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Arctic beckons for Shell’s Pickard

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Ann Pickard, who has transformed Royal Dutch Shell into the most aggressive oil and gas player in Australia, is set to leave her powerful Perth-based post to look after the Anglo-Dutch giant’s ambitions in the Arctic Circle.

Shell is thought to have informed staff overnight that the well-regarded Ms Pickard would quit Perth in June and move to the US, most likely Houston, to take up a newly created role as executive vice-president, Arctic.

The new role reflects Shell’s view that Ms Pickard is well suited to tackling the myriad technical and environmental challenges of operating in the Arctic Circle, based on her track record in Australia and before that Nigeria. Shell, which is due to report its first-quarter profit result on Thursday, yesterday would not comment on Ms Pickard’s move.

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Royal Dutch Shell wins huge UAE gas deal

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Anglo-Dutch company Shell has beaten France’s Total to a multi-billion-pound deal to develop a gas field with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).

The two companies will develop the Bab field, a potentially tricky project because it contains so-called sour gas, a poisonous and foul smelling product.

The project, which could be worth about $10bn (£6.5bn), requires highly sophisticated technology to develop.

Prime Minister David Cameron said it was a “fantastic outcome” for Shell.

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Shell Said to Name Pickard Head of Operations in Arctic Region

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By James Paton:April 29, 2013

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s largest oil company, plans to name Ann Pickard as head of its Arctic operations, moving her from the helm of the Australian business, a person with knowledge of the matter said.

Pickard, a former Shell executive in Nigeria who became chairwoman of Shell’s Australian business in 2010, is set to start in the new position on June 1, according to the person who asked not to be named because the details haven’t been made public. Andrew Smith, vice president of Shell’s refining and marketing business, will replace Pickard in Australia, the person said.

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Pickard Teleportation into an Arctic Role

Screen Shot 2013-04-30 at 15.58.59I have provided links to secret US cables/articles exposing Shell’s infiltration of the supposedly sovereign Nigerian government and the involvement of Pickard in all manner of murky goings on, including trading intelligence information with the Americans.  Ann Pickard will be arriving with more baggage than a Samsonite factory.

By John Donovan

Ann Pickard, currently the chairman of Shell Australia, is being sent to resuscitate Shell’s Arctic plans and rescue its reputation.

She is being appointed as Group Executive Vice President of Exploration & Production in the Arctic, replacing the disgraced Lawrence of Alaska.

Peter Voser must have concluded that she is a safe pair of hands.

I beg to differ.

Has he forgotten the debacle over her indiscreet bragging to the Americans about Shell’s sinister corrupting activities in Nigeria, including infiltrating Shell agents into every Nigerian ministry?

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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicates

I last wrote to you on 1st March 1999. I did so in the knowledge that your esteemed family is one of the largest single shareholders in Shell. I warned you about what I described as “a culture of deception and cover-up deeply ingrained at the highest levels of Shell”.

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By Matt Steinglass in Amsterdam: 30 April 2013


Joanna and the other demonstrator, Hans Maessen of the Dutch Republican Association, were arrested by agents several minutes later after she tried to hoist an expletive-laden sign attacking the royal family for their holdings in Royal Dutch Shell, the Anglo-Dutch oil company.



21 April 2004

HM QUEEN BEATRIX OF THE NETHERLANDS                                 
Huis ten Bosch Palace
The Hague

Your Gracious Majesty


I last wrote to you on 1st March 1999. I did so in the knowledge that your esteemed family is one of the largest single shareholders in Shell. I warned you about what I described as “a culture of deception and cover-up deeply ingrained at the highest levels of Shell”.

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Shell Corrib Gas Scandal: email to Detective Chief Superintendent John Gilligan


(Video: Includes a warning by Superintendent John Gilligan at 4.40 on the dangers of alcohol – amusing presentation glitch at 4.15)

“If I do not receive a response on Monday 29 April, I will assume that you do not wish to comment and I will publish this email on Tuesday. If you need more time to consider the matter, please let me know tomorrow when I can expect a reply. If there is no denial, people will be entitled to draw their own conclusions.”

From: John Donovan <[email protected]>
Subject: Shell Corrib Gas Scandal: email to Detective Superintendent John Gilligan
Date: 28 April 2013 08:10:57 GMT+01:00
To: [email protected]

Dear Detective Superintendent John Gilligan

As I am sure you are aware, we have over the past several several months published a series of articles (headlines below) relating to the supply by Shell E&P Ireland of free alcohol to the Irish police, on what we have described as being on an industrial scale. We understand that the legitimate retail cost in Ireland for the river of free booze could approach €100,000 euros. So it’s not small beer.

