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Oil platform must be halted to save critically endangered whale

Posted on 31 March 2011 The Russian government must oppose the development of a proposed oil and gas platform off Russia’s Sakhalin Island because the project has not been subject to appropriate environmental risk assessments, according to an international coalition of leading NGOs. The coalition, which includes WWF, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Pacific Environment […]

Lifting the corporate veil

April 2011 Free Preview The oil industry is worried that new US corporate-transparency legislation will undermine the EITI and its strategy of good governance, Anthea Pitt reports from Paris AS THE Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) nears its 10th anniversary, the mechanism is unwittingly at the centre of a war of words over how best […]

Shell Obtains Permit to Drill in Deep-Water Gulf

By ISABEL ORDONEZ HOUSTON—U.S. regulators have granted approval for Royal Dutch Shell PLC to drill a new well in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico as part of the oil company’s recently approved exploration plan for the area. This marks the first time since last year’s Deepwater Horizon rig explosion that the government has approved plans […]

‘YOU CAN BE SURE OF SHELL’: The biggest confidence trick in history

By John Donovan Many people fondly remember the advertising slogan… “You can be Sure of Shell” The legendary crooner, Bing Crosby, sung the praises of Shell in the 1950’s. MICHAEL HOLIDAY VERSION httpv:// Our research indicates that the slogan “YOU CAN BE SURE OF SHELL”… was first used in Great Britain by Shell in 1937 […]

BP executives may face jail for manslaughter over Gulf disaster

Tony Hayward faced a barrage of criticism when US politicians claimed that he stonewalled their questions last year By David Usborne in New York Wednesday, 30 March 2011 Managers of BP could face manslaughter charges when prosecutors in the United States finally conclude their criminal investigation into the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of […]

Don’t trust Shell

March 30, 2011 By Andreas Späth Shell wants us to believe that in exploring for and extracting natural gas from underground layers of shale in the Karoo using the polluting and extremely water-intensive technique of hydraulic fracturing or fracking, they have all of our best interests as well as those of the environment at heart. […]

Royal Dutch Shell Sells Refinery, Other Assets To Essar For $1.3B

MARCH 29, 2011 LONDON (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA.LN) Tuesday announced it has signed a sales and purchase agreement for its 270,000 barrel-per-day Stanlow refinery in the U.K. and certain associated local marketing businesses with Essar Oil Ltd. for $1.3 billion. MAIN FACTS: -The proposed sale covers oil products, chemicals manufacturing and access rights […]

Enron was populated by a host of former Shell USA managers

POSTING BY AN OUTSPOKEN FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL USA Saw your article on Enron and Shell. FYI Enron was populated by a host of former Shell USA managers who were let go by Shell in the early 1990’s as part of Shell USA’s reorganization and downsizing program (Shell USA had finally managed to manage […]

Oil firms showcase giving ahead of Nigeria poll, but many blame them for environmental damage

JON GAMBRELL  Associated Press First Posted: March 27, 2011 – 10:49 am PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria — Posters show smiling students posing after receiving university scholarships. New roads appear on formerly potholed mud tracts. Millions of dollars are promised to improve the lives of the desperate poor. These campaigns by oil company Royal Dutch Shell PLC and […]

Shell muscles in on BP’s Russian deal

By Tom McGhie and Will Stewart 26 March 2011, 7:03pm BP is under intense pressure to settle the dispute with the four oligarch shareholders in its Russian joint venture that threatens the company’s future, after it emerged that rival Shell was holding talks with Kremlin-owned oil giant Rosneft about Arctic exploration. Rosneft’s powerful chairman and […]

Hogan grants Shell foreshore licence

The Irish Times – Saturday, March 26, 2011 LORNA SIGGINS, Marine Correspondent ONE OF the last outstanding consent applications for the Corrib gas project was completed yesterday when Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan granted a foreshore licence to Shell EP Ireland. The foreshore licence, which is subject to conditions, allows the lead developer to […]

