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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. EMAIL SENT BY JOHN DONOVAN TO MR MICHIEL BRANDJES, COMPANY SECRETARY & GENERAL […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shell gets injunction for Arctic drill ships

The Associated Press March 29, 2012, 7:10PM ET ANCHORAGE, Alaska 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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. FULL ARTICLE

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 “oldwhitemale” on Mar 26th, 2012 I recently read on this website about the employee at Motiva Port Arthur who has a pending lawsuit against Motiva […]

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 […]

Shameless, unrepentant and corrupt, Bertie Ahern

So there you have it. An Irish Prime Minister who has a track record of corruption associated with planning matters and a greedy ruthless oil giant, also with a track record of corruption. A true meeting of like minds. By John Donovan Earlier today the The Mail Online reported an announcement by the corrupt, disgraced […]

Shell scrambles to pay huge bill for Iran oil

“Shell is working hard to figure out a way to pay NIOC,” said an industry source, who requested anonymity. “It’s very sensitive and very difficult. They want to stay on good terms with Iran, while abiding by sanctions.” By Richard Mably and Peg Mackey LONDON | Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:18am BST (Reuters) – Royal […]

Shell Job Application Farce

Shell has been prepared to put up with the ignominy of its “No1 Enemy” receiving private communications meant for the company. Several years ago Mr Michiel Brandjes (right), Company Secretary & General Counsel Corporate, gave us written permission to vet incoming mail on behalf of Shell, using our discretion to remove and destroy what we […]

Shell Sued in U.K. Over ’Massive’ 2008 Nigerian Oil Spills

By Erik Larson – Mar 23, 2012 5:02 PM GMT A unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s largest oil company, was sued in Britain by 11,000 Nigerians who say their land, rivers and wetlands were spoiled by two “massive” spills in the Niger River delta in 2008. The lawsuit against Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary […]

Toxic pay spotlight shifts beyond bank bosses

Whatever the measure, some question whether a CEO deserves the credit for the outcomes for which he or she is rewarded. Peter Voser, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, Europe’s largest company by market capitalization, enjoyed a doubling in his pay in 2011 to 11.7 million euros, largely thanks to a three-year bonus scheme linked to cashflow.

However, the rise in cashflow was tied to three giant projects sanctioned by Voser’s predecessor, Jeroen van der Veer – who famously declared that he would not have performed any better or worse had he been paid more or less – and devised by van der Veer’s predecessor, Phil Watts.

Nigerians sue Shell in London over Delta pollution

Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:46pm EDT * Multi-million-dollar claim filed for 11,000 Nigerians * Shell accepts responsibility for two spills in 2008 * Says it cleaned up but criminals caused more pollution * Case could set precedents for other oil companies By Estelle Shirbon LONDON, March 23 (Reuters) – A group of 11,000 Nigerians launched […]

Concerns over ‘insanity’ of Shell South Africa fracking plans

Western Cape, South Africa (CNN) — South Africa has an energy deficit on its hands. Too many people want fuel for their cars and electricity for their homes, and the country is struggling to keep up with demand. To help ease this perceived crisis the big companies want to start drilling for natural gas using […]

11,000 Nigerians sue Shell in London Courts today, Friday 23 March 2012

“It is hard to believe that Shell would have acted in this way if a spill had occurred in any of their other pipelines on other continents. I have little doubt that in the minds of the Shell executives there is one law for Africa and another law for the rest of the world.” By […]

Shell’s Lawsuit Against Environmental Organizations Courts Disaster

…Shell also settled a case charging them with collaborating with the Niger military to kill environmental activists who led the protests. Shell is suing 12 environmental organizations to preempt legal challenges to exploration in the Arctic Ocean. The environmental groups include, among others, the Center for Biological Diversity, the National Audubon Society, Oceana (full disclosure: […]

Southern Illinois village takes on Shell over pollution claims

By Associated Press 10:48 a.m. CDT, March 21, 2012 EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A village in southern Illinois is suing Shell, ConocoPhillips and a local refinery, alleging they released millions of pounds of cancer-causing pollutants.The (Alton) Telegraph reports ( ) the lawsuit was filed in Madison County on Tuesday on behalf of the village of […]

Corporate Social Responsibility – what it really means

…if Shell had been treating an oil field in the U.S. or Europe in the way that it has its assets in the Niger Delta, where 2,000 major spillage sites have never been cleaned up, then the political and media fallout would be similar to what BP is now struggling with in the United States. […]

