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Posts from ‘October, 2010’

Dirty Oil

Senators raise concerns on oil sands pipeline By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly a dozen U.S. Senators on Friday raised questions about the need for a proposed $7 billion pipeline that they said will bring “dirty oil” from Canadian oil sands to U.S. refineries and significantly increase the country’s reliance on fossil fuels. The […]

Royal Dutch Shell trading with the enemy, Iran

Contribution from a former employee of Shell Oil USA Both the UK and the US have statutes entitled: ‘Trading with the Enemy Act’. The UK’s was passed in 1939 and the US’s in 1917. Royal Dutch Shell’s army of attorney’s have obviously found loop holes in these and other statutes that allow Shell to continue […]

Operating Blind in Deepwater

An analysis of the sequence of events on the 20th April which led to the disaster on Deepwater Horizon By Bill Campbell, Retired HSE Group Auditor, Royal Dutch Shell. Operating Blind in Deepwater Only minutes before the blowout on Deepwater Horizon on 20th April everything was reported as being in order.  The negative pressure test […]

Shell profits flow faster as oil prices rise and new ventures deliver

Canadian oil sands field starts production and projects are planned in the Gulf of Mexico – where BP’s Deepwater disaster has so far cost Shell $115m Tim Webb: Friday 29 October 2010 Trucks carry loads of oil-laden sand in Alberta, Canada, where Shell has 13 projects scheduled to come on stream. Photograph: Jeff Mcintosh/AP Shell […]

Inquiry Puts Halliburton in a Familiar Hot Seat

By BARRY MEIER and CLIFFORD KRAUSS A version of this article appeared in print on October 29, 2010, on page A20 of the New York edition. Halliburton is back in the spotlight, and once again, in an uncomfortable way. In recent years, the giant energy services company has found itself under scrutiny over allegations that […]

Retired Shell Global Chief Petroleum Engineer Iain Percival speaks out…

Comment by Iain Percival on Bloomberg article… Shell Says Repercussions of U.S. Drilling Moratorium Could Last Into 2012 Messers Pals & Kennedy of Bloomberg really ought to research a topic before writing about it. Just what is meant by “Shell is targeting hard-to-reach rock formations in Australia, the U.S. and China”? Coal seams for CBM […]

Royal Dutch Shell writes off $1B in oilsands assets

Royal Dutch Shell is assigning higher priority to its Carmon Creek in situ project near Peace River and its ongoing expansion at the Athabasca Oil Sands Project near Fort McMurray, said chief financial officer Simon Henry. Photograph by: BEN STANSALL, AFP/Getty Images CALGARY – Royal Dutch Shell is writing off about $1 billion in oilsands […]

Shell Profits Surge 88% On Higher Output,Refining

OCTOBER 28, 2010 By James Herron Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES LONDON (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) Thursday beat analysts’ forecasts to post an 88.4% rise in adjusted profit for the third quarter, driven by higher output and greater demand for refined products and chemicals. The results show how the company is reaping the rewards […]

Shell OK with dealing in Iranian crude

Published: Oct. 28, 2010 LONDON, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Royal Dutch Shell is still dealing with Iranian crude oil shipments under current contracts, the company’s chief financial officer said Thursday. Simon Henry, Shell’s top financial official, said his company was still taking delivery of Iranian crude oil under the terms of its existing contracts with […]

Royal Dutch Shell confirms that it is continuing to trade with Iran

Shell studies oil trade impact of EU Iran sanctions By Alex Lawler LONDON | Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:47am EDT (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) said it would assess any impact of European sanctions on its oil trade with Iran and had stopped some activities there following tougher U.S. measures earlier this year. […]

Shell Says Repercussions of U.S. Drilling Moratorium Could Last Into 2012

By Fred Pals and Eduard Gismatullin – Oct 28, 2010 11:53 AM GMT+0100 Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, warned that the knock-on effects of the temporary ban on new deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico could last for the next two years. Shell has booked charges of $115 million to date […]

Royal Dutch Shell To Sell Majority Of Refining, Marketing Businesses


Shell Reports Increase in Profit as Oil Prices Climb

By Fred Pals – Oct 28, 2010 7:12 AM GMT+0100 Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, posted a 7 percent increase in third- quarter profit as a recovery in energy demand lifted oil prices. Net income rose to $3.46 billion from $3.25 billion a year earlier, The Hague-based Shell said in a statement […]

Shell’s Net Profit Climbs 6.5%

OCTOBER 28, 2010 By JAMES HERRON LONDON—Royal Dutch Shell PLC on Thursday posted a 6.5% rise in third-quarter net profit, helped by higher oil and gas prices, higher output and greater cost efficiency. The Anglo-Dutch energy giant said net profit rose totaled $3.46 billion from $3.25 billion a year earlier. The bottom line was affected […]

Sadistic sacking of a Royal Dutch Shell whistleblower

Basically it seems that there was a queue of Shell directors waiting to enter his office every 30 minutes ready and eager to knife him. He resigned as a result of the cumulative assault, shocked, humiliated and disgusted at the shabby inhuman treatment he received from his colleagues.

