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Will disgraced Shell boss Sir Philip Watts be stripped of his knighthood?

POSTING ON SHELL BLOG BY “SirPhil” ON 31 Jan 2012 “Having read that the former RBS-CEO, Fred Goodwin, has been stripped of his knighthood by UK authorities. Makes you wonder if and when Sir Phil Watts will stripped of his one. No doubt Phil’s selfish behaviour at the helm of Shell did more harm to […]

Shell Seen Raising Dividend for First Time Since 2009: Energy

Shell may even go as far as paying a special dividend or buying back shares to maximize shareholder value, according to analysts at Citigroup Inc.

Oil bargaining heads toward wire

Hamilton said the industry, represented by Shell Oil Co., also hasn’t budged on health and safety provisions the union wants in its new three-year contract. By Dan Wallach, [email protected] (409) 838-2876 Published 02:46 p.m., Monday, January 30, 2012 The national oil contract bargaining is heading toward a midnight Tuesday deadline, but the two sides seem far apart […]

Call for Norwegian Government Pension Fund disinvestment in Shell

An eminent group of scientists and professionals have sent a collective communication to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund recommending disinvestment in the oil giant Royal Dutch Shell on ethical grounds. By John Donovan An eminent group of scientists and professionals have sent a collective communication to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund recommending disinvestment in the […]

Sakhalin-2 News

Gazprom Expansion of Sakhalin-2 LNG Plant May Cost $7 Billion January 30, 2012, 5:20 AM EST By Jake Rudnitsky Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) — OAO Gazprom and its partners in the Sakhalin-2 project may decide on expanding their liquefied natural gas plant this year, to add supplies by 2018, said Andrey Galaev, the venture’s chief executive […]

Weaning Royal Dutch Shell off Iranian Oil

By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell CEO Peter Voser is reluctantly considering how best to wean Shell off the supply of blood tainted Iranian oil. Shell is one of the biggest consumers of Iranian oil – see article below. The relationship between Shell and Iran has continued unabated for many years, while the fanatical Iranian […]

Story linking Shell with Jewish skin lamp shades is gutter press

POSTING ON SHELL BLOG BY “LONDONLAD” SAT 28 JAN 2012 I am afraid that there clearly is very little news (i.e. aspects of Shell’s work) for the Donovan’s to rant on about recently. A great deal is re-printed as though it’s new but is merely old stories and anti-Shell propoganda that is old history. Yes, […]

Nigeria to Ask for Compensation From Shell on Bonga Spill

By Vincent Nwanma – Jan 29, 2012 10:36 PM GMT Jan. 29 (Bloomberg)– Nigeria will “soon” ask for compensation for an oil spill from Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s largest oil company, President Goodluck Jonathan said. A spill last month from the 200,000 barrel-a-day Bonga field off Nigeria, which produces nearly 10 percent of […]

Shell’s profits surge 175 per cent to $27.3 billion

Sunday Express Sunday 29 Jan 2012 By Tracey Boles ROYAL Dutch Shell is set to gush full-year profits of $27.3 billion (£17.4 billion) for 2011, a 175 per cent increase in a year. The expected surge in earnings comes despite fourth-quarter profits hurt by lower demand because of the warm winter weather. The results, buoyed […]

Profits at Shell set to anger drivers

Published on Sunday 29 January 2012 00:00 HIGHER annual and quarterly profits from oil heavyweight Royal Dutch Shell are this week expected to ignite the fury of hard-pressed drivers who continue to face near record prices at the petrol pump. But the figures are likely to spell good news for investors as analysts raise the […]

Analyst: Nova Scotia offshore just one of Shell’s interests

January 29, 2012 – 4:35am By JOANN ALBERSTAT Business Reporter Shell’s renewed interest in offshore Nova Scotia is part of a plan to expand its exploration efforts globally, an industry analyst says. Mark Gilman, an oil and gas analyst with the Benchmark Co., said the petroleum giant has been on a lease-buying spree over the […]

Union says U.S. refinery workers strike more likely

By Erwin Seba HOUSTON | Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:16pm EST (Reuters) – The United Steelworkers union warned on Saturday that a strike by U.S. refinery workers as early as 12 a.m. Wednesday was becoming more likely due to “the lack of a more substantive response from the industry.” Union and oil company negotiators have […]

When will Royal Dutch Shell apologize to the Jews?

