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SACKING OF SHELL EXEC DAVID LAWRENCE, LEAKING OF KEY INTERNAL DOC

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Printed below is an email that I sent on Thursday evening to Mr. Michiel Brandjes, Company Secretary & General Counsel of Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

It mainly concerns a leaked Shell internal document related to Shell’s Drilling Campaign in the Arctic, which ended with Shell’s offshore reputation being left in tatters. As has been widely acknowledged in the mainstream media, we broke the news last night that David Lawrence, the Royal Dutch Shell executive most directly responsible for the “screw up,” has been fired. This is possibly in an attempt to save his incompetent bosses, Marvin Odum and Peter Voser, from the same fate. read more

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Shell Executive Managing Arctic Alaska Oil Program to Leave Company

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By Dow Jones Business News,  March 22, 2013, 03:14:00 PM EDT

By Selina Williams

LONDON–A Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA, RDSA.LN) executive tasked with managing a controversial multi-billion-dollar oil exploration program in the U.S. Arctic Ocean that failed to complete any wells in last year’s short drilling season is to leave the company by “mutual consent” later this year.

According to a Shell spokesman, David Lawrence, executive vice president responsible for exploration activity in the Americas, is to leave Shell mid-year. The spokesman didn’t give details why Mr. Lawrence, who joined Shell in 1984, was leaving the company. Prior to his current post, Mr. Lawrence worked in exploration, development and strategy. read more

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Shell Toxic Contamination in Curacao

Screen Shot 2013-03-22 at 15.49.49Yesterday evening, Dutch TV broadcast a documentary feature about a terrible legacy of deadly pollution from the Isla refinery in Curacao built and operated for many decades by Shell. In 1985 Shell sold the refinery to the Antilleans for the symbolic sum of one guilder, leaving behind huge environmental damage. The contract contained clauses demanded by Shell that it would never be held liable for anything. Research reports indicate that the health situation for residents is so serious that every year at least eighteen people die from the pollution.

By John Donovan

Yesterday evening, Dutch TV broadcast a documentary feature about a terrible legacy of deadly pollution from the Isla refinery in Curacao built and operated for many decades by Shell.

NETHERLANDS MUST INTERVENE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCANDAL ON CURACAO

The refinery was established in 1915 and for many years, Shell was the largest employer on the island.

In 1985 Shell sold the refinery to the Antilleans for the symbolic sum of one guilder, leaving behind huge environmental damage.  The contract contained clauses demanded by Shell that it would never be held liable for anything. Curacao leased the refinery to Venezuela. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell CEO Highlights Somalia Holdings

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Published March 21, 2013 by Dow Jones Newswires

Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDSA, RDSA.LN) African exploration interests are currently focused on Tanzania and Zanzibar, CEO Peter Voser said Thursday, though he also mentioned the oil giant has blocks of land available in Somalia.

Mr. Voser’s Somalia comments are the clearest indication yet the Anglo-Dutch major may exercise exploration rights that are more than 20 years old, signed before the African nation descended into brutal civil war. He addressed the company’s interests in Africa with reporters on the sidelines of a luncheon in Boston. read more

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Shell Oil chief: Clean energy is here and it’s called natural gas

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Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff: Peter Voser of Royal Dutch Shell spoke Thursday at a lunch sponsored by the Boston College Chief Executives’ Club.

By Erin Ailworth | Globe Staff  March 22, 2013

Peter Voser, chief executive of the global energy company Royal Dutch Shell, said Thursday that the United States and the world need to increase the use of solar panels, wind turbines, and other renewable energy-generating sources to meet the growing demand for power, but abundant natural gas supplies present the most straightforward way to a cleaner future.

Natural gas has had a major resurgence in the United States, where a controversial and water-intensive drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — has allowed companies like Shell to extract huge volumes of the fuel from shale rock deposits. read more

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Shell executive responsible for Arctic campaign to step down

A senior Royal Dutch Shell executive with responsibility for the oil major’s troubled Arctic exploration campaign is leaving the company “by mutual consent”

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Kulluk, the oil drilling rig owned by Royal Dutch Shell ran aground in Alaska after drifting in stormy weather. Photo: AFP

By 6:02PM GMT 22 Mar 2013

Dave Lawrence, executive vice-president for exploration and commercial for Shell’s Upstream Americas division, is to depart this summer after 29 years with the company.

Mr Lawrence, 57, is one of the most senior managers overseeing Shell’s controversial Arctic programme, which was hit by a series of setbacks in 2012.

His departure was announced internally on March 11, three days before the US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar released the results of a report into its mishap-hit 2012 campaign and declared the company had “screwed up”. read more

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Shell accused of benefiting from South African apartheid-era land law

Campaigners say oil company is paying just 192 rand (£13.75) annual rent for two filling stations in impoverished KwaZulu-Natal

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Shell says it paid a substantial sum upfront when it signed a 50-year contract for the sites. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Remote and unspoiled, Umgababa is a small but aspirational South African beach resort washed by the warm Indian ocean. Tourists who veer off the beaten track to get there might feel somewhat isolated, but for the reassuring presence of two Shell service stations along the way.

The oil giant is not so welcome, however, to a community where land ownership remains a highly inflammatory subject. Shell stands accused of paying rent of just 192 rand (£13.75) a year for each of the two stations – barely enough to buy enough petrol for a 100km journey. The company strongly denies the claim. read more

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