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Midlife crisis for Mr. Voser?

Man Isn’t Alone; Apes Also Suffer Midlife Crises August 30, 2013, 7:38 p.m. ET BY ROBERT M. SAPOLSKY The petroleum industry is still absorbing the recent, surprising resignation of Peter Voser, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell. Mr. Voser had been riding high with many successes during his stewardship of the petroleum giant. Yet, at the […]

Nigeria: 10,000 Jobs At Risk, As Chevron, Shell Pull Out From Oklng

Nigeria’s unemployment situation is set to worsen, as the fate of about 10,000 workers in the Olokola Liquefied Natural Gas project, OKLNG, is currently on the line, following the pulling out of Chevron and Shell, which threatens the continuation of the project.

Shell Global PR Rethink Aims To Streamline Roster

Research released last year revealed that Shell is the brand most targeted by activist groups. The company has seen a particular rise in activist criticism because its Arctic drilling plans, which are the target of a high-profile Greenpeace campaign. read more

Greenpeace activists invade Shell refinery

Around 40 Greenpeace activists, some dressed as polar bears, forced entrance to the Shell oil refinery in Fredericia this morning (Photo: Greenpeace) Christian Wenande: August 28, 2013 – 09:38The action is a protest against Shell spearheading the search for oil in the vulnerable Arctic region Shell’s oil refinery in the Jutland city of Fredericia was […]

Josef Ackermann resigns after suicide of Zurich CFO: Ackermann a board member of Royal Dutch Shell

Zurich chairman Ackermann resigns over suicide of CFO By Katharina Bart ZURICH | Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:07am EDT (Reuters) – Josef Ackermann, the chairman of Zurich Insurance (ZURN.VX) and former Deutsche Bank boss (DBKGn.DE), resigned on Thursday over the apparent suicide of the insurer’s chief financial officer, further roiling the top ranks of the […]

Alan Shatter and the Shell Garda Corruption Scandal

The latest news is that Roadbridge, the main contractor on the scandal ridden Corrib Gas Project has categorically denied allegations by a sub-contractor, OSSL, that Roadbridge was involved in handling any invoice related to “illegal or unethical activity”. Does this mean that Roadbridge will join the long queue of parties that appear to have grounds […]

Civil engineering firm ‘categorically denies’ former Corrib contractors claims

Roadbridge confirms it handled invoices for OSSL in 2007 Garda directing vehicles at Shell’s gas refinery site at Ballinaboy in north Mayo. A former Shell contractor, OSSL, claims it made deliveries of alcohol to Belmullet Garda station between 2005 and 2007, claims which Shell denies. Lorna Siggins: Wed, Aug 28, 2013 The Corrib gas projects […]

Senior garda to meet Corrib booze contractor

In a statement by spokesman John Monaghan, the community group reiterated the fact that it was ‘committed to solving the continued difficulties with the ongoing Shell-Statoil Corrib Gas controversy’, but was ‘extremely concerned about the most recent developments regarding allegations of bribery and deception involving senior members of An Garda Siochána and agents acting on […]

YouTube takes down Greenpeace Shell video

Blogpost by Brian Fitzgerald – August 27, 2013 at 13:49 Video of our rather hilarious hijack of Sunday’s Shell-sponsored Formula 1 ceremony has been pulled by YouTube following a “Copyright” (AKA “Embarrassment”) complaint. While the take down appears to have been ordered by the Formula 1 organisers, we suspect Shell is pleased. They may even […]


By John Donovan A month has passed since the death of my father, Alfred Donovan, at the age of 96. A war disabled and decorated veteran who spent 12 years in the British Army. I have received many moving tributes and messages of condolences from friends and critics, for which I am most sincerely grateful. […]

Shell South African Shale Drive Riles Farmers Over Water: Energy

Royal Dutch Shell Plc shale gas drilling plans for South Africa’s Karoo semi-desert are pitting the government and its energy goals against farmers and conservationists like billionaire Johann Rupert who say the land will be spoiled. Shell applied for permission in 2011 to drill 24 exploratory wells in the Karoo. Source: GO!/Gallo Images/Getty Images By […]

