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Piper Alpha: Aberdeen offshore conference teaching disaster lessons

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A three-day conference to encourage people working offshore to think about the lessons of the Piper Alpha disaster is being held in Aberdeen.

A total of 167 men died in the tragedy on 6 July 1988 when explosions and a fireball ripped through the rig.

(Related article: Shell’s North Sea history of safety violations, blackmail and blacklisting)

About 750 delegates will take part in ‘Piper 25’ at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).

The keynote speaker is Lord Cullen, whose report into the tragedy led to major safety changes. read more

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First Production from Iraq’s Majnoon Field

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By Sarah Ken: June 18, 2013

LONDON–First production from Iraq’s Majnoon field is expected in July, Thamir Ghadbhan, top energy advisor to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Tuesday.

The giant Majnoon oil field is being developed by a consortium led by Royal Dutch Shell PLC …

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Pena Nieto Confident 75-Year Pemex Oil Monopoly to End This Year

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By Eric Martin, Carlos Manuel Rodriguez and Helder Marinho: June 18, 2013

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said he’s confident Congress will end the state oil monopoly this year, opening the way for companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) to tap the nation’s reserves.

In the model envisioned by Pena Nieto, state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos would develop some fields, while others are tapped by foreign and private companies. He declined to discuss more details of the proposal, or whether it would require a change in the constitution. read more

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Carson wants Shell to hurry cleanup of Carousel tract contamination

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06/17/2013

The City Council Tuesday night will discuss issuing a letter opposing Shell Oil’s initial cleanup plans for the Carousel tract neighborhood, which was contaminated by a former oil tank farm that occupied the 50-acre area until the 1960s.

Shell has been preparing a plan, under the supervision of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, for about five years. A specific plan, now in its final stages, calls for digging up contaminated soil, cleaning it, and replacing it with fresh soil in the 285-home development. But council members said Shell Oil is not working quickly enough considering residents face health concerns. read more

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How Shell is trying to send a chill through activist groups across the country

Screen Shot 2013-06-18 at 07.35.35If the court rules in Shell’s favor, it would have a profound chilling effect on First Amendment rights across the country. Nothing would stop other corporations from taking similar preemptive legal action against anyone they deem to be likely protesters. This case isn’t just about the fate of the Arctic. It is about the state of our democracy.

One of our most important rights as Americans is the freedom to express ourselves. This takes the form of voting, it takes the form of activism, and it takes the form of our First Amendment right to free speech.

This summer, the 9th Circuit Court in California is weighing the question of whether companies have the right to take preemptive legal action against peaceful protesters for hypothetical future protests. This will be an extraordinary decision that could have a significant impact on every American’s First Amendment rights. read more

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