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Shell Corrib Gas Project Corruption Scandal

I have already given Shell the opportunity to comment on these corruption allegations. It has chosen not to do so. It does not seem to care.

By John Donovan

Printed below are two emails sent by iPhone to senior people at Shell EP Ireland, including Mr Mike Crothers, the Chief Executive.

(I have corrected some typing errors)

OSSL is a local supplier to the Shell Corrib Gas project.

It alleges that Shell instructed the company to make corrupt payments/gifts to third parties on behalf of Shell.

It says it was ordered by Shell to falsify invoices to hide what was going on.

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OSSL continues to make the allegations despite knowing the potential very serous consequences.

I have already given Shell the opportunity to comment on these corruption allegations. It has chosen not to do so. It does not seem to care.

EMAIL SENT 10 OCTOBER 2012

From: OSSL CO <[email protected]>
Date: 10 October 2012 08:49:01 GMT+01:00
To: [email protected], [email protected]
Subject: Update re local favours  Cash cars holidays phones car engines forestry equipment etc etc

Dear Mr Foley

Please be good enough to confirm if you are still the point of contact for contractual matters on the Corrib Project for Shell E&P Ireland.

You used the Healey households to hide the purchase of goods and services for people other than the Healeys  and we are currently trying to properly allocate the different transactions but are not in a position to account exactly for some goods and cash payments made by OSSL on your instructions, you may be of some assistance to us in correctly identifying “who got what”

Firstly please confirm that you are still the point of contact

Thank you .

Also please be aware that Mr Crothers has declared a moral obligation to compensate our small operation for what he described as dismissal from your project “abruptly without notice and in an immoral fashion” because of our compliance with your and others request for special favours .

Please do not make little of this very serious matter, please be aware that KPMG have contacted us to inform us that disclosure of these matters could result in a prison sentence for members of OSSL if you need proof of that we have it for you .

WAS ANY OF THIS THE PLAN WHEN YOU WERE STANDING IN OUR OFFICE OFFERING INSTRUCTIONS TO CARRY OUT THESE PAYMENTS ON YOUR BEHALF ?

DID YOU ENVISAGE THAT WE WOULD BE AT THIS POINT OUT THE DOOR OF THE PROJECT AND PAYING A HEFTY PRICE FOR OUR COMPLIANCE WITH YOUR REQUEST.

HOWEVER COMFORTABLE YOU FEEL IN THIS SITUATION I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE HEALEYS ! COLLOTYS ! SWEENEYS ! NOONES ! AND MANY OTHERS ARE NOT .

You have a very short memory

Neil

EMAIL SENT 11 OCTOBER 2012

From: OSSL CO <[email protected]>
Date: 11 October 2012 07:47:57 GMT+01:00
To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
Subject: Threats on telephone will not stop OSSL from speaking Out

Mr Foley

Please be completely clear Shells threats of dire consequences for OSSL members will not deter us from exposing this matter.

Your decision to mislead Frances Van dam on the known facts is some thing you should reflect on.

Michael Crothers your CEO saw through the whole pitiful situation you allowed to fester like a dripping sore ,when you had the chance to correct the situation you ran for cover despite your assurance to tidy things up.

No more threats please .

OSSL

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