Shell’s alleged espionage in the USA

It is pointless to speculate what the US government may be up to in this case, but they have confirmed that Shell, et al, were/are under investigation for conspiracy to commit espionage. In that regard I would make the observation that while the wheels of justice often turn slowly, they do turn, and in cases like this they usually, and inevitably, grind the offenders into the dust.

Local heroes take on Shell in County Mayo – “The Pipe” – a review

Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s documentary film about the Corrib Natural Gas project in County Mayo Ireland, The Pipe, has been quite a long time in the making – but the wait has been worthwhile. This is a moving, unsentimental and compelling story well told and, particularly, well edited (by Nigel O’Regan) of how ordinary people in […]

Shell’s dilemma in denying death threats against its Corrib employees

Email from John Donovan to Republic of Ireland Chief Police Commissioner Fachtna Murphy From: John Donovan <[email protected]> Date: 26 October 2010 21:35:00 GMT+01:00 To: [email protected] Cc: [email protected] Subject: Corrib Gas Project Alleged Death Threats For the Attention of Republic of Ireland Chief Police Commissioner Fachtna Murphy Dear Commissioner Murphy For the sake of transparency, I […]

Reported death threats against Shell Corrib employees

Self-explanatory email sent to Republic of Ireland Chief Police Commissioner Fachtna Murphy reporting alleged death threats against Shell Corrib employees From: John Donovan <[email protected]> Date: 26 October 2010 19:15:36 GMT+01:00 To: [email protected] Subject: Alleged death threats made to Shell Corrib Employees For the Attention of Republic of Ireland Chief Police Commissioner Fachtna Murphy Dear Commissioner […]

Saudi Aramco, Shell Extend Natural Gas Drilling To 2015

By Angus McDowall of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES OCTOBER 26, 2010 LONDON (Dow Jones)–A joint venture between Saudi Arabian Oil Co., known as Saudi Aramco, and Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB) to drill for natural gas in the kingdom’s empty quarter has extended its exploration license by five years to 2015. The South Rub al-Khali Co., […]

Saudi Aramco, Shell Venture to Drill in Saudi Arabia

By Fred Pals and Wael Mahdi – Oct 25, 2010 4:33 PM GMT+0100 A joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to drill three wells in Saudi Arabia’s southern Rub Al Khali desert after completing its first exploration period, the company said today. South Rub al-Khali Co., or SRAK, as the […]

Shell wants more from Brazilian waters

LONDON, Oct. 25 (UPI) — Royal Dutch Shell announced it was investing in developments in the deep waters off the coast of Brazil in order to enhance its American portfolio. Shell said it was investing an undisclosed sum to support a second phase of development of the Parque das Conchas basin about 62 miles off […]

Shell slashes $18bn from Kashagan costs

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Royal Dutch Shell has radically simplified the design of the Kashagan oil development, slashing $18bn (£11.5bn) from the cost of the second phase of development as it strives to make the project economically viable. By Richard Orange in Almaty Published: 11:38AM BST 25 Oct 2010 The milestone report from Shell’s Kashagan Cost Reduction […]

Alleged death threats against whistleblower Shell Corrib employees

By John Donovan Earlier today I sent an email to Richard Wiseman, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc advising him of alleged death threats made against Shell Corrib employees, who for some months have been leaking Shell internal emails to us, which we have published. I supplied to Mr Wiseman the […]

City eyes third-quarter growth from Shell

Daily Telegraph: Royal Dutch Shell’s results beat market expectations in the first half. 25 October 2010 The City is expecting profits at Royal Dutch Shell to have risen 50pc to $4.3bn when it reports its results on Thursday Photo: Johnny Greig / Alamy When it posts third-quarter figures on Thursday, investors will be watching to […]

