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OSSL seems to have been used as a “Mr Fixit” for SEPIL, allegedly facilitating the distribution of improper gifts to various parties, including the Garda, who rightly or wrongly, have been accused of acting as an offshoot of Shell security in policing protests against the project. It was also alleged that related invoices were falsified […]

The danger of getting into bed with Shell

By John Donovan Marvin Odum, the President of Shell Oil Company, has said that “Royal Dutch Shell is making a significant push into venture capital investing and collaboration with early-stage startups in the energy space.” See Wall Street Journal article “Shell Looks for Startup, Tech Partnerships Now More than Ever“. This initiative is designed to […]

US accuses Shell of ‘screwing up’

Mr Salazar said: “Shell screwed up in 2012 and we’re not going to let them screw up when they try to drill in the Arctic again.” The i: Friday 29 March 2013 Page 48 of Business Section By Tom Bawden Shell’s beleaguered campaign to produce oil in the Arctic has suffered a further setback yesterday  […]

US Coastguard announces fourth probe into Royal Dutch Shell’s Alaska drilling operation

Royal Dutch Shell has again found itself in choppy waters, with the US Coastguard announcing its fourth probe into its Alaska drilling operation. The US Coastguard has asked the Department of Justice to look into possible breaches of international environmental law. By City & Finance Reporter: PUBLISHED: 21:58, 29 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:08, 30 […]

US Coast Guard asks prosecutors to review Shell’s Arctic preparations

Mr Lawrence was the executive vice-president for exploration and commercial for Shell’s Upstream Americas division. His responsibilities are now being divided between three executives, including one with responsibility specifically for the Arctic. Its Arctic programme has already been beset by setbacks which forced it to put it on hold until at least 2014. By Emily […]


OSSL allege that acting on Shell’s instructions, OSSL has distributed bribes on Shell’s behalf to parties connected with the project, including the Irish police force (the Garda) who have been the subject of serious accusations of wrong doing by environmental activists protesting against the project. The main accusation being that the Garda has acted as […]

Nigerian agencies seek $11.5 billion oil spill payout from Shell

ABUJA, March 27 | Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:14pm EDT (Reuters) – Two Nigerian government agencies told a parliamentary hearing on Thursday that Royal Dutch Shell should pay a total of $11.5 billion in compensation for damage caused by an oil spill at its offshore Bonga field in December 2011. Shell has said that there […]

Shell Misadventures in the Arctic Region in Alaskan waters

EMAIL RECEIVED TODAY FROM SENIOR SHELL LAWYER/OFFICIAL: “The lack of a rebuttal from, or comment by, Shell does not in any way constitute an acceptance on Shell’s part of the accuracy of any of the points made by you whether now or in the future, and whether on this or on any other matter, and […]

Shell Accused of Corrupting Irish Police Force

OSSL claim that their company was a supplier to Shell in respect of the Corrib Gas Project. They allege that acting on Shell’s instructions, OSSL has distributed bribes on Shell’s behalf to parties connected with the project, including the Irish police force (the Garda) who have been the subject of serious accusations of wrong doing […]

Arctic Meltdown – Veiled Threat of Legal Action by Shell

By John Donovan A senior Royal Dutch Shell lawyer has this morning issued a veiled threat of legal action against Bill Campbell, the retired HSE Group Auditor of Shell International. Michiel Brandjes, the Company Secretary & General Counsel Corporate states in an email received minutes ago that Shell reserves its position in relation to articles […]

Marvin Odum, just another Shell snake oil salesman

By John Donovan Based on insider information, we beat Shell to the punch by announcing a day before Shell, that David Lawrence had left the company. We said that he had been fired after Shell’s Arctic plans fell apart. When Shell was put under pressure to comment, the company claimed Lawrence was leaving by mutual […]

Fracking triggered magnitude 5.7 earthquake felt 800 miles away

A new study in the journal Geology is the latest to tie a string of unusual earthquakes, in this case, in central Oklahoma, to the injection of wastewater deep underground. Researchers now say that the magnitude 5.7 earthquake near Prague, Okla., on Nov. 6, 2011, may also be the largest ever linked to wastewater injection. […]

Selection of links to Shell related articles 27 March 2013

Selection of links to Shell related articles kindly supplied by a regular contributor Arctic Whales, Shell Execs & Spider Legs: unEARTHED, from Earthjustice (blog)-Mar 22, 2013: Arctic Whales, Shell Execs & Spider Legs … ConocoPhillips has submitted drilling and oil spill response plans, but the government has so far …  (This first article has a […]

Shell Oil Axes Exec For Alaska Drilling Fiasco. Will More Heads Roll?

