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    Last month Bill Campbell, former Group Auditor of Shell International, sent this letter to parliamentarians in Britain.

    Since Shell's safety record is a matter of importance in Ireland, especially for those unfortunate enough to live downwind of the proposed Bellanaboy gas refinery site, the letter has recently been forwarded to members of the Dáil and Seanad.

    It gives a chilling insight into the corporate culture of Shell, and should be borne in mind by anyone who who supports the company's experimental scheme in Mayo.



    From Mr Bill Campbell

    subject:
    This could be the most important whistleblower email you have ever received


    Link to view evidence: http://www.shellnews.net

    Please do not copy and paste material from other websites, especially when that website says "This website is the subject of multiple High Court Actions by EIGHT Royal Dutch Shell Companies" because of what its publishing.

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    From my own experience offshore in the British Sector, it all seems perfectly standard.

    The Norwegians take safety seriously - a false alarm in the middle of the night, for which everyone on board was woken, was discussed in terms of the shortcomings it exposed in the emergency response - on a British rig, those responsible for the alarm would have been sent off the rig.

    The British and Americans (who together constitute the majority in the British sector) have a combined culture of machismo and "if it ain't broke, don't touch it".
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    The culture of machismo (a well chosen word) and not wanting to change things is not peculiar to Britain and the USA. It happens in Ireland too. Qualified people are brought in to do Quality Control and Safety Review not realising that they are hired as a fig leaf. When they go to make changes and insist on things being done right they are sidelined by the coterie of back-slapping market/bonus-minded men in internal political manoeuvrings. Cue employment disputes and confidential settlements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZhouEnlai
    The culture of machismo (a well chosen word) and not wanting to change things is not peculiar to Britain and the USA. It happens in Ireland too. Qualified people are brought in to do Quality Control and Safety Review not realising that they are hired as a fig leaf. When they go to make changes and insist on things being done right they are sidelined by the coterie of back-slapping market/bonus-minded men in internal political manoeuvrings. Cue employment disputes and confidential settlements.
    Without wishing to seem rude, the British sector workers I knew who had worked in Irish waters regarded the Irish crews as slapdash and not safety-minded. Some of that will just be prejudice, of course.
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    With regard to the letter from Bill Campbell, the quoted text on the website co-owned by me, John Donovan, has been changed. It now states: "Some articles/documents published on this website are the subject of High Court Injunction/Restraining Order/Contempt proceedings by EIGHT ROYAL DUTCH SHELL GROUP companies".

    The injunctions on certain specific articles are not against the website but against a former Shell production geologist, Dr John Huong. There are no court proceedings against me or the website or in respect of any matters relating to Mr Bill Campbell.

    I assisted Mr Campbell in drafting his letter and in sending it to some 600 UK MP's. Royal Dutch Shell General Counsel had advance sight of the letter and took no action to prevent its circulation to MP's. The correspendence with Shell is published - link available on request. I have with Mr Campbell's consent, published the letter on a number of websites so it is definitely already in the public domain.

    This is the content.

    This could be the most important whistleblower email you have ever received

    Some unfortunate Royal Dutch Shell workers have already lost their lives. More lives are at stake.

    My name is Bill Campbell. I am a former Group Auditor of Shell International. I am writing to you on a matter of conscience in an effort to avert the inevitability of another major accident in the North Sea. The consequences could potentially impact on families in many constituencies, including your own.

    As Royal Dutch Shell and the Health & Safety Executive would acknowledge, I am an expert on safety matters relating to offshore oil and gas platforms.

    In 1999, I was appointed by Shell to lead a safety audit on the Brent Bravo platform. The audit revealed a platform management culture that basically gave a higher priority to production than the safety of Shell employees. To our astonishment we discovered that a “Touch F*** All” policy was in place. Worse still, safety records were routinely falsified and repairs bodged.

    I personally brought the shocking situation to the attention of senior management including Malcolm Brinded, the then Managing Director of Shell Exploration & Production. I revealed that ESDV leak-off tests were purposely falsified, not once but many times and that Brent Bravo platform management had admitted responsibility for the dangerous practices being followed. In response to my team ringing alarm bells, management pledged to rectify the serious problems which had been uncovered.

    When I later complained that the pledges were not being kept, I was removed from my oversight function.

    Four years later, a massive gas leak occurred on the platform. Two workers lost their lives. I have no doubt at all that the inaction of the relevant Asset Manager, the General Manager, the Oil Director and Malcolm Brinded, contributed in some part to the unlawful killing of two persons on Brent Bravo in September 2003.

    Shell subsequently pleaded guilty to breaches of the HSE regulations and a record-breaking £900,000 fine was imposed. I thought this would bring about a real change in policy to put the emphasis on safety.

    Unfortunately I was wrong. Although I supplied the evidence related to 1999, and the fact that there had been a collapse in controls of integrity from 1999 to 2003 on all 16 of Shell’s North Sea offshore installations covered in a post fatality integrity review to the HSE for review by the Procurator Fiscal, none of this evidence was presented before the Sheriff at the subsequent Inquiry. The situation is explained in a letter to the Procurator Fiscal and the Sheriff (on 24th February 2007).

    Shell management has engaged in spin to try to pretend that it is getting to grips with its safety problem. However, its atrocious safety record – the worst in the North Sea in terms of accidental deaths and absolute number of enforcement actions - tells a different story. This fact has resulted in a number of newspaper articles.

    I have had meetings with senior Shell people including its CEO Mr. Jeroen van der Veer. I regret to say that I have found him to be economical with the truth. He prefers to support cover-up and deceit rather than confronting the underlying problems. Brinded is now Executive Director of Shell Exploration & Production. He believes in burying evidence.