Hypocrisy of Shell CEO Peter Voser on BP Gulf of Mexico disaster

By John Donovan In October, the Daily Mail reported a “blistering attack on beleaguered rival BP over the devastating Gulf of Mexico oil spill.” EXTRACT FROM THE ARTICLE “Peter Voser said his company would never have made the mistakes that led to the death of 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon rig and the biggest […]

Shell is very different from Enron

Shell is very different from Enron. We were criticized for that some time ago and I’m glad we have a absolutely rock-solid way we do business. And, if you read our annual report, you read our footnotes and all the details, everything is in there. It’s all completely transparent, as far as Shell is concerned. […]

Ireland grants license to controversial Shell pipe

DUBLIN | Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:34am EDT (Reuters) – Ireland on Friday granted oil major Royal Dutch Shell a license to complete a controversial pipeline to an offshore field it says can provide up to 60 percent of Irish gas needs. The pipeline will link the north-west coast of Ireland to the Corrib gas […]

Shell: Looking At Opportunities In Russia With Rosneft

MARCH 25, 2011 By Alexis Flynn Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES LONDON (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) said Friday it is examining strategic opportunities in Russia, including some with state-run Russian oil company OAO Rosneft (ROSN.RS), but it declined to comment on a report that it had offered to work with Rosneft in the Arctic […]

The Military Beast – Royal Dutch Shell


Device’s Design Flaw Let Oil Spill Freely

MARCH 24, 2011 Government-Funded Study Finds Blowout Preventer Couldn’t Handle Worst-Case Scenario in Gulf; BP Gets a Small Boost By BEN CASSELMAN And RUSSELL GOLD BP PLC came within 1.4 inches or less of preventing the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, say engineers studying the safety device that failed in last year’s Gulf […]

A near miss for Shell in the North Sea

By John Donovan Remember the current Shell CEO Fat Cat super critical of BP, claiming the Gulf of Mexico disaster couldn’t happen to Shell with their Utopian well and Utopian standards? It seems it almost did, with an uncanny similarity between events in the North Sea and in the Gulf, the difference being the former […]

Court case involving allegations of racism settled by Shell

The Defendant has gone on wild rampage with Alfred Donovan to consider any wrongdoing done by any Shell company around the world. He then extrapolates from the particular – individual instances of impropriety anywhere in the world – and reaches a general conclusion that the 8 Plaintiffs have been dishonest, engage in criminal conspiracy and […]

Shell Corrib Gas Scandal Continues

TDs unite outside Dáil to back Shell to Sea campaign Tuesday, March 22, 2011 – 04:22 PM Twenty-two TDs gathered at the gates of Leinster House in Dublin today to call on the Government to overturn consents granted by former Minister Pat Carey to Shell E&P Ireland on the day of the recent General Election. […]

Transparency: the only way to do business with despots

The current opacity on how money changes hands has cooked up predictable outcomes. According to Nigeria’s corruption agency, as much as $400-billion (U.S.) in oil cash has been stolen or wasted during the past 50 years… TOBY HEAPS From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail Published Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2011 2:00AM EDT The simultaneously shifting sands under […]

Shell Says Japan Nuclear Accident to Support Long-Term Global Gas Demand

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s largest oil company, said Japan’s nuclear accident will support world natural gas demand in the longer term.

Shell deep-water Gulf plan wins OK, but challenge is likely

…the decision faces an almost-certain legal challenge from conservationists who say the government’s review was weak and that it is acting prematurely by not waiting until it completes a lengthy post-spill environmental study of the Gulf of Mexico that could take until next year.

Shell wins approval to drill new Gulf of Mexico deepwater wells

Royal Dutch Shell has won approval to drill the first new deepwater oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico almost a year after a spill by rival BP halted the industry’s expansion. An offshore crude oil rig platform (left) sits peacefully in the Gulf of Mexico, USA. By contrast, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, is […]

Shell sees Athabasca expansion complete in Q2

CALGARY, Alberta, March 21 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s (RDSa.L: Quote) 100,000 barrel per day expansion of its Athabasca Oil Sands Project in northern Alberta will be fully ramped up in the second quarter, the head of the company’s Canadian unit said on Monday. Lorraine Mitchelmore, president of Shell Canada, said the expansion will […]