Christopher Helman, Forbes Staff: I’m based in Houston, Texas. Energy capital of the world. David Lawrence, the executive vice president directly responsible for Alaskan operations has left the company. A Shell spokesman says that “Mr. Lawrence’s departure from Shell is by mutual consent.” Lawrence had been with Shell since 1984. His departure was first reported […]

Shell exec leaves by ‘mutual consent’ after Arctic mishaps

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 2:28 pm by Jennifer A. Dlouhy: Covers energy policy and other issues for The Houston Chronicle and other Hearst Newspapers from Washington, D.C. A Shell executive in charge of oil exploration across the Americas has stepped down from his post after 29 years with the company. Shell said the […]

Shell Plans to Spend $1 Billion on China Shale Gas Development

By Bloomberg News – Mar 26, 2013 8:09 AM GMT Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) will spend $1 billion developing China’s shale gas reserves, according to Peter Voser, the company’s chief executive. Shell has won government approval for its production sharing contract with China National Petroleum Corp., the nation’s biggest oil and gas company, Voser […]

Shell ‘bet the farm’ on backing drill ship novice – Huisman’s

POSTING BY “OUTSIDER” Shell appear to have “bet the farm” on backing Huisman’s “introduction to the drilling industry.” Four deepwater rigs dependent on new technology from a company with no track record in building drilling equipment….and the rigs are operated by Noble, who also played a starring role in Shell’s Arctic meltdown. Deepwater rigs are […]



US gets tough on Arctic oil drilling

20 March 2013 DRILLING for oil in the Arctic could get a lot tougher. The US is considering strict rules to protect the fragile polar environment, after a report found Shell tried to drill there while underprepared. Shell attempted to drill exploratory wells in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas last year, but ran into problems: […]


According to our whistleblower source, the entire rebuild and preparation was carried out at a reckless pace and the Noble Discoverer departed on its way to New Zealand without even being certified. As a consequence of the botched processes, the ancient ship repeatedly broke-down on the high seas during the move to New Zealand. Because […]

Sudden Demise of Lawrence of Alaska

“Can your source confirm if this formal PSUA was ever completed and if so what was the audit opinion?”: “…in summary were these 2008 recommendations signed off by Lawrence of Alaska in a flawed process when indeed they had not been fully implemented –  a not uncommon occurrence worldwide in the greater Shell empire?” (Sacked […]

Shell executive responsible for controversial Arctic campaign to step down

Campaigners hope move heralds end of programme Kevin Rawlinson  Alex Jackson  Friday 22 March 2013 Shell’s controversial plan to drill in the Arctic has been dealt a further blow after it confirmed today that the man running its exploration programme in North America is to leave the company. Campaigners said they hoped the move heralded […]

Undisclosed misadventures of the Noble Discoverer

Nobel Discoverer Grounding. Photo Credit: U.S. Coast Guard By John Donovan As hinted at in my recent email to a senior official at Royal Dutch Shell Plc, we have received further information from the same whistleblower source who supplied a leaked copy of the Shell internal Pre-Start Up Audit for Shell’s disastrous Alaska drilling campaign. […]

City Diary: Shell chief reins in horseplay … for now

Under-fire Shell chief Peter Voser — grappling with the US government’s frosty feedback on Shell’s Arctic plans and the $2.3bn (£1.5bn) IOU to Iran.. By Harriet Dennys, City Diary Editor: 7:00AM GMT 22 Mar 2013 Business before pleasure for Royal Dutch Shell’s horseracing-mad executive Steve Harman. Such is Harman’s dedication to leading the oil giant’s […]

Selection of links to Shell related articles 22 March 2013

Selection of links to Shell related articles kindly supplied by a regular contributor City Diary: Shell chief reins in horseplay … for now: before pleasure for Royal Dutch Shell’s horseracing-mad … Such is Harman’s dedication to leading the oil giant’s downstream joint … Shell To Shut Down Nigeria’s Nembe Oil Pipe In April To […]


By John Donovan Printed below is an email that I sent on Thursday evening to Mr. Michiel Brandjes, Company Secretary & General Counsel of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. It mainly concerns a leaked Shell internal document related to Shell’s Drilling Campaign in the Arctic, which ended with Shell’s offshore reputation being left in tatters. As […]

