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Arctic beckons for Shell’s Pickard

Peter Klinger, Business Editor, The West Australian April 30, 2013, 7:07 am 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 […]

Royal Dutch Shell wins huge UAE gas deal

30 April 2013 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 […]

Shell Said to Name Pickard Head of Operations in Arctic Region

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 […]

Pickard Teleportation into an Arctic Role

I 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 […]

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”. FINANCIAL TIMES By Matt Steinglass […]

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

httpv:// (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 […]

Departing Shell chief Ann Pickard faces icy challenge

Barry FitzGerald From: The Australian April 30, 2013 12:00AM 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 […]

Ditch the King. Hire an Actor.

A version of this op-ed appeared in print on April 29, 2013, on page A21 of the New York edition By ARNON GRUNBERG EXTRACTS 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 […]

Bee deaths: EU to ban neonicotinoid pesticides

A 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 […]


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 […]

Three Oil Giants Suspend Chukchi and Beaufort Sea Drilling Plans

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Rising gas price helps Shell boost fortunes

By DOMINIC JEFF 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 […]

Shell Corrib Gas Project

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 […]

The Dark Side of Energy Independence

By BENJAMIN ALTER and EDWARD FISHMAN A version of this op-ed appeared in print on April 28, 2013, on page SR5 of the New York edition 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. […]

Bringing major corporations to book for their crimes

 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 EXTRACT Other examples he discusses include the toxic solvents and child labour used to make fashionable Nike sportswear in the […]

Shell says refinery incident ‘contained’

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 […]

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, […]

Highest-Paid Workforce Driving Shell Offshore Australia: Energy

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 […]

Shell challenges $1 billion tax demand in Bombay HC

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 […]

Shell Nigeria begins asset inventory in Ogoniland

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 […]

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

“…why spoil a good story by the introduction of facts including the facts about Shell’s great Alaskan misadventure for example…” COMMENT RECEIVED FROM MR BILL CAMPBELL, RETIRED HSE GROUP AUDITOR, SHELL INTERNATIONAL RE OUR ARTICLE ABOUT SHELL EXPLORATION MANAGER ROLAND SPUIJ (PERSON ON RIGHT) TALKING THE TALK Re your article: Shell exploration manager Roland Spuij – deluded […]


‘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 On the evening of Monday 22nd April, a group of about 10 singers and musicians called ‘Shell Out Sounds’ (SOS) returned to the Southbank […] hacked off

By 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 […]

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. Thu, Apr 25 2013. 05 57 PM IST Mumbai/ New […]

By 2023, a Changed World in Energy

By 2023, a Changed World in Energy By CLIFFORD KRAUSS: A version of this article appeared in print on April 25, 2013, on page F1 of the New York edition HOUSTON IF you could close your eyes for just a moment like Rip Van Winkle, and blink them open in 2023, you might see a […]

Campaign against Shell sponsorship of the South Bank Centre

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… 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 […]


SELECTION OF SHELL RELATED ARTICLE LINKS KINDLY PROVIDED BY A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR 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 […]

Email received from Esther Kiobel of Kiobel v Royal Dutch Shell

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 […]

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. By John Donovan The Telegraph […]


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 […]

Greenpeace launches Arctic “whistleblower” site for oil workers

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 […]

Shell exploration manager Roland Spuij – deluded or ignorant?

By John Donovan 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 […]

Shell warns of shale delays outside US

FINANCIAL TIMES 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… FULL ARTICLE

Shell plans to move 135,000 staff to BYOD

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 […]

‘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.  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, […]

UK blocks Shell paying Iran oil debt in food, medicine

“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 […]

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

The 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 […]

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. By Julian Ku & John Yoo: 4/21/2013 The 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 […]

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. 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. […]

The Shell game ends

 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 […]

Shell interested in Petrobras Gulf of Mexico assets – CEO

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 […]

A $30 Billion Hole in the Caspian Sea?

BY JUSTIN SCHECK: April 18, 2013, 8:27 p.m. ET 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 […]


News 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 […]

Esther Kiobel still intent on seeking justice

After 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 […]

The Wrong Decision for Human Rights

Katie Shay: 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 […]

More allegations about Shell Corrib Gas Project

“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 […]

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

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 […]

A Giant Setback for Human Rights

Graphic from The Guardian Article: Unloveable Shell: the Goddess of Oil By THE EDITORIAL BOARD 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 […]

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 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 […]

Should the U.S. Expand Offshore Oil Drilling?

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

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