Shell drills 17 wells in China, eyes big spend -CEO

BEIJING, March 20 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L: Quote) is drilling 17 wells in China, including for tight gas and shale gas, Chief Executive Peter Voser told Reuters on Sunday. If the drilling is successful, Shell aims to spend $1 billion a year over the next five years on shale gas in China, he […]

Interior Department OKs first new deepwater oil and gas exploration plan since disaster

Published: Monday, March 21, 2011, 2:02 PM By Jonathan Tilove, The Times-Picayune WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Director Michael Bromwich announced Monday that, for the first time since the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the bureau has approved a deepwater oil and gas exploration plan, […]

Karoo residents to block shale-gas bid

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – Mar 21 2011 11:19 A group of Karoo residents and farmers intend to oppose Shell South Africa’s bid to explore for shale gas in the Karoo, Beeld reported on Monday. Derek Light, a lawyer representing about 200 people against gas exploration in the Karoo, on Saturday told a public meeting that the process […]

RDS Energy Lecture Series – Securing Our Energy Future – the Role Of Corrib Gas

Friends Get this to key people around Ireland to participate in this on 24th March – people should attend, disrupting the whole evening with appropriate questions and comments, making it most uncomfortable for Mr Nolan so that it becomes a  time wasting exercise for the enemy, the Bankster Shell  – and also protest outside! Above […]

Some idiot, perhaps a hacker, has inserted a swastika on the Shell logo

20 March 2011 19:05:44 GMT Sir, Some idiot, perhaps a “hacker”,  has inserted a swastika on the Shell logo in pictures at the top of the page in several  locations on your site. I write on the chance that I am the first to notice. Regards, Name and address supplied

Japan nuclear crisis could boost gas -Shell CEO

Sunday March 20, 2011 BEIJING, March 20 (Reuters) – A rethink about nuclear energy after Japan’s earthquake could boost demand for natural gas, the head of Royal Dutch Shell said on Sunday. This would play to Shell’s strength because it produces more gas than oil, Chief Executive Peter Voser told Reuters. But he cautioned that […]

Shell censorship of free speech on the Internet

“I also have doubts about the wisdom of allying yourself so closely and obviously to the Donovans, who seem to have raised Shell-baiting to such a level of vituperation (cleverly mixed with plenty of apparent balance and reasonableness) that it is difficult to see how either side can compromise without losing an unacceptable amount of […]

Shell poised to sell Stanlow oil refinery to Indians in £700m deal

By Tom Mcghie Last updated at 10:15 PM on 19th March 2011 Attractive prospects: Stanlow oil refinery in Cheshire has huge storage depots Shell is to sell its Stanlow oil refinery, the second-biggest in Britain, to fledgling Indian energy giant Essar Energy in a deal worth more than £700 million. The refinery on the 1,900-acre […]

After 100 years, Shell emerges as an oil and gas leader in Canada

Just four years after the merger of Royal Dutch and the Shell Transport and Trading Company, Shell Canada was incorporated in Montreal in 1911 with startup capital of $50,000 and six employees.

Shell leads energy charge

When the company that was to become Shell Canada Ltd. was established in Montreal 100 years ago, on March 21, 1911, the potential for the country’s energy industry was in its infancy, with few aware of the vast resources Canada had locked away.

Shell: Working To Bring Additional Supplies Of LNG Into Japan

LONDON (Dow Jones)–U.K. energy giant Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) said Friday it is working to bring increased supplies of liquefied natural gas to help meet the expected rise in Japanese demand, as the world’s third-largest economy scrambles to cover its power requirements following the shutdown of nuclear plants across the country. Shell said two […]

Shell wants federal order to move quickly on Arctic oil drilling

Patti Epler | Mar 17, 2011 Shell Oil Co. wants a federal judge to speed up the government’s process for dealing with oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea. The oil company on Thursday filed a motion in the ongoing court battle over Lease Sale 193. The company is protesting a schedule set out in an earlier filing […]

