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Mysterious email to Sakhalin Energy

By John Donovan I have printed below extracts from a mysterious email, partly in English and partly in Russian, circulated to a number of people at Sakhalin Energy earlier today, with a copy supplied to us. it seems to have been sent by a disgruntled employee (an interpreter/translator?) and has a sinister aspect with a […]

Pennsylvania Senate passes tax credit for petrochemical plants

Published: Saturday, June 30, 2012, 8:43 a.m. HARRISBURG — The Senate on Friday night approved legislation to set up a state tax credit for a company considering building a multibillion-dollar petrochemical plant in Beaver County. Under the bill, approved 43-6, the credit would be available to Royal Dutch Shell plc and other so-called cracker plants and […]

Senator: Arctic drilling a political win for Obama

By Ben Geman – 06/29/12 03:11 PM ET The Obama administration’s expected approval of Royal Dutch Shell’s plan to drill in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast this summer is a political plus for President Obama, according to Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), an advocate of the project. FULL ARTICLE

Greenpeace ships shadow drilling vessels to Arctic

Originally published Friday, June 29, 2012 at 1:45 PM Greenpeace ships shadow drilling vessels to Arctic Greenpeace is shadowing two Shell drilling vessels that left Seattle to start their journey to the Arctic this week. The Associated Press KODIAK, Alaska — Greenpeace is shadowing two Shell drilling vessels that left Seattle to start their journey […]

Nigerian President Petitioned Through the Nigerian Embassy in USA to Clean Ogoniland

Dear John, Please see and use Nigerian Embassy protest pictures with the petition to the Nigerian president. In first pic is Ben Ikari speaking to the officials of the Embassy which include the number two man to the ambassador and embassy spokesperson. The other pictures have Ogonis: Messrs. Zor Court, Lawrence Maeba Jr., Bright Nwideezua […]

Shell the brand most targeted by activist

Shell Most Targeted By Activists Finds Global NGO Monitor Arun Sudhaman 29 Jun 2012 LONDON–Shell has become the brand most targeted by activist groups, according to a digital service that tracks NGO campaigns worldwide. Sigwatch, which monitors more than 4,000 activist groups globally, is expanding its service via a new website that provides a greater […]

Shell rigs and support vessels Alaska-bound; wins 2 legal issues

Week of July 01, 2012 A caravan of ships departed the Seattle-area on June 27 en route to Alaska, where they appear increasingly likely to conduct an offshore exploration campaign for Shell. The Kulluk and Noble Discoverer drilling rigs and a fleet of support vessels left Seattle, Wash., around 6:30 a.m. Alaska time, bound for […]

Shell eyes Mackenzie Valley Canol shale oil play

HOUSTON, June 29 06/29/2012 By OGJ editors Shell Canada Energy has taken a farmout from MGM Energy Corp., Calgary, to earn an interest in MGM’s 466B exploration license in the Central Mackenzie Valley of Canada’s Northwest Territories by funding the drilling of one or two wells in the Devonian Canol shale oil play. Shell has […]

Nigeria says arrests oil pipeline bomber

YENAGOA, Nigeria | Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:56pm EDT (Reuters) – Nigerian authorities said on Friday they had arrested the leader of a network of crude oil thieves in the Niger Delta responsible for several pipeline bombings against oil majors including Shell and ENI. Nigeria is the world’s eighth biggest exporter of crude oil but […]

Gazprom to study LNG output expansion for Asia

By Vladimir Soldatkin and Melissa Akin MOSCOW | Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:13pm IST (Reuters) – Gazprom said it had agreed to a feasibility study to expand Russia’s only liquefied natural gas plant, a victory for its partner Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L), which has urged the state-run gas monopoly to seize a market opportunity in […]

Greenpeace fights Shell Arctic plan

Financial Times June 29, 2012 7:20 pm In February, as Royal Dutch Shell was finalising its protracted plans to start exploring for oil off the coast of Alaska, Greenpeace members from around the world were meeting in Buenos Aires to figure out how to stop it. FULL ARTICLE

Shell talks on Shtokman, Sakhalin unconnected: Gazprom

MOSCOW | Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:30pm BST (Reuters) – Talks with Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) on a potential role for the Anglo-Dutch major in the Shtokman gas field consortium are not linked to talks on expanding the Sakhalin-2 gas liquefaction plant, Gazprom’s head of export said on Friday. “They are not connected,” Alexander Medvedev […]

