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Alaskans weigh in on offshore lease plan proposal

A study paid for by Shell Oil and released this week used federal estimates that the Beaufort and Chukchi seas hold 27 billion barrels of oil and 132 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

The Associated Press February 26, 2011, 4:25AM ET


Alaska drilling advocates on Friday night dominated a federal public hearing seeking comment on a proposed five-year plan for offshore oil and gas lease sales that includes the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.

More than 100 people signed up to testify at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management scoping session covering 2012-2017 but fewer than half had time to make comments during the three-hour session.

Pro-drilling forces offered pizza and soft drinks to encourage supporters to arrive early and sign up to testify. The agency took them in order and drilling opponents, including those who arrived more than an hour early, finally got their chance near the end of the session.

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Satan dealing with the devil in Libya

By John Donovan

A few days ago we published an article under the headline “Shell dealing with the devil in Libya”

Today I received an email from a well known former senior Royal Dutch Shell official suggesting that the headline should have been

“Satan dealing with the devil in Libya”.

This serious person, of high integrity, knows Shell even better than we do.


Shell Reports Release of Deadly Benzene Chemical at Deer Park Refinery

By John Donovan

26 February 2011

Bloomberg News has reported the release of an unknown amount of the deadly chemical benzene at its Deer Park refinery in Texas.

According to one source, “Being exposed to benzene can lead to a host of diseases“.

Extract: “The worse case is associated to acquiring acute myelogenous leukemia, a type of disease that involves the production of cancer cells in the blood. Leukemia prevents the while blood cells from growing properly. White blood cells are the main components of the body’s immune system. With them impaired, the body becomes more prone to developing other diseases. This is a life-threatening condition brought about by exposure to benzene”.

The benzene incident comes 10 years after Royal Dutch Shell made a commitment to invest $400 million over eight years to reduce the release into the atmosphere of toxic chemicals at its nine refineries operating in the USA, including Deer Park and the Martinez refinery in California.

Bloomberg says: “U.S. refineries must notify the National Response Center if they release hazardous substances in excess of reportable quantities, according to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, commonly known as Superfund”.

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Shell Reports ‘Unplanned’ Flaring At Martinez Refinery

By John Donovan

According to  an article published on 25 February 2011 by The Wall Street Journal, Royal Dutch Shell Plc has recently reported “unplanned” flaring at its Martinez refinery in California.

Shell has a track record of illegal emissions at the refinery, paying fines totaling over $25 million since 1989.

On 1 December 1989, The New York Times reported that Shell Oil Company had agreed to pay $19.75 million “for spilling more than 400,000 gallons of crude oil into San Francisco Bay”. Shell said that it had “spent an additional $14 million in cleaning up the spill, when oil flowed from a pipe at its Martinez refinery in April 1988”. Oil leaked out from a 12.5-million-gallon storage tank at the manufacturing complex 40 miles northeast of San Francisco. The Government said that several Federal regulations were broken. According to the article at least 250 birds and 50 other animals were found dead and a valuable wildlife habitat was ruined and tidal marshlands would take 10 years to recover.

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Indigenous Ecuadoran woman humbles US oil giant

By Valeria Pacheco AFP 24 Feb 2011

RUMIPAMBA, Ecuador — She has no legal training, and doesn’t speak the Spanish that dominates government in Quito but indigenous villager Maria Aguinda helped bring a landmark judgment against US oil giant Chevron for polluting the rain forest she calls home.

The diminutive grandmother whose modest home sits near marshes clogged for decades in sticky oil has been at the heart of the David-and-Goliath case, and spoke out after Chevron was slapped last week with a $9.5-billion fine, among the heaviest ever handed down for environmental damage.

“Before I die they have to pay me for the dead animals, and for what they did to the river, and the water and the earth,” the 61-year-old Aguinda told AFP at her home in Rumipamba, a town in remote Orellana province where pollution caused by 30 years of oil drilling and petroleum accidents had become a sad fact of life.

