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Ex-Shell Oil president: ‘I felt extorted’

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 07.56.54The former president of Shell Oil USA didn’t candy-coat it: America’s political fund-raising system, he said, amounts to legalized extortion. “I feel extorted,” John Hofmeister told CNN’s Drew Griffin. “Every time I wrote a check I felt that it was a form of extortion, the price of entry, because of the reception that you got when you contributed versus the reception when you did not contribute.” Hofmeister, who ran Shell Oil USA from 2005 through 2008, said he was constantly being asked for political donations, by members of both parties.

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 17.36.31 David Fitzpatrick and Drew Griffin, CNN Investigations: January 23, 2014 — Updated 1324 GMT (2124 HKT)

(CNN) — The former president of Shell Oil USA didn’t candy-coat it: America’s political fund-raising system, he said, amounts to legalized extortion.

“I feel extorted,” John Hofmeister told CNN’s Drew Griffin. “Every time I wrote a check I felt that it was a form of extortion, the price of entry, because of the reception that you got when you contributed versus the reception when you did not contribute.”

Hofmeister, who ran Shell Oil USA from 2005 through 2008, said he was constantly being asked for political donations, by members of both parties. It’s against Shell Oil policy, he said, for corporate contributions to be made. So any donations came out of his own pocket — something, he said, he felt forced to do. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell: Reminiscences of an old EP hand

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 07.56.54Then came the roaring 90s. Everything had to be done faster, shareholder value, bonuses, do like ENRON etc etc. This led to an influx of fast talking americans with me first, rest later attitude and the contractor will fix it. Scandals like the Tejas Gas disaster (carefully kept away from the press) and other bad things emerged (just check out the Donovan website). And the fast talking americans then swarmed out over Shell International and changed the culture. Me first, screw the rest. The rest is history…..

Comment “From an old EP hand” posted on Jan 23rd, 2014 at 11:33 

@relieved
Until the early 90s Shell Oil had many great designers and other top professionals. They were second to none when it came to HPHT welldesigns (and offshore development, geophysics etc). Also very pragmatic and hands-on experience.

I remember Leo Broussard, genuine good old boy. He could smoke a big cigar and drink whiskey without taking the cigar from his mouth. But he knew more about well and completion design than anyone else in the world. And he was always willing to share his knowledge. Just not interested in making a career, his passion was designing complicated completions! read more

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Controversy over Shell/Gazprom £4 million gifts to Cambridge University

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Graphic from the remarkable Guardian newspaper article: Unloveable Shell, the goddess of oil (Click on image to enlarge): Sub-headline: For a century, Shell has explored the Earth to make our lives more comfortable, But in its wake, says Andrew Rowell, lies a trail of corruption, despoliation and death

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 07.56.54The University of Cambridge has come under fire for its acceptance of two benefactions from controversial oil giants, Shell and Gazprom. Gazprom, a Russian oil giant, is the first company to drill arctic oil and was the subject of a high profile Arctic 30 protest. An Amnesty International report found Shell to have made “deeply suspect and often untrue” claims about the causes and volumes of oil spills in the Niger Delta. Speaking exclusively to The Cambridge Student, Charlie Kronick, Greenpeace UK’s Senior Climate Advisor said: “Shell and Gazprom need to buy a lot of social capital – they’re drilling for oil in the Arctic without any credible response plan for the inevitable spills.

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140 of the 600 oil spills in the Niger Delta between January and September 2013 were caused by Shell Image credit: Sosialistisk Ungdom – SU

Bad benefactions: “Do they know what they’re selling?”

Story: Amy Provan

The University of Cambridge has come under fire for its acceptance of two benefactions from controversial oil giants, Shell and Gazprom.

Shell is giving £3.8 million to support the establishment of a laboratory for the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. £260,000 from Gazprom will support Russian language training in the University. read more

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Arctic Ocean oil drilling opponents win appeal

January 22, 2014, 10:19 p.m

SEATTLE — The U.S. government violated the law when it opened millions of acres of the Arctic Ocean to offshore oil drilling, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, possibly delaying plans by companies such as Royal Dutch Shell to drill off the northwest coast of Alaska in the near future.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that the Interior Department did not properly evaluate the impact of oil development in the Chukchi Sea when it sold more than $2.6 billion in development leases in the environmentally sensitive area in 2008.

A coalition of environmental advocacy groups and Alaska Native organizations sued the federal government, arguing that the U.S. had offered an estimated 30 million acres of oil leases for sale without sufficient scientific information or analysis of potential effects on the region. read more

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