More on Poo Gas

More on Poo Gas from the same source as the article: Why can’t those geniuses at Shell think of something like this? John I decided to play a few number games… Consider the scenario where 1 cu ft. of Poo Gas methane can be generated from the average human’s daily discharge of Loo-Poo. There are […]

Gazprom to study LNG output expansion for Asia

Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:36pm EDT * Progress is success for partner Shell * Gazprom head of export acknowledges Shell talks on Shtokman role * Putin has urged Gazprom to push ahead with LNG strategy By Vladimir Soldatkin and Melissa Akin MOSCOW, June 29 (Reuters) – Gazprom said it had agreed to a feasibility study […]

Scarcely a whimper as Shell votes for unification

Financial Times: Scarcely a whimper as Shell votes for unification Wednesday 29 June 2005 By Ian Bickerton in Scheveningen Dutch shareholders bade farewell to nearly a century of history in less than 45 minutes on Tuesday, overwhelmingly approving the unification of Royal Dutch and Shell, the two arms of the energy group. Shortly afterwards shareholders […]

FINAL SHELL TRANSPORT AGM started and ended to refrain of Bing Crosby crooning: You can be sure of Shell

ARTICLE FROM OUR 2005 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE (MICHAEL HOLLIDAY VERSION OF THE SHELL SONG) The Shell Transport FINAL AGM resulting from the reserves scandal, started and ended to the refrain of Bing Crosby crooning: “You can be sure of Shell”: Wednesday 29 June 2005 By John Donovan Editor, Shell’s marathon AGM was held […]


UPDATE FROM DELTA RIGHTS GROUP OF 115 FORMER SHELL NIGERIA EMPLOYEES Information supplied to John Donovan Hi John, Find attached the Names of the NECONDE 115. For confidentiality, we pulled out their surnames. Their full names and surnames have been forwarded to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for his info and action. […]

MOTIVA REFINERY DEBACLE: Caustic – the same thing that blew up Norco. Unbelievable

Might as well melt it all down and start over… CAUSTIC COMMENTS ON MOTIVA REFINERY DEBACLE FIRST COMMENT (FROM SHELL BLOG) Re: Motiva Refinery Debacle – Unbelievable. Lock-out, Tag-out, the most basic safety rule, strikes again. The same thing that blew-up Piper Alpha. Caustic – the same thing that blew up Norco. Unbelievable. And Caustic […]

Classic International concert REAPS what Shell sponsorship sows.

LONDON RISING TIDE PROTEST AT SHELL GREENWASHING Hot on the heels of their appearance at the Shell vs. Bodo case at the High Court, activists from London Rising Tide, staged a protest in and outside the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 23rd June, highlighting the greenwashing of shell’s tardy image through cultural sponsorship in their […]

Shell joins MGM in NWT shale oil play Calgary junior’s stock rises after farming out to major

By Dan Healing, Calgary Herald June 28, 2012 CALGARY — Shares in Calgary junior MGM Energy Corp. leaped by as much as 45 per cent on Thursday morning after it announced it had signed Shell Canada to help explore an oil play in the Northwest Territories. The company’s stock rose seven cents to 22.5 cents […]

Shell repeats commitment to end Nigeria gas flaring by 2008


Recent seismic (earthquake) activity in the area of the Beaufort Sea where Shell’s concession lies

FROM A SHELL RELATED EXPERT SOURCE (Alarming information supplied to John Donovan) John The attach file highlights a number of known hazards which Shell will need to address in their Arctic drilling and development work. One such hazard is highlighted on a map showing recent seismic (earthquake) activity in the area of the Beaufort Sea […]

Shell rigs start journeys to Arctic

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: Updated 10:59 p.m., Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Two Shell Oil Co. drilling rigs have begun their long treks to Arctic waters, where they are expected to begin boring five exploratory oil wells later this summer. The departure marks a final phase in Shell’s seven-year quest to drill in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas […]

Shell drill rigs depart Seattle for Arctic waters in Alaska

By LISA DEMER Anchorage Daily News Published: June 27th, 2012 09:29 PM Last Modified: June 27th, 2012 09:30 PM Two massive Shell Oil Co. drilling rigs left a Seattle dock early Wednesday, starting the long trek to Alaska’s Arctic waters and leaving behind years of legal battles and regulatory hurdles in a quest for riches […]