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Evidence of Shell’s Nazi past from Shell’s paid historians

Photograph shows Swastika flag flying at the head office of Royal Dutch Petroleum, 30 Carel van Bylandtlaan , The Hague, during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands in World War II (From Image Database Hague Municipal)

By John Donovan

In a matter of days we will publish on the Internet all of the pages from “A History of Royal Dutch Shell” relating to Shell’s close relationship with Hitler and the Nazi Party. This is the official account by eminent historians associated with Utrecht University who were given unrestricted access to Royal Dutch Shell archives. The project was supervised by the Research Institute for History and Culture.

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Exxon, Shell Said to Have Been Hacked Via Chinese Servers

By Michael Riley – Feb 24, 2011 8:26 AM GMT

Computer hackers working through Internet servers in China broke into and stole proprietary information from the networks of six U.S. and European energy companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BP Plc, according to one of the companies and investigators who declined to be identified.

McAfee Inc., a cyber-security firm, reported Feb. 10 that such attacks had resulted in the loss of “project-financing information with regard to oil and gas field bids and operations.” In its report, Santa Clara, California-based McAfee, assisted by other cyber-security firms, didn’t identify the energy companies targeted. The attacks, which it dubbed “Night Dragon,” originated “primarily in China” and occurred during the past three years.

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Nigerian activists allege Shell involved in Ogoniland assassinations

The following press release has been supplied to us today by Ogoni activists.

It contains allegations implicating Shell in alleged current violence and killings in Ogoniland.


The attention of National Union Of Ogoni Students (NUOS INTL) USA has been drawn to the recent unprecedented killings and assaults by gun men suspected to have been trained by government secret agent (PDP) on the people of Ogoni, particularly the killing of Jacob Paago, Richard Nimah, Pius Gbarazia and Clement Faah to mention but a few.

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Shell dealing with the devil in Libya

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By John Donovan

We have in recent years published a number of articles drawing attention to Shell getting into bed with the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, who was presented as being a reformed character, despite his notorious track record as the principal financier of international terrorism.

Gaddafi financed the Black September Movement, which carried out the massacre in Munich at the 1972 Summer Olympics and also financed “Carlos the Jackal”.

Currently Shell is engaged in an evacuation plan to extract employees who otherwise might end up as hostages held by the supposedly benevolent dictator.

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Shell and BP named in benzene suit

By Andrea Dearden

The family of a Bethalto woman who died of leukemia blames two Roxana oil refiners for allegedly causing the disease.

Jeffrey Ochs, on behalf of his wife Debra Ochs, and the couple’s daughter filed a lawsuit Jan. 20 in Madison County Circuit Court against Shell Oil Company and BP Products North America Inc.

Ochs says Debra spent a lot of time in Roxana the last three decades, working as a teacher and principal at Central Elementary from 1994 through 2003. During that time, Shell and BP operated refineries in the area.

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Shell to use Woodside stake sale to fund its own projects

February 23, 2011

SHELL Australia chairwoman Ann Pickard says the Anglo-Dutch giant is selling down its major stake in Woodside Petroleum so it can use the money to develop its own suite of projects in Australia.

But Ms Pickard yesterday brushed off questions about whether Shell would soon sell its remaining $8 billion Woodside shareholding to a strategic investor after its shock move last November to reduce its stake from 34 per cent to 24 per cent.

The sale angered Woodside chief executive Don Voelte and chairman Michael Chaney because they were not given advance notice.

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The Shell whistleblower buried alive in Shell injunctions

“My deeply held religious beliefs and moral convictions put me into a very difficult position when I realised that Shell shareholders were being deliberately deceived in regards to hydrocarbon reserves: I also had reservations in regards to certain health and safety issues of conscience which caused me great concern because it is not in consonant with my values and belief system.”

Dr John Huong: an employee of Shell Malaysia for 29 years, a Production Geologist and Asset Integrity Engineer

By John Donovan

Dr Huong, a deeply religious man with high principles, blew the whistle internally on Shell senior managements deliberate inflation of claimed proven hydrocarbon reserves. As a consequence he was the subject of unprecedented collective litigation by EIGHT Royal Dutch Shell companies who waged a campaign of terror against him for several years trying to silence him.  He was buried alive in multiple injunctions, many seeking his imprisonment. This was in blatant breach of his human rights.

