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Unravelling the Carbon Web is a project by PLATFORM. We work to reduce the environmental and social impacts of oil corporations, to help citizens gain a say in decisions that affect them, and to support the transition to a more sustainable energy economy.

Shell failings leave 37 dead

March US company filings highlighted Shell's health and safety failures as "unacceptably high". The company's shortcomings have largely escaped media attention, while rival BP has been under the spotlight since its 2005 Texas City disaster in which 15 people died.

Last year, Shell operations led directly to 37 deaths. In response Shell appointed an insider, Kieron McFadyen to the new role of vice-president for health, safety and the environment. Nigeria was the most dangerous country, with 17 deaths, although the company's Sakhalin II project in Russia's far east also raised concern. Still struggling to rebuild its reputation following the reserves scandal of 2005, the oil major failed to perform against targets for health and safety, shareholder returns and 'operational excellence,' chief executive Jeroen van der Veer had his bonus cut as a result.


This article is from the Carbon Web Newsletter Issue 7, 30 May 2007.

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