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Departing Shell chief Ann Pickard faces icy challenge

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THE number of powerful business women on the local scene is to become even more sparse with the return of Shell’s boss for Australia, Ann Pickard, to her native America, where she will become executive vice-president of Shell’s environmentally controversial exploration and production interests in the Arctic.

In a move that is expected to be confirmed today, Ms Pickard will be replaced as Shell’s Australian chairman and its executive vice-president for exploration and production activities here by Australian Andrew Smith.

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Ditch the King. Hire an Actor.

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A version of this op-ed appeared in print on April 29, 2013, on page A21 of the New York edition


ON April 30, 1980, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands was succeeded by her daughter Beatrix. That day was marked by violent rioting in Amsterdam.

My parents, German Jews who fled to Holland in the 1930s, were not exactly what you’d call royalists. But my mother had a certain weakness for royal families, and especially for the scandals that go hand-in-hand with monarchies.

And when it came to Queen Juliana, my mother got her fill of scandals. Juliana’s husband, Prince Bernhard, was a notorious philanderer who sired any number of illegitimate children and was accused of accepting bribes from Lockheed in the 1970s, forcing him to surrender his status as inspector general of the Dutch armed forces.

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Bee deaths: EU to ban neonicotinoid pesticides

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Screen Shot 2013-04-29 at 13.44.20A vote in the EU has paved the way for the European Commission to restrict the use of pesticides linked to bee deaths in scientific studies.

There is great concern across Europe about the collapse of bee populations.

Neonicotinoid chemicals in pesticides are believed to harm bees and the European Commission says they should be restricted to crops not attractive to bees and other pollinators.

But many farmers and crop experts argue that there is insufficient data.

Fifteen countries voted in favour of a ban – not enough to form a qualified majority. According to EU rules the Commission will now impose a two-year restriction on neonicotinoids.

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I have in my possession a vast array of what I believe to be authentic communications and correspondence relating to this matter. There is so much, that it will take some time to organise it all into date order in pdf files. All of the evidence comes from a firm working for Shell, the OSSL Company.


From: John Donovan <[email protected]>
Date: 29 April 2013 09:20:43 GMT+01:00
To: INFO <[email protected]>

Dear Mr Brennan

You will recall the email correspondence earlier this month when you kindly passed on to Alan Shatter TD, the Minister for Justice & Equality, information I supplied in relation to alleged widespread corrupt practices, involving the Garda and other parties, all instigated by Shell in relation to the controversial Corrib Gas Project.

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Three Oil Giants Suspend Chukchi and Beaufort Sea Drilling Plans

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Three Oil Giants Suspend Chukchi and Beaufort Sea Drilling Plans

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Rising gas price helps Shell boost fortunes

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Published on 28/04/2013 00:00

HIGHER natural gas prices in the United States should help Shell rebound from its lacklustre performance at the end of last year when it presents first quarter results on Thursday.

Prices have almost doubled since America’s shale gas revolution pushed prices through the floor last year, proving a drag on Shell’s recent results.

The oil major has already promised to increase its quarterly dividend by 5 per cent, confident that last year’s investment in liquefied natural gas projects in the Middle East will start paying off.

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Shell Corrib Gas Project

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By John Donovan

I have sent an email to Detective Superintendent John Gilligan of the Irish Police (the Garda) concerning corruption allegations surrounding the Shell led Corrib gas project in Ireland, that were the subject of my recent correspondence with the Irish Justice Ministry.

Shell corruption scheme operated in Ireland on an industrial scale?: 6 April 2013

If no response is forthcoming, we will publish the content of the email.

I understand that Shell lawyers are on a quest to shut us down.

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The Dark Side of Energy Independence

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A version of this op-ed appeared in print on April 28, 2013, on page SR5 of the New York edition

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JUST as the world was writing off America as a declining power, the country now finds itself on the cusp of realizing one of its longstanding goals: energy independence.

A wave of new technologies has made it possible to extract oil and gas from shale rock formations, and the results have been astonishing. By some estimates, the United States is on track to overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer as early as 2017, start exporting more oil and gas than it imports by 2025, and achieve full energy self-sufficiency by 2030.

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Bringing major corporations to book for their crimes

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 This article appeared in print under the headline “Nowhere to run…”

29 April 2013 by Fred Pearce

  • Book information
  • Just Business: Multinational corporations and human rights by John Gerard Ruggie
  • Published by: Norton
  • Price: £14.99


Other examples he discusses include the toxic solvents and child labour used to make fashionable Nike sportswear in the 1990s, and the 60-year battle of the impoverished Ogoni people in Nigeria against Royal Dutch Shell, whose shareholders made billions as the Ogoni forests were poisoned by oil.