The Sun newspaper published an article horrifically confirming, following a DNA test, that a lampshade bought at a New Orleans car boot sale is made from human skin. A gruesome relic from Nazi crimes against humanity in the 2nd World War. As the main financier of the Nazis, does Royal Dutch Shell bear any moral […]

Oil industry sees China winning, West losing from Iran sanctions

Peter Voser, chief executive at Royal Dutch Shell, said his company might take some time before suspending purchases… By Dmitry Zhdannikov DAVOS, Switzerland | Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:33am EST (Reuters) – As the European Union prepares to ban Iranian oil and the United States turns the screw on payments, oil executives and policymakers say […]

Shell arch-critic emailed over 400 Royal Dutch Shell senior execs

In a front page lead story in the Financial Times, our site was properly credited with breaking news of the restructuring plans of Peter Voser. FROM OUR ARCHIVE: EXTRACT FROM A RELATED EMAIL MESSAGE SENT BY JOHN DONOVAN TO OVER 400 SENIOR SHELL EXECUTIVES Congratulations! I am writing to offer our best wishes on your […]

Royal Dutch Shell Another 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. […]

Sir Bill’s treatment at Cairn will make every board quake

The giant oil field sold for a song by Shell… it sold its 50% share to Cairn for $7.5 million, now worth billions… James Ashton 24 Jan 2012 The momentum gained by the Government’s war on executive pay meant it was bound to claim some victims. The only surprise is that Sir Bill Gammell has […]

Brunei Inks Production, Investment Pact With Royal Dutch Shell

The fruits of a $500,000 Brunei dollar wedding gift (bribe) given by Shell to the corrupt Brunei Royal Family…? Wednesday, 25 January 2012 06:44 Borneo Bulletin The Hague, Netherlands – The Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Royal Dutch Shell Ltd (RDS) as the shareholders of Brunei Shell […]

Dutch Court Throws Lifeline for Non-US Class Action Lawsuits

The court was used once before in a similar case launched in 2007 against Royal Dutch Shell, when investors resolved their claims for €316 million with the oil giant. Wednesday, January 25, 2012 7:22:02 AM Pension, endowment funds, and other international shareholders have a new avenue of enquiry to seek damages of alleged corporate fraud […]

Oil Grab in Falkland Islands Seen Tripling U.K. Reserves: Energy

The world’s largest oil companies like Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc face a dilemma: whether the potential of a virgin basin outweighs the risk of a worsening international dispute. January 25, 2012, 7:20 AM EST By Brian Swint Jan. 19 (Bloomberg) — Thirty years after Margaret Thatcher fought a 74-day war with […]

Fatally flawed Vax V027 Rapide XL Upright Carpet Cleaner

By John Donovan My low mileage Vax Rapide XL upright carpet washer has come to the end of its life, not because any working part is broken or worn out, but due solely to the fact that it has a fatal design fault. The machine is far too heavy for the handle at the top […]

Davos Delegates Say EU Needs to Show Resolve as Split Over Greece Persists

“We can’t wait too long,” said Peter Voser, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch/Shell Plc. “It’s two minutes before midnight.” By Simon Kennedy and Simone Meier – Jan 25, 2012 12:52 PM GMT Europe must show more resolve to fix the debt crisis as officials race to draft rules governing the euro and bridge widening […]

Spaced out at Royal Dutch Shell

”SPACE, VISION AND STRATEGY”: Sir Philip Watts, disgraced Shell Group Chairman who once donned a space suit at a meeting in Maastricht, Netherlands, in 1998 to pump up his troops. Subsequently a defendant in various US class action law suits arising from his role in reserves fraud ,which cost Shell shareholders almost $1 billion in […]

Ban stops Europe majors trading Iran oil globally

Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:51pm GMT * Total, Shell big buyers of Iranian oil * Firms could declare force majeure in July-lawyer * Switzerland might stall on EU sanctions By Emma Farge ZURICH/BRUSSELS, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The EU is banning not only imports of Iranian oil but also crude purchased by European companies, including […]

MOSOP may permit oil exploration in Ogoniland

TO VIEW THE COMPLETE DRAMATIC GRAPHICS FROM THE UK GUARDIAN ARTICLE ‘UNLOVEABLE SHELL – GODDESS OF OIL’ – CLICK HERE – TAKES SHORT TIME TO LOAD Shell, which until 1993 was the major oil producing company in Ogoni, was forced to leave the area following widespread protest spearheaded by MOSOP over alleged human and environmental […]

Can Big Oil Repeat Its Big Year?

