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Shell, Gazprom May Expand Sakhalin LNG by 2015, Governor Says

By Ilya Arkhipov and Stephen Bierman – Dec 29, 2010 5:18 PM GMT

OAO Gazprom, Russia’s gas export monopoly, and Royal Dutch Shell Plc may build a third train to produce liquefied natural gas at their $22 billion Sakhalin-2 venture by 2015, the regional governor said.

The two companies may alternatively build a new LNG plant, Alexander Khoroshavin, the governor of the Sakhalin region, told Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in a meeting today, according to Khoroshavin’s press service. A third train at the Sakhalin-2 project may boost capacity by 5 million metric tons, he said.

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Shell insists it’s emphasizing safety in Arctic drilling plan

Published: December 29th, 2010 11:59 AM
Last Modified: December 29th, 2010 11:59 AM

NPR News visited Dutch Harbor recently for a look at the equipment that Shell Oil is hoping to send into the Beaufort Sea next summer for drilling of its first exploratory well there. Among the vessels is the 300-foot oil skimmer Nanuq — “a wonderful vessel,” says a Shell spokesman — but environmentalists and some Arctic Alaska villagers say too little is known about Arctic Ocean wildlife and the effects of a spill to risk drilling now.

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SHELL ON HUMAN RIGHTS & FREEDOM OF SPEECH: SPIN VS. REALITY

By Alfred and John Donovan

Our outspoken friend, the former employee of Shell Oil USA, has raised the question of why Shell has not sued us for libel. Extracts from an article we published in February 2006 are informative on the subject. Since then, Shell was legally obliged to supply us with internal documents including one indicating that Shell decided long ago that it will never take legal action against us. Perhaps this is over concern about what Shell describes as “internal laundry” being aired in open court.

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Allegations against Royal Dutch Shell: Truth is not libel

COMMENTS FROM A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL USA

Read your comments about Shell not suing Bill Campbell for libel. Obviously, they have not done so because they could not win. Truth is not libel.

One might ask why RD Shell has not sued you for libel. You have accused them publicly of all manner of nefarious undertaking. As I recall, you recently even accused them of engaging in espionage against a sovereign government and military ally of the United Kingdom, the United States. Yet not a word out of RD Shell management. Why? Obviously, this particular allegation must probably be true as well. In the US that is a crime that has no statute of limitations and carries with it a life sentence, without possibility of parole, by the way, when the object of such endeavors are nuclear weapons design secrets.

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Why won’t Shell sue its former HSE Group Auditor Bill Campbell for libel?

By John Donovan

Printed below are extracts from an email I sent on 9 August 2006 to the then CEO of Royal Dutch Shell Plc., Mr Jeroen van der Veer.

It concerned very serious published allegations against Shell management by the former HSE Group Auditor of Shell International, Mr Bill Campbell. His allegations related to the Brent Bravo explosion in which two Shell employees lost their lives as a consequence of alleged criminal negligence. It was an investigation led by Bill Campbell that revealed the notorious “Touch Fu** All” safety culture for Shell North Sea production platforms, endorsed by Shell management.

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Shell scam against its employees in the Philippines?

I am Antonio L. Buensuceso Jr. an immigrant from the Philippines and residing at 12901 Francine Ter, Poway, Ca  92064 and an avid follower of your ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC.COM website.

In fact, I am posting your column in my blog: shelltabangaorefinerylife.blogspot.com…

…for the simple reason that as I see it we stand on the SAME ground against SHELL, who since 1978 upon the start of my employment in PILIPINAS SHELL PETROLEUM CORPORATION,  Shell Refinery, Tabangao, Batangas City, PHILIPPINES until February 2002 when the company booted me out of the refinery, I have been crusading against a MANAGEMENT SCAM victimizing helpless employees like me.

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Shell’s ‘corruption czar’

Comment by a former employee of Shell Oil USA

I read your re-posting of RD Shell’s 2007 advert for a ‘corruption czar’ or whatever they were going to call this person. Interesting. It gave me a good chuckle.

This advert is a public (albeit very quiet) admission by RD Shell management that they know they have a very widespread corporate problem with: internal corruption, bribery, fraud, money laundering, ‘accounting irregularities’, extortion, industrial espionage, conspiracy, and all sort and manner of unsavory and illegal conduct.

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Shell to investigate fraud, contract corruption, bribery, money-laundering and organised crime inside the Shell Group

Extracts from an article we published in January 2007. It is evident from the recent news of Shell being mired in endemic corruption in Nigeria, that the anti-corruption campaign was just another illusion conjured up by the Shell propaganda ministry to fool disillusioned investors in the wake of the reserves fraud. Organised crime investigations should have started at the very top of the company. The fact that Richard Wiseman, the senior official in charge of Shell ethics and compliance makes anti-corruption speeches, but behind the scenes has a track record of supporting corrupt practices by Shell executives, tells you all you need to know.

By Alfred Donovan

Shell International is currently seeking applicants for two Investigation Case Managers. Each will be in control of a team of up to six individuals who will tackle 100 plus investigations every year inside the Royal Dutch Shell Group. The fact that up to a dozen investigators are needed indicates the considerable volume of bribery, corruption and other illegal activity going on.

My son John Donovan and I may well apply for the Case Manager appointments since we have a track record of confronting and investigating dishonest activities by Shell managers who were protected by senior management godfathers such as Malcolm Brinded, the discredited CEO of Shell E & P. Brinded turned a blind eye to irrefutable documentary evidence of a conspiracy by Shell managers to deceive and cheat participants in a Shell tender process. As Managing Director of Shell Expro, he was implicated in the Brent Bravo scandal which cost two Shell employees their lives.