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Shell completes staff withdrawal from Libya

Reuters Africa

Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:33am GMT

AMSTERDAM Feb 22 (Reuters) – Oil major Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday that all its expat employees and their dependents in Libya, involved primarily in the company’s exploration activities in the country, had been relocated.

“Given the continuing uncertainty in Libya, Shell’s expatriate staff have now been temporarily relocated. Shell offices remain closed, and business continuity plans are in place,” a Shell spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman did not say how the evacuations took place.

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Shell: Prelude FLNG Go-Ahead ‘Next Few Months,’ More Planned

FEBRUARY 22, 2011

PERTH (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) said Tuesday that it expects to sign off on its first floating liquefied natural gas project within months, and plans to build at least six FLNG plants around the globe.

Shell hopes to take a “final investment decision in the next few months” on the company’s multibillion-dollar Prelude FLNG project offshore northwestern Australia, Shell Australia Chairman Ann Pickard, told a business event in Perth.

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Shell Said to Get Bids From Essar, Afren for Nigerian Fields

By Brett Foley – Feb 21, 2011 5:03 PM GMT+0000

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s biggest oil company, received interest from companies including Essar Group, Afren Plc and Perenco SA for stakes in four Nigerian oil fields, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

India’s Essar is bidding with Energy Equity Resources Ltd. of Nigeria while closely held Perenco of France is working with Swiss trading firm Addax & Oryx Group Ltd. and Oando Plc, said the people, who declined to be identified because the matter is private. Another bidding group includes Heritage Oil Plc of the U.K. and Nigerian contractor Shoreline Energy International, one of the people said.

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Whistleblower 2004 email on Shell reserves scandal

Honesty and Integrity once the pillars of culture in the Shell Group, no longer appear to exist.

John Scruton

Extracts from an email we received from Shell Whistleblower Dr John Huong (some personal information omitted)

From: huong john <[email protected]>
Date: 18 August 2004 14:00:32 GMT+01:00
To: John Donovan <[email protected]
Subject: RE: FW: SHELL WHAT ELSE no3

Dear Mr. Donovans,

Good evening. I pray that you are both in the best and that Mr. Donovans Senior have been to see the doctor for a check up.

I got news from my lawyers that the affidavit that was filed was acknowledged by the High Court and that they have written to the Shell Lawyers informing them of the application.  The Shell Lawyers have two weeks to respond from yesterday and the hearing will take place on 21st September 2004. After the case is set aside I will again start to contribute to your website if Shell is not going to start talking like gentlemen!

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Oil majors stall Libya drilling, withdraw staff

Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:22am EST

* Statoil, Shell, BP plan evacuations as unrest spreads

* Repsol, Eni say oil production unaffected

LONDON, Feb 21 (Reuters) – European oil and gas companies have evacuated staff and suspended drilling preparations in Libya as violence spreads across the north African country.

Norway’s Statoil, Austria’s OMV and Royal Dutch Shell have moved some staff as scores of anti-government protesters were killed in the country’s second-biggest city, Benghazi, and unrest spread to the capital Tripoli over the weekend.

Production at the Murzaq oil field run by Spain’s Repsol (REP.MC) has been unaffected so far, as has output from Eni’s operations.

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Senator Kirk joins bill for Iran sanctions on Royal Dutch Shell

Senator Mark Kirk supports a measure for sanctions against companies doing business with Iran. (Getty Images)

FEBRUARY 17, 2011

Bi-partisan members of Congress, including an Illinois senator, are supporting a measure that aims to toughen sanctions against businesses that have relations with Iran.

The bill would require companies to report to the Securities and Exchange Commission any sanctionable investments in Iran and require U.S. Banks to report sanctionable activities by their banking customers.

