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Strong men at Shell

Article by a former employee of Shell Oil Co. John, I was reading some of your references to ‘strong men’ at the helm of Shell and the negative impacts they have had on the company. In the States, the 1980’s were the decade of ‘Bookout’. This was when I worked for Shell. At Shell USA […]


By Andrew Johnson: Friday July 30, 2010 ROYAL Dutch Shell yesterday expressed confidence in its safety standards in the wake of BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill as it unveiled a near doubling in profits to $4.5billion (£2.9billion) for the second quarter to June. Chief executive Peter Voser (right) said the disaster was a “tragedy” […]

Latest Corrib delay exposes monumental folly of Bellanaboy plan

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 Western People EDITORIAL: Latest Corrib delay exposes monumental folly of Bellanaboy plan It is almost ten years since plans were unveiled for a gas processing facility at Bellanaboy in North Mayo.  When permission was initially sought from Mayo Co Council for the gas terminal, the promoters of the Corrib project  confidently […]

BP spill cases head to court as Shell counts cost

Potentially adding its name to the line of claimants, Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) idled seven rigs and took a $56 million charge related to the drilling ban on Thursday. Saying the ban would reduce its production by almost 3 million barrels this year, the company did not rule out reclaiming the cash from BP. Shell, one of the biggest oil producers in the Gulf of Mexico, said it had idled rigs rather than move them elsewhere because the ban’s six-month duration meant it was not profitable to redeploy them to other areas.

Obama Turns to China, Mideast to Bid to Get Iran Sanctions `Globalized’

Shell is among companies that have said they’re still considering whether to continue their investments, he said. New sanctions adopted this month by the European Union probably will accelerate Shell’s decision, he said.

Shell defends deep water drilling as cuts boost profits Royal Dutch Shell has defended the safety record of deepwater drilling, as cost-cutting helped it to make $4.4bn of profits in the last quarter. By Rowena Mason Published: 6:30AM BST 30 Jul 2010 The oil giant slashed its spending by $3.5bn over the last 18 months by shedding 7,000 staff and making operational savings. […]

US gas stations: Stay BP or change name to Amoco?

NEW ORLEANS — BP gas station owners across the country are divided over whether the oil giant stained by its handling of the Gulf spill should rebrand U.S. outlets as Amoco or another name as part of its effort to repair the company’s badly damaged reputation.

Exxon Mobil sponsors Australian Journalism conference

The PR Report “What’s the story?” is the title for the Australian Journalists 2010 annual conference. It’s a good theme; the core of excellent journalism is to ask the question “what’s the story?” Which leads nicely to this question: what’s the story with the Australian Journalists union accepting sponsorship from Exxon Mobil? See the details […]

Shell chemical fallout

For obvious reasons, “SHELLTOX”, is not a brand name Shell would adopt these days. The “flykiller” was launched in the USA in the late 20’s. Aptly named, it contained a mixture of toxic chemicals deadly to flies and humans. An indiscriminate killer. Shell Chemical also had to take its “No-Pest-Strip” off the market… the U.S. […]

Shell: New Perdido Field Shut By US Drilling Moratorium

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL JULY 29, 2010 LONDON (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s (RDSB) new Perdido field in the Gulf of Mexico was shut down in April by the U.S. drilling moratorium less than a month after starting up and won’t resume production until October, said the company’s Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry Thursday. The […]

Royal Dutch Shell profits almost double

Second-quarter profits at oil giant Royal Dutch Shell have almost doubled after the firm completed a year-long corporate restructuring programme. The firm reported profits of $4.5bn (£2.9bn) on a current cost of supplies basis, up from $2.3bn a year ago. But it marked a drop from the $4.9bn it made in the first three months […]

Problem loading up the website

A number of people in Europe and the USA have reported a problem loading up this website. They say that the right hand columns do not appear. That problem has hopefully now been resolved.