Appeals court rejects arguments against new wells

Posted on Wednesday, 06.27.12 The Associated Press ATLANTA — A federal appeals court has rejected arguments by a coalition of environmental groups, who maintain that U.S. regulators failed to thoroughly review the potential dangers of drilling new deep wells in the Gulf of Mexico. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision supports a federal […]

Shell extends offer for explorer Cove Energy again

Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:40am EDT * Shell extends deadline for shareholder acceptances to July 11 * Cove shares continue to trade 10 percent above PTT’s offer price * Analyst says still expects Shell to return with higher bid * Shell has until July 17 to launch higher offer LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) – Oil […]

Shell stance on Human Rights: hypocrisy and window dressing for the gullible

John I have provided links to a couple of Shell documents on the subject of Business and Human Rights. Hypocrisy and window dressing for the gullible. HUMAN RIGHTS DILEMMAS – A SHELL TRAINING SUPPLEMENT BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS: A Management Primer

Hydrogen Generation

HYDROGEN POWERED VEHICLE John, I have supplied links to articles detailing Shell’s investment in hydrogen generation R&D. Shell Announces $1 Million Research Project to Ohio State … Alternate Fuel Shell Hydrogen And links to related articles: Nuclear power plants can produce hydrogen to fuel the ‘hydrogen … New Way To Split Water Into Hydrogen And […]


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Arctic approval ‘probable’ for Shell

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy Published 09:55 p.m., Tuesday, June 26, 2012 United States secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, speaks during a conference in Trondheim, Norway, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. The conference is centered on the management and use of natural resources in arctic areas. (AP Photo/Ned Alley / NTB scanpix) NORWAY OUT Photo: Alley, Ned […]

Outside auditors could go offshore for drilling safety

By Emily Pickerell Updated 10:33 p.m., Tuesday, June 26, 2012 An industry safety clearinghouse formed after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is about to kick off a program for certifying outside auditors that the government soon may require to examine offshore operators’ safety plans. Charlie Williams, executive director of the Houston-based Center for Offshore Safety, […]

Oil, Gas Producers Look to Expand Arctic Exploration

Updated June 26, 2012, 12:02 p.m. ET By KJETIL MALKENES HOVLAND and ANNA MOLIN TRONDHEIM, Norway—Two of the world’s major oil and gas producing nations, bolstered by big Arctic discoveries in recent years, are looking to further develop one of the world’s most remote regions as a more vibrant hub of exploration. Norway plans to […]

The Observer: Ethical funds dump Shell shares

FROM OUR 2004 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE The Observer: Ethical funds dump Shell shares Nick Mathiason and Oliver Morgan Sunday June 27, 2004 Leading institutions are selling shares in Shell over concerns about the way the company deals with environmental issues associated with its activities in Africa, the United States and Sakhalin Island off the Russian […]

Shell Is Likely to Receive Permits for Oil Drilling Off Alaska

By JOHN M. BRODER A version of this article appeared in print on June 27, 2012, on page A14 of the New York edition WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday that it was “highly likely” that the agency would grant Shell permits to begin drilling exploratory wells off the North Slope of Alaska […]

Shell, others to turn U.K. refinery into terminal

 June 26, 2012, 1:27 p.m. EDT Shell, others to turn U.K. refinery into terminal By Konstantin Rozhnov Royal Dutch Shell PLC RDS.A +0.77% , Royal Vopak NV and Greenergy Ltd. have agreed to buy the majority of the assets of the Petroplus Holdings AG’s Coryton refinery in England to turn it into an import and […]

Deal struck over sale of Coryton oil refinery site

26 June 2012 Last updated at 19:01 Hundreds of job losses have been confirmed in a deal that will see one of UK’s biggest oil refineries become a storage depot. Administrators PwC said the site in Coryton, Essex, would become an “import terminal” for petrol and diesel. The site will be operated by Royal Vopak, […]

Shell Alaska Drilling to Start in Third Quarter, U.S. Says

By Stephen Treloar and Katarzyna Klimasinska – Jun 26, 2012 3:32 PM GMT+0100 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) will begin drilling off Alaska’s north coast in the third quarter, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said as he outlined U.S. plans to advance Arctic energy production. “We anticipate that there will be exploration with the initial wells […]

Stranded natural gas reserves

FROM A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR The world has vast volumes of what is called ‘stranded’ natural gas. This is gas that is not considered economically exploitable for a variety of reasons. As a consequence this type of gas is usually ‘flared’, i.e., burned, at the well site, although a small amout of it is utilized one […]

Why can’t those geniuses at Shell think of something like this?