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Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES: A version of this article appeared in print on December 26, 2010, on page A1 of the New York edition.

WikiLeaks: Shell’s astonishing revelations about Nigerian corruption

By John Donovan

This U.S. diplomatic cable, classified as “secret”, reports on a briefing given to the American Ambassador to Nigeria, Robin R. Sander, in February 2009  by Shell Executive VP, Ann Pickard, now Country Chairman of Shell Australia.

During a discussion of the high level of corruption in Nigeria, Pickard gave as an example, a bribery demand by Nigerian Attorney General Aondoakaa that he would sign a document only if paid $2 million immediately, and another $18 million the next day.

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WikiLeaks: Shell says ‘amateur technocrats’ run Nigerian oil and gas sector

By John Donovan

According to a U.S. diplomatic cable classified as “confidential”, a senior Shell executive Peter Robinson, informed a U.S. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs that “amateur technocrats run the oil and gas sector” in Nigeria.

This damning verdict, of great embarrassment to Royal Dutch Shell, was made in February 2010 and was recorded in a confidential cable from the U.S. Consulate in Nigeria reporting on a meeting between Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson, and members of the International oil community in Lagos, including Peter Robinson and another Shell VP, Ian Craig.

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WikiLeaks: Oman secret plans to take gas fields away from Royal Dutch Shell

By John Donovan

Secret cable from U.S. embassy in Muscat records a meeting in March 2008 between U.S. Admiral William J. Fallon and Sultan Qaboos. During the meeting, the Sultan expressed concerns about Iran and also revealed intent to “boost production by taking smaller and less productive gas fields away from Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) — 60% owned by the government and 34% owned by Royal Dutch Shell — and awarding them to outside companies such as
British Gas and BP.”

Viewing cable 08MUSCAT174, ADMIRAL WILLIAM J. FALLON’S MEETING WITH SULTAN

Reference ID: 08MUSCAT174 Created: 2008-03-01 05:05 Released: 2010-11-28 18:06 Classification: SECRET//NOFORN Origin: Embassy Muscat

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SUBJECT: ADMIRAL WILLIAM J. FALLON'S MEETING WITH SULTAN
QABOOS 

Classified By: Ambassador Gary A. Grappo for Reasons 1.4 (b, d) 

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SUMMARY
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1.  (C) Sultan Qaboos discussed both domestic and regional
issues during his February 19 meeting with Admiral William J.
Fallon, CENTCOM Commander.  On the domestic front, the Sultan
described his desire to empower the government to be more
responsive to citizen concerns.  Seeking to strengthen the
role of Omani women, the Sultan plans to convene a conference
in 2009 designed to increase the participation and leadership
of women in all aspects of Omani society.  Sultan Qaboos also
shared plans for continued infrastructure development in Oman
and described efforts underway to obtain more natural gas.
On Iraq, the Sultan advised against a premature withdrawal of
U.S. forces and stated that more regional assistance would be
forthcoming if Iraqis would "come together" to take charge
of, and invest in, their own country.  Sultan Qaboos shared
U.S. concerns about Iranian meddling in Iraq and elsewhere,
but contended that Tehran knew confrontation with the U.S.
was not in its interest.  Iran's "charm offensive" in the GCC
had succeeded in lessening suspicions of some officials about
the true intentions of Iranian policies.  End Summary. 

2.  (C) CENTCOM Commander Admiral Fallon, accompanied by the
Ambassador, met February 19 with Sultan Qaboos bin Sa'id for
approximately 2 hours at one of the Sultan's castles -- Husn
al Shumugh -- in the interior of Oman.  (Note:  The Sultan
was outside of Muscat on his annual 4-6 week "meet the people
tour" during which he visits selected sites outside the
capital.  End Note.)  The Sultan appeared in good health and
was cheerful, although he commented that his role as ruler of
Oman was demanding and did not allow him time to do all the
things he wanted to do, such as reading more books.  "My
office is wherever I am," he stated, noting that he
constantly had to attend to paperwork and urgent requests
from his staff, among other tasks.  The Sultan added that
despite his busy schedule, he always made time to "watch the
news," though he did not elaborate on his preferred media
outlet. 

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CONCERNS ABOUT IRAQ
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3.  (C) The Sultan expressed concern over a premature
withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.  Recognizing recent
improvements in the security situation, he counseled that
American troops should only leave "when the time is right."
He stressed that Iraqis had to "take charge" of the fate of
their country, but questioned whether the different factions
would be able to "come together" to accomplish this.  He
pointedly asked the Admiral, "Do you really think Prime
Minister Maliki and his government are capable of pulling the
country together?"  The Sultan did not directly respond to
Admiral Fallon's comment on the need for assistance and
investment for Iraq from elsewhere in the region.  Instead,
he stated that if the Iraqi people helped themselves and
invested in their own country, others would follow suit. 

4.  (C) The Sultan appeared to follow events in Iraq closely.
 He commented, for example, that the Kurds had apparently
"come out well" in recent central government talks on budget
issues, and asked about the status of electricity production
in Iraq.  The Sultan seemed to take a particular interest in
Admiral Fallon's discussion of Iraqi Shia leader Abdul Aziz
al-Hakim, including the status of Hakim's health and his
possible successors. 