Shell Posts Higher Profit on Oil Prices, Production

By Fred Pals – Jul 29, 2010 7:14 AM GMT+0100 Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, posted a 15 percent increase in second- quarter profit on higher oil prices and production. Net income rose to $4.39 billion from $3.82 billion a year earlier, The Hague-based Shell said today in a statement. Excluding one-time […]

Ray Fox allegations against Royal Dutch Shell

Forum for Stable Currencies Advocating Economic Democracy through Freedom from National Debt Convenor: Lord Sudeley FSA; Host: Lord Ahmed; Chairman: Austin Mitchell MP Sponsors: James Gibb Stuart, Ossian Publishers; Barbara A. Panvel, New Era Coalition Organiser: Sabine K McNeill, Director, 3D Metrics; Facilitator: Brad Meyer, Collaboration Ltd NEWS RELEASE 28th July 2010 Homeless UK man with […]

On the Surface, Gulf Oil Spill Is Vanishing Fast; Concerns Stay

THE NEW YORK TIMES A version of this article appeared in print on July 28, 2010, on page A1 of the New York edition. By JUSTIN GILLIS and CAMPBELL ROBERTSON The oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico appears to be dissolving far more rapidly than anyone expected, a piece of good news that raises […]

BP Spill Thwarts Shell, Statoil in Arctic Oil Drilling Delay

By Kari Lundgren – Jul 28, 2010 BP Plc’s disaster in the Gulf of Mexico will keep the planet’s biggest pot of untapped oil and gas under the Arctic ice for now as regulators toughen drilling rules and demand better ways to handle spills. Royal Dutch Shell Plc has had plans to explore off Alaska […]

Not much tolerance for criticism within Shell

There is not much tolerance for criticism within Shell. The biggest mistake I made in my short and soon to end Shell career was identifying genuine problems and trying to be honest with those senior to me. This doesn’t pay. It pays to tow the company line no matter how ridiculous that is. OSTING ON […]

Shell 1995 blowout and 2006 loss of control (both Shell Syria)

Boots & Coots specialists among 5 killed in blast during battle with Syrian blowout.

Shell CEO Voser claims technology is key to energy security

LONDON, July 27 (UPI) — The world is facing drastic energy shortages unless investors back technological advancements in all forms of energy, executives said in London. Peter Voser, the chief executive officer at Royal Dutch Shell, told an audience in London that the global community needed to look for new ways to exploit renewable and […]

Shell Bay Marchand 1970 Well Blowout in the Gulf of Mexico

The entire platform burned. It was at the time the biggest production disaster in the history of the Gulf of Mexico. Shell let it burn rather than pollute the nearby delta. It took 9 months to drill all the relief wells to kill 23 boreholes. By John Donovan As a result of the current oil […]

A close call for Shell on North Sea platform

On 11 May 2010, just weeks after the Gulf of Mexico disaster, Shell had a very narrow escape on the NAM-L13-FE North Sea platform that could have killed many people. There were 71 persons present at the time of the incident. Fortunately, none were injured. There was however significant damage to the platform. Article by […]

Hayward Fell Short of Modern CEO Demands

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL JULY 26, 2010 By PAUL SONNE LONDON—In three short months, BP PLC Chief Executive Tony Hayward learned what it meant to become the face of disaster. Until this spring, Mr. Hayward was a brainy geologist leading a seemingly successful turnaround of BP’s sluggish operations and positioning it to compete more effectively […]

Shell CEO speaks out on safety and reputation

By John Donovan Printed below is a leaked 2007 Shell internal email from the then CEO with a bike, Jeroen van der Veer. He sent it to all Shell employees in an attempt to burnish and promote Shell’s reputation just a few years after his involvement in the Shell securities fraud, which put more nails […]

The Arctic and Shell

Updated August 5, 2010, with extensive related links. What makes the oil companies think they can produce oil and gas safely in the very harsh world of the Arctic oceans? They cannot do in the Gulf of Mexico, or the Niger River delta, or anywhere else for that matter. This article is authored by a […]

America’s petro-state

EXTRACTS: Americans may be torn up by the BP oil spill and its destruction of the Gulf of Mexico’s natural habitat – and torn up we should be – but that habitat has not been pristine for decades. In many ways, Louisiana made its deal with the devil long ago. “big oil plays an unnatural […]

‘The Well From Hell’

