Accidentally Un-Redacted Cable Reveals How the British Government Lobbied Brazil on Behalf of BP and Shell

Key information in the diplomatic cable was mistakenly highlighted, instead of being redacted.

A flare from the the Petrobras offshore ship platform FPSO Cidade de Angra dos Reis is seen on the day the first oil sample was taken from the pre-salt layer of Tupi field in Santos Bay off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP/Felipe Dana)

A minister from Liam Fox’s Department for International Trade (DIT) lobbied the Brazilian government to smooth the path for BP and Shell to secure oil blocks in the country’s controversial pre-salt region, according to a diplomatic cable that officials accidentally failed to redact. The document – obtained by Unearthed – details a March trip to

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Shell Worked With Myanmar Despite Fears Of ‘Reputational Risk’ Posed By Rohingya Violence

Documents from the Foreign Office show oil company was aware of unrest in Rakhine State as far back as 2015.

Smoke rises from a burned house in Gawdu Zara village, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar, Sept. 7, 2017. Journalists saw new fires burning Thursday in the Myanmar village that was abandoned by the Rohingya, who fled attacks from Myanmar's armed forces after brutal attacks which included burning villages and slaughtering fleeing civilians. (AP Photo)

Shell worked with the government of Myanmar after securing lucrative oil blocks, despite seeing the ongoing ethnic violence against the Rohingya people by the country’s armed forces as a “reputational risk”, according to documents obtained by Unearthed. A recent spate of murders against the Muslim ethnic minority in western Myanmar, formerly

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Documents Reveal How Shell Is Influencing University Curricula

Shell is strategically targeting young people, academics, and business leaders, as part of a PR push designed to position itself as a low carbon leader.

A demonstrator stands besides a banner with a Shell logo dripping oil, outside the Royal Dutch Shell PLC headquarters, rear, in The Hague, Netherlands. (AP/Peter Dejong)

Shell has a contractual agreement with a major Dutch university, which allows the oil giant to influence its curriculum, according to documents seen by Energydesk. Shell also paid Erasmus university hundreds of thousands of euros for conducting research into the business climate for multinationals in the Netherlands, invoices paid in 2008 and

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Shell, Eni Charged With Corruption In Billion Dollar Nigerian Oil Deal

The fallout from the purchase of oil licence OPL 245 has dogged both Shell and Eni for years. The license is thought to hold around nine billion barrels of oil.

Nigeria Oil Thefts

(REPORT) --- Italian prosecutors have charged oil giants Shell and Eni with international corruption offences, as the companies struggle with the fallout from their controversial 2011 purchase of an oil licence in Nigeria. Several senior executives from the two companies – including Eni’s current CEO Claudio Descalzi – have also been asked to

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The Niger Delta Avengers Declare War On Western Oil Giants

Roughly 70 percent of Nigerians — particularly those in the oil-rich Niger Delta region — live in poverty. That’s because Western oil giants like Shell and Chevron, not the Nigerian people, own and exploit the country’s lucrative resources.

The Niger Delta Militants have been targeting Western oil interests in Nigeria, drawing the ire of US media outlets, quick to dismiss their actions as terrorism.

WASHINGTON --- (Analysis) On May 26, Chevron announced that it was shutting down its onshore operations in Nigeria due to “terrorism.” In the third assault targeting a Chevron facility in the country last month, the main electricity pipeline to one of Chevron’s facilities had been blown up. The “Niger Delta Avengers” are claiming responsibility

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‘Devastated Lives’: Shell Sued Again Over Catastrophic Spills In Nigeria

Two new lawsuits say Shell is liable for oil spills that have destroyed livelihoods, contaminated water supplies, and rendered some wetlands ‘lifeless’ in the fragile ecosystem

Royal Dutch Shell must pay for the lives and livelihoods destroyed by the decades-long deluge of oil spilled from its pipelines in the Niger Delta, two lawsuits filed in London on Tuesday charged. "Shell has an appalling record of obfuscation and misinformation with regard to its dealings in the Niger Delta," said Peter Frankental, director of

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