Mobil settles suit that it "stole" American Indian natural gas

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?

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0 Responses to Mobil settles suit that it "stole" American Indian natural gas

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