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Salazar: Shell’s troubles should inform others with Arctic plans

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By Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Washington Bureau Published 7:29 pm, Friday, April 5, 2013

Lessons learned from Shell’s problem-plagued 2012 Arctic drilling operations will apply not just to that company’s future work in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, but to Houston-based ConocoPhillips and other firms with leases in those waters, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says.

That could include ensuring that the firms have access to specialized oil spill containment equipment or do a better job broadly assessing and managing risks in the remote region north of Alaska. A high-level Interior Department probe of Shell’s program last month concluded the company did not sufficiently oversee and manage an array of contractors and seemed to focus on complying with regulations rather than holistically managing risks. read more and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

Salazar Looks Back on a ‘Joyful Run’ as Interior Secretary

Screen Shot 2013-04-06 at 17.27.43Mr. Salazar also escaped without serious harm from a second serious miscalculation — allowing the Shell Oil Company to begin exploring for oil and gas off the North Slope of Alaska before it had the equipment, personnel or management skill to handle the challenges of working in the Arctic environment. Though Shell had repeated accidents and delays, no one was injured and no oil spilled, in part because the regulators at the Interior Department blocked them from drilling into oil-bearing zones. “We told Shell that we were proceeding with the utmost caution and would be watching them every step of the way,” Mr. Salazar said in a farewell interview in his expansive corner office. “The 2012 season was one in which much was learned but where we also stuck to the bright line of their meeting the requirements of their permits.” Shell has announced it will not be returning to the Arctic in 2013 while it repairs its drill rigs and beefs up its safety systems. The Interior Department has said the oil company will not be granted permits to resume operations in Alaska until it proves it has adequate oversight and equipment in place.

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By Published: April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON — Ken Salazar, a man of unnaturally sunny disposition in an often gloomy town, may be the happiest person in the Obama administration these days. He is going home to Colorado next week, provided his successor as interior secretary is confirmed as expected.

“I’ve had a glorious and joyful run,” he reflected on Thursday about his four years at the top of the Department of the Interior and, before that, his four years in the Senate. “Coming to work, I’ve just been living the dream every day.” read more and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

Selection of links to Shell related articles 6 April 2013

Selection of links to Shell related articles kindly supplied by a regular contributor

Third major oil spill in a week: Shell pipeline breaks in Texas: RT-Thousands of gallons of oil have spilled from a pipeline in Texas, the third accident of its kind in only a week. Shell Pipeline, a unit of Royal …

Finding California Oil Pipelines Near Your Home Not So Easy: KCET (blog)-by Chris Clarke-As word comes in of the third oil pipeline break this week, this one from a Shell Oil pipeline in Texas, Californians may be wondering whether …

China’s ambitious quest for shale gas: BBC News-“We’ve heard the rumour that there’s oil underground,” said one woman. … Royal Dutch Shell, in partnership with a state-owned oil company, … read more and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

Shell corruption scheme operated in Ireland on an industrial scale?

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“OSSL management seems to be so disgusted by Shell management that they appear set on a self-destruct mission. The two main possibilities appear to be that they are either responsible for manufacturing forged documents as part of an attempt to put pressure on Shell, or have been drawn by Shell into a corruption conspiracy/scheme operated in Ireland on an industrial scale.”


From: John Donovan <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: Alleged Corruption of Irish Police Force
Date: 6 April 2013 16:38:12 GMT+01:00
To: INFO <[email protected]>

Dear Mr Brennan

I do apologise for sending this further email but OSSL contacted me again this morning. As a result I have supplied three additional items of purported evidence that I have not seen before, that should be brought to the attention of Mr. Alan Shatter, the Minister for Justice and Equality. read more and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

Shell sale fuels jobs fears – 600 jobs on the line

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UP to 600 local jobs are on the line after Shell announced it is selling the Geelong refinery it opened in 1954.

Shell’s Geelong workers and senior management were told the news yesterday morning, just moments before a public announcement that the company was putting the refinery up for sale.

While workers were told not to talk to the media, union boss Ben Davis said the 450 Shell employees and 150 plus contractors were sickened by the announcement.

Shell has given itself 12 months to find a buyer for the Geelong refinery or face possible conversion to a fuel terminal with a greatly reduced workforce. read more and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.
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