Shell Executive Managing Arctic Alaska Oil Program to Leave Company

By Dow Jones Business News,  March 22, 2013, 03:14:00 PM EDT By Selina Williams LONDON–A Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA, RDSA.LN) executive tasked with managing a controversial multi-billion-dollar oil exploration program in the U.S. Arctic Ocean that failed to complete any wells in last year’s short drilling season is to leave the company by “mutual […]

Shell Toxic Contamination in Curacao

Yesterday evening, Dutch TV broadcast a documentary feature about a terrible legacy of deadly pollution from the Isla refinery in Curacao built and operated for many decades by Shell. In 1985 Shell sold the refinery to the Antilleans for the symbolic sum of one guilder, leaving behind huge environmental damage. The contract contained clauses demanded […]

Royal Dutch Shell CEO Highlights Somalia Holdings

Published March 21, 2013 by Dow Jones Newswires Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDSA, RDSA.LN) African exploration interests are currently focused on Tanzania and Zanzibar, CEO Peter Voser said Thursday, though he also mentioned the oil giant has blocks of land available in Somalia. Mr. Voser’s Somalia comments are the clearest indication yet the Anglo-Dutch major may […]

Shell Oil chief: Clean energy is here and it’s called natural gas

  Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff: Peter Voser of Royal Dutch Shell spoke Thursday at a lunch sponsored by the Boston College Chief Executives’ Club. By Erin Ailworth | Globe Staff  March 22, 2013 Peter Voser, chief executive of the global energy company Royal Dutch Shell, said Thursday that the United States and the world need to […]

Shell executive responsible for Arctic campaign to step down

A senior Royal Dutch Shell executive with responsibility for the oil major’s troubled Arctic exploration campaign is leaving the company “by mutual consent” Kulluk, the oil drilling rig owned by Royal Dutch Shell ran aground in Alaska after drifting in stormy weather. Photo: AFP By Emily Gosden 6:02PM GMT 22 Mar 2013 Dave Lawrence, executive vice-president […]

Shell accused of benefiting from South African apartheid-era land law

Campaigners say oil company is paying just 192 rand (£13.75) annual rent for two filling stations in impoverished KwaZulu-Natal David Smith in Johannesburg The Guardian, Thursday 21 March 2013 16.21 GMT Shell says it paid a substantial sum upfront when it signed a 50-year contract for the sites. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters Remote and unspoiled, Umgababa […]

David Lawrence, Shell Exec VP responsible for Arctic Exploration Fired?

David Lawrence PR spin about Shell Exploration projects, including its Arctic Plans. Before he was fired after Shell’s plans fell apart. AMENDED 11.22 GMT: The question mark can be removed. We have confirmation that David Lawrence has been fired. By John Donovan We have received a report from a normally reliable insider source that David […]

Shell owes Iran $2.3 billion

Published: March. 21, 2013 at 8:17 AM THE HAGUE, Netherlands, March 21 (UPI) — The estimated $2.3 billion payable to the National Iranian Oil Co. can’t be settled because of sanctions imposed on Iran, Royal Dutch Shell said. Shell published its annual Form 20-F for 2012, which provides a comprehensive detail of financial activity for […]

Update on cyber-espionage attacks

By John Donovan: High tech sophisticated attacks are still targeting this website every few minutes, day and night. Someone with very deep pockets continues to spend a lot of time and resources trying to disrupt and thwart our activities. The associated threats also continue. I wonder when whoever is responsible will realise that their efforts […]

Chevron displaces Shell

BY LIAM DENNING OF THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Chevron, Shell and Big Oil’s Big Divide Chevron just took silver. That offers gold for investors. A decade ago, Chevron’s market capitalization of $70 billion was half the size of Royal Dutch Shell’s. This year, though, Chevron has opened up a lead: Worth $232 billion, it is […]

Shell reveals Iranian oil trade loss, $2.3 bln Iran debt

By John Donovan: Despite giving the impression to the contrary, as this Reuters article confirms, Royal Dutch Shell has continued funding a fanatical regime intent on the extermination of the Jewish people. Iran is bent on developing nuclear weapons to destroy Israel, finishing the job that Shell’s former Nazi partners embarked upon, killing millions of […]

Selection of links to Shell related articles 20 March 2013

Selection of links to Shell related articles kindly supplied by a regular contributor US gets tough on Arctic oil drilling: New Scientist-DRILLING for oil in the Arctic could get a lot tougher. … To resume drilling, Shell will need approval from the federal government and, for the first … PORTER: The earth-shaking promise of shale: […]