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Shell says refinery incident ‘contained’

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Financial Post Staff | 13/04/26

Three workers at a Shell Canada refinery in Sarnia, Ontario were sent to hospital Friday morning following a hydrogen sulphide exposure at the facility.

“Shell can confirm the three workers were exposed to hydrogen sulphide (H2S) while cleaning equipment at the refinery,” a company statement said. “The workers are in local hospital in stable condition.”


Selection of Shell related article 26 April 2013

Selection of Shell related article links kindly supplied by a regular contributor

What If Oil Lasts Forever?: National Journal-Apr 25, 2013: Shell Oil Company’s Deer Park refinery and petrochemical facility by Highway 225 in Deer Park, Texas, Nov. 21, 2007. (AP Photo/David J.

Oil Giants Eschew Arctic Drilling: Indian Country Today Media Network-Shell Oil’s drilling unit the Kulluk ran aground, battered by waves, on an island south of Anchorage, Alaska, after breaking free of its moorings.

Fmr. Shell CEO: Keystone will loosen OPEC’s grip: Washington Post-Former Shell Oil President John Hofmeister says the Obama … cars en masse on the road, and says exporting liquefied natural gas might be …

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Highest-Paid Workforce Driving Shell Offshore Australia: Energy

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Prelude vessel, seen here in an image illustration, vying to be the first floating LNG facility in the world, will be as long as the Empire State Building and six times the weight of the largest aircraft carrier. Source: Rex Features via AP Images

April 26, 2013

Escalating costs to build liquefied natural gas plants on land in Australia, where energy workers earn the highest salaries in the world, are driving developers out to sea in search of billions of dollars in savings.

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Shell challenges $1 billion tax demand in Bombay HC

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Mumbai: Global oil major Royal Dutch Shell Thursday said it has moved the Bombay High Court here, challenging the USD 1 billion demand made by the tax authorities on a four-year-old equity infusion.

“Shell confirms that it has filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court challenging the draft tax order,” the Anglo- Dutch oil major said in a statement. The company “will continue to evaluate all options for redress available to resolve this tax dispute”, it said.

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Shell Nigeria begins asset inventory in Ogoniland

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Daily Trust/11/04/2013

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) Limited Joint Venture says it has commenced an inventory of its assets in Ogoniland in line with the recommendations of the United Nation Environment Program report.

The report required SPDC JV to conduct a comprehensive review of its assets in Ogoniland and develop a decommissioning plan.

Tony Okonedo, spokesman of Shell said in a statement yesterday that his company held engagements and consultations with communities after which the asset inventory commenced with bush clearing in the fourth quarter of last year.

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Deluded and or ignorant, no, Roland Spuij is just reading from a script

Screen Shot 2013-04-24 at 00.00.30“…why spoil a good story by the introduction of facts including the facts about Shell’s great Alaskan misadventure for example…”



Re your article: Shell exploration manager Roland Spuij – deluded or ignorant?

Deluded and or ignorant, no, Mr Spuij is just reading from the script, repeating the standard Shell propaganda that Safety is our No 1 priority and will never be compromised, despite any facts to the contrary.

Although as he says Shell were not involved in the Transocean Deepwater Horizon disaster – according to Peter R Voser a disaster that Shell in any case would have avoided due to its superior standards – he fails to mention the Transocean SEDCO 711 incident when this mobile drilling unit had a near blowout whilst operating in the North Sea on behalf of Shell – you covered all this in detail at the time on your web pages.

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‘Conscious community choir’ returns to sing out Shell at the Southbank Centre

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 08:50

Shell Classic International concert-goers applaud Shell Out Sounds performance highlighting sponsor’s human rights record

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On the evening of Monday 22nd April, a group of about 10 singers and musicians called ‘Shell Out Sounds’ (SOS) returned to the Southbank Centre to give another musical intervention, during the interval of a Shell-sponsored performance by Imogen Cooper and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. The ensemble premiered a new piece called ‘The Riddle of the Niger Delta’, written specifically for the concert, setting the poignant words of the Nigerian environmental and human rights activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa. The group handed out flyers about Shell’s human rights record to audience members, many of whom stopped to listen and applauded at the end of the song. The Southbank Centre duty visitor manager said the performers were welcome to come back and perform whenever they liked, and were invited to discuss the issue of Shell sponsorship with the Southbank Centre PR team.