THE NEW YORK TIMES Published: July 24, 2010 Derick E. Hingle/Bloomberg News LOCKED DOWN TIGHT The News BP and the government decided to leave the cap closed on the company’s stricken oil well on the Gulf of Mexico’s floor, preventing any oil or gas from escaping the well. Behind the News Initially, the cap’s valves […]


I believe you are seeing the early unravelling of this affair pointing more and more towards the owner and operator Transocean, the US legislators, and the US Oil Industry. EMAIL TO JOHN DONOVAN FROM BILL CAMPBELL, RETIRED HSE GROUP AUDITOR, SHELL INTERNATIONAL, AN EXPERT ON OFFSHORE PLATFORM SAFETY ISSUES John It appears I was right […]

Shell toxic chemical legacy in USA

By a Former Shell Employee The articles and comments below pertain to Shell’s role and subsequent liabilities arising from deadly contamination at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Colorado. The Washington Post: Shell Oil Found Liable for Pollution Cleanup; Insurers Win; Rocky Mountain Arsenal Project May Cost $2 Billion: December 20, 1988 Shell Oil Co. is […]

Toxic Shell

By a Former Shell Employee We have already discussed failed Shell Gasoline brands Formula Shell and Shell SU 2000. Do you recall ‘Shell Pest Strips’? These were insecticide laced things you hung in your house, kitchen, etc., and they were very popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The FDA forced the recall of those things. […]

Shell gasoline debacles

By Former Shell Employee Formula Shell was not the only failed Shell gasoline. Here in the States Shell marketed ‘Shell SU 2000’, at the same time they marketed that ‘other’ failed formula. It too was pulled from the market when it was discovered to degrade engine oil. As I recall, Shell also marketed it in […]

Technician: Deepwater Horizon warning system disabled

By David S. Hilzenrath Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, July 23, 2010; 10:56 AM Video Engineer: Deepwater Horizon alarm ‘inhibited’ The chief engineer on the Deepwater Horizon tells a government panel that warning systems on the drilling rig were inhibited because the crew did not want to be disturbed in the middle of the night. […]

Bees round the BP honeypot

By Wilt Staph It’s all happening in the utmost secrecy, but it is now clear that determined efforts are underway to keep BP out of American hands. That ExxonMobil, Chevron and ConocoPhillips all have the financial resources to launch a hostile bid is not in doubt and the acquisition of BP’s huge assets would be […]

Shutting Down Offshore Drilling in the Arctic

Posted by Bryan Walsh Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 4:41 pm While the White House, Congress and the oil industry fight over the controversial deepwater drilling moratorium, a federal judge quietly made a significant decision on the next frontier of offshore oil and gas exploration: the Arctic seas. Yesterday U.S. District judge Ralph Beistline blocked […]

Shell FuelSave reminiscent of Formula Shell debacle

By John Donovan Here we are again in the midst of a major Shell advertising campaign with huge colour adverts in the UK national press for a new Shell wonder fuel, this time invented by “Shell Fuel Scientists”: Its called Shell FuelSave Its like a walk down memory lane for those of us who remember […]

Tight Relationship of Oil Industry and Foreign-Exchange Market

By Cesar Zambrano 22 July 2010 In our current economic age of globalization, asset classes are becoming increasingly correlated.  Movements in the equity markets affect currency values, which affect economic growth in corresponding countries, which affects other assets such as real estate, and the correlations go on and on.  One of the most clear asset […]

Leaked Shell internal emails reveal concern over Corrib subsea wells

By John Donovan Published below is my self-explanatory correspondence with Royal Dutch Shell ethics boss Richard Wiseman, over the latest installment of leaked Shell internal emails, this time relating to the highly sensitive topic of the Corrib Gas Project in Ireland. More will follow. The project has been dogged by controversy, including the jailing at […]

BP’s changing lobbying disclosure amount? It figures

By T.W. Farnam Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, July 22, 2010 What good is being a multinational corporation if you don’t know how to make the most of loopholes in the law? BP filed a lobbying report shortly before the second quarter deadline on Tuesday night, saying it spent $1.7 million influencing the government last […]

