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Shell sues Greenpeace to stop protests against Arctic drilling plans

September 21, 2012 3:44 AM

(AP) AMSTERDAM — Royal Dutch Shell PLC is suing Greenpeace International in an attempt to have the environmental organization banned from holding any protest within 500 meters of any Shell property, or face a $1.3 million fine.

The suit, which was to be heard at Amsterdam’s District Court Friday, shows Shell aggressively taking the offensive to protect its $4.5 billion investment in drilling for oil in the icy Arctic waters off the coast of Alaska. A verdict is not expected for two weeks.

Shell is headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands, while Greenpeace is based in Amsterdam. read more

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Gazprom looks to the world stage

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE: ON THIS DAY IN 2004

Financial Times: Gazprom looks to the world stage

“Separately, Gazprom is trying to muscle its way into the Sakhalin-2 project where Shell holds a 55 per cent interest.”

By Arkady Ostrovsky

Posted 22 September 2004

By merging natural gas monopoly Gazprom and Rosneft, the last Russian state-owned oil company, the Moscow government has created the country’s most powerful energy group – giving the Kremlin a powerful lever in dealing with a core economic sector.

On top of its oil interests, Gazprom also holds about 10 per cent of Unified Energy Systems, the electricity monopoly. If UES’s current restructuring goes through, Gazprom will be able to swap its shares for control over one or more large generation companies. read more

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Selection of links: 22 Sept 2012

Corruption: a selection of article links that may be of interest (provided by a regular contributor)

Mission Accomplished for Big Oil? (BP and Shell have opted to rush for black gold in the super-giant oilfields of … oil multinationals despite an atmosphere of staggering corruption)

On the wrong side of history? (Royal Dutch Shell recently announced a partnership with CNPC on shale … in some of the world’s poorest and most corrupt countries)

Beyond the Oil Curse: Shell, State Power, and Environmental …  (following a Shell oil spill, the absence of clean up illustrates the extent to … degradation, social unrest, and rampant corruption associated with …) read more

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A Shell Game: When Reality Meets Bribery

9/21/2012 @ 4:03PM

When I used to train employees on how not to bribe, I always added a caveat.  If your health or safety is at issue, I used to say, get yourself out of the situation.  Contact me immediately when you get to a safe zone, but do what you have to do.

I thought of this while reading the Dorsey & Whitney monthly anti-corruption digest.

Let me digress for a moment.  Lots of firms put out FCPA marketing materials.  Very, very few are actually worth reading.  Shearman & Sterling’s yearly FCPA digest is the FCPA-world’s absolute must-read.  But that’s once a year (maybe twice…I think they put out a mid-year update).  Chadbourne & Parke comes out with a quarterly FCPA thing.  It’s different in that it generally addresses a few issues more in depth.  Very helpful, and the folks at Chadbourne do a great job (although, now that Scott Peeler went to Stroz Friedberg, I worry—my only comfort being that Ollie Armas from Chadbourne is as smart as they come). read more

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Permit problem for barge Shell needs for Arctic

An oil-spill containment barge that Shell Oil needs for Arctic drilling faces a new challenge as it undergoes repairs in Bellingham.

The Associated Press: BELLINGHAM, Wash. —

An oil-spill containment barge that Shell Oil needs for Arctic drilling faces a new challenge as it undergoes repairs in Bellingham.

The Washington Ecology Department said Thursday the companies retrofitting the Arctic Challenger – Greenberry Industrial and Superior Energy Services – need to apply for storm water permits for runoff.

The Bellingham Herald reports ( http://is.gd/cpmxJy) the permits should have been obtained in May, but the department let the work proceed because the project was expected to wrap up in July. It takes about two months to obtain a permit. read more

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