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Shell Agrees To Sell Majority Stake In Most Africa Donwstream

LONDON (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA.LN) Monday agreed to sell a majority stake in much of its African downstream to Vitol Holding BV and Helios Investment Partners for around $1 billion, as it trims non-core assets.

Oil-products businesses are generally considered of less importance to oil majors than oil and gas exploration and production assets.

The Anglo-Dutch oil giant will sell 80% in fuels and lubricants assets in 14 African countries to oil trading giant Vitol and Africa-focused private investment firm Helios and keep the remaining 20%.

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Essar Energy to provide $1bn bank guarantee for Shell’s Stanlow refinery

21 Feb, 2011, 06.35AM IST, Pradeep Pandey,ET Bureau

MUMBAI: Essar Energy will provide a bank guarantee of $1 billion to close the offer it made to acquire Shell’s Stanlow refinery in the UK, according to a person who is part of ongoing negotiations with banks. This bank guarantee would be over and above the $350 million that Essar Energy agreed to offer for the assets of Stanlow refinery.

“The company (Essar) will finalise the bankers who will furnish the guarantee in the next three to four months,” said the person who requested anonymity as the transaction is still underway.

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Royal Dutch Shell discusses plans for 24% stake in Woodside Petroleum

21 Feb 2011

Woodside: despite the sell-offs chief executive Don Voelte maintains relations are still good between the two companies

Anglo-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is in talks with Woodside Petroleum about what it plans to do with its remaining 24% stake in the company after catching Australia‘s largest oil and gas producer on the hop last November when it sold off a big chunk of the company.

Shell sold a £1.67 billion stake – equivalent to a third of its holding, last year, reportedly angering Woodside‘s board and triggering speculation that Woodside could fall to a takeover.

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Nigeria: U.S. Court Declines to Hear Suit Against Shell

This Day (Lagos)

Chika Amanze-Nwachuku: 8 February 2011

A United States Appeal Court on Friday refused to entertain a lawsuit that accused Royal Dutch Shell Plc of helping Nigerian authorities violently to suppress protests against oil exploration in the 1990s.

Specifically, the plaintiffs, families of seven Ogoni indigenes who were executed by the regime of the late General Sani Abacha, had accused the oil giant of violations related to the 1995 hangings of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other protesters by Nigeria’s then-military government.

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Essar agrees break fee on Shell’s Stanlow

By David Blair in London and Tom Burgis in Mumbai: Published: February 19 2011 01:30

Essar Energy has taken a significant step towards buying Shell’s refinery at Stanlow, on the south bank of the Manchester Ship Canal near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire.

Essar has until March 31 to confirm that it wants to buy Stanlow. If it decides not to proceed, it will be liable for a break fee of $50m. If Essar decides to go ahead, Shell will have three days to decide whether to accept – and it will be liable for a $10m fee if it turns down the offer.

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Shell sells Africa businesses to Vitol, Helios

Feb 19, 2011 2:07 PM GMT+0000

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC has entered into a $1 billion agreement to sell a majority share of most of its downstream businesses in 14 African countries to the Vitol trading company and Helios, an African investment company.

The announcement by the three companies says two joint new ventures will be created. One, to be 80 percent owned by Helios and the Netherlands-based Vitol, will continue supplying the Shell brand of fuels and lubricants in the 14 countries, with five more nations possibly joining later.

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Donovans v. Royal Dutch Shell

By John Donovan

Printed below is our most recent correspondence with Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

It is self-explanatory.

From: John Donovan <[email protected]>
Date: 2 February 2011 14:47:14 GMT
To: [email protected]
Cc: [email protected]
Subject: Section 7 (1) of the Data Protection Act


Mr. Gavin White
Company Secretarial Department
Shell International Limited

Dear Mr. White

Section 7 (1) of the Data Protection Act

As you may be aware, my father Alfred Donovan and I reached an agreement with Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Mr Richard Wiseman, that in future our Subject Access Request applications to Shell would be made on a joint basis i.e. in the names of Alfred and John Donovan.

