Fmr. Interior Secretary Norton Subject of Federal Grand Jury Probe

Reports the National Journal:

A federal grand jury in Washington that is probing possible criminal conflicts of interest involving former Interior Secretary Gale Norton‘s official and private dealings in 2006 with Royal Dutch Shell has recently issued subpoenas to both Norton and Shell, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.

The flies have been hovering for a while as the Jack Abramoff penumbra has been explored. But the current investigation seems to be related to her current work at Shell as opposed to the Abramoff Indian casino scandal.

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  1. Another skeptic says:

    The DOJ has no credibility nor integrity.

  2. ClubTwitty says:

    and my faith in humanity is crushed.  

    Gale Norton, of all people.  Under the administration of GW Bush, no less.  Corporate shenanigans and corrupted officals.  Who’d a thunk it?  Didn’t see that coming.

    And why isn’t Holder investigating that damn dog across the street with it’s incessant barking?  I mean, any potential lawbreaking anywhere in the whole U.S. is clearly his jurisdiction….

  3. silverandblue says:

    Consultants scramble to kill Norton yard sign order.  How about just “Jane for Governor”?

  4. I’m not convinced that Gale Norton is going to jail, in any way

    If I’m not mistaken, I believe SHELL has the best technology for oil-shale exploration, and the leases in question all dealt with oil-shale leasing?

    If my thoughts are correct, Norton will probably demonstrate that Shell was the only oil company capable of even putting these leases to use…? I could be completely wrong, but that’s what I’m gathering based on what I’ve researched…

    • dukeco1 says:

      been researching their process for many years, but Chevron may have come up with a better idea. Chevrons’ is a process that uses CO2 injected into the ground to pick up kerogen and bring it back to the surface (much like decaffeinating coffee, actually). Unlike Shells’ process, it doesn’t require heat, and therefore doesn’t require the massive amounts of electricity required by Shell.

      It also does not require isolation of the production zone from ground water (hence Shells’ dependence on a problematic “freeze wall”). Chevron, according to their spokesperson, will not have a pilot project ready to test for at least another eight years or so. Aquifer pollution could be their biggest hurdle.

      I know this has little to do with the prison bound Gale Norton (just joking MAH), but I thought you might be interested.

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