Shell’s alleged secret reactor

httpv:// COMMENT FROM A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL USA I read your article about the so-called ‘secret reactor’ that was possibly buried at a location that is now a residential home site. I doubt that is the case, but one cannot expect Shell to tell the truth about such matters However, the ownership, operation […]

Shell’s retreat from Nigeria

From a Shell retiree… Shell will be reducing activities in Nigeria and appears to be selling off below market price due to all the hassle there. John Browne leading a consortium. All in Sunday Times. If true, this will be a major blow in the face of Shell, they give up. Precisely what you can […]

Browne Leads Group Bidding for Shell Nigeria Fields, Times Says

BP Plc’s former Chief executive Officer John Browne is leading a group of bidders for $4 billion of Nigerian oil fields being sold by Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the Sunday Times said. Browne’s Riverstone Management Ltd. is interested in bidding, as is KKR & Co. and Blackstone Group LP, the Times said. Another bid group […]

Carson residents protest Shell Oil over soil contamination

More than 200 people — led by environmental activist Erin Brockovich — marched to the company’s oil refinery… October 23, 2010 Residents, activists and city leaders in Carson took to the streets Saturday to protest of Shell Oil Co.’s refusal to take responsibility for the contamination of a tract in the Carousel neighborhood, where high […]


Shell will report estimated earnings of $4.4 billion (£2.8 billion) Sunday October 24,2010 By Tracey Boles OIL giant Royal Dutch Shell will confirm its star is rising this week by reporting estimated earnings of $4.4 billion (£2.8 billion) for the third quarter, up almost 70 per cent on last year. The earnings haul for the […]

A message from Rossport

Hi Alfred and John, After having spent part of my summer at the Rossport Solidarity Camp in Co. Mayo Ireland fighting against Shell (and Statoil!) there, I am even more thankful for all your hard work on your website. You are really inspiring. Many of my friends have been involved in that campaign since 2005. […]

Shell to fund Mayo water well

The Irish Times – Saturday, October 23, 2010 LORNA SIGGINS, Western Correspondent, and TOM SHIEL SHELL E&P Ireland is to fund drilling of a new production well, but for water, not gas, and in the north Mayo village of Rossport. The multinational says it is giving €750,000 towards upgrading the village’s water network as a […]

Shell Corrib Gas Project, Bertie Ahern and Corruption

VIDEO FEATURING COMMENTARY BY FORMER ROYAL DUTCH SHELL EXECUTIVE, PADDY BRIGGS httpv:// By John Donovan In the video above, *Paddy Briggs quotes from the minutes of a meeting of Royal Dutch Shell Group Managing Directors held on 23 July 2003 (MARKED “MOST CONFIDENTIAL”. “It was noted that development of the Corrib field may be […]

DOJ, SEC To Announce Panalpina-Related Bribery Settlements

Royal Dutch Shell is expected to pay around $30 million in penalties to settle charges stemming from its use of Panalpina as an agent in Nigeria, the paper reported. NASDAQ By Joseph Palazzolo, Of DOW JONES NEWSLETTERS The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission are close to announcing settlements in several foreign-bribery cases […]

3 environmental groups sue BP over gulf oil spill

The suit alleges that the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster caused an oil spill that harmed and killed both endangered and threatened species, which may continue to feel the effects long after the cleanup. By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times October 21, 2010 Reporting from Atlanta — Three environmental advocacy groups sued BP on Wednesday, alleging […]

Former Irish Police Chief joins Shell’s 170-strong Corrib Gas security team

IRMS has worked on security for the Corrib gas project since 2008. Last year it became involved in controversy after one of its former  employees, Michael Dwyer – who had worked at the Corrib project in 2008 – was killed by police in mysterious circumstances in Bolivia on April 16, 2009. Doyle joins Corrib security: […]

Former Shell exec David Greer on the poach

David J. Greer I have recently moved on to another exciting challenge and have been appointed as CEO of SIS, the flagship company of the Al-Suwaidi Group, providing professional project management, construction and maintenance services to major industries and is one of the most respected and reputable contractors in Saudi Arabia. In this regard, I […]

Shell hammered at hearing over refinery

We feel we have been tricked, fooled and demoralized THE MONTREAL GAZETTE Produced 90,000 barrels per day. Company must dismantle refinery and decontaminate soil By KEVIN DOUGHERTY, The Gazette October 20, 2010 Nicolas Houle, director of Shell Canada’s Montreal East oil refinery, got a rough ride yesterday at special National Assembly hearings challenging the company’s […]

