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HRH Sultan Azlan Shah speaks out on crisis in Malaysian judiciary

By John Donovan We have recently published articles relating to former Shell employees involved in litigation with Shell Malaysia. “TEAM A” CASE: 399 SHELL PENSIONERS SUING SHELL In a pension fund case involving 399 Shell Malaysia pensioners, an appeal court overturned a Judgment that Shell had made unlawful deductions from their retirement funds. One of […]

The Huntsville Forester (Ontario): Shell Canada to conduct testing

by Carlye Malchuk Oct 31, 2007 Fuel company Shell Canada will be conducting an environmental site assessment at Avery Beach in the coming weeks to determine if there was any leaching of petroleum products into the park. In the late 1920s the Canadian Oil Company acquired property adjacent to the park that was used as […] Navy officer killed in attack on vessel protecting Shell oilfield, Nigeria

(Thomson Financial) – A navy officer was killed and four injured in an overnight attack on a naval vessel protecting a Royal Dutch Shell offshore oilfield in southern Nigeria, industry and security sources told Agence France-Presse. ‘We got a report that militants attacked the navy vessel NNS Obula at 2105 hours. The vessel was detailed […] Oil Majors Quietly Investing In Renewable Fuel Sector

October 31, 2007 In case you have missed it, the oil majors are quietly investing in the renewable fuel sector. ConocoPhillips (COP) has made the largest foray with its partnership with Tyson Foods (TSN) to produce biodiesel from chicken fat and a recently announced deal with Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) to produce fuel from biomass […]

Fortune Magazine: Oil shale may finally have its moment

In a dusty corner of northwestern Colorado, an energy of the future is beginning to look like the real thing. Can oil shale work? Fortune’s Jon Birger reports. By Jon Birger, Fortune senior writer October 31 2007: 5:43 AM EDT (Fortune Magazine) — Touring a drilling site on a dusty mountain plateau above Rifle, Colo., […]

The Havard Crimson: Shell Gives $3.75M For Energy Studies

Published On Wednesday, October 31, 2007  3:34 AM By DAVID K. HAUSMAN and CLIFFORD M MARKS Crimson Staff Writer A major oil company is shelling out money for programs at the Kennedy School of Government. A division of Royal Dutch Shell, the world’s second-largest publicly traded oil company, will donate $3.75 million over the next […]

Bloomberg: Macquarie, Babcock May Bid for Shell-Exxon Venture, People Say

By Ambereen Choudhury and Thom Rose Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) — Macquarie Bank Ltd. and Deutsche Bank AG’s RREEF infrastructure fund are among firms that may bid for a German gas storage and transport network owned partly by Exxon Mobil Corp., said five people involved with the proposals. BEB Transport & Speicher Service GmbH, a joint […]

Reuters: Shell says oil theft in Nigeria growing again

Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:10 AM BST CAPE TOWN, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile , Research) said on Wednesday that crude oil theft at sites in Nigeria was rising, posing a problem for development and a safety risk for those engaging in the practice. “It is on the rise […]

UpstreamOnline: Malampaya oil rim given $1bn price tag

By Upstream staff Philippine National Oil Company’s upstream arm PNOC Exploration Corporation (PNOC-EC) has estimated it would cost around $1 billion to develop the Malampaya oil rim, a thin layer of oil at the bottom of the Malampaya gas field, PNOC-EC president Rafael Del Pilar said. The oil rim’s development would involve a capital expenditure […]

Financial Times: Tehran pushes for end to delays on gas field deal

By Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran Published: October 31 2007 02:00 | Last updated: October 31 2007 02:00 Iran says it is ready to address the concerns of western oil groups that have blamed spiralling global costs for delays in signing up to multibillion dollar contracts to develop the South Pars natural gas field. “The increase […]

The Wall Street Journal: Why Oil May Not Stop at $100

As Reservoirs Age and Demand Grows, Prices May Go Even Higher By NEIL KING JR. and GUY CHAZAN October 31, 2007; Page A6 LONDON — Oil at $100 a barrel? That may not be the worst of it. Several leading oil experts, gathered here yesterday for an annual energy conference, sketched a near-term future in […]

Daily Telegraph: Oil market is out of our control, says Opec

Crude oil options traders work on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange By Russell Hotten, Industry Editor Last Updated: 6:35am GMT 31/10/2007 OPEC oil ministers say they are powerless in the face of many factors driving up the price of crude, with one member of the producers’ cartel warning that the ‘market is […]