Shell CEO Peter Voser and the Arctic Fiasco

In February 2011, Peter Voser, who can be compared with Custer for leading an ill-advised charge, was becoming irate about the delays stating: “I’m not prepared to take the uncertainty and pay the money and then not get to the drilling,”; “We need urgent and timely action on permitting to go ahead with the 2012 […]

Selection of links to Shell related articles 19 March 2013

Selection of links to Shell related articles kindly supplied by a regular contributor Big oil tries to make amends for missing another big boom: Quartz-by Steve LeVine-The absence of Big Oil–BP, Chevron, Exxon and Shell; Total is a quasi super-major–from East Africa may seem odd. Analysts say that, taken … Why the war in Iraq […]

Worker at Motiva Refinery in Norco dies after pumps fall on him

By Bob Warren, | The Times-Picayune: on March 14, 2013 A worker was killed at the Motiva Refinery in Norco Wednesday when two large cylinders fell on him, authorities and a company official said. Michael Louque, 56, of Grammercy, was pronounced dead at St. Charles Parish Hospital in Luling, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s […]

Selection of links to Shell related articles 18 March 2013

Selection of links to Shell related articles kindly supplied by a regular contributor Multiple contamination law suits against Shell in 2012: Breaking News Trinidad and Tobago-Shell Oil Company (including subsidiaries and affiliates, referred to collectively as SOC), along with numerous other defendants, has been … Russia adopts Texas drilling to revive Soviet oil fields: FuelFix […]

Judge Fines Motiva $10M in Tank Explosion

FROM OUR 2005 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE:“Motiva, a joint supply venture between Shell and Saudi Refining…”: “…pleaded no contest to state charges of criminally negligent homicide…”: “The company… has paid more than $60 million to settle lawsuits”: “It is still the subject of a federal lawsuit…” Judge Fines Motiva $10M in Tank Explosion By THE ASSOCIATED […]

The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility challenges Shell AGM

Press Release 15 March 2013: The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) challenges Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) to have greater transparency in its forthcoming AGM arrangements and increased commitment to ensuring the voices of UK shareholders are heard. UK investor coalition ECCR has expressed deep dissatisfaction with Shell over its plan to restrict access to […]

Shell buys Brinded’s silence in golden good riddance

In addition to the £2.9m for his Netherlands home, “Brinded, 60 tomorrow, pocketed £2.7 in salary and severance for the four months he worked last year. He also walked away with £9.7m in shares and a £19m pension pot.” So, with wonderful timing, Brinded received a package worth £34.3 million as a spectacular birthday present. […]

Shell to invest $1 bln at big Iraq oilfield: official

Arif Mohammed, Reuters: Saturday, 16 March 2013 Royal Dutch Shell will spend more than $1 billion this year developing one of Iraq major oilfields, where it will resume operations on May 1, officials said on Saturday. “The figure for the budget will exceed one billion dollars,” said Mehdi Badi, the head of the joint management […]

Royal Dutch Shell Crimes Against Humanity

Photograph of Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, personal friend of Royal Dutch Shell oil baron and ardent Nazi, Sir Henri Deterding, on trial at Nuremberg for war crimes. Received from a former Shell USA employee As you well know, there is great interest in the case against Royal Dutch Shell Plc., for complicity in torture, murder, and […]

Shell’s Shell Game

Carol Pierson Holding: Writer, CSRHub: Posted: 03/12/2013 3:51 pm According to Shell’s New Lens Scenarios, we’re headed for a carbon-free future, where solar will be the dominant energy source by 2100. The report got almost universally upbeat press, praised in business and even environmental websites. Amory Lovins, Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute, endorses […]

Bumper £8m pay package for Shell boss Peter Voser

Shell boss Peter Voser bagged a pay and shares deal worth up to £8million for 2012, according to the oil giant’s annual report. By Rob Davies: PUBLISHED: 22:26, 14 March 2013 Shell boss Peter Voser bagged a pay and shares deal worth up to £8million for 2012, according to the oil giant’s annual report. The […]

Royal Dutch Shell knocks Britain’s FTSE off 5-year high

Shell has been getting a bit of a kicking the last couple of days… Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:14am EDT * FTSE 100 falls 0.5 percent * Britain’s biggest company hit by analyst downgrade * Index remains set for weekly gain * IAG tops FTSE risers, up nearly 10 percent on the week By Alistair […]