Investigation arising from Shell Brent Bravo Explosion

By John Donovan Criminal Investigation arising from Shell Brent Bravo Explosion On 17 March 2011, I sent an email to Mrs Anne Currie (right), the Area Procurator Fiscal for Grampion in Scotland. Its purpose was to find out why the accused company Shell, not the Procurator Fiscal, notified former Shell International Group HSE Auditor, Mr […]

Correspondence with Shell: outcome of corruption investigation

By John Donovan We have published below our recent correspondence with senior officials of Royal Dutch Shell on allegations of corruption involving Shell and the Health and Safety Executive. The allegations arose from the aftermath of the deadly Brent Bravo explosion, which itself resulted from Shell’s notorious “Touch F*** All safety culture on North Sea […]

Letter to Lord Browne from Shell Brent Bravo whistleblower Bill Campbell

“It is my intention, when I update Trade Union officials et al, to inform them that I made you aware of this matter and I would expect Geoffrey, if he has any of that difficult to obtain substance in our modern world, called honour, to apologise for the fact that your were duped and misled.” […]

Royal Dutch Shell plc — 2010 Annual Publications — Simon Henry, Chief Financial Officer


Royal Dutch Shell plc – Strategy Update 2011 — Peter Voser, Chief Executive Officer


Beleaguered BP could make a tempting target for Royal Dutch Shell

Two years on from the biggest shareholder revolt on pay the London market has seen and things are getting back to normal at Royal Dutch Shell. Shell had its moment back in 2004 with its reserves scandal but from 2005 embarked on a reconstruction involving a big increase in investment. Photo: GETTY IMAGES By Damian Reece, […]

Water board torture for Shell Oil Co

The Associated Press March 15, 2011, 10:10PM ET Water board orders Shell to clean up neighborhood LOS ANGELES A California water board has ordered Shell Oil Co. to clean up a Carson neighborhood built on top of an oil storage facility that could hold up to 140 million gallons of crude oil. The Los Angeles […]

Joint Statement by Shell Stanlow refinery parties

Joint Statement from Shell, Essar and the Employee Representatives from the consultation meeting held 14th March 2011 Shell and Essar management have today formally met for the second time to consult with the employee representatives for Stanlow refinery and the associated marketing businesses. This has included sessions with both non-unionised and unionised representatives on general […]

Shell ready to ship extra gas to Japan in wake of tsunami

*SHELL DEALING WITH THE DEVIL AGAIN: Voser insisted the North African dictatorship was ‘still under development and is evolving into democratic structures over time’. And despite saying Libya was ‘rather small for Shell’, he refused to profess any discomfort at the firm’s cosy relationship with Gaddafi, based on a £ 375m exploration deal signed in […]

Shell’s Voser given pay rise of 62 per cent

??By Sarah Arnott Wednesday, 16 March 2011 Peter Voser, the chief executive of Shell, saw his earnings rocket by 62 per cent to $7.3m (£4.5m) last year. The increase reflected his first full year in the top job, but the majority of it came from bonus payments after the oil giant beat its targets for […]

Shell shock at pay deals

Peter Voser, Shell’s chief executive, was last year awarded a bonus of €3.75m – exactly the same amount that so infuriated investors in 2009 Julia Finch: Tuesday 15 March 2011 20.54 GMT Shell chief executive Peter Voser’s pay for 2010 totalled €5.4m. Photograph: Guido Benschop/AFP/Getty Images Less than two years ago, nearly 60% of Shell […]

Cleanup ordered at Carson neighborhood Shell Oil polluted

1:08 p.m. | Molly Peterson | KPCC State water regulators have ordered Shell Oil to clean up and monitor pollution in soil under the Carousel neighborhood of Carson. Testing found benzene and hydrocarbons – chemicals known to cause cancer – four years ago. The neighborhood sits where Shell maintained crude oil in reservoirs for decades. […]

Pay Bonanza for Shell Fat Cats

In the money: chief executive Peter Voser Big bonuses back at Shell as it declares 12% output jump Lucy Tobin 15 Mar 2011 Just two years after Shell faced one of the biggest rebellions ever seen over pay at a FTSE 100 company, the oil major today rewarded chief executive Peter Voser with a 19% […]