Activist hijacks Belgian GP podium

Activist hijacks Belgian GP podium just metres away from celebrating Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton on day of protests at F1 race By Phil Duncan and Joe Strange PUBLISHED: 13:55, 25 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:14, 25 August 2013 A Greenpeace activist managed to scale the Belgian Grand Prix podium as Sebastian Vettel was celebrating his […]

Iraq blames Shell for $4.6 bln lost income: letter

Iraq’s oil ministry, struggling with sputtering output, has blamed Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell over $4.6 billion in lost revenue due to production delays, in a letter seen by AFP on Monday. BAGHDAD (AFP) 26 Aug 2013 Iraq’s oil ministry, struggling with sputtering output, has blamed Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell over $4.6 billion in lost revenue […]

€35m Garda Beer Pipe Opens

Published in Phoenix magazine – the Irish equivalent of Private Eye. Click on image to enlarge. The Corrib Chronicle – €35m Garda Beer Pipe Opens By: The Phoenix – funnies There were wild scenes yesterday after the official opening of the Shell to Belmullet Garda beer pipe.  Top brass from the Gardai Siochana were on […]

Greenpeace holds protest at Belgian GP

on 25/08/2013 at 20:39, updated on 25/08/2013 at 21:10 Greenpeace activists attempted to disrupt the build-up to the Belgian Grand Prix after unfolding a large banner on the main start-finish grandstand. After two para-gliders flew over the circuit trailing a banner protesting against race sponsor Shell’s Arctic drilling plans, four activists from Greenpeace Belgium scaled […]

Technip and Shell to lay world’s deepest gas pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico

Written by Paul Williams: Published on Friday, 23 August 2013 11:33 This field is located in the Walker Ridge area, at a water depth of approximately 2,900 meters. Technip was awarded by Shell Offshore Inc. an engineering, procurement and installation contract for the development of subsea infrastructure for the Stones field. This field is located […]

Shell investigates leak in Niger delta

Shell is facing legal action in a UK court on behalf of 11,000 members of the Niger delta Bodo community, who say the company is responsible for spilling 500,000 barrels in 2008. Shell has admitted liability for two spills in the Bodo region but estimates the volume is far lower. Reuters in Yenagoa The Guardian, […]

Shell ordered to revise plan for cleaning Carson’s Carousel neighborhood

By Sandy Mazza, Daily Breeze: 08/22/13 Shell Oil Co. was ordered this week to revise major portions of its plan to clean the soil in Carson’s highly contaminated Carousel tract neighborhood. This is the first time the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board has acknowledged the validity of arguments that Shell is shirking its […]


By John Donovan Anyone who has read the postings made on this website in recent years by insiders working on the Motiva Refinery expansion project should not be in the least surprised by the series of serious mishaps following the restart, which taken together, can only be described as a complete and utter shambles. Troubled […]

Troubled Motiva refinery, biggest in U.S., faces lengthy 2014 work: sources

The biggest U.S. oil refinery could shut its main crude distillation unit for up to three months next year to replace a vibrating pipe that prevents the 325,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) unit from running at full capacity, sources familiar with operations said. That would be another blow to the Motiva Enterprises, 600,000-bpd plant since the $10-billion (U.S.)refinery, […]

Garda Ombudsman gave false information about Shell corruption scandal

Various statements, it claims, have been issued in recent days by Shell and the police force, and notes with dismay that neither group has yet denied the accusations, but merely pushed them away with talk of repeated internal investigations with no possibility of independence. HEADLINE: Garda Ombudsman Admits a Complaint on alleged Delivery of Alcohol […]


You can bring this whole episode to a speedy conclusion if Shell simply states that the OSSL allegations are entirely false and the items listed on the related invoice dated 24 August 2012 entirely fictitious.  It would follow that if the allegations are false and the items on the invoice false, then bearing in mind […]


