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Posts from ‘March, 2012’

Chinese Whispers about the death of a Hakluyt agent

The fact that Mr Heywood worked for Hakluyt (the corporate intelligence firm closely linked with Shell), is said to be seen by some as a clue to his untimely death. Titled Shell directors were the ultimate spymasters and major shareholders in Hakluyt.


Dear Mr Brandjes

I am sure you will be aware of the recent articles concerning sinister events in China.

Today, BBC News published an article: China arrests over coup rumours

Almost all of the articles contain a reference to Mr Neil Heywood, the 41 year old Englishmen found dead in mysterious circumstances at a hotel in the Chinese city, Chongqing.

The Telegraph published a related article earlier today under the headline: ‘I think Neil Heywood was killed… everyone’s scared’. read more

Shell’s Alaska Plan Doesn’t Eliminate Spill Risks, GAO Says

By Katarzyna Klimasinska – Mar 30, 2012 9:00 PM GMT+0100

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s plan for oil drilling off Alaska’s north coast fails to deal with some risks linked to operating in the remote region, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said.

The federal watchdog’s comment strengthens calls from environmental groups, such as the Natural Resources Defense Council and Alaskan native people, that have been urging President Barack Obama’s administration to delay Arctic oil exploration. read more

GAO finds Arctic offshore-drilling risks despite toughened oversight

Congressional auditors say in a newly released report that oil giant Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast will present environmental risks, despite the company’s plans to prevent and contain accidents.

By Ben Geman – 03/30/12 01:26 PM ET

Congressional auditors say in a newly released report that oil giant Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast will present environmental risks, despite the company’s plans to prevent and contain accidents.

The Government Accountability Office, in a wider report on Interior Department offshore regulation, concludes that federal officials will face “challenges” providing “sufficient oversight.” read more

Shell gets injunction for Arctic drill ships

The Associated Press March 29, 2012, 7:10PM ET


A federal judge has ordered representatives of Greenpeace USA to stay a kilometer away from Shell Oil’s drilling vessels destined for Arctic Ocean waters off Alaska’s northern shores.

The 29-page order signed Wednesday by Judge Sharon Gleason in Anchorage grants a preliminary injunction requested by Shell through Oct. 31, the end of the open water drilling season. A 500-meter safety zone is in place for support vessels. read more

The man who shook Shell

By Clémence Grison (paris): 29.03.2012

John Donovan, who worked with Shell, reveals damaging information on the oil giant. This personal revenge has already cost the Anglo-Dutch company billions of dollars.

John Donovan, 64, is a meticulous man and very knowledgeable. For several years he has spent most of his time on what he describes as his “super-hobby”: the website with scoops on the evils of the multinational.

We simply ask the leaders of Shell to respect the principles they claim to honor already. read more

Village Claims Shell Oil Ruined Its Water

Roxana, a village of 1,550 in Southern Illinois, claims in court that a Shell oil refinery contaminated the village’s water and soil with benzene levels as much as 26,000 times greater than allowed by state law.

By JOE HARRIS: Thursday, March 29, 2012

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (CN) – Roxana, a village of 1,550 in Southern Illinois, claims in court that a Shell oil refinery contaminated the village’s water and soil with benzene levels as much as 26,000 times greater than allowed by state law.

The Village of Roxana sued Shell Oil, Equilon Enterprises dba Shell Oil Products, ConocoPhillips, WRB Refining, Cenovus GPO and affiliates, in Madison County Court.

Roxana says the pollution comes from Shell’s Wood River refinery. read more

Thieves steal £2.8bn of oil out of Shell’s pipelines in Niger Delta

By Rob Davies In Port Harcourt, Nigeria: PUBLISHED: 20:59, 28 March 2012 |

Thieves siphoned up to $4.5bn (£2.8bn) of oil out of Shell’s pipelines in the Niger Delta last year, in a worsening epidemic that threatens to overwhelm efforts to reduce oil spills.

‘Bunkering’ – the industry term for stealing oil from pipelines – resulted in lost production of up to 100,000 barrels per day last year.

The sheer scale of the problem means SPDC – Shell’s joint venture with the Nigerian government – is losing more oil to bunkering than is produced by countries such as Tunisia and Ukraine. read more

Want to buy some oil wells?

By John Donovan

Its another normal day at the Donovan household in Colchester.

One party who contacted me offered to sell us some oil wells.

Another asked us to provide a Well Completion Update.

A few days ago, one of the job applications we received was for the Shell Spy police in Nigeria. Applicant submitted an impressive CV.

Also received many business propositions from China.

