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Shell dicing with disaster in US Arctic waters

Screen Shot 2013-05-23 at 23.32.34BP was partly or even mainly responsible for the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, but the oil giant has been well and truly screwed while in a prone position by a combination of morally challenged politicians, a blatantly flawed legal system and picked clean by shyster lawyers and their equally greedy and dishonest clients. It is under these same adverse background circumstances that Shell intends to roll the dice again in US Arctic/Alaska waters despite the run of misfortune already encountered. It could potentially result in an environmental calamity for the entire planet and the end of Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

By John Donovan

Some readers may wonder why we have today featured a New York Times article about BP’s litigation problems in the USA – “BP Accuses Texas Lawyer of ‘Brazen Fraud’ in Workers’ Claims Over Gulf Oil Spill” – when this website is focused on Shell?

We have also published an editorial by The Seattle Times: “Editorial: A cold, hard look needed for Shell’s Arctic drilling plans”

Both subjects are connected.

They provide a warning of what could happen to Royal Dutch Shell Plc and its shareholders if a disaster befalls Shell’s drilling plans in the Arctic within US jurisdiction.  read more

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BP Accuses Texas Lawyer of ‘Brazen Fraud’ in Workers’ Claims Over Gulf Oil Spill

Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 10.04.21BP on Tuesday accused a Texas lawyer of fraudulently driving up its settlement costs in the 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill by claiming to represent tens of thousands of clients who turned out to be “phantoms.” The company, citing “brazen fraud,” is asking the court to allow it to stop payments and reclaim some of the unspent money. The more than 40,000 deckhands claimed as clients by Mr. Watts constituted nearly 80 percent of the people projected to file claims under the program, the company said in court papers. In July 2012, Mr. Watts hosted a $35,800-a-plate event for President Obama at his home.

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A version of this article appears in print on December 18, 2013, on page A14 of the New York edition

BP on Tuesday accused a Texas lawyer of fraudulently driving up its settlement costs in the 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill by claiming to represent tens of thousands of clients who turned out to be “phantoms.”

In a lawsuit filed in Federal District Court in New Orleans, the oil giant, which has been fighting the administration of a settlement with plaintiffs in the courtroom and in the news media, claimed that it relied on the client count supplied by the lawyer, Mikal C. Watts, in 2010 when it put $2.3 billion into a special compensation program for the seafood industry. The company, citing “brazen fraud,” is asking the court to allow it to stop payments and reclaim some of the unspent money. read more

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Editorial: A cold, hard look needed for Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

Screen Shot 2013-11-01 at 09.31.18Skepticism by this Department of the Interior agency is the least to be expected after Shell’s troubled launch of Alaska oil exploration and drilling plans in 2012 in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. Trouble with oil rigs and a new tug caused Shell to punt on the 2013 season, and now it is back asking to try again in 2014… The bureau wants to know if Shell has addressed and corrected issues of noncompliance cited by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency. The information was missing from a November filing by Shell.

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An agency of the federal Department of the Interior needs more details about Shell’s plans before another try at oil exploration in Alaska.

Originally published December 17, 2013

Seattle Times Editorial

DAYS after Shell Oil turned in revised proposals for oil exploration in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management responded with 10 pages of questions to answer.

Good. Skepticism by this Department of the Interior agency is the least to be expected after Shell’s troubled launch of Alaska oil exploration and drilling plans in 2012 in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.

Trouble with oil rigs and a new tug caused Shell to punt on the 2013 season, and now it is back asking to try again in 2014 in the Chukchi Sea, between Siberia and the top of Alaska, west of Barrow. read more

royaldutchshellplc.com and its sister websites royaldutchshellgroup.com, shellenergy.website, shellnazihistory.com, royaldutchshell.website, johndonovan.website, shellnews.net and shell2004.com are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.
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