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Screen Shot 2013-04-25 at 17.19.06By John Donovan: Printed below is current email correspondence with the Open Security Foundation DataLossDB project, which had seen reports posted on the Internet that this website had been hacked by the “Brazilian Electronic Army”. The claims were false. Like the Brazilian Electronic Army, the Open Security Foundation seems to be under the impression that we are Royal Dutch Shell Plc.


From: Erica Absetz <[email protected]>
Subject: Regarding Data Breach on April 02, 2013
Date: 24 April 2013 02:21:54 GMT+01:00
To: [email protected], [email protected]

Dear Royal Dutch Shell PLC,

I am a researcher for the Open Security Foundation DataLossDB project, a project that tracks and compiles reported data breaches.

We have seen a report or claim that your organization recently suffered a data breach. The report was published at and The summary of the report we currently have is as follows: 63 Administrator accounts with email addresses and encrypted passwords dumped on the Internet. The report indicates that the datatype(s) of email addresses and passwords were involved.

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Indian arm of Royal Dutch Shell accused of tax evasion

The Indian arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, which has been accused by the income tax authorities of underpricing an intra-group share transfer by Rs15,000 crore and consequently evading taxes, has filed a writ petition in the Bombay high court challenging the income tax order.

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Thu, Apr 25 2013. 05 57 PM IST

Mumbai/ New Delhi: The Indian arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, which has been accused by the income tax authorities of underpricing an intra-group share transfer by Rs15,000 crore and consequently evading taxes, has filed a writ petition in the Bombay high court challenging the income tax order.

The petition filed on Wednesday will come up for hearing on 3 May.

Mint reported on 3 February that following the notice, which is one of the biggest transfer pricing orders by the income tax department, Shell India Pvt. Ltd plans to challenge the assessment.
“Shell confirms that it has filed a writ petition in the Bombay high court challenging the draft tax order. Shell has always maintained that it will continue to evaluate all options for redress available to resolve this tax dispute,” the company in an emailed statement.

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By 2023, a Changed World in Energy

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By 2023, a Changed World in Energy

By : A version of this article appeared in print on April 25, 2013, on page F1 of the New York edition


IF you could close your eyes for just a moment like Rip Van Winkle, and blink them open in 2023, you might see a very different energy world.

Electric cars may be popular. Solar energy could be cheap enough that millions of households and businesses deploy solar panels to generate their power needs. Fossil fuels will probably still dominate, but most trucks and many trains could run on natural gas rather than more polluting diesel. And the United States could be a major oil exporter.

None of this is implausible. Consider the change over the last 10 years. Back in 2003, American natural gas fields were thought to be drying up and energy entrepreneurs were beginning to invest in hugely expensive terminals to import gas, not export it. American oil production continued to plummet.

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Campaign against Shell sponsorship of the South Bank Centre

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Shell Out Sounds (SOS) is a group of singers, musicians and others who are concerned about Shell sponsorship of the South Bank Centre. Read more about SOS…

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Hi John

I thought I would let a few people know that I’ve just added a new song about Shell to my soundcloud page:

‘Shall We Go?’, which utilises Shell’s current catchphrase ‘Let’s Go’, was written as part of our ongoing London-based Shell Out Sounds project, which aims to use music and performance to sever the link between the Southbank Centre and Shell:

There’s also an instrumental version, in case you or anyone you know might want to use it for Shell-related or other positive purposes. (Please let me know if you do.)

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Shell’s Plot to Take Away Your First Amendment Rights: Huffington Post (blog)-Apr 12, 2013: Shell Oil’s legal team is currently working overtime to keep the company’s Arctic work secret from advocacy groups like Greenpeace. It’s a battle ..

Was the Iraq War to Grab Oil … Or to Raise Oil Prices?: Center for Research on Globalization-Mar 30, 2013: The James Baker Institute quickly and secretly started in on drafting the … With authority granted from the top (i.e. Dick Cheney), ex-Shell Oil …

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Email received from Esther Kiobel of Kiobel v Royal Dutch Shell

Screen Shot 2013-04-24 at 20.46.09There are also secret documents to prove how Shell tried to bribe my husband in an executive meeting at the government house in Port Harcourt, when they planned to arrest and kill Ken Saro-Wiwa. And when they did not succeed, they turned around to mastermind the killing of the Ogoni 4, in a bid to set confusion amongst the Ogoni people – a problem that has remained to date.