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INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT
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5.  (C) In addition to emphasizing the need for outside
investment in Iraq, Admiral Fallon highlighted the importance
of assistance from regional states for infrastructure
development in Afghanistan and other Central Asian nations.
Again the Sultan sidestepped the issue and shifted the
conversation to the critical role of roads and highways in
economic development.  He then mentioned infrastructure
projects for Oman currently under consideration, including
construction of a new dam and a freight rail line from the
northern port of Sohar to the planned port in Duqm.  The
Sultan hoped that the southern port of Salalah could be
linked by rail to Muscat and, eventually, to other GCC
states. 

MUSCAT 00000174  002 OF 003  

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IRANIAN ISSUES
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6.  (C) The Sultan commented that the Iranians are "not
fools," and claimed that Tehran realized there are "certain
lines it cannot cross" (i.e., direct confrontation with the
U.S.).  Regarding GCC relations with the Iranian government,
he stated, "Iran is a big country with muscles and we must
deal with it."  He continued that Iran's "charm offensive" in
the region had achieved a degree of success as some GCC
authorities (he did not mention names) were now less
suspicious of Iranian intentions.  The Sultan added,
laughing, that "I must say that as long as (the U.S.) is on
the horizon, we have nothing to fear." 

7.  (C) Responding to Admiral Fallon's frustration with
Iranian interference in Iraq, the Sultan remarked that
Iranian meddling abroad was "almost a game" to the regime in
Tehran, and said that Iran's leaders would have to stop this
practice if Iran wanted to "join the world as a noble
country."  The Sultan hoped that Iraqi leaders would clearly
tell and convince Iranian President Ahmadinejad during his
upcoming visit to Iraq to cease Iran's unhelpful interference
in their internal affairs.  On the possibility that Iran is
waiting out the President's final term before re-assessing
its strategy, the Sultan said that Tehran should realize that
it has to deal with the U.S. as a country, and not just the
current administration. 

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THE SEARCH FOR GAS
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8.  (C) After noting Iranian dependence on imports of refined
fuel, the Sultan described Oman's efforts to obtain more
natural gas to fuel growing domestic power needs and
large-scale industrial projects.  Oman had committed too much
of its limited gas production to long-term liquefied natural
gas (LNG) export contracts.  As a result, the government was
trying to boost production by taking smaller and less
productive gas fields away from Petroleum Development Oman
(PDO) -- 60% owned by the government and 34% owned by Royal
Dutch Shell -- and awarding them to outside companies such as
British Gas and BP.  The Sultan claimed these firms were in a
better position to increase productivity in these fields, and
pointed to the progress of U.S.-based Occidental Petroleum
Company in raising oil production in former PDO concession
areas, such as Mukhaizna. 

9.  (C) Looking offshore, the Sultan said he hoped that new
gas fields would be found in the Gulf of Oman to help ease
the country's natural gas shortage.  India's Reliance
Industries was currently exploring a deepwater oil and gas
block in this body of water, but had made no significant
discoveries yet.  Qatar would begin supplying gas to Oman by
2013, the Sultan noted, but not in quantities sufficient to
meet outstanding needs.  He added that Oman was still
supplying limited gas from Musandam to Ras al-Khaimah in the
UAE due to an agreement he made with its emir -- and which
the Sultan felt he could not break -- well before Oman was
squeezed for this resource. 

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THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION
--------------------------- 

10.  (C) Sultan Qaboos shared that he placed a great deal of
importance on education, and noted that a study of history
provided the context needed to better understand present
trends and events.  Regarding claims that some rulers in the
region wanted to keep their people uneducated in order to
more easily control them, the Sultan explained that this
strategy could easily backfire as it also left the populace
more susceptible to influence by extremists, such as the
Muslim Brotherhood.  Former Egyptian president and
pan-Arabist leader Gamal Abdal Nasser, the Sultan said, had
"set the region back" by being "anti-everything" and engaging
in vitriolic rhetoric designed to keep the masses ignorant. 

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EMPOWERING THE GOVERNMENT AND WOMEN
----------------------------------- 

11.  (C) On domestic politics, the Sultan announced that he
would hold the first-ever combined meeting of his Cabinet of
Ministers and the Majlis al-Shura (the directly elected lower 

MUSCAT 00000174  003 OF 003  

house of Oman's bicameral advisory body) on February 26.  By
meeting together, the Sultan hoped that the Cabinet and the
Majlis would learn how to cooperate better and jointly focus
on important issues.  He commented that both bodies also
needed to "demonstrate more leadership" and avoid past
foot-dragging on promises made to the populace.  "People need
to see the results of decisions," the Sultan stated. 

12.  (C) Letting Admiral Fallon and the Ambassador in on a
"secret," the Sultan confided that he planned to call for a
conference of all "notable women" in Oman in 2009 in a bid to
encourage Omani women to expand their participation and
leadership in different aspects of Omani society.  Minister
of Social Development, Dr. Sharifa bint Khalfan al-Yahyaiya
(one of Oman's three female cabinet ministers) will chair the
meeting on the Sultan's behalf.  Lamenting that no women won
seats in the October 2007 election for the Majlis al-Shura,
Sultan Qaboos observed that Omani women were stuck in
tradition and needed to be empowered to "take more charge"
and to be "less shy."  "Some customs (regarding women)," he
added, "shouldn't be kept."  Nevertheless, gradual change is
occurring in Oman, the Sultan asserted.  His philosophy was
to "let it happen," rather than hold it up to public debate,
as the latter course of action often led to factional
fighting, internal strife, and other ills. 