JANUARY 23, 2012 By LIAM DENNING Even today, $1.67 trillion is a lot of money. That is the amount wiped off the combined market capitalization of the top 50 energy companies between the end of 2007 and the end of 2011. Breaking it down offers big clues on Big Oil’s prospects for 2012. Every year, […]

Shell puts extra €90m into Irish subsidiary

The Irish Times – Monday, January 23, 2012 GORDON DEEGAN OIL AND GAS multinational Shell has injected €90 million into its Irish subsidiary to deal with the spiralling costs of the Corrib gas field project. Documents filed with the Companies’ Registration Office show that the global group has pumped the extra money into Shell Ireland. […]

Gazprom and Shell successfully developing cooperation

Royal Dutch Shell CEO Peter Voser (left) and Gazprom Chairman, Alexey Miller Sunday, 22 Jan 2012 The Gazprom headquarters hosted a working meeting between Mr Alexey Miller Chairman of the Company Management Committee and Mr Peter Voser Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell. The parties discussed the issues of bilateral cooperation as part of […]

Pensions anger as even profitable firms cut benefits

Phillip Inman The Observer, Sunday 22 January 2012 When even successful companies such as Shell and Unilever are taking an axe to staff retirement packages, is the outlook bleak for everyone? Unilever, the maker of everything from Pot Noodles to Dove soap, has infuriated its staff by cutting pension payouts – despite being highly profitable. […]

Shell Oil Company dumped toxic chemicals into waterway for over 60 yrs

A Shell Oil Co. refinery dumped wastewater into the bayou for more than 60 years, lacing the mucky bottom with toxic chemicals and heavy metals. DEQ says Bayou Trepagnier, one of state’s most polluted waterways, has been cleaned up NORCO, La. — The state Department of Environmental Quality says one of Louisiana‘s most polluted waterways […]

Heart of darkness at Royal Dutch Shell

The “Rossport Five” were jailed at the specific request of the company, which had obtained compulsory purchase orders for the land in question – the first time in Irish history that such an order was granted to a private company. The five will remain in jail until they undertake not to obstruct the company. (SHELL) […]

Confirmation Corrib first gas date delayed until 2014

By John Donovan The Irish Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Deputy Pat Rabbitte, has stated in response to a parliamentary question asking when product from the Corrib gas fields will be available to the consumer, that it is not possible to state a start date. He went on to say that the construction […]

Developers of Corrib gas pipeline warned over environmental breaches

SHELL EP Ireland has received a written warning from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources over breaches of conditions regarding the construction of its pipeline at its Corrib gas site… The Irish Times – Monday, January 16, 2012 ÁINE RYAN SHELL EP Ireland has received a written warning from the Department of Communications, […]

Shell toxic brands deadly to insects, crop pests AND humans

Note the admission that Shell employees at a drins’ production plant were used as guinea pigs in a related study of carcinogenic properties carried out by the Royal Dutch Group. What’s the betting that they knew nothing about what was going on? By John Donovan Shell pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides The roll call of […]

Bjorn Edlund and Royal Dutch Shell

By John Donovan Late yesterday evening, I sent an email to Mr Michiel Brandjes, Company Secretary and General Counsel Corporate, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and to the CEO of the company, Mr Peter Voser. The email invited comment and correction in relation to a draft article focused on Bjorn Edlund (above right), who in February […]

Malaysian Judge told Shell that they should sue John Donovan in the UK

Dr Huong was buried in multiple injunctions arising from alleged defamatory postings on our website. Shell also attempted to have him committed to prison and was apparently keen that I should become a fellow prisoner, after they gave up trying to lure my father to Malaysia. By John Donovan In 2004, EIGHT companies within the […]

Shell, Tullow Oil to form exploration venture

Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:47am EST * JV to focus on “transformational” plays in Atlantic * Comes as big oil groups boost exploration spend By Tom Bergin LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell is teaming up with independent explorer Tullow Oil to explore for oil in the Atlantic, in a sign the biggest […]

