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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Royal Dutch Shell PLC

54 instances of misconduct since 1995 | $1,608.7M in penalties

Shell, best known for its service stations and for exploring and producing oil and gas on land and at sea, also delivers a wide range of energy solutions and petrochemicals to customers. These include transporting and trading oil and gas, marketing natural gas, producing and selling fuel for ships and planes, generating electricity and providing energy efficiency advice. The company has operations in over 140 countries and territories and employs approximately 109,000 people.

Correspondence Date
Letter to Royal Dutch Shell 11/17/2006
Second Letter to Royal Dutch Shell 6/6/2008
FY Rank Contract Awards
2016 #85 $631.4M
2015 #68 $889.3M
2014 #31 $1,615.4M
2013 N/A $477.7M
2012 #21 $2,888.6M
2011 #73 $913.4M

54 Instances of Misconduct since 1995

9 additional instances of misconduct pending resolution.

Date Instance Penalty
Total  
9/19/2017 San Francisco and Oakland Climate Change Lawsuits
BP P.L.C., ChevronTexaco Corporation, Exxon Mobil and 1 more…
Pending
7/17/2017 California Climate Change Litigation
BP P.L.C., ChevronTexaco Corporation, Exxon Mobil and 2 more…
Pending
7/6/2017 June 2017 Pakistan Gasoline Truck Accident
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$2,400,000
6/28/2017 Complicity in the “Ogoni 9” Executions
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
Pending
3/3/2017 Alleged Corruption in Sale of Nigerian Oil Block
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
Pending
12/21/2016 Clovis, California TCP Contamination Lawsuit
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$21,897,283
9/22/2016 False Reimbursement Claims for California Environmental Cleanup
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$20,000,000
2/19/2016 Malek v. Blackmer Pump Co., et al. (Asbestos Exposure in Iran)
BP P.L.C., Fluor Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$0
11/27/2015 Discharge of a Contaminant in Ontario
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$616,744
11/24/2015 August 2011 North Sea Oil Spill
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$33,979
9/29/2015 Del Amo Superfund Site Cleanup
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$1,263,994
9/2/2015 Groningen Quake Zone Property Owner Compensation
Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$0
1/7/2015 U.S. v. Jones (Pipeline Safety Act Violations, False Statement)
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$19,338,085
9/16/2014 Chemical and Refinery Employee Overtime and Back Wages
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$4,470,764
3/7/2014 Kashagan Oil Field Environmental Fine
Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$0
2/27/2014 False Reimbursement Claims for Massachusetts Environmental Cleanup
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$4,000,000
1/30/2014 Quebec Train Derailment – Bankruptcy Trustee Lawsuit
General Electric, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, World Fuel Services
$0
10/4/2013 McDonnell et al. v. Royal Dutch Shell et al. (Crude Oil Price Fixing)
BP P.L.C., Royal Dutch Shell PLC
Pending
9/5/2013 Arctic Clean Air Act Permit Violations
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$1,100,000
9/4/2013 Puerto Rico v. Shell Oil Co., et al. (MTBE Groundwater Contamination)
ChevronTexaco Corporation, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell PLC
Pending
7/10/2013 Clean Air Act Violations at Deer Park Refinery and Chemical Plant
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$117,600,000
7/1/2013 White Oak Fund LP v. BP et al. (Crude Oil Price Fixing)
BP P.L.C., Royal Dutch Shell PLC
Pending
4/8/2013 Brazil Chemical Facility Contamination – Civil Lawsuit
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$0
1/30/2013 Niger Delta Oil Spills – Dutch Court
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$0
1/10/2013 Kulluk Permit Violations
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$0
11/8/2012 New Hampshire MTBE Pollution Lawsuit
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$0
3/23/2012 Niger Delta Oil Spills - UK Court
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$83,500,000
1/17/2012 Underpayment of Royalties on Offshore Oil and Gas Leases
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$25,000,000
9/6/2011 Petrochemical Emissions at Deer Park Facility
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$500,000
6/20/2011 Explosion at Bacton Gas Terminal
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$1,996,182
5/10/2011 U.S. ex rel. Wright v. Chevron (Underpayment of Natural Gas Royalties)
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$2,200,000
11/4/2010 Panalpina Group Foreign Bribery: DOJ Investigation
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$30,000,000
11/4/2010 Panalpina Group Foreign Bribery: SEC Investigation
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$18,149,459
10/14/2010 Philippines Excise Duties Lawsuit
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
Pending
8/19/2010 Brazil Chemical Facility Contamination
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$0
5/28/2010 Second-Hand Mesothelioma
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
Pending
3/31/2010 Shell Chemical/Shell Chemical Yabucoa Clean Air Act Settlements
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$9,500,000
3/9/2010 Atallah vs. Equilon Enterprises (Fraud)
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$51,650,000
11/6/2009 Environmental Violations at California Gas Stations
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$19,500,000
6/8/2009 Human Rights Violations in Nigeria
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$15,500,000
1/12/2009 Clean Water Act Violations in Puerto Rico
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$1,298,800
12/1/2008 Motor Fuel Temperature Sales Practices Litigation
BP P.L.C., Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell PLC and 1 more…
$5,000,000
10/1/2008 Paraffin Wax Price Fixing
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$0
5/9/2008 Hebble et al. v. Shell (Oil and Gas Royalties)
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$66,830,916
4/2/2008 Clean Air Act Violations (Bridgeport, CT)
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$75,000
3/12/2008 Nationwide MTBE Groundwater Contamination Litigation
BP P.L.C., ChevronTexaco Corporation, Exxon Mobil and 2 more…
$0
1/7/2008 Houston Ship Channel Air Pollution
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$5,800,000
10/2/2007 Price Fixing in El Salvador
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$852,000
6/12/2007 Hoarding Diesel Fuel
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$7,500,000
6/11/2007 Breach of Lease Agreement in Nigeria
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$147,000,000
4/11/2007 U.S./European Shareholder Lawsuits Arising Out of 2004 Reserves Recategorization
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$483,358,000
9/27/2006 Violation of Clean Air Act Fuel Standards
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$600,000
7/19/2006 Harmful Exposure to Pesticides (Nicaragua)
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$0
8/31/2005 Shareholder Derivative Lawsuit Arising Out of 2004 Reserves Recategorization
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$9,200,000
7/12/2005 Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Class Action
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$91,000,000
3/30/2005 Violations of Federal Securities Laws
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$125,000,000
2/16/2005 MTBE Cleanup Costs (Santa Monica, CA)
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$0
11/4/2004 Employee Compensation Antitrust Litigation
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$0
8/5/2003 Unauthorized Venting and Flaring of Gas in the Gulf of Mexico
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$49,000,000
8/5/2002 MTBE Products Liability
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$0
1/23/2001 U.S. ex rel. Johnson v. Shell (Underpayment of Oil Royalties)
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$110,000,000
9/28/2000 Underpayment of Gas Royalties on Gulf of Mexico Leases
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$56,000,000
11/17/1995 Cox vs. Shell Oil Company (Polybutylene Pipe)
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
$0

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