Unsolicited email received from Esther Kiobel of Kiobel v Royal Dutch Shell

Dear John,

Thank you for all that you are doing and contributing to the cause of the oppressed.

God bless you mightily and please keep up the good work.

The God of the widows and orphans will guide and lead/strengthening you to continue standing/fighting for the Oppressed.

Your readers may be interested in these extracts from an article about my court case against Royal Dutch Shell arising from Shell’s activities in Nigeria.

We are holding Shell responsible for the crimes committed against us and the rest of humanity. I was stripped naked, tortured, and locked up twice, while my husband and the rest of the Ogoni 9 were maimed, strangled, killed and acidized. I have proofs of those who were paid by Shell, and who were in their payroll to lie, testify, some of them sworn affidavit in court.  do have documents that implicate Shell. The documents were sent through my late husband’s office as Honorable Commissioner for Commerce and Tourism during the Komo administration as military governor of Rivers State. I do have pictures of Shell’s cronies airlifting my husband in their helicopter, dressed in uniform and helmet that bore Shell’s logo. There are also secret documents to prove how Shell tried to bribe my husband in an executive meeting at the government house in Port Harcourt, when they planned to arrest and kill Ken Saro-Wiwa. And when they did not succeed, they turned around to mastermind the killing of the Ogoni 4, in a bid to set confusion amongst the Ogoni people – a problem that has remained to date.

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Will Shell’s new V-Power Nitro Plus fuel ruin car engines?

I remember the launch of another wonder fuel by Shell in 1986, “Formula Shell”, based on new technology and with a scientific image deliberately conjured up by Shell. There was only one small problem. The new wonder fuel ruined many car engines and it did so on an international basis.

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By John Donovan

The Telegraph has published an article today under the headline: Can Shell’s new ‘Formula 1’ petrol ease anger at pumps?

It asks: Is Shell’s new petrol – Shell’s new V-Power Nitro Plus fuel – as good as the fuel used in Formula 1 cars?


David Moss, the chief executive of Shell UK who was in Battersea to launch the fuel with Ferrari, accepted that petrol prices are “not cheap” but he insisted his company is not to blame. “If you take out the duties and taxes that customers pay in the UK, the fuel prices are some of the most competitive in Europe,” he said. “It is a very, very competitive market place and Shell has to be competitively placed.” He denies charges that Shell and others are profiteering from a captured UK market.

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Come to act in solidarity with the campaign in Mayo against Shell’s Corrib Gas Project. For over 12 years, the local community have been resisting Shell’s plans to force through a high pressure raw gas pipeline and inland refinery. Local people have gone through all possible channels to fight the project.

Let down by the Government; many have been beaten, imprisoned and feel under siege by the security and police. However people continue to protest in order to protect their families, livelihoods and resources. Currently Shell are attempting to tunnel under an EU ‘protected’ estuary with their tunnel boring machine but they are experiencing major construction problems. If they are having difficulties without protests, imagine how much havoc a little more disruption will cause. Rossport is the frontline of the resistance to ‘Extreme Energy’ extraction in Ireland.

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Greenpeace launches Arctic “whistleblower” site for oil workers

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OSLO | Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:20am EDT

(Reuters) – Environmental group Greenpeace launched a website on Wednesday seeking to attract whistleblowers from within oil companies to reveal risks with drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic.

Greenpeace wants governments to ban oil and gas firms from the fragile Arctic environment.

It urged employees of oil firms and sub-contractors to submit information to the new website ( if they knew about serious safety issues or risks that were in the public interest.

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Shell exploration manager Roland Spuij – deluded or ignorant?

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Printed below is a deluded article written by a Shell exploration manager – Roland Spuij (prat on the right) – who apparently is totally ignorant of Shell’s track record of giving a higher priority to production and profits than to the safety of its offshore workers. Either that, or he is trying to deliberate mislead New Zealanders?  Same applies to his comments about Shell’s conduct in Nigeria. Has he forgotten that in 2009 Shell paid $15.5 million (£9.7m) as an out-of-court settlement in a case accusing it of complicity in human rights abuses in Nigeria. 17 pages of correspondence between Shell and the Nigerian Police – authentic exhibits from the litigation – prove Shell supplied arms and ammunition to the Nigerian police force (part of a corrupt murderous regime)

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Shell warns of shale delays outside US


The development of shale oil and gas reserves around the world will generally be much slower than in North America, a senior executive at Royal Dutch Shell has warned.

Andrew Brown, Shell’s head of international oil and gas production, said…


Shell plans to move 135,000 staff to BYOD

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By Madeline Bennett: 22 April 2013

Shell is undertaking a huge bring your own device (BYOD) project which will see it supporting around 135,000 devices picked by users rather than dictated by the IT department.