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Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co

“Second Circuit Leaves Intact Ruling Limiting Jurisdiction of Alien Tort Statute Over Corporations”
Fulbright Briefing
Judith A. Archer and Sarah E. O’Connell
February 16, 2011

On February 4, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied en banc reconsideration of a September ruling in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., holding that the jurisdiction granted by the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”) does not extend to civil actions brought against corporations. The vote of the full 10-judge panel of the Second Circuit was split 5-5, leaving intact the original ruling from September. The initial panel voted separately not to rehear the case. Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., No. 06-4800-cv, 06-4876-cv, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 2200 (2d Cir. Feb. 4, 2011)

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Essar may pump Indian fuel into UK

Petrol from India is likely to find its way into the UK market for the first time, after Essar Energy bought Royal Dutch Shell’s Cheshire oil refinery for $350m (£216m).

Essar may pump Indian fuel into UK Photo: ALAMY Rowena Mason By Rowena Mason 7:15AM GMT 19 Feb 2011

It is the latest deal in the struggling UK refining industry, which has found it difficult to stay profitable in recent years and is expected to face increasing global competition.

The $350m price tag is about half what Shell was initially expected to get for the Stanlow refinery, following 18 months of negotiations with Essar.

The Indian company, which listed on the FTSE 100 last year, has promised that jobs will be safe and the refinery will remain open.

A spokesman for Essar said the company had already identified a number of investments it wanted to make to increase output from 75pc to nearer 100pc capacity.

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US House Votes To Help Clear Path For Shell Drilling In Arctic


Feb 18, 2011

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a measure that helps clear a path for Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA, RDSA.LN) to drill an exploratory well in the Arctic Ocean.

With most of the favorable votes coming from Republicans, the measure blocks the Environmental Protection Agency’s appeals board from revoking any permits for projects along Alaska’s Arctic Coast.

The goal of the measure, introduced by Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young, is to prevent this appeals board from revoking a clean-air permit Shell is seeking in its effort to drill an exploratory well in the Beaufort Sea.

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Carson residents frustrated at Shell Oil over toxic soil

6:48 a.m. | Molly Peterson | KPCC MP3 Download

Carson’s Carousel residents frustrated at Regional Water Board, Shell Oil over toxic soil

Molly Peterson/KPCC: Residents of Carson’s Carousel neighborhood voiced anger and frustration at a public meeting Thursday, where water regulators said they’re readying a cleanup order for soil contamination under their houses.

Officials at the regional water quality control board say they’re almost ready with a cleanup order for the Carousel neighborhood of Carson. Some residents of the Carousel neighborhood are greeting those plans with anger and criticism.

Environmental testing has revealed toxic soil contamination under hundreds of homes on land where Shell Oil once ran a tank farm.

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Shell receives offer for Stanlow refinery in the UK

As one Stanlow insider put it…

“John, Looks like we have been sold by the cowboys to the Indians.”

Shell receives offer for Stanlow refinery in the UK


Shell today confirmed it has received an offer from Essar Energy to buy its 272,000 barrel-per-day Stanlow refinery and associated local marketing businesses in the UK for a total expected consideration of some $1.3 billion.

In light of Essar’s offer, the two companies today signed an exclusivity agreement until 1st April 2011, under which break fees would be payable if either company fails to sign an asset sales agreement.

Pursuing this deal is aligned with Shell’s strategy to concentrate its global manufacturing portfolio on larger and more sophisticated assets.

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Nigerian Oil Exploration at 10-Year Low Before Petroleum Law

By Elisha Bala-Gbogbo and Dulue Mbachu – Feb 17, 2011 11:00 PM GMT+0000

Oil exploration in Nigeria has slumped to the lowest in a decade after producers including Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Total SA backed away from investment until the country’s petroleum law is passed.

Just one exploration well was drilled in Nigeria in the past two years, the lowest since 1999, according to official figures released by the Petroleum Ministry. The number of wells peaked at 34 in 2002.

“Funds have not been available” for exploration, said Belema Osibodu, a spokeswoman for the Department of Petroleum Resources, in a telephone interview yesterday.

