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Posts from ‘February, 2011’

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 By DAN JOLING: ANCHORAGE, Alaska Alaska drilling advocates on Friday night dominated a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. PRESS RELEASE ON ASSASSINATIONS 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 […]

Shell dealing with the devil in Libya

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shell completes staff withdrawal from Libya

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Essar agrees break fee on Shell’s Stanlow

FT.com 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 […]

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 […]

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 To: Mr. Gavin White Company Secretarial Department Shell International Limited Dear Mr. White Section […]

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 […]

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 By Rowena Mason 7:15AM GMT 19 Feb 2011 It is the latest deal in the struggling UK […]

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

By Tennille Tracy, Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES 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 […]

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 […]

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 18/02/2011 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oil spill response system launched

FT.com 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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Exxon Struggles To Find New Oil

FEBRUARY 16, 2011 By RUSSELL GOLD And ANGEL GONZALEZ 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 […]

Shell, Cosan and Slavery

POSTING BY AN OUTSPOKEN FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL USA John, 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 […]

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 […]

Diatribes about ‘glorious Shell’

POSTING BY AN OUTSPOKEN FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL USA POSTINGS ON SHELL BLOG BY USCitizen John, 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 […]