At the CA World show in Las Vegas on Monday, Ken Mann, enterprise information security architect at the oil and gas firm, outlined Shell’s shift to become a cloud-first and BYOD outfit.

Shell had already undertaken a project to centralise all its IT, and has outsourced its infrastructure to three main suppliers – AT&T, EDS – since purchased by HP –and T-Systems. Two years ago, the firm adopted a cloud-first policy, which means that any new applications have to be in the cloud unless there is a business case for them to be on-premise.

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‘Flashmob’ choir return to sing out Shell at the Southbank Centre

The group handed out flyers about Shell’s human rights record to audience members, many of whom stopped to listen and applauded at the end of the song. 

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22nd April 2013

Interval halted at Shell Classic International concert, as ‘Shell Out Sounds’ highlight the sponsor’s human rights record

For interviews, photos and film footage, call 07939519963, or email [email protected]

On the evening of Monday 22nd April, a group of about 10 singers and musicians called ‘Shell Out Sounds’ (SOS) returned to the Southbank Centre to give another musical intervention, during the interval of a Shell-sponsored performance by Imogen Cooper and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. [1] The ‘flashmob’ ensemble premiered a new piece called ‘The Riddle of the Niger Delta’, written specifically for the concert, setting the poignant words of the Nigerian environmental and human rights activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa. [2] The group handed out flyers about Shell’s human rights record to audience members, many of whom stopped to listen and applauded at the end of the song. The Southbank Centre duty visitor manager said the performers were welcome to come back and perform whenever they liked, and were invited to discuss the issue of Shell sponsorship with the Southbank Centre PR team.

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UK blocks Shell paying Iran oil debt in food, medicine

Screen Shot 2012-11-30 at 18.13.21“Trying to avoid the odium of its association with the mad mullahs, Shell has in the past resorted to subterfuge to disguise its shipments of Iranian crude. The relationship between Shell and Iran has in fact continued unabated for many years, while the fanatical Iranian regime has been busy using the funds generated to supply roadside bombs to kill and maim Nato soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan and fund its Nuclear Bomb program. Oil revenue is crucial to Iran.” (Extract from our article “Skirting sanctions on Iranian crude“)

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LONDON, April 22 | Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:44am EDT

(Reuters) – Britain has blocked efforts by oil major Royal Dutch Shell to settle a $2.3 billion debt it owes Iran by paying in kind with grains or pharmaceuticals, industry sources said.

Shell has been trying for months to find a way to work around international sanctions that prevent it paying in currency for crude it bought from the National Iranian Oil Company before a European Union embargo on Iran that started last July.

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Kiobel v. Shell ruling: serious setback to Ogoni in Niger Delta

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Screen Shot 2013-04-22 at 08.38.43The US Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit against the Royal Dutch Shell Petroleum Company brought by alleged human rights victims. The ruling, which was handed down last Wednesday, is seen as a serious setback for the Ogoni community in the Niger Delta, who alleged gross human rights abuses during the mid-1990s by the military government in power at the time.

By Joe Hitchon, Washington, D.C.:  Published on : 22 April 2013 – 5:00am | By RNW Africa Desk (Photo: AFP)

In addition, the decision essentially cuts off the US courts system from those attempting to redress wrongs allegedly committed by multinational companies, particularly in developing countries.

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The Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects Universal Jurisdiction

Although they wrote separately, the four liberal Justices also voted to dismiss the lawsuit against Shell, despite allegations of Shell’s complicity in blood-curdling atrocities.

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By Julian Ku & John Yoo: 4/21/2013

Screen Shot 2013-04-21 at 19.15.01The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision last week to dismiss a lawsuit alleging human rights violations by Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria is already being portrayed as a victory for big corporations over human rights victims. While the decision will allow some multinational corporations to avoid being sued in the United States for business activities overseas, the real significance of the Court’s decision is that it provides a wise example of judicial restraint and deference to the role of Congress and the President to set American foreign policy.

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Shell investigates accidental severing of gas pipe at Corrib terminal

Shell to Sea spokeswoman Maura Harrington said “Shell, despite all their talk of being ‘good neighbours’, said nothing to anyone” until the radio station was alerted.

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Shell said the accidental severing of a gas pipe at its plant at Ballinaboy, Co Mayo, posed “no danger to the environment” and the company was investigating the circumstances. File photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland.

