Fox Business News reported on April 6, 2010 that Mobil Natural Gas Inc. and Mobil Exploration and Producing Inc., agreed to pay $32.2 million to resolve claims that they knowingly under-paid royalties due under federal and American Indian leases, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) said.
The DOJ said the Mobil companies “systematically under-reported the value of natural gas from the leases” from 1988 to 1999.
That sounds to me like a polite to say that Mobil stole natural gas from American Indians and Indian tribal governments.
The DOJ had previously settled similar claims of “under-reporting” with Burlington Resources for $105.3 million; Royal Dutch Shell for $56 million; three units now owned by Chevron Corp. for $45.5 million; and Dominion Exploration & Production Co., a unit of Dominion Resources Inc. for $2 million.
Obviously, stealing natural resources from American Indians, the poorest group in the U.S., was a common occurrence even up to 1999! Is it still going on in other ways today?