Judge halts oil, gas development on Chukchi Sea

The decision comes after the massive oil spill from a BP PLC well in the Gulf of Mexico and is a blow to the unit of Royal Dutch Shell PLC, which had hoped to drill three exploratory wells this summer in the Chukchi Sea. By DAN JOLING (AP) 22 July 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A […]

Gulf oil spill: Oil companies to form emergency response system for future disasters

July 21, 2010 |  6:23 pm Four of the world’s biggest oil companies are expected to announce Thursday the formation of a rapid-deployment response system that will be made available to capture and contain future deep-water well blowouts, according to a document detailing the proposal. The announcement from Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, Chevron Corp. and Royal Dutch […]

Report: $1 billion venture will fight Gulf spills Four of the world’s biggest oil companies involved, but not BP staff and news service reports 21 July 2010 A new joint venture formed by four of the world’s biggest oil companies will develop a deepwater oil spill response and containment system for the Gulf of Mexico, according to reports in the financial […]

Vitol and Helios exclusive negotiations to buy Shell’s downstream businesses in 19 African countries

Vitol and Helios Investment Partners confirm they are in exclusive negotiations with Shell for the potential acquisition of equity in Shell’s downstream businesses in 19 countries in Africa Geneva, 21st July, 2010 Today the Vitol Group (“Vitol”) confirmed that it is in exclusive negotiations with Shell Oil Products Africa (Shell) for the potential acquisition of […]

Corrib gas to be delayed by three years

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Corrib gas to be delayed by three years BY MARIAN HARRISON THE Corrib gas project has been delayed by at least another three years with gas now not expected to be brought ashore before 2013 at the earliest. The Western People has learned that Shell’s tunnel through Sruwaddacon Bay will take […]

BP oil spill: BP says Tony Hayward to stay as chief executive BP has denied reports that chief executive Tony Hayward is to step down, as the company prepares to sell off assets to pay for the oil spill clean-up. By Conrad Quilty-Harper Published: 1:26PM BST 21 Jul 2010 Link to this video A BP spokesman said Mr Hayward “remains in place and has the support […]

Cameron: ‘Don’t blame BP for Megrahi release’


BP’s altered photo distorts spill center activity

BP acknowledges it posted on its website an altered photo that exaggerates the activity at its Gulf oil spill command center in Houston. ASSOCIATED PRESS By DAVID DISHNEAU (AP) – 21 July 2010 NEW ORLEANS — BP acknowledges it posted on its website an altered photo that exaggerates the activity at its Gulf oil spill […]

BP’s Tony Hayward ‘set to step down’

Quoting sources close to BP, the Times reported that his exit is expected before 1 October if the ruptured well is sealed and his exit could be announced alongside a new strategy being hammered out for the group called Future BP. An insider said Hayward’s departure formed part of the group’s defence against any attempted […]

Exodus of Rigs Hasn’t Happened

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL JULY 21, 2010 By ANGEL GONZALEZ Agence France-Presse/Getty Images: An undated photo of a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The recent transfer of two deepwater drilling rigs from the Gulf of Mexico to waters elsewhere prompted critics of a government drilling ban to repeat predictions of a mass flight […]

Kempthorne, Norton tell Congress major oil spill in Gulf beyond what anyone expected

Gale Norton “sent a clear message: the priority was more drilling first, safety second,” Waxman said. Associated Press Published July 20, 2010 WASHINGTON Two former Interior secretaries told Congress Tuesday they did not anticipate an accident as large as the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But Gale Norton and Dirk Kempthorne say […]

U.S. goverment was repeatedly warned blowout preventers (BOPs) used on offshore wells were unreliable

On multiple occasions, reports prepared for the Minerals Management Service (MMS) warned that the blowout preventers (BOPs) used on offshore wells were unreliable. The Department never acted on these warnings. THE HUFFINGTON POST Interior Secretaries Under Bush And Obama Exposed By House Panel For Lax Oversight Of Oil Drilling 07-20-10 A tough new memo from […]

BP announces asset sales

REUTERS By Anna Driver and Matt Spetalnick Tue Jul 20, 2010 5:24pm EDT HOUSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – British energy giant BP Plc said on Tuesday it reached a $7 billion deal with Apache Corp as part of a series of asset sales to raise money to pay for the worst oil spill in U.S. history. BP […]

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