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Campaigners criticise company for failing to make incident public

Lorna Siggins Sat April 20, 2013

Shell E&P Ireland has said it is conducting an internal investigation, following the inadvertent cutting of a gas pipe at the Corrib gas terminal earlier this month.

The incident, which occurred during work on water pipes at the terminal site in north Mayo, resulted in nitrogen being released into the atmosphere.

As a precaution, all nitrogen was “vented off”, according to the company. The Ballinaboy terminal built to refine gas from the Corrib gas field is not yet active, as work is still continuing on the last section of the project – the onshore pipeline.

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The Shell game ends

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 Extraterritoriality: Some good news for multinationals

Apr 20th 2013 | ATLANTA |From the print edition

BETWEEN the administrations of George Washington and Jimmy Carter, the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) lay dormant. The statute grants American district courts jurisdiction over “any civil action by an alien for a tort only, committed in violation of the law of nations or of a treaty of the United States”.

At the age of 190 it sprang back to life on April 6th 1979, when it was used to allow two Paraguayans to sue a former Paraguayan policeman in an American court for acts of torture committed in Paraguay.

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Shell interested in Petrobras Gulf of Mexico assets – CEO

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RIO DE JANEIRO | Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:36am BST

(Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) is interested in acquiring new assets in the Gulf of Mexico, including those of Brazil‘s state-controlled oil company Petrobras, Shell’s Chief Executive Peter Voser said on Thursday.

No decision has been made on whether to purchase the oil exploration and production blocks that the Brazilian company is selling in the Gulf, Voser told reporters in Rio de Janeiro.

But Shell will consider all the assets that Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4.SA), as Petrobras is known, is hawking under a $9 billion asset-sale program, he added.

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A $30 Billion Hole in the Caspian Sea?

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For more than a decade, the promised bonanza from Kazakhstan’s giant offshore Kashagan oil field has been a costly mirage for its developers. And the wait still isn’t over.

The companies backing the project—which include Exxon Mobil Corp., Eni Spa and Royal Dutch Shell PLC—in March missed the startup date Eni predicted last year. And now, after a decade of work and more than $30 billion in expenses, it isn’t clear when one of the world’s biggest untapped fields will produce its first drop of oil.

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Screen Shot 2013-03-05 at 15.42.20News release – Issued by Shell to Sea Friday 19th April 2013

— Latest incident further example of Shell as “Neighbour from Hell” — 

Shell has admitted that on Monday, the 8th April, they had to vent all the nitrogen currently in the gas pipes at the Bellanaboy refinery, after they mistakenly cut a gas pipe. Shell claim the reason for this was the gas pipe was mistaken for a water pipe in the refinery and was cut.  The gas pipes on the refinery site are currently filled with nitrogen to inhibit corrosion.   The incident only came to light because a local resident contacted Midwest Radio with details of the incident.   Shell confirmed the incident took place one week after the event. [1]

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Esther Kiobel still intent on seeking justice

Screen Shot 2013-04-19 at 11.48.26After Esther Kiobel recently sought my advice, anticipating the possible decision that has just been announced, I put her into contact with a Dutch law firm with a view to instigating a lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell in the Netherlands. Hopefully that process is now underway.

By John Donovan

Access is provided here to the 35 page judgement issued by the Supreme Court of the United States in the case KIOBEL, INDIVIDUALLY AND ON BEHALF OF HER LATE HUSBAND KIOBEL, ET AL v. ROYAL DUTCH PETROLEUM CO. ET AL: decided April 17, 2013

Esther Kiobel (right) is a regular visitor to this website and has made some very much appreciated comments about our activities.

Esther, who alleges that her husband Barinem Kiobel was executed by the Nigerian regime with the alleged backing of Shell, has correctly described Shell as an evil corporation. 

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The Wrong Decision for Human Rights

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Legal and Policy Associate, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable: Posted: 04/18/2013 7:42 pm

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (Shell) that Esther Kiobel may not proceed in her case against Shell for aiding and abetting in the torture and murder of her husband. In addition to setting back Esther’s quest for justice, the Court’s decision has two major effects: It limits accountability for gross human rights abuse committed abroad and it gives foreign corporations preferential treatment over domestic businesses.

In 1995, Dr. Barinem Kiobel was kidnapped, tortured, and executed by hanging following a trial before a military tribunal that was internationally denounced and widely condemned as a sham along with eight other people. Dr. Kiobel was a leader of a non-violent organization that protested Shell’s polluting of the land in the Ogoni region of Nigeria. To quash the protest, Shell allegedly sent corporate officers to meet with the Nigerian government and provided funding and training to the Nigerian military for “security operations” that resulted in years of violent abuse, including harassment, beatings, rape, torture and ultimately death.