Shell pays $25 million to settle royalty claims

WASHINGTON, Jan 17, 2012 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has paid $25 million to the U.S. government to resolve claims that the company underpaid royalties on federal offshore oil and gas leases, the U.S. Interior Department said on Tuesday. WASHINGTON, Jan 17, 2012 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has paid $25 million to the U.S. […]

Fall out from Royal Dutch Shell flouting of discrimination ruling

During the meeting, the manager confirmed on behalf of Shell their intention not to comply with the ruling from the Equal Treatment Commission. The main reasons for the meeting/interrogation were to clarify: 1. Where did John Donovan get his information for the article? 3. Was there a security issue? Above are extracts from this article […]

Shell to open business hubs on petrol forecourts

New initiative set to fuel start-up growth 16 January 2012 14:31 by Georgina-Kate Adams British entrepreneurs may soon be able to switch off their car engines and start up a business, as mobile business lounges are set to appear on petrol forecourts across the country. The purpose-built hubs, provided by oil giant Shell in tandem […]

Shell, Petronas Sign Contracts For Two Malaysian Oil Projects

JANUARY 16, 2012 SINGAPORE (Dow Jones)–Oil major Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) said Monday it has signed two production-sharing contracts with Malaysia’s state-owned oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Bhd. for enhanced oil recovery projects offshore Sarawak and Sabah. The two companies had agreed in November to jointly develop the oil fields in Malaysia using […]

Damage still reverberating from Royal Dutch Shell reserves scandal

By John Donovan The Guardian reports today that several hundred senior scientists employed by Shell at the Thornton Research Centre in Cheshire “will be scattered to other offices” in what is described as a more general retreat by Shell from the UK. Shell staff, who are said to be “seething,” apparently believe the retreat from […]

Shell ends the ‘final salary era’

The news… was quietly posted on the Shell pensioners’ website just before Christmas… read more

Shell to shut its main UK research base and transfer its work overseas

Hundreds of scientists to be relocated as oil multinational aims to shift most research and development work to Germany by 2014… Shell staff told the Guardian privately that they were “seething”… Terry Macalister:, Sunday 15 January 2012 15.12 GMT Shell, led by Peter Voser, is to close its technology centre in Thornton, Cheshire. Photograph: […]

Shell Make Money promotion wrangle (Information from our archive)

My son John Donovan (centre), Chairman of Don Marketing, with two fellow DM directors John Chambers (left) and Roger Sotherton (right), at the launch of the UK Make Money promotion in 1983 Printed below is the background information relating to an article published by Forecourt Trader in January 1995. By Alfred Donovan Our High Court […]

Refiners, Union Leaders to Begin Contract Negotiations Next Week

By Barbara Powell – Jan 13, 2012 1:22 PM GMT Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and leaders of the union representing workers at 69 U.S. oil refineries will begin negotiating a new three-year labor contract Jan. 17 to avoid a work stoppage that could disrupt plant operations. The current contract between oil refiners and 30,000 […]

Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plan Clears Hurdle

By CLIFFORD KRAUSS: January 13, 2012 A Royal Dutch Shell vessel surveying for oil reserves in the Arctic in preparation for drilling. Photo: Shell Oil Royal Dutch Shell has been on a six-year crusade to drill in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast, and has spent about $4 billion on the effort so far without drilling […]

Shell leader expects Arctic offshore drilling this year

By Emily Pickrell, HOUSTON CHRONICLE Published Thursday, January 12, 2012 Shell Oil Co. expects to clear remaining regulatory hurdles and begin drilling later this year in the Chukchi Sea near Alaska, company President Marvin Odum said at a scientific conference on Thursday. Shell received conditional federal approval last month to drill six exploratory wells in the […]

EPA board rejects appeal of Shell Arctic permit

By DAN JOLING, Associated Press 13 January 2012 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell’s quest to drill exploratory wells in Arctic waters has received a boost with the affirmation that its federal air permits for the Chukchi Sea were properly granted. The EPA Appeals Board on Thursday rejected challenges to the air permits brought […]

Hostile website domain names

Shell in their sights …. Royal Dutch Shell online critics John and Alfred Donovan outside the Shell Centre in London October 2009. Photograph: Graham Turner for Guardian newspaper article By John Donovan An article published in the Financial Times on 12 January 2012 reported that the Blackstone Group has been using a brand protection firm […]

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