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Mauritius Suspends Shell Shares on Reports of Vitol-Helios Deal

By Kamlesh Bhuckory – Feb 18, 2011 5:31 AM GMT+0000

The Stock Exchange of Mauritius said it has suspended trading of Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Mauritian unit’s shares, according to a statement published on the bourse’s website.

The suspension follows an article published in Le Mauricien newspaper Feb. 17 stating that Shell Mauritius Ltd. had reached a buy-out agreement with Vitol-Helios Investment, the Port-Louis based bourse explained.

Shell has been requested to publish a press release “to inform shareholders and the public in general of the status of any agreement currently being discussed by Shell and the outcome thereof, if any”, the Stock Exchange of Mauritius said.

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Essar Energy, Shell may sign U.K. refinery pact

Feb. 18, 2011, 2:08 a.m. EST

By Eric Yep

MUMBAI (MarketWatch) — India’s Essar Energy PLC (ESSR.LN) is likely to sign an initial agreement this week for a possible acquisition of Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s (RDSB.LN) Stanlow refinery in the U.K., a person with direct knowledge of the matter said Friday.

London-listed Essar Energy and Shell are in the final stages of discussions and will likely announce exclusive talks on the refinery sale this week, the person, who declined to be named, told Dow Jones Newswires.

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Oil spill response system launched

By Sheila McNulty in Houston

Published: February 17 2011 17:38

Oil companies on Thursday launched a spill containment system in the Gulf of Mexico in a bid to restart the issuance of permits stalled after BP’s fatal Macondo well disaster.

ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron and ConocoPhillips unveiled the interim containment system, which they said was open to all operators in the gulf.

The Obama administration issued a moratorium on gulf drilling following BP’s fatal Macondo disaster in April 2010. But even though the moratorium has been lifted, activity remains constrained.

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Shell launches ethanol project with Brazilian firm

Published on 15 February 2011

Royal Dutch Shell and Brazilian sugar company Cosan have presented plans for a joint venture to produce ethanol or alcohol fuel. It is estimated that the resulting company will have a market value of over eight billion euros.

A statement from Cosan said the new organisation would be called Raizen. It will employ about 40,000 people and produce over 2.2 billion litres of ethanol per year for the Brazilian and international markets.

Ethanol is made from sugar cane and used to fuel cars, producing hardly any CO2 in exhaust fumes. Many cars in Brazil already run on the fuel. Ethanol has been added to fuel in the Netherlands since 2007.

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Essar Oil to buy Shell UK unit for $350-400 mln – sources

By Indulal P.M.

MUMBAI | Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:09am IST

(Reuters) – Indian refiner Essar Oil is set to buy Royal Dutch Shell’s Stanlow refinery in the United Kingdom for about $350 million to $400 million, two sources with direct knowledge of the development told Reuters.

The two companies have agreed on the terms and an announcement is expected soon, said the sources, who declined to be named as they were not authorised to speak to the media before an official announcement.

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Exxon Struggles To Find New Oil

FEBRUARY 16, 2011


HOUSTON—Exxon Mobil Corp., the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, is struggling to find more oil.

In its closely watched annual financial report released Tuesday, the company said that for every 100 barrels it has pumped out of the earth over the past decade, it has replaced only 95.

It’s a conundrum shared by most of the other large Western oil-producing companies, which are finding most accessible oil fields were tapped long ago, while promising new regions are proving technologically and politically challenging.

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Shell, Cosan and Slavery



I recently read about Royal Dutch Shell and Cosan forming a jointly owned corporation to produce ethanol in Brazil. We all know how Shell treats the Nigerians, and how they have treated the Brazilians from previous revelations about their ‘drins’ production facilities.

Now RD Shell appears to be sleeping with the devil again. Cosan is a corporation that allegedly has a nasty reputation for engaging in human slavery to cut ethanol and sugar production costs. Apparently, RD Shell management’s lust for profits know no bounds (see attached links).