U.S. Gulf Fuel Rises After Texas Refinery Reports Outage

By Aaron Clark – Mar 21, 2012 8:34 PM GMT U.S. Gulf Coast gasoline strengthened after Motiva Enterprises LLC reported a power failure at its Port Arthur refinery in Texas. “Operations followed stabilize, slow down, and shutdown procedures to minimize emissions” after an electrical storm knocked out power, the company said in a filing with […]

Local Push Global Pull: The Untold History of the Athabaska Oil Sands

CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE Dear John I have in the past viewed your web site and have always found the items interesting.  Thus, I am being so bold to tell you about a book that I have written on the early oil sands history in which I have included a chapter devoted to Royal […]

Shell Tramples Our Civil Rights

Yesterday, in a small courtroom in Alaska, David met Goliath once again. Greenpeace USA’s small team of lawyers came face to face with representatives from Shell, the multinational oil company seeking one of the broadest legal injunctions ever sought against an entirely peaceful environmental group. The judge’s decision will resonate far beyond Anchorage and help […]

Royal Dutch Shell in Deal for China Shale Gas

March 21, 2012 By WAYNE MA BEIJING—Royal Dutch Shell RDSB -1.33% PLC has signed the first-ever production-sharing contract to explore, develop and produce shale gas in China, a move that fits in with China’s overall strategy to bring technical and operational know-how to the development of its untapped reserves of the unconventional fuel. Although Shell didn’t […]

Shell to pay $25M to Nigerian communities

Published: March. 20, 2012 at 10:39 PM OSHODI, Nigeria, March 20 (UPI) — Shell Petroleum Development Co. was ordered by a Nigerian court to pay more than $25 million to five communities in Imo state for a 1997 oil spill. The communities sued Shell for compensation for immediate direct losses to their means of livelihood […]

Globalization of class action lawsuits

From the outset of the litigation, Lead Counsel used our website to generate witnesses and evidence, including important information from Dr John Huong, the Shell production geologist who blew the whistle on the reserves fraud. By John Donovan In January 2006, a U.S. Federal Judge set a deadline of 1st March 2006, to find […]

Sueddeutsche Zeitung article on Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com

I am described as having a stately stomach and accurately combed hair over a bald head. So we know that the journalist in question is unbiased, fearless, and truthful. By John Donovan On Saturday 17 March 2012 the largest broadsheet German daily national newspaper, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, published a whole page article by the journalist Christoph […]

Plaintiff in suit against Shell dies

Disher’s complaint alleges that Shell has known about the dangers of benzene causing cancer for decades but, despite its knowledge, publicly minimized and hid the dangers. Shell has denied the key allegations in the suit but acknowledges that benzene in certain amounts may be a carcinogen. By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT March 19, 2012 6:57 PM […]

An open wound for Shell

Some Shell employees complained on their website that a “Swiss Mafia” is running the group. Meanwhile, staff flocked to to attack the groups management. Influential? you bet. The Donovans and their blog are regularly quoted in the mainstream media? no doubt that the father-and-son team is an ongoing headache for Shell. By John […]

Shell steps up gas production, despite North American hurdles

Shawn Mccarthy — GLOBAL ENERGY REPORTER, OTTAWA— From Monday’s Globe and Mail 19 March 2012 Royal Dutch Shell PLC is doubling-down on its natural gas bet, despite a depressed North American market that has seen many producers shut in production. The international oil company is the world’s premier gas company, producing and shipping more of […]

Royal Dutch Shell’s No1 Enemy

The article says that the content of an email sent to President Pution in Moscow was explosive and that the leaked information, which cost Shell its majority stake in the Sakhalin 2 project, came from me, John Donovan. By John Donovan On Saturday 17 March 2012 the largest broadsheet German daily national newspaper, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, […]

Brazil to charge Chevron executives over fresh oil leak

Brazilian prosecutors say they will bring criminal charges against 17 executives from the US oil company Chevron and drilling contractor Transocean after a new leak of crude. 18 March 2012 Brazilian prosecutors say they will bring criminal charges against 17 executives from the US oil company Chevron and drilling contractor Transocean after a new leak […]

BP and Shell fight over African oil find

Italian search for partner to drill massive field off Mozambique attracts biggest energy players Mark Leftly: SUNDAY 18 MARCH 2012 BP and Royal Dutch Shell are looking at a $4bn (£2.5bn) stake in a gas field in Mozambique, a sale that would confirm East Africa as the hottest growth area in world energy. Eni, the […]