Business Day Online (Nigeria): Fresh facts emerge on controversies over Shell MD

OLUSOLA BELLO & EJIOFOR ALIKE on 31 October, 2007 Why is Royal Dutch Shell planning to drop Basil Omiyi as the managing director of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC)? Contrary to speculations over age and length of service as reasons for his imminent removal, Omiyi may be removed to pave way for his deputy, Dale […]

LIVE CHAT COMMENT 30 OCT 2007: ‘Sakhalin Project Team morale at all time low’: ‘bring back the General’

Posting on Live Chat by Guest 1116 Guest 1116: Sakhalin Project Team morale at all time low this morning on this remote island as Schoolmaster Craig and Helpless Huijskes swing axe wildly and despatch our OPF Project Manager, Bernt Granas for no reason at all !!!!! Neither Craig nor Huijskes know anything about project management […]

Reuters: Shell says on schedule with Qatar Pearl GTL plant

Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:01 PM GMT DOHA, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Construction is on schedule at the project that has attracted Royal Dutch Shell’s largest foreign investment, a super-clean fuels plant in Qatar with a cost of up to $18 billion, a senior executive said on Tuesday. “We’re broadly on schedule for a start […]

Royal Dutch Shell top secret documents being revealed daily on ‘anti-Shell’ website

By John Donovan Publication on a daily basis of top secret Royal Dutch Shell internal documents relating to the reserves scandal (first revealed to an astonished world in *January 2004) began yesterday on the website The site has been described by the Financial Times as being “anti-Shell”. *The Times: How Shell blew a hole […]

Rocky Mountain News (Colorado): Attorney general says Rocky Mountain Arsenal staying contaminated past cleanup date

By Hector Gutierrez, Rocky Mountain News October 30, 2007 Rocky Mountain Arsenal is expected to remain contaminated beyond 2010 when a cleanup was scheduled to be completed, according to an assessment released Monday by the Colorado attorney general. The Natural Resource Damage Assessment Plan found that hazardous substances will continue to move into groundwater from […]

Bloomberg: Qatar Says Gas Is `Undervalued’ Compared With Oil (Update1)

By Fred Pals Oct. 30 (Bloomberg) — Qatar, the world’s largest shipper of natural gas, said natural gas is “very, very undervalued” compared with oil. “I’m unhappy, unsatisfied with the gas price,” Qatari Oil Minister Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah said at an oil conference in London today. The fuel is more environmentally friendly, and projects […]

International Herald Tribune: Oil company says 6 kidnapped foreign workers were released in Nigeria

The Associated Press Published: October 30, 2007 LAGOS, Nigeria: Six foreign oil workers who were kidnapped from an offshore oil field in the Niger Delta were released Tuesday after three days in captivity, officials said. The Indian and Polish workers are in good health, Italian energy giant Eni SpA said. Gunmen in speedboats kidnapped the […] GazpromNeft in Sakhalin venture talks with StatoilHydro, Chevron, Shell

MOSCOW (Thomson Financial) – Russian oil firm GazpromNeft is in talks with StatoilHydro, Chevron and Royal Dutch Shell on forming a joint venture to develop oilfields off Sakhalin island and the north Russian province of Chukotka, said its president Alexander Dyukov.   As yet the western companies have not given a response to Gazprom Neft’s […]

CNNMoney: Shell & Harley-Davidson Alliance Reaches Motorcycle Enthusiasts Across the Country

Iconic Brands Collaborate to Bring ‘Ease’ to Easy Riders October 30, 2007: 08:00 AM EST HOUSTON, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ — What does Harley-Davidson recommend for all their motorcycles? Premium gasoline. And what does a Harley(R) rider need to find quality gasoline while riding their motorcycle? A really detailed map … until now. Harley-Davidson Motor Company […]


08:50 – 29 October 2007   The benefits of sharing subsea solutions will come under the spotlight this week when international subsea engineering and software company MCS brings its annual technical conference to Aberdeen for the first time. Delegates from each of MCS’s six bases around the world are to attend the two-day event at […]

UpstreamOnline: Nigeria flaring fines ‘to target operators’

By Upstream staff Any penalty imposed on oil producers in Nigeria for gas flaring beyond a 2008 deadline should target only the operators and not their partners, Tony Chikwueke, the head of Nigeria’s oil regulator said today. This means Western multinationals could face fines or other penalties for flaring while the Nigerian state oil company, […]

The Wall Street Journal: Shell to Focus on Asian Nations

October 30, 2007; Page A10 BEIJING — Royal Dutch Shell PLC is “moving East” to countries including China and India to take advantage of booming demand for oil products, a senior Shell executive said. Demand in Asia is growing strongly along with the region’s economies, while demand in Europe and the U.S. is moderating, because […]