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More allegations about Shell Corrib Gas Project

Screen Shot 2013-03-05 at 15.42.20“On the Corrib gas terminal Shell are employing people to do the work of industrial fitters who are not qualified… so are putting the safety of the terminal at risk. The latest breach in health and safety was on Monday the 8th of April, a worker employed as a fitter without the necessary papers worked on cutting pipes… he cut through a live nitrogen pipe and put many lives at risk. Shell has set up an incident room but it is a smokescreen..:” “The drinking culture on the site has also become a big problem…” (*ANOTHER BOOZE ALLEGATION ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONTROVERSIAL PROJECT?)

Screen Shot 2013-04-19 at 00.39.56From Mid West Radio Ireland – Evening edition – Official account provided by Shell PR

Shell Ireland says incident at Bellanaboy gas terminal last week did not pose any danger to the site

An incident that occurred at the Corrib gas terminal at Bellanaboy in North Mayo last Monday has been described by Shell as posing no danger to the environment

A pipe containing nitrogen was cut by mistake but the company says all nitrogen on the site was vented off as a precaution

Teresa O’Malley has more details…

As Shell’s Corrib Gas terminal at Bellanaboy is almost completed, the site is said to be in a state of preservation and during this phase of development low pressure nitrogen is pushed through the gas pipes to prevent any corrosion

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Noble Corp says Royal Dutch Shell Plc in talks to renew Arctic rig contract

Screen Shot 2013-01-29 at 14.38.10 By Reuters | 18 Apr, 2013, 08.41PM IST Noble Corp, owner of the world’s third-largest offshore drilling fleet, said on Thursday Royal Dutch Shell Plc was in talks to extend its contract to use the Noble Discoverer beyond February 2014, underlining its long-term plans for the offshore Arctic.

The Discoverer is undergoing repairs in South Korea after Shell postponed its 2013 drilling plans for offshore Alaska after a problematic foray there last year.

But Roger Hunt, Noble’s senior vice-president for marketing and contracts, said recent moves to push ahead with drilling in the Russian Arctic by Exxon Mobil Corp and Rosneft underlined the potential of the overall region. Hunt did not see the decision last week by ConocoPhillips to defer its drilling off the coast of Alaska as indicative of the industry losing interest.

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A Giant Setback for Human Rights

Graphic from The Guardian Article: Unloveable Shell: the Goddess of Oil

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A version of this editorial appeared in print on April 18, 2013, on page A26 of the New York edition

The Supreme Court’s conservatives dealt a major blow Wednesday to the ability of American federal courts to hold violators of international human rights accountable. The court declared that a 1789 law called the Alien Tort Statute does not allow foreigners to sue in American courts to seek redress “for violations of the law of nations occurring outside the United States.”

In the case at issue, Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, Nigerian citizens alleged that, from 1992 to 1995, multinational oil companies working in Nigeria aided the military dictatorship that tortured and killed protesters who fought the environmental damage caused by the oil operations. These companies did business in the United States. But Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., writing for the majority, said that even where claims of atrocities “touch and concern the territory of the United States, they must do so with sufficient force” to overcome a presumption that the statute does not apply to actions outside this country.

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Supreme court blocks Nigerian activists from suing Shell over alleged torture

Nigerians had hoped to use US Alien Tort Statute to sue Royal Dutch Petroleum over the deaths of nine protesters in the 1990s

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The supreme court has blocked a group of Nigerians from suing the oil giant Shell in US court for allegedly aiding in torture and murder in a ruling that human rights experts warned could limit the ability to bring such cases in the US.

In a unanimous ruling, the justices stopped a case filed by Nigerian activists now living in the US who allege that in the 1990s Royal Dutch Petroleum was complicit in the the torture and murder of protesters at the company’s Shell Oil operations in the Ogoni region.

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Should the U.S. Expand Offshore Oil Drilling?

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A version of this article appeared April 15, 2013, on page R6 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal,


In the bureau’s 2012-17 plan, the Arctic waters of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off Alaska are the chief areas slated for expanded leasing outside the Gulf. Environmental groups fear that drilling in the Arctic threatens the habitat of endangered marine mammals and have worked to prevent Royal Dutch Shell PLC from exploring its existing leases. Shell’s recent operating setbacks, none of which involved actual drilling, intensified opposition. Shell, Statoil ASA and ConocoPhillips have all suspended Arctic exploration amid technical challenges and regulatory uncertainty, at least until 2014 for Shell and 2015 for the others.

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