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A RECURRENT THEME: MORE RESPONSIVE GOVERNMENT
--------------------------------------------- 

13.  (C) In concluding the meeting, Sultan Qaboos returned to
his goal of improving the responsiveness of the Omani
government to citizen concerns.  He stated that he would be
pressing "harder" on his ministers to engage in more and
better public relations efforts before the Omani police and
to effectively enforce their decisions so that the people
could see the benefits of announced actions.  Giving one
particular example, the Sultan said that rather than simply
announce a new development project, the government should
explain the downstream employment opportunities the project
would generate for Omani citizens.  Effective cooperation
between ministries and the Majlis Oman was also needed to
strengthen the civil institutional framework in Oman, the
Sultan added. 

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COMMENT
------- 

14.  (S/NF) In discussing his desire for operational change
in the senior government ranks, the Sultan twice implied (but
did not directly state) that such change was needed to
prepare the country for his eventual departure from power.
The Sultan's comments indicated that he may feel the
government is too dependent on his authority and should be
empowered to run more effectively without constant direction
from the palace.  End Comment. 

15.  (U) This message has been reviewed by Admiral Fallon.
GRAPPO

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Merry Christmas from Alfred and John Donovan

We would like to wish all of the tens of thousands of good folk at Royal Dutch Shell and all people who visit and contribute to this website, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

From Alfred and John Donovan

WikiLeaks: Shell’s secret speculation about Irish gas fields

guardian.co.uk home

23 December 2010

A senior figure in Shell said that there could be dozens of gasfields similar to a major one off Ireland’s west coast that has become the focus of a bitter battle with local people, according to a cable from the US embassy in Dublin.

It reported that Julian Cetti, Shell Ireland’s head of commercial and business strategy, had said Shell’s highly lucrative Corrib gas field and another facility planned in the Shannon area by the US oil firm Hess would be enough to meet Ireland’s domestic gas demand for many years.

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Shell Pays $10 Million Fine to Nigerian Government

By Elisha Bala-Gbogbo – Dec 22, 2010 7:58 PM GMT+0000

Royal Dutch Shell Plc paid $10 million in fines to the Nigerian government over alleged bribes paid on its behalf by Panalpina Welttransport Holding AG, to Nigerian customs officials, Justice Minister Mohammed Adoke said.

The settlement is part of a broader resolution of bribery allegations involving companies operating in Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer and most populous nation. JGC Corp. of Japan has “proposed settlement talks” in connection to its role in a $180 million bribery case, Adoke told reporters today in Abuja, the capital. No one answered phone calls to JGC’s office in Tokyo outside normal business hours. Tony Okonedo, Shell’s Lagos-based spokesman, declined to comment when reached on his mobile phone today. A message left outside normal business hours for Martin Spohn, spokesman for Basel, Switzerland-based Panalpina, was not immediately returned.

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Message to Shell management from a blunt American

BY A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL USA

I have been reading and contributing to this blog for some months now, and it is clear that RD Shell has pretty much made an implacable enemy out of the Donovan’s. They have done so unnecessarily and through managerial arrogance and complete incompetence.

Unlike RD Shell management John and Alfred conduct themselves with a good degree of ‘class’ and humor, and respect for the law, and I commend them for this.

I think I know a little about John’s attitude towards you folks, and I sympathize with him. That  attitude could probably be most colorfully stated by quoting a famous fictional character of American literature, Captain Ahab, of Herman Melville’s ‘Mody Dick’ (I presume you people do read good literature, on occasion). To wit:

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NAZI STYLE REPRISALS AND CORPORATE TERRORISM AGAINST FORMER SHELL EMPLOYEE

COMING SOON:

THE TRUE STORY OF ASTONISHING NAZI STYLE REPRISALS AND CORPORATE TERRORISM AGAINST A FORMER SHELL EMPLOYEE OF ALMOST 30 YEARS, A DEEPLY RELIGIOUS, CONSCIENCE DRIVEN MAN, WHO BELIEVED IN SHELL’S BUSINESS PRINCIPLES. UNFORTUNATELY, LIKE BILL CAMPBELL, FORMER HSE GROUP AUDITOR OF SHELL INTERNATIONAL, AND MANY OTHERS, HE DISCOVERED THAT THE CLAIMED PRINCIPLES ARE A SHAM PROMOTED BY SHELL’S PROPAGANDA MINISTRY. THIS IS THE MAN WHO BLEW THE WHISTLE INTERNALLY, ON SHELL’S OIL AND GAS RESERVES FRAUD.

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Payback time for corporate villains?

(Graphics from the Guardian article: Unloveable Shell, the Goddess of Oil)

“Although Shell has extracted more than £30bn from the area, the people who live on the land survive on less than 60 pence a day, with barely any roads, schools or hospitals. Many of the Ogoni people who have spoken out against this scandal have been killed by the Nigerian state.”

By Johann Hari

At the moment, foreign victims of UK corporations are left with almost no ability to answer back

Article first published: 08 June 2006

At first glance, it seems almost comically boring, a triple dose of political Mogadon. The Company Law Reform Bill appeared for its second reading in the House of Commons yesterday, and although it’s easy to see why the biggest reform of Britain’s corporate rules in 150 years is a big deal, it’s hard to keep your mind focussed on the 900 pages of mind-numbing detail – until you realise one thing. There is a clear path running from these dry, jargon-packed pages to a human rights campaigner hanging by his neck on a rope in Nigeria and to the trashed rainforests of Indonesia.