FROM A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR John, Thought you might like this article. New Toilet Turns Human Waste Into Electricity and Fertilizer‎‏ Why can’t those geniuses at Royal Dutch Shell think of something like this ??? Maybe RD Shell needs to invest in the Loo market. Think of all the natural gas that can be generated and […]

Shell Plans $3.5 Billion Nigeria Gas Plant, ThisDay Reports

By Elisha Bala-Gbogbo – Jun 26, 2012 9:20 AM GMT+0100 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s Nigerian unit plans to build a $3.5 billion gas plant in the southeastern Imo state, Lagos-based ThisDay reported, citing Mutiu Sunmonu, Shell’s chairman in Nigeria. To contact the reporter on this story: Elisha Bala-Gbogbo in Abuja at [email protected] To contact […]

Court To Allow Shell to Drill in Gulf of Mexico

The Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday threw out a petition by Defenders of Wildlife and Gulf Restoration Network to halt Shell Oil’s latest exploration plan to drill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management had approved Shell’s plan, or “Shell EP,” to conduct drilling in ten exploratory wells […]

Shell to Start Drilling Offshore French Guyana This Week -Report

Published June 25, 2012 Dow Jones Newswires Shell France, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB), will as soon as this week start drilling exploration wells off the coasts of French Guyana that are believed to harbor promising oil reserves, its Chief Executive Patrick Romeo said in an advanced copy of an interview with […]

Welcome to the Commonwealth of Shell!

We will bear the burden of Shell tax credits June 26, 2012 I am dumbfounded by the Post-Gazette’s Friday editorial “No Shell Game: Corbett’s Tax Break Plan Is a Good Deal for State”! You have sold out to the interests of big oil and gas along with the Corbett administration. Your initial caution flag on […]

Investors eye increased Shell bid for Cove

By Sarah Young LONDON | Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:42am EDT (Reuters) – Shareholders are betting Shell (RDSa.L) will up the stakes in a bid battle for explorer Cove Energy (COVE.L) after Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production PTTE.BK extended the deadline for investors to accept its $1.9 billion offer. Cove shares were up 0.3 percent […]

Jiffy Lube still scamming customers

Jiffy Lube still scamming customers FROM A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR John, Jiffy Lube is a company owned by Shell Oil here in the States. It has been hit with a class-action lawsuit in California, Lawsuit Hits at Jiffy Lube Intervals Thought you might like to pass the information on to your readers Also a comment on […]

Hub-bub over Shell’s drilling plans for the off-shore US Arctic

OPINION OF A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR John, Permit me an observation about the very public hub-bub over Shell’s drilling plans for the off-shore US Arctic this summer. Shell plans to drill in the US off-shore Arctic have been bitterly contested in the media, the courts, and the halls of Congress. Shell has apparently managed to overcome […] website protected by the First Amendment

Law of the Internet by George B. Delta and Jeffrey H. Matsuura (Oct 2008) Excerpt from 2011-1 SUPPLEMENT 8-28 “The Sixth Circuit took the position that these negative domain names used in conjunction with Web sites that raised criticism of commercial conduct were forms of expression protected by the First Amendment.93 In some instances, critics […]

London Evening Standard: Shell ‘has lied for 10 years’

FROM OUR 2004 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE… London Evening Standard: Shell ‘has lied for 10 years’ James Rossiter, 25 June 2004 EMBATTLED oil giant Shell has been dealt another blow with the filing of a new multi-billion dollar US class action against dozens of directors. The action accuses the company of falsifying its reserves for almost […]

Insight: In hours, caustic vapors wreaked quiet ruin on biggest U.S. refinery

(Reuters) – In the end, all it took was a small chemical spill — perhaps less than a barrelful — to bring down the newest, mightiest oil refinery in the United States. By Erwin Seba PORT ARTHUR, Texas | Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:50am IST (Reuters) – In the end, all it took was a […]

‘War crimes’, Shell and the Australian government

25 Jun 2012, 9:10 am   –   Source: The Conversation Actions taken by a previous Australian government could be working against Nigerian plaintiffs who accuse oil giant Shell of being complicit in war crimes, write Rosaria Burchielli, Annie Delaney. By Rosaria Burchielli, La Trobe University and Annie Delaney, Victoria University We all know corporations […]