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Countrywide plc cover-up of role in ‘illegal dealings’

“Unfortunately, like Shell, the claims of ethical trading by Carsons/Countrywide are a sham if the dire experience of my nephew, Richard Denton, is any guide.  He has had the misfortune of being a client of Carson & Company Estate Agents, a subsidiary of Countrywide Plc. Some of their employees have turned out to be decidedly shady.”

By John Donovan

For over a decade we have been drawing attention to the gap between Shell’s globally advertised General Business Principles compared with its track record of securities fraud, IP theft, price fixing cartels, fictitious trades, horrific pollution, evasion of UN sanctions, embedding spies in the Nigerian government, and involvement in torture, murder and human rights abuses.

Simply put, the oil giants evil deeds to not match the fine words in its much proclaimed ethical code, which is clearly designed to fool the public and investors.

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Diatribes about ‘glorious Shell’




This business with USCitizen is very tiring. Where does he find the time to write his diatribes about ‘glorious Shell’? Cheese Louise, the North Koreans need to think about employing that fellow. He comes close to outdoing their propaganda organs in their praise of the ‘glorious Communist dictatorship’. What a brain-washed dolt.

And that makes me wonder if USCitizen is one person or a small group of individuals (as in Shell’s PR department) fronting as one individual. No competent Shell manager I knew would stoop to spending time on this kind of nonsense. They all had ‘real business’ to attend to. Then again, maybe this guy isn’t all that competent and, as reward for his mindless loyalty, he has been stuffed away somewhere as a ‘manager without portfolio’ so he cannot do any real harm.

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Canadian family poisoned by Shell gas flaring?

By John Donovan

This is an update of our articles relating to the Getz family who claim that they were poisoned by Shell gas flaring.

Donna Getz sought the intervention of the Oil and Gas Commission Board in Canada only to discover that Shell has a representative on the board.

She is seeking justice and according to our unofficial expert sources appears to have a strong case.

We have also published related information supplied to us by a Shell Canada insider.

Shell has a track record of supplying toxic products deadly to insects, crop pests and humans… Shell employees at a drins’ production plant were even used as guinea pigs in a related study of carcinogenic properties carried out by the Royal Dutch Group. Brands such as “Shell TOX” were banned years ago.

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New documentary ‘The Pipe’ sheds light on Shell hell in Mayo

In an Irish era of government gone absolutely mad, The Pipe takes viewers into an altogether deeper circle of hell, as a community of hardworking people face up to the might of the Irish State, the oil giant, uniformed gardaí and hired goon squads from private security firms as they struggle to protect the town of Rossport and its surroundings.

By Brian Fitzpatrick

“Once you come into Erris, all law is suspended. Shell takes over the law.” – Pat ‘The Chief’ O’Donnell.

Ken Saro-Wiwa could have told Pat O’Donnell a thing or two about the wonders of the law according to Shell, before he was hanged in 1995 by Nigeria’s military government. The author and TV producer, as president of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, led a nonviolent campaign against Shell and its cronies in the Nigerian government as they polluted his native Ogoniland in the Niger Delta.

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Shell’s treatment of Whistleblowers


On December 22, 1999, Mr. Overton formally announced to Ms. Sistrunk that he was working with the Department of Interior and of his status as a whistleblower. On January 19, 2000, while Mr. Overton was working on MP252, federal agents boarded the platform armed with weapons and issued grand jury subpoenas based upon alleged violations of environmental regulations.


We have already published articles revealing how Royal Dutch Shell terrorized a Malaysian whistleblower, the former Shell Production geologist, Dr John Huong. Dr Huong has accused Shell of psychological torture.

In the USA, there are Federal and State laws to protect whistleblowers from the retribution of malevolent employers such as Shell Oil.

The following are extracts of an email we received from William Overton, a Shell whistleblower who reported serious safety breaches on Shell production platforms operating in the Gulf of Mexico, including falsification by a Shell contractor of U.S. Mineral Management Service reports supplied to the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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Shell to boost investment in Brazil

Royal Dutch Shell is to boost its investment in Brazil by billions of dollars after surpassing its forecasts for oil production in the country last year.