OSSL EMAIL TO SHELL EP IRELAND CHIEF EXECUTIVE, MICHAEL CROTHERS From: THE OSSL COMPANY <[email protected]> Date: 21 August 2013 16:58:10 BST To: Michael Crothers <[email protected]>, Peter Voser <[email protected]>, Michiel Brandjes <[email protected]>, “<[email protected]>” <[email protected]> Subject: Police alcohol ..your open discussions …  Confirming the existence of alcohol deliveries …..Michael …we won’t stand by and let the authenticity […]


Pobal Chill Chomain Press Release – SHELL/STATOIL GARDA BRIBERY – 21/08/2013 As a community group committed to solving the continued difficulties with the ongoing Shell/Statoil Corrib Gas controversy, we are extremely concerned with the most recent developments regarding allegations of bribery and deception involving senior members of An Garda Siochana and agents acting on behalf […]

Shell rejects, but does not categorically deny, OSSL allagations

RTE TV NEWS CLIP: Garda­ in Belmullet: Shell denies supplying alcohol to gardai in Bellmullet: Shell Ireland have again rejected claims of supplying alcohol to garda­ in Belmullet… read more

Woodside Awaits Israel Court Decision Before Completing Gas Deal

By James Paton: August 21, 2013 Woodside Petroleum Ltd. (WPL), Australia’s second-biggest oil producer, is waiting for an Israeli court decision later this year before completing a deal to invest in the Leviathan natural gas project. Israeli’s high court is expected Sept. 17 to consider whether the cabinet’s gas export plan, which affects the Leviathan […]

Approval for $40bn gas giant at James Price Point ‘unlawful’

Nicolas Perpitch and Andrew Burrell From: The Australian August 20, 2013 12:00AM THE development of vast natural gasfields off Western Australia’s Kimberley coast has suffered a setback after the state’s Supreme Court found the environmental approvals for a critical gas-processing hub north of Broome were unlawful. In an embarrassment for the Barnett government, Chief Justice […]

Woodside offshore gas push blow to Barnett

Andrew Burrell From: The Australian August 21, 2013 12:00AM COLIN Barnett’s push to create thousands of construction jobs by keeping the huge Browse gas project onshore has suffered another blow after Woodside Petroleum said it wanted to develop the project using radical floating LNG technology. Woodside and its joint venture partners are now expected to […]

Warnings of Arctic drilling risks

John, Here are a few links that report findings by the US Government Accounting Office about drilling in the Alaskan Arctic. Your readers might be interested in what they have to say. GAO finds Arctic offshore-drilling risks despite toughened oversight … read more


COMMENT BY A KNOWLEDGEABLE SOURCE ON SHELL SPONSORED ALCOHOL FOR THE GARDA: CHRISTMAS GIFT OR BRIBE? John Shell have a rule that gifts are acceptable up to a certain value.  I don’t know the current figure, but 100 Euros would probably be about right. 300 garda times 100 Euros = 30,000 Euros, so if OSSL […]

Alleged sinister developments in OSSL Shell corruption scandal

By John Donovan I have published this email from OSSL because I know for a fact (including from my own experience) that Shell has used undercover agents to intimidate perceived enemies of the company and has engaged in widespread industrial espionage using former MI6 agents. I have the documentary evidence to prove what I say […]

Nigeria: Shell, Chevron, Others Declare $38.76bn Dividend

By Michael Eboh, 20 August 2013 Nigerians were once again the losers, as six international oil companies — Royal Dutch Shell, ConocoPhilips, Chevron, Total, Eni and ExxonMobil — paid their shareholders a dividend of $38.76 billion (N6.201 trillion) in 2013. The dividends were for the 2012 financial year, which was approved by their respective shareholders […]

RTE Radio 1: Philip Boucher-Hayes investigates the OSSL allegations

By John Donovan As can be seen from the transcript of a Drivetime segment broadcast on RTE Radio 1 yesterday evening, Shell has been cornered into making what is described as a much more robust denial of the allegations made by its former “Mr Fixit” in Ireland, OSSL. In so doing, Shell appears to have […]

Any difference between ