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    Shell Shells Out More to Lobby Government

    Oil company spends $800K in second quarter, up roughly 36 percent from a year ago.

    WASHINGTON -- Shell Oil Co., the U.S. arm of Europe's Royal Dutch Shell, spent $800,000 to lobby the federal government in the second quarter of this year, according to a recent disclosure report cited by The Associated Press.

    Shell’s tally matched its spending for the first quarter, but was nearly 36 percent higher than what it spent a year ago. The company lobbied on the pending climate-change bill that's expected to significantly increase operating costs for oil producers and refiners, the AP report stated.

    Shell also lobbied on regulatory issues related to drilling permits in Alaska, health care measures and the Alien Tort Statute as it pertains to the enforcement of foreign judgments in the U.S, according to the form filed July 20, with the House clerk's office.

    Besides Congress, Shell lobbied the departments of Energy, Interior and Commerce in the period of April through June, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and Coast Guard, among others, the AP reported.

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