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House Dems to Interior: More science needed before Shell can drill off Alaska

By Ben Geman – 12/21/10 01:06 PM ET

More than three-dozen House Democrats are urging the Interior Department not to approve Royal Dutch Shell’s request to drill in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast next year until more scientific information is available.

The lawmakers, in a letter Friday to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, say the agency should wait for an ongoing scientific review by its U.S. Geological Survey, which is reviewing literature about the effects of drilling on marine mammals and others issues, and identifying knowledge gaps.

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BAE Systems: timeline of bribery allegations

Years of bribery investigations into BAE Systems by the Serious Fraud Office were brought to a close today, when the company was fined after pleading guilty to failing to keep proper accounting records in Tanzania. Here is a timeline of investigations of the defence company:

(ADDED BY JOHN DONOVAN: SHELL PLAYED A KEY MONEY LAUNDERING ROLE IN THE BAE CORRUPTION DEAL PRINTED IN RED TEXT)

1985: Britain signs the Al Yamamah arms-for-oil deal with deal with Saudi Arabia, the biggest export contract in UK history. The agreement was government to government, but BAE Systems (then British Aerospace) was the prime contractor because the deal included the sale of 120 Tornado fighter jets, Hawk trainer planes and other defence kit.

1989: The Observer first reports that an investigation is underway into claims huge payments were made to BAE agents as commission, by inflating the sale price of the Tornados in the Al Yamamah deal.

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Shell reports unit upset, no fire, at Motiva plant

HOUSTON | Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:21pm GMT

HOUSTON Dec 21 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) said on Tuesday that there was no fire at its joint-venture Motiva Enterprises LLC 235,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery in Convent, Louisiana, on Monday.

A Shell spokesman said a unit that helps production of transportation fuels “experienced an upset resulting in a flare, loud noises and odors. The situation was quickly brought under control and the refinery is running normally.”

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Essar bids for Shell’s Stanlow refinery -union rep

Reuters Africa

Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:17pm GMT

* Essar makes bid, given deadline to make firm offer

* Shell will withdraw plant from sale if no deal

* Shell continues to withdraw from European refining

By Tom Bergin

LONDON, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc has told employees at its Stanlow refinery that India’s Essar group has made a “credible” bid for the plant, a union official said.

A Shell spokesman confirmed that the Anglo-Dutch oil giant was in talks with Essar and had given the group until the end of February to come up with a firm bid.

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Motiva Reports Fire At Convent, La., Refinery

By Ben Lefebvre: DECEMBER 21, 2010 8:26 AM ET

Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES

HOUSTON (Dow Jones)–Motiva Enterprises LLC reported Monday a fire at its 235,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Convent, Louisiana, according to a government filing made public Tuesday.

The cause of the fire wasn’t given. The company didn’t immediately return calls.

Motiva operates the eastern and southeastern U.S. refining and marketing businesses of Shell Oil and Saudi Aramco.

-By Ben Lefebvre, Dow Jones Newswires; 713-547-9201; [email protected]

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MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR

We would like to wish all of the good folk at Royal Dutch Shell and the people who visit and kindly contribute to this website a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

From Alfred and John Donovan

Shell money laundering role in Saudi/BAE Systems corruption scandal

U.K. Judge Throws Curveball in BAE Agreement

By Dionne Searcey: DECEMBER 20, 2010

Bringing closure to foreign-corruption cases has generally become a formulaic process.

The company pays a bribe overseas, law enforcement finds out, the two sides reach some kind of a settlement deal, a judge approves it, and everyone goes their separate ways. Any deviation from this pattern tends to generate headlines.

But a judge in the U.K. on Monday threw a wrench into the Serious Fraud Office’s plans for winding down the long and tangled corruption investigation into British defense contractor BAE Systems. Click here for the FT story.

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More on Graft and Corruption at Shell Oil USA

Shell Oil Manager on gifts (bribes) given to Shell employees by vendors:

“And yes John, there are acceptable levels of gifts, and if you do not think there are then you are living in la la land.”

FURTHER COMMENT BY A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL USA

When I was at Shell Research many years ago I was in a position of evaluating vendor services and making recommendations about those services to the rest of the company.

The two biggest companies I dealt with were, of course, Schlumberger and Halliburton. My work required access to proprietary material from both companies so it was absolutely imperative that the relationships were kept completely professional.

As such, I would not allow these guys to buy me so much as a bottle of Coke. Nor would I buy their people so much as a Coke. When you are in such a position you can not play favorites and you cannot get ‘cozy’ with any particular vendor or with any of their people. It is inevitable that you do develop ‘professional’ relationships with your contacts in these companies, but they must be kept ‘professional’. I essentially followed the ethical standards of conduct of the US Navy’s Naval Reactor Program Office in my dealings with the vendors, which I was familiar with.

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Mixed up and agitated about Shell, Hitler and dodgy diesel

Although we try to make it plain that this is not the official Royal Dutch Shell Plc website, it is evident from this email, received earlier today, that we need to try harder.

To spare any embarrassment, the senders name and email address have been removed.

Firstly; what the hell is going on with the swashtica ( spelt wrong I know) on your home page and then contact us page shows hitler- whats that all about ?

My main reason for contacting shell is this- I have been travelling and mainly living in Eastern Europe for past 2 years and used my car for most trips all over Europe and back to the UK.

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The rise in the price of heating oil – an insider’s view

You know that slightly vulgar Q&A ?

Question: “Why do dogs lick their balls?”

Answer: “Because they can”.

Its pretty much a metaphor for the corporate world for much of the  time:

Q:  “Why do bankers pay themselves large bonuses?”

A: “Because they can.”

– and so on.

It is the “Because they can” imperative which helps us understand why heating oil costs have gone up by 50%  or more in recent times (see graph):

oil costs

 

Oil is often the only choice for many in rural areas without connections to the Natural Gas grid. It is usually Kerosene and sometimes Gas Oil – both middle distillates from the refining process. Because the rates of duty applicable to heating oil (as compared to road fuel) are minor there should usually be a close correlation between the ex-refinery cost of the oil and the crude oil price. In August (the low point on the graph) heating oil cost  domestic customers 40p a litre. Today it is as much as 70p a litre – a rise of up to 75% . Over that same period the price of crude oil  has gone from $76 a barrel to $86 a barrel – a rise of only 13%. British consumers pay for their heating oil in Sterling so we have to allow for the change in the £/$ exchange rate when making comparisons. In Sterling terms the price of crude oil per barrel has gone from £48.5 to £54.8 – still only a rise of 13%.

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Graft and Corruption at Shell Oil USA

BY A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL USA

When I worked for Shell USA years ago we had an incident with one of our major supplies of oil field services. As it happened the VP of marketing complained to our Shell VP in New Orleans about the fact that their service reps kept handing out free tickets to ball games, took the engineers out to dinner, etc., but that they weren’t ‘getting any’ business. This particular vendor marketing VP thought that Shell’s engineering staff were taking advantage of them (which they were) and they wanted some business in return for all the ‘favors’, etc., they had done for the staff.

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ROYAL DUTCH SHELL: THE MOST EVIL COMPANY ON THE PLANET?

*CORPORATE TERRORISM AGAINST A FORMER SHELL EMPLOYEE
*ROYAL DUTCH SHELL NAZI SECRETS EXPOSED
*INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: GALE NORTON, SHELL SCANDAL
*Shell employee guinea pigs in study of carcinogenic properties
*1000?s of Shell workers asked to reapply for their own jobs
*SEX, DRUGS & CORRUPTION IN USA SPONSORED BY SHELL
*ROYAL DUTCH SHELL NIGERIAN CORRUPTION SCANDAL
*WIKILEAKS: SHELL EMBEDDED SPIES IN NIGERIAN GOV
*Shell embedded spies in governments of Nigeria, Dubai and Iraq
*PDF ORIGINAL ARTICLE SHELL EMBEDDED SPIES IN NIGERIA
*SHELL SETTLES CLAIM FOR MURDER & TORTURE IN NIGERIA
*SHELL COMPLICITY IN NIGERIAN MURDER OF CIVILIANS
*UNLOVEABLE SHELL, THE GODDESS OF OIL (NIGERIA +)
*CLEAN-UP FOR NIGER DELTA AND SHELL’S REPUTATION
*Shell fueled Nigerian violence by paying rival militant gangs
*SHELL CHIEF HAD A PRIVATE ARMY (IN NIGERIA)
*SHELL PAYS $10 MILLION CORRUPTION FINE TO NIGERIANS
*SHELL ACCEPTS LIABILITY FOR TWO OIL SPILLS IN NIGERIA
*NIGER DELTA CRISIS THREATENED SHELL’S GLOBAL BRAND
*SHELL GLOBAL SPYING ON ITS OWN EMPLOYEES
*DEATH THREATS AGAINST SHELL WHISTLEBLOWERS?
*Irish Police investigate death threats to Shell whistleblowers
*SHELL “TOUCH F*** ALL” OIL RIG SAFETY CULTURE
*PAYBACK TIME FOR CORPORATE VILLAINS?
*SHELL HIDES ITS TRADING WITH FANATICAL IRANIAN REGIME
*SHELL HID TRADING IN IRAQ OIL IN VIOLATION OF EMBARGO
*SHELL IN BED WITH GADDAFI, STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM
*SHELL INVOLVEMENT IN AL-YAMAMAH OIL FOR ARMS SCANDAL
*ROYAL DUTCH SHELL WORLDS LARGEST “SPECULATOR”
*Shell accused of supporting Syrian regime
*Whistleblower accuses Shell of psychological torture
*Blood for oil? (The invasion of Iraq)
*Why is Shell still present and operating in Syria?
*SHELL EVEN DEFRAUDED ITS OWN SHAREHOLDERS
*IRREGULARITIES IN A SHELL TENDER PROCESS

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Royal Dutch Shell in detailed negotiations with Essar

18 December 2010

Shell has confirmed that they are in detailed negotiations with Essar for the sale of Stanlow Refinery and associated marketing businesses. They have set a deadline of the end of February to reach agreement on the terms of any sale.

If Stanlow is not sold by then it will continue to operate as a Manufacturing Complex within the Shell Group.

Shell Readies 3 Applications for Gulf of Mexico Wells

By Katarzyna Klimasinska – Dec 17, 2010 11:12 PM GMT+0000

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s biggest oil company, is preparing three exploration plans to meet new requirements for deep-water wells in the Gulf of Mexico after the U.S. lifted a drilling ban, a spokeswoman said today.

Statoil ASA, the Nordic region’s biggest energy producer, has filed applications for two new wells since the moratorium ended on Oct. 12, Tony Dore, head of Statoil’s exploration unit in North America, said on Dec. 10.

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Activists demand prosecution of Shell over Wikileaks revelations

Shell had gone beyond merely doing business in Nigeria but had “perfected its despicable act of corporate rule through which it has over the years evaded justice for all its atrocious activities against the environment and the Niger Delta People.”

By Ayo Okulaja

Environmental activists have urged the Nigerian government to begin criminal prosecution of executives of oil giant, Shell, for alleged treasonable activities committed by the corporation as revealed by an online whistleblower, WikiLeaks.

In the released cables of US diplomats in Nigeria, WikiLeaks revealed that Shell’s vice president Ann Pickard admitted to a former US envoy to Nigeria that its employees were seconded to all the relevant ministries and agencies of the Nigerian government and thanks to the infiltration, the company was able to keep a tab on all governmental policies and deliberations.

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc.com website under cyber attack

Apologies for this website being down earlier today. Our dedicated server was apparently under a denial-of-service high load attack by an unknown party. This information comes from our hosting company in Dallas. DoS attack generally involves organised efforts by a third party with malicious intent, to prevent an Internet site or service from functioning efficiently or at all, temporarily or indefinitely. Should this website disappear from the Internet as a result of legal or illegal action by a third party, please visit shellnews.net where we will post information. DoS attacks are unlawful. (some of this information is from a Wikipedia article)

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Oil Sands Have Limited Local Impact on Health, Ecology, RSC Says

By Eduard Gismatullin – Dec 16, 2010 11:37 AM GMT+0000

Canadian oil sand production has limited impact on the local environment and population, while the government needs to increase regulation of the industry to keep up with expansion, an academy of scientists said.

The Royal Society of Canada’s panel of experts couldn’t find “credible evidence” of increasing cancer rates in people living near the oil sands operations in northern Alberta, it said in a statement posted on its website. The industry doesn’t “threaten” the Athabasca River system and the impact on air quality is “minimal,” the RSC said.

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BP falls back on US lawsuit, but broker pitches possible Exxon bid

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Thursday 16 December 2010

BP shares have fallen back following news that the US government had issued a lawsuit relating to the Gulf of Mexico disaster, prompting talk of a fine of up to $20bn and total costs relating to the spillage of $40bn.

But American legal action could ultimately lead to an American takeover of the company, analysts suggested. BP shares climbed earlier this week on speculation of Middle Eastern stakebuilding or alternatively a bid from Royal Dutch Shell, but yesterday Exxon Mobil was put back into the frame as a possible predator. JP Morgan Cazenove said:

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Nigeria to drop Dick Cheney charges after plea bargain

Halliburton pays Nigerian regime a bribe/fine to stop bribery charges against Halliburton? (Comment by John Donovan)

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Halliburton agrees to pay $250m in fines in lieu of prosecution over alleged multimillion-dollar bribes

David Smith in Port Harcourt Wednesday 15 December 2010 19.42 GMT

Nigerian anti-corruption police said this month they planned to file charges against Dick Cheney. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/REUTERS

Nigeria‘s anti-corruption police have dropped charges against Dick Cheney, the former US vice-president, over a multi-million dollar bribery case after the energy firm Halliburton agreed to pay up to $250m (£161m) in fines.

The move followed the intervention of ex-president George Bush Sr and former secretary of state James Baker, according to Nigerian press reports.

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Shell: We’ll produce more gas than oil by 2012

Interview by Shelley DuBois December 15, 2010: 3:25 PM ET

FORTUNE — Slowly but surely, the energy landscape in America and around the globe is changing. Crude is still king, but oil and gas companies are increasingly folding in more and different assets.

Shell (RDSA), for example, has purchased and developed tons of natural gas assets, even though the commodity sells for cheap in the current market. To get some insight into Big Oil’s strategy for the future of energy, Fortune spoke with President of Shell Oil Company, Marvin Odum. Odum filled us in on the long-term natural gas outlook, drilling in the Gulf after BP (BP) muddied the industry’s reputation and why Shell feels like oil sands are cleaner than you think.

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BP sued by the US government over Gulf oil spill

By Hugo Duncan
Last updated at 10:36 PM on 15th December 2010

The US government last night sued BP in an effort to recoup billions of dollars in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The Obama administration is seeking unlimited damages from BP and other firms linked with the disaster. It is also suing BP’s insurer Lloyd’s of London.

The move could put pressure on BP’s share price when the stockmarket opens today, potentially making the firm more attractive to a bidder. Rival Royal Dutch Shell is tipped as a predator.

Damaging times: The Obama administration wants recompense for the Deepwater Horizon disaster

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INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT ON GALE NORTON, SHELL SCANDAL

By John Donovan

Although their names have been redacted, it appears from this report that John Hofmeister and Malcolm Brinded were both directly involved in negotiations/discussions with Gale Norton?

If the issue of Shell corruption is raised, based on our knowledge, there is always a good chance that Mr Big Brain, No Scruples  Brinded will be involved e.g. the “Touch F*** All” safety culture on North Sea Oil Rigs, his backing for a rigged Shell contract tender and now his interesting meeting in London with Gale Norton.

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INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT ON GALE NORTON, SHELL SCANDAL – PART 3

We provided the results of our investigation to the U.S. Department of Justice, which declined criminal prosecution.

INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT ON GALE NORTON, SHELL SCANDAL – PART 2

Determination from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE)

INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT ON GALE NORTON, SHELL SCANDAL – PART 1

The Office of Inspector General concluded an investigation based on a complaint that Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) received preferential treatment during the awarding of oil shale Research, Development, and Demonstration (RDD) leases in 2005 and 2006 by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Since former Secretary Gale Norton subsequently secured employment with Shell, we expanded our investigation to consider her involvement...

Slick BP could attract a bid from Shell after asset sales

Disaster recovery

By Rob Davies
Last updated at 1:13 AM on 15th December 2010

BP was the strongest blue-chip riser on the Footsie as talk of a bid in the new year from Royal Dutch Shell resurfaced and the firm raked in nearly £500m by selling assets in Pakistan.

Trading in BP reached frenzied levels – boosting its shares by 14.75p to 473.1p – amid positive broker sentiment and fresh speculation that Shell or US rival Exxon Mobil could revive their interest in a bid during 2011.

BP’s share price languished as low as 304.6p following April’s Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, sparking talk that several rivals were drawing up plans for an opportunistic bid.

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Opportunistic takeover bid of BP by ExxonMobil or Shell

Oil giant makes its comeback

Comeback: The oil giant climbed to the top of the risers in latest trading

By Alex Brummer
Last updated at 1:12 AM on 15th December 2010

No one should get too starry-eyed about BP. The shares are still £2 below the peak achieved before the Macondo well explosion in April, the dividend is still in abeyance and the White House-appointed oil claims czar – Kenneth Feinberg – is still spending the group’s money as the claims from the Gulf region pour in.

Nevertheless, it could be much worse.

Under the settled claims BP receives a legal release; this prevents those taking the cash now from suing. So the fear, at the peak of the crisis last summer, that eventually a renegade, elected Texas judge would make a ruling which would represent an existential threat to the company (as was the case at Texaco a generation ago) has retreated.

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Gale Norton’s departure from Shell Oil

“Ms. Norton was under investigation because there was (and still is) the ‘stench’ of corruption in the air regarding her conduct as DoI Secretary and the awarding of leases to Shell, followed by her eventual employment with Shell. Her departure from Shell indicates that Shell had no ‘further’ need for her services, and that she was a PR liability, if not a legal liability.”

John,

I read your article regarding Gale Norton’s lashing out at the investigation of her conduct in taking the job with RD Shell after leaving DoI.

Federal employees are all given ‘civilian’ employment ‘ethics’ counseling prior to exiting Federal Service. Furthermore, such counseling service is available for those who have exited and who might want take a position with a company where there might be a ‘conflict’, real or perceived.  These services were available to Ms. Norton from the DoI General Counsel’s office, or Inspector General’s Office, I am certain, and perhaps the Dept. of Justice as well. She could have availed herself of these services and sought an ‘official’ opinion from US government attorneys regarding employment with RD Shell.

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BP shines as FTSE 100 hits new high for year

Fuelled by a rise in BP, the benchmark index headed to its highest level so far this year.

Rachel Cooper

By Rachel Cooper, City Reporter 7:02PM GMT 14 Dec 2010

Having been treated to a round of deals earlier in the week, investors were on the hunt for fresh takeover tittle-tattle. BP did the honours, gushing up 14¾ to 473.1p as traders pointed to vague speculation about a possible bid from rival Royal Dutch Shell.

As ever, such rumours come with a health warning and there were other factors helping BP.

The oil major sold its Pakistan oil and gas assets to Hong Kong-listed United Energy Group for $775m (£489m) as part of its strategy to sell off up to $30bn of assets to help cover the costs of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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Corruption in Malaysia

THIS EMAIL HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SHELL

Dear Sir,

I had read through your website http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2008/06/21/rampant-corruption-in-malaysia/

I wish to highlight a problem here in Sungai Petani City , Kedah, Malaysia . It is regarding the largest (main) army ammunition depot and housing of explosive materials located in the city Sungai Petani Kedah , Malaysia. The federal government is ignoring a time bomb waiting to explode,  the largest army ammunition depot placed beside (2 Major Housing Areas) Taman Melor , Taman Orkid, 2 Schools and lands belonging to the general public with an estimated population of 5000 to 7000 in the said 2 Housing Areas areas. If the army ammunition depot explodes the killing zone will be 1 – 3 kilometers (maybe even more), it will also wipe out the Sungai Petani town as well.

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BP jumps on takeover talk

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Tuesday 14 December 2010

BP was in the takeover spotlight as leading shares rose for the fourth trading day in a row to hit a new high for the year.

The company was the biggest riser in the leading index, up 14.75p to 473.10p on talk of possible bid interest from Royal Dutch Shell, whose B shares added 28.5p to 2081.5p. More than 61m BP shares changed hands, well above recent levels. Since the Gulf of Mexico disaster BP has been seen as vulnerable to a bid, with Exxon Mobil also mentioned as a possible predator.

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BP gains on Royal Dutch Shell bid talk

By David Brett

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Gains in energy stocks offset falling miners, leaving Britain’s top share index almost level on Tuesday, with BP the top riser on vague market talk of bid interest from Royal Dutch Shell.

By 1156 GMT the FTSE 100 .FTSE was 1.15 points higher at 5,861.90 in light trade, after rising 0.8 percent on Monday to its highest close since Nov. 9.

BP rose 2.3 percent, with traders citing talk of potential bid interest from Royal Dutch Shell. Both companies chose not to comment.

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