Royal Dutch Shell plc under Investor Investigation over possible Foreign Bribery

Investigation on behalf of current long term investors in Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) over possible foreign bribery – RDS.A stockholders should contact the Shareholders Foundation at [email protected] After the U.S. Department of Justice begun looking into allegations against Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) as a customer of Panalpina Group in connection with possible foreign bribery […]

Wiesenthal Centre Slams Shell on Iran

Wiesenthal Centre Slams Shell’s Reported Exploitation of Sanctions to Increase its Oil Trade Profits with Iran SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTRE – EUROPE 66 rue Laugier – 75017 Paris Tel. +33-147237637 – Fax: +33-147208401 e-mail: [email protected] Wiesenthal Centre Slams Shell’s Reported Exploitation of Sanctions to Increase its Oil Trade Profits with Iran Paris, 28 September 2010 In […]

The real villain in Corrib gas controversy

Shell and their partners will prevail in their endeavors so long as they have the elected authorities in Ireland, along with local law enforcement, in their ‘hip pocket’. Comment by a former employee of Shell Oil USA Political & Corporate Corruption in Ireland I have been doing some reading and familiarizing myself with the Corrib […]

Shell rejects talks invite from rights organisation

The Irish Times – Monday, October 18, 2010 LORNA SIGGINS Western Correspondent SHELL EP Ireland and its security contractors for the Corrib gas project have confirmed that they declined an invitation to meet an Amnesty International/Front Line human rights delegation in north Mayo last week. However, the Garda agreed to meet the delegation to discuss […]

Royal Dutch Shell bribery and corruption in Nigeria

Shell, the Anglo-Dutch energy giant, is expected to pay around $30 million in penalties to settle charges stemming from its use of Panalpina as an agent in Nigeria… Law Blog October 15, 2010 The FCPA Steamroller Nears Panalpina, Royal Dutch Shell We began hearing that the Justice Department was ramping up its enforcement of the […]

Call for Americans to boycott Shell

THE TRUTH BEHIND GAS PRICES BY RICHARD CLOUGH Extract from page 157 A second way to boycott this one company is through an economic boycott. Stop buying their stock and watch their value plummet. Individuals as well as institutional buyers, along with other organizations that buy energy stocks as investments would have a major and […]

Why the U.S. Dept of Defense confirmed Shell espionage investigation

*Industrial espionage, economic espionage or corporate espionage is a form of espionage conducted for commercial purposes instead of purely national security purposes. COMMENT FROM AN OUTSIDE OBSERVER As as outside observer of the shenanigans that have been taking place over the last few weeks with Shell and Wikipedia, and which have been publicized on your […]

Settlements Near In Bribery Case

Shell, the Anglo-Dutch energy giant, is expected to pay around $30 million in penalties to settle charges stemming from its use of Panalpina as an agent in Nigeria, these people said. OCTOBER 15, 2010 By KARA SCANNELL And THOMAS CATAN WASHINGTON—A big Swiss shipping and logistics company and Royal Dutch Shell PLC, one of its […]

Shell urges U.S. to adopt North Sea drilling rules

Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:01pm GMT LONDON Oct 14 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L: Quote) said the United States should adopt tougher drilling rules applied in the North Sea, adding they could have helped prevent mistakes that contributed to BP’s (BP.L: Quote) Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Shell finance director Simon Henry said on […]

Shell Philippine unit denies govt smuggling complaint

MANILA Oct 14 (Reuters) – The chairman of the Philippine unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) denied on Thursday that it had engaged in smuggling after the government said it was seeking $567 million in back payments and penalties in a technical smuggling complaint. “We have never, ever engaged in smuggling,” Edgardo Chua, Pilipinas […]

Wikipedia Foundation non profit status at risk?

COMMENT RECEIVED FROM USA Wikipedia/Wikimedia is a non-profit organization/foundation. From their website they claim to be a 501(3c) corporation. As such it enjoys tax-exempt status here in the States. If for profit businesses are contributing to Wikipedia, and Wikipedia is in turn sponsoring informational web pages on those businesses, which are nothing less than sanitized […]

Shell Gets $567 Million Philippine Smuggling Complaint, Will Face Probe

By Francisco Alcuaz Jr. – Oct 14, 2010 The Philippines filed a 24.5 billion peso ($567 million) smuggling complaint against the local unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, saying it was shifting its drive against tax evasion “to a much higher gear.” Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. evaded 2.72 billion pesos of excise and value-added taxes […]