show that in June this year and last, “30-40 mid- to senior-level civil servants” attended the two-day “Shell energy course for Whitehall”, laid on at the energy giant’s expense at its UK head office on London’s South Bank. read more

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