The Number One Difference Between BP plc & Royal Dutch Shell plc

For all the tragedy and subsequent fallout of BP‘s (LSE: BP) Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster that so derailed the energy giant back in 2010, the accident and the subsequent financial burden is not likely to be the biggest difference in determining which between in and rival Shell (LSE: RDSB) prospers the most in the future from here.

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Owain Bennallack owns shares in Royal Dutch Shell. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.