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Should the U.S. Expand Offshore Oil Drilling?

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A version of this article appeared April 15, 2013, on page R6 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal,

EXTRACT

In the bureau’s 2012-17 plan, the Arctic waters of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off Alaska are the chief areas slated for expanded leasing outside the Gulf. Environmental groups fear that drilling in the Arctic threatens the habitat of endangered marine mammals and have worked to prevent Royal Dutch Shell PLC from exploring its existing leases. Shell’s recent operating setbacks, none of which involved actual drilling, intensified opposition. Shell, Statoil ASA and ConocoPhillips have all suspended Arctic exploration amid technical challenges and regulatory uncertainty, at least until 2014 for Shell and 2015 for the others. read more

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U.S. Supreme Court Shell Decision Emboldens Corporate Torture

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U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Kiobel v. $hell Emboldens Corporate Torture

By Ben Ikari

In Kiobel et al v. $hell, America has shown that oil is thicker than blood, as was also represented in ’95. This was when former Pres. Bill Clinton chose the so-called diplomatic sanctions, yet buying Niger delta oil misnamed Nigeria’s instead of insisting with economic sanctions and other serious measures that Nigeria/Abacha shouldn’t kill the Ogoni Nine. This decision declares America as a safe-heaven for corporate torturers/criminals who shall take advantage of  weak people and corporately bought over judiciary in their host countries that are mostly developing sovereigns. read more

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Companies Shielded as U.S. Court Cuts Human-Rights Suits

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The U.S. Supreme Court insulated multinational corporations from at least some lawsuits over atrocities abroad, scaling back a favorite legal tool of human rights activists.

The justices threw out a suit accusing two foreign-based units of Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) of facilitating torture and execution in Nigeria. The majority said the 1789 Alien Tort Statute generally doesn’t apply to conduct beyond U.S. borders.

In the Shell case, “all the relevant conduct took place outside the United States,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court. The justices were unanimous on the outcome in the Shell case, while dividing in their reasoning. read more

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Court Limits Alien Tort Law in Shell Oil Case

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court said Wednesday that a centuries-old statute making international law enforceable in U.S. federal court cannot be applied to actions that take place overseas, blunting a tool human rights groups had used against torturers and other abusers for violations in their home countries.

In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court held that the Alien Tort Claims Act, adopted in 1789 shortly after Congress met for the first time, only applies to actions that take place in the U.S. While all justices voted to dismiss the suit against Royal Dutch Shell RDSB.LN -0.95% PLC, Justice Stephen Breyer, joined by three other liberals, disputed the bright line majority conservatives drew. read more

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U.S. high court rules for Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria rights case

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WASHINGTON | Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:25pm BST

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday said federal courts do not have jurisdiction to hear lawsuits against foreign corporations accused of aiding in human rights abuses abroad.

In one of its biggest human rights cases in years, the justices ruled unanimously that a court in New York could not hear claims made by 12 Nigerians who accused Anglo-Dutch oil company Royal Dutch Shell Plc of complicity in a violent crackdown on protesters from 1992 to 1995. read more

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Moving on, Shell signs agreement with Russia to seek oil in Arctic

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Eye on the Arctic: April 16, 2013

Although Royal Dutch Shell has announced a hiatus this summer for exploring the Beaufort Sea and Arctic Ocean off of Alaska, the energy giant isn’t slowing down.  Shell has signed an agreement with Russian energy giant Gazprom, allowing it to explore and develop petroleum prospects in Russia’s Arctic.

“Gazprom and Shell already partner in the Russian shelf development. The new accords enable us to explore the potential of our joint capabilities,” said Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, said in a press release. read more

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BP a novice at manipulating Wikipedia compared with Shell

Screen Shot 2013-04-16 at 23.58.28In Shell’s case, a vast amount of information, which fully met Wikipedia guidelines, but was deemed damaging to Shell’s reputation, has been either covertly removed, or removed in dubious circumstances by editors hiding their identity behind an alias, as they are allowed to do. Royal Dutch Shell articles on Wikipedia are, in my experience, regularly patrolled and edited by individuals sympathetic to Shell. Most of the articles have been deleted in their entirety.

By John Donovan

According to a recent cnet.com news report, BP’s press office has been accused of a behind the scenes operation allegedly rewriting an estimated 44 percent of the oil giant’s Wikipedia page: BP accused of rewriting environmental record on Wikipedia

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BP is not directly editing its page, but instead has apparently inserted a BP representative into the editing community who provides Wikipedia editors with text.

The text is then copied “as is” onto the page by Wikipedia editors. Readers might assume its unbiased information when its, in fact, vetted by higher-ups at BP before hitting the page. read more

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