The Wall Street Journal: Handicapping the Environmental Gold Rush

In the race to profit off the scramble to go green, there will be winners and losers. Here’s how the players currently stack up. By JEFFREY BALL October 29, 2007; Page R1 The green stampede is on. As a global economy powered by cheap fossil fuel comes under intense pressure to change, corporate executives are […]

The Guardian: Mud, sweat and tears

The vast tar sands of Alberta in Canada hold oil reserves six times the size of Saudi Arabia’s. But this ‘black gold’ is proving a mixed blessing for the frontier town of Fort McMurray, fuelling both prosperity and misery. As the social and environmental toll mounts, Aida Edemariam reports on the dark side of a […]

Financial Times: Dollar and oil hit new records

By Michael Mackenzie in New York Published: October 29 2007 20:20 | Last updated: October 30 2007 01:12 Oil hit a new record high of $93.80 and the dollar struck a new low yesterday as investors showed their growing certainty that the US Federal Reserve will cut interest rates on Wednesday. The same conviction also […]

Daily Telegraph: How King Abdullah has tackled terrorism

By David Blair Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 30/10/2007 Whenever the King of Saudi Arabia pays a state visit to a Western ally, all the ingredients for controversy are present. No matter how many flags line the Mall, the absolute monarch of a theocratic state that oppresses women and routinely tortures opponents will never receive a […] Record Oil Prices Set To Drop, Says Shell Man

The price of oil is unlikely to stay at its current record levels, the head of Shell has said. Shell UK chairman James Smith told Sky News’ Jeff Randall Live that the rise was the result of speculation and international tensions. Oil is now priced at a record $93 a barrel. “It’s a little hard […] Ireland, Rossport Day of Action, November 9th

Ireland, Rossport Day of Action, November 9th – Get on the bus – Direct Action against Shell The Workers Solidarity Movement is urging anarchists and other supporters of Shell To Sea to get to Rossport for the day-of-action on November 9th. WSM members will join people from around the country in showing, one year since […]

Controversies surrounding Royal Dutch Shell

By John Donovan I have for some time been a major contributor to Wikipedia articles about Royal Dutch Shell, including the major article: “Controversies surrounding Royal Dutch Shell”. On 6 October 2007, a Wikipedia administrator who uses the pseudonym “Jreferee” nominated the article for deletion. Although personal attacks are frowned upon under Wikipedia etiquette, […]

CNBC: India says 4 oil workers kidnapped in Nigeria are safe

Updated: 1:02 p.m. ET Oct. 29, 2007 LAGOS, Nigeria – Four Indian oil workers who were kidnapped in the Niger Delta region last week are safe, officials said Monday. The Indians were among six foreign workers abducted at dawn Friday from an oil facility off the coast of Nigeria. The other hostages are Polish, according […]


EMAIL SENT TODAY TO MICHIEL BRANDJES, COMPANY SECRETARY & GENERAL COUNSEL CORPORATE, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC From: John Donovan [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: 29 October 2007 12:58 To: ‘michiel.brandjes Cc: jeroenvanderveer; malcolmbrinded; richardwiseman Subject: Top Secret Shell Internal Documents Dear Mr Brandjes As you are probably aware, we have published a number of confidential Shell internal documents […]

Bloomberg: Shell China Chemical Venture to Reach Full Capacity (Update1)

By Wang Ying Oct. 29 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, and China National Offshore Oil Corp. will run their petrochemical venture in southern China at full capacity this year to meet rising demand. “The annual capacity will meet design capacity, if not more,” Rob Routs, head of Shell’s refining business, […]

International Herald Tribune: Pressure on oil companies grows to end gas flaring in Nigeria

By Sarah J. Wachter Monday, October 29, 2007   PARIS: For three minutes, on the day last May when Royal Dutch Shell released its first quarter earnings figures, a flame shot high into the air in front of the company’s head office in The Hague, scorching a human chain of about 40 protesters that circled […]

Aspen Daily News (Colorado): Shell counting on ice for oil shale development

David Frey – Aspen Daily News Correspondent Mon 10/29/2007 00:01AM MST RIO BLANCO — Above northwestern Colorado’s rolling hills studded with piñon, juniper and sagebrush rises a maze of giant pipes and frost-covered tubes that circle a football-sized testing site and plunge into wells bored a quarter-mile into the pale rock below. A refrigeration and […]