Shell seems perfectly relaxed about the Donovans acting on their behalf in handling these matters and it all keeps life interesting for us. read more

US To Approve Shell’s Alaska Oil Spill Response Plan – Interior Secretary

Published March 28, 2012 Dow Jones Newswires

WASHINGTON –  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday the department would approve Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDSA, RDSA.LN) oil-spill response plan for exploratory oil wells in the Beaufort Sea this summer, a move the company called “another major milestone” toward drilling there this summer.

Salazar, speaking at a press conference about Atlantic Ocean energy development, said the approval would come later Wednesday as part of the Obama administration’s effort to support oil and gas development as well as renewable energy. read more

Peter Voser, the boss of Shell, got just over £10m

One of the standout features of the pay of boardroom bosses for 2011 is the number who seem to be at or near the £10m mark for their take-home packages.

For example, Peter Voser, the boss of Shell, got just over £10m while Marjorie Scardino, the chief executive of Pearson, received £9.6m.


John Donovan, Shell’s nightmare

Picture Caption: John Donovan in 2009. On his website, this former adman has posted more than 25,000 items on oil giant Shell.

Thanks to a network of “moles” inside the company, this early retiree from Britain is posting on his website reports on shortcomings inside the world’s largest oil group. It’s a dogged pursuit that has already cost the Anglo-Dutch giant several billions.

Christoph Giesen

The enemy is on his way. Waking early, he drives to London, leaves the car around the corner in a parking garage, and heads to York Road and the entrance of the Shell Centre, the headquarters of the most powerful oil company in the world. The Centre is a huge gray concrete block right by the River Thames. When the oil executives look out their windows, they see the British Parliament and the London Eye, Europe’s largest Ferris wheel. And now and then, peering down at the entrance, they can see John Donovan, the early retiree from Colchester in East Anglia. The man who is costing Shell billions. read more

Elgin platform gas leak: Shell evacuates Shearwater

The BBC understands workers were told ‘this is not a drill’, before being evacuated

26 March 2012 Last updated at 20:18

Elgin platform gas leak: Shell evacuates Shearwater.

Oil workers have been removed from a second platform and drilling rig in the North Sea because of safety concerns.

A gas leak near a rig 150 miles (240km) off Aberdeen led to the evacuation of the Elgin platform on Sunday.

Now Shell has moved 85 non-essential staff from a nearby platform Shearwater platform and Hans Deul drilling rig because of the drifting gas.

The oil giant said the move was a “precautionary measure” because of drifting gas. read more

Motiva designates its attorney as an expert in age discrimination suit

3/26/2012 1:28 PM By David Yates

Motiva has designated its attorney as an expert witness concerning attorney’s fees in an age discrimination suit set to go to trial in June.

As previously reported, Tyler resident Kurt Floersheim filed suit against his former employer, Motiva Enterprises, on April 15, 2011, in Jefferson County District Court, alleging he was laid off so that two younger men could replace him.

Motiva, represented by attorney Robert Hambright of the Orgain, Bell & Tucker law firm in Beaumont, designated Hambright as an expert to testify on attorney’s fees on March 22, court records show. read more

Shell Arctic icebreaker christened in Louisiana shipyard

Elizabeth Itta, a 12-year-old from Nuiqsut, christened Shell's 360-foot-long icebreaker Aiviq on Saturday in Louisiana. The vessel will soon be headed to Alaska as part of the company's plans to drill four exploratory wells in July.

Age discrimination at Shell Motiva Port Arthur Refinery?

They would target the individuals they wanted to get rid of and then they would pressure them to accept the severance package.

FROM A POSTING ON OUR SHELL BLOG BY “oldwhitemaleon Mar 26th, 2012

I recently read on this website about the employee at Motiva Port Arthur who has a pending lawsuit against Motiva Port Arthur for age discrimination.

I’ve seen Motiva Norco use this same practice for years. The people that were usually offered severance packages were white male employees over 50 years old. They informed them that they were poor performers or redundant in their job position and that if they didn’t accept the severance package they would likely be terminated at a later date and not be offered the severance package. read more

Shell Asia fuel oil head quits, 2nd in a year – sources

By Yaw Yan Chong

SINGAPORE | Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:48am BST

(Reuters) – The team leader of oil major Royal Dutch Shell’s Asia fuel oil trading desk has left the company to join European trader Vitol, the second team leader to do so in a year, industry sources said on Friday.

Dominique Laborde resigned from his position last week, and is currently serving three months of gardening leave, an industry practice where traders are paid to stay away from the market for a certain period of time for confidentiality reasons. He is expected to start in Vitol’s U.S. office around the middle of the year, they added. read more