    My family and friends would probably prefer me to give up on this matter and enjoy my retirement after so many years working for Shell.

    However, by writing to every MP in the UK, no one can ever say that I did not do my best to avert an inevitable further major accident event in the North Sea. When it happens (I pray that I am wrong) I will make this warning communication available to the media together with the vast amount of evidence in my possession.

    At least my conscience is clear. I have done everything possible to ring the alarm bells about Shell management and its unscrupulous attitude to the safety of its employees.

    Yours sincerely
    Bill Campbell

    Link to view evidence: www.shellnews.net

    Readers may also be interested in the related Wikipedia articles:-

    "Royal Dutch Shell safety concerns"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Dutc ... y_concerns

    and...

    "Controversies surrounding Royal Dutch Shell"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controvers ... utch_Shell

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnadonovan
    With regard to the letter from Bill Campbell, the quoted text on the website co-owned by me, John Donovan, has been changed. It now states: "Some articles/documents published on this website are the subject of High Court Injunction/Restraining Order/Contempt proceedings by EIGHT ROYAL DUTCH SHELL GROUP companies". . .
    STOP POSTING ENTIRE TEXTS OF DOCUMENTS. p.ie doesn't own their copyright and so CANNOT quote entire documents.

    (I see that post has now been hidden. Good. It put p.ie at risk of a legal case.)

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    That site is so badly-designed that it's unreadable. So much for trying to bring attention to your cause.....
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    The letter from Bill Campbell can be read via the link below.

    http://www.ipdgroup.com/pr-news/9337-of ... utch-shell

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnadonovan View Post

    I am a former Group Auditor of Shell International. I am writing to you on a matter of conscience in an effort to avert the inevitability of another major accident in the North Sea. The consequences could potentially impact on families in many constituencies, including your own.

    As Royal Dutch Shell and the Health & Safety Executive would acknowledge, I am an expert on safety matters relating to offshore oil and gas platforms.

    In 1999, I was appointed by Shell to lead a safety audit on the Brent Bravo platform. The audit revealed a platform management culture that basically gave a higher priority to production than the safety of Shell employees. To our astonishment we discovered that a “Touch F*** All” policy was in place. Worse still, safety records were routinely falsified and repairs bodged.

    I personally brought the shocking situation to the attention of senior management including Malcolm Brinded, the then Managing Director of Shell Exploration & Production. I revealed that ESDV leak-off tests were purposely falsified, not once but many times and that Brent Bravo platform management had admitted responsibility for the dangerous practices being followed. In response to my team ringing alarm bells, management pledged to rectify the serious problems which had been uncovered.

    When I later complained that the pledges were not being kept, I was removed from my oversight function.

    Four years later, a massive gas leak occurred on the platform. Two workers lost their lives. I have no doubt at all that the inaction of the relevant Asset Manager, the General Manager, the Oil Director and Malcolm Brinded, contributed in some part to the unlawful killing of two persons on Brent Bravo in September 2003.

    Shell subsequently pleaded guilty to breaches of the HSE regulations and a record-breaking £900,000 fine was imposed. I thought this would bring about a real change in policy to put the emphasis on safety.

    Unfortunately I was wrong. Although I supplied the evidence related to 1999, and the fact that there had been a collapse in controls of integrity from 1999 to 2003 on all 16 of Shell’s North Sea offshore installations covered in a post fatality integrity review to the HSE for review by the Procurator Fiscal, none of this evidence was presented before the Sheriff at the subsequent Inquiry. The situation is explained in a letter to the Procurator Fiscal and the Sheriff (on 24th February 2007).

    Shell management has engaged in spin to try to pretend that it is getting to grips with its safety problem. However, its atrocious safety record – the worst in the North Sea in terms of accidental deaths and absolute number of enforcement actions - tells a different story. This fact has resulted in a number of newspaper articles.

    I have had meetings with senior Shell people including its CEO Mr. Jeroen van der Veer. I regret to say that I have found him to be economical with the truth. He prefers to support cover-up and deceit rather than confronting the underlying problems. Brinded is now Executive Director of Shell Exploration & Production. He believes in burying evidence.

    My family and friends would probably prefer me to give up on this matter and enjoy my retirement after so many years working for Shell.

    However, by writing to every MP in the UK, no one can ever say that I did not do my best to avert an inevitable further major accident event in the North Sea. When it happens (I pray that I am wrong) I will make this warning communication available to the media together with the vast amount of evidence in my possession.

    At least my conscience is clear. I have done everything possible to ring the alarm bells about Shell management and its unscrupulous attitude to the safety of its employees.
    ........ and, away we go again! 17th August 2011 The lies and the spin seem endless.........!!!
    The well was immediately shut in, after the spill was spotted by a helicopter on Wednesday morning. However, there is a hole in the pipeline itself, which contains around 4,500 barrels.
    Shell is working to stop this amount from getting into the sea.
    It is looking at sending divers down to fix the leak but weather conditions have not been good enough so far.
    Shell could face fines over Gannet oil spill - Telegraph

    Heard them on Channel 4 news tonight. It appears that all the rumours of this Shell leak having been stopped are false! I wonder what happened to all the fail safe stuff we all heard about in North Mayo. How these things could NEVER ever happen. How wonderful these Shell folk are..........oh yeah!!! On and on we go blind and making excuses for them year after year after year. When are the proletariat going to wake up and see the light???....... dear, oh dear, oh dear!!!!
    BECAUSE SOME OF US DON'T THINK ABOUT FUTURE GENERATIONS, THEY WILL NEVER FORGET US! https://www.vimeo.com/8668733 'Pipe Down' Corrib gas documentary 2009

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