Bloomberg: Europe Energy Day Ahead: Crude Oil Rises Above $93 Due to Storm

Financial Times: Crude oil price likely to hit peak

By Javier Blas in London Last updated: October 29 2007 08:08 Crude oil prices appear increasingly likely to hit a record in real terms reached during the second oil crisis in 1979, as nominal prices on Monday continued rising well above $90 a barrel. West Texas Intermediate crude hit a fresh nominal all-time high of […]

Financial Times: Alberta treads fine line on oil royalties

By Sheila McNulty in Houston and Daina Lawrence in Ottawa Published: October 29 2007 02:00 | Last updated: October 29 2007 02:00 Canada may have just done the impossible – raising royalties on the oil industry without casting itself as greedy and unreasonable and driving companies out of the country. Certainly no one is thrilled […]

Financial Times: Alberta treads fine line on oil royalties

By Sheila McNulty in Houston and Daina Lawrence in Ottawa Published: October 29 2007 02:00 | Last updated: October 29 2007 02:00 Canada may have just done the impossible – raising royalties on the oil industry without casting itself as greedy and unreasonable and driving companies out of the country. Certainly no one is thrilled […]

The Guardian: Greenwash fatigue

Consumers are demanding genuine action from businesses on sustainability and GNM initiatives, such as the Climate Change Summit, are helping them achieve it Monday October 29 2007 THE GUARDIAN: This is the beginning of an interesting and dynamic journey for the commercial departments as we look at how to implement our commitment to become a […]

Daily Telegraph: Aim market: oil and gas potential M&A targets

By Ben Bland Last Updated: 12:21am GMT 29/10/2007 The oil and gas sector is set for a major M&A boom with every stock in the sector a possible bid target, according to new research from the corporate finance team at Ernst & Young. The Alternative Investment Market (Aim) has been relatively quiet in terms of […] Oil Sets Record, Surpassing $93 a Barrel

Oct 29 02:04 AM US/Eastern By GILLIAN WONG Associated Press Writer          SINGAPORE (AP) – Oil prices surpassed $93 a barrel Monday in Asian trading to hit a new trading high amid concerns about political tensions in the Middle East and the weakening U.S. dollar. Prices were also supported by worries about inadequate supplies ahead […]

The Washingon Post: Iran Adapts to Economic Pressure

Oil Market Could Help It Weather U.S. Sanctions By Steven Mufson and Robin Wright Washington Post Staff Writers Monday, October 29, 2007; A01 Confronted by mounting U.S. and U.N. pressure, Iran has been steadily shifting its trade from West to East and, with the benefit of record high oil prices, is likely to be able […]

Business Week: GM’s Fuel-Cell Hedge

October 29, 2007 General Motors is investing in fuel cells, but major obstacles suggest that other alternative-energy technologies have a better chance of success By Jim Henry General Motors (GM) says it is determined to force fuel-cell vehicles past the chicken-or-the-egg stage, where they have been stuck for decades, with a goal of a small […] Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year hit by singing protest

   Shell’s real effect on wildlife rikki | 28.10.2007 00:01 | Climate Chaos | Ecology | London Today at the natural history museum in london, the Shell-sponsored exhibition of wildlife photography was targeted by activists from ‘rising tide’ and others. they used singing and leafleting to peacefully highlight the greenwash and irony of an oil […]

Reuters: UPDATE 1-Shell expects China naphtha cracker to run at full

Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:16am GMT  BEIJING, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research) expects its Chinese naphtha cracker to meet or surpass its design annual capacity of 800,000 tonnes this year and next, a top executive said on Monday. The cracker in southern Guangdong province operated at 94 percent of […] Biofuel crops a ‘crime against humanity’

Crime: A child under 10, like this one, dies from hunger or disease related to malnutrition every five seconds. Photo: Eldson Chagara Philip Hopkins October 29, 2007 A PROMINENT United Nations activist against famine has demanded a five-year moratorium on biofuels as a new report showed Australia could use its sugar to become a major […]

Developments in Royal Dutch Shell Securities Fraud litigation

By John Donovan UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY Civil Action No. 04-374(JAP): ROYAL DUTCH/SHELL TRANSPORT SECURITIES LITIGATION LEAD PLANTIFFS: Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System and the Pennsylvania Public School Employees Retirement System DEFENDANTS: Royal Dutch Petroleum Company and The “Shell” Transport and Trading Company p.l.c. We recently published an update on the […]

Sunday Herald (Scotland): Why BP is cutting back in Aberdeen as oil prices soar

By Selwyn Parker Business comment ABOUT THE only place in Scotland where the price of West Texas Intermediate Crude is on everybody’s lips is Aberdeen. But even in oil city there must be some confusion about the relationship between the wholesale cost of the black stuff and BP’s imminent cutbacks there. The big question is […]