An oil rig being refurbished in Guanabara bay, Brazil. Photo: ALAMY Robin Yapp

By Robin Yapp, Sao Paulo 6:54PM GMT 14 Feb 2011

The Anglo-Dutch company will drill ten new wells in the next 18 months, seven of them in the Campos Basin, around 60 miles off the coast of Espirito Santo state.

Estimates in Brazil suggested Shell will invest around $2.5bn (£1.57bn) in the next wave of drilling but the company did not confirm the figure.

Andre Araujo, the president of Shell Brazil, said: “I can only say that it will be billions of dollars.”

Shell is currently the biggest private producer of crude oil in Brazil, second only to the state-backed Petrobras.

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Tuesday February 15,2011
By Andrew Johnson, Deputy City Editor

OIL prices are set to surge in coming years as supply fails to keep up with burgeoning demand from the booming growth in emerging market economies, Royal Dutch Shell said yesterday.

The oil giant’s warning came as the Brent Crude price hit a 28-month high of $104 on the back of turbulence in the Middle East and rising imports to China.

In a report published yesterday, Shell said demand for energy in 2050 would triple ­compared with levels seen in 2000 while supplies may only grow by 50 per cent.

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Shell, Brazil’s Cosan form $12 billion ethanol unit

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell and Brazilian sugar-production group Cosan said Monday they were forming one of the biggest joint ethanol fuel ventures in the world, with an estimated market value of $12 billion. The new entity, to be called Raizen, will employ around 40,000 people and produce over 2.2 billion liters (580 million gallons) of ethanol per year to Brazilian and international markets, the two companies said in a statement.

Danny DeVito, The Pipe and Shell

Hi John,

Hope you are keeping well, just to update you on the film ‘The Pipe’, its incredible the timing both at home here in Ireland, and abroad.

Danny Devito was in Dublin a few days ago, got a copy of the dvd to him, he watched it on the plane back to America and tweeter today to
over a million followers:

Danny_DeVito Danny DeVito
Ok,would you fine folks just see the Documentary Pipe example of the attacks peeps face protecting their livelihood n W Ireland from Shell O

We are screening in London at the end of March in this festival: Human Rights Watch, London
Curzon 30th March
Ritzy 31st March

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Warning about Mark Carne of Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Subject: Brent Bravo: watch Mark Carne

Dear John,

This email contains information about Mark Carne (right), who is currently employed by Shell as Regional Vice President for Middle East and North Africa. He reports directly to Malcolm Brinded. This email account has been set up to safeguard my anonymity, as Mr. Carne is known to not handle criticism very well.

Over the years you have reported about Brent Bravo, and consistently linked the matter with Malcolm Brinded. Maybe the time is right to take a closer look at Mr. Carne, who was the manager for Brent at the time. Mr. Carne’s style is to manage-by-viewgraph and to ignore or suppress unwanted information from the work floor. He instigated bonuses that led to the “Touch F*** All” culture on Brent; he remained clueless about their negative impact while others had already become concerned. Several years ago, Mr. Carne didn’t get a job in Shell UK that he was hoping for, and he left to take a role in BG. It didn’t take BG long to release him.

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How Shell infiltrated Nigeria

How Shell infiltrated Nigeria


Dutch Documentary: The dirty oil from Shell

By John Donovan

The Dutch Parliament recently held a hearing on the activities of Shell in Nigeria, partly in response to this 38 minute documentary  by the Dutch TV programme “*Zembla”: The dirty oil from Shell.

The eyes of the world have been focused on the Gulf of Mexico, where BP took several months to stop an oil leak deep under the sea surface. In the meantime, a 50 year oil disaster is happening in Nigeria.. Since SHELL started their hunt for oil in Nigeria, an estimated 1.5 million barrels of oil have flowed into groundwater, drinking water and rivers. The population wants it to stop. The activity has generated billions in profits for the leading Dutch/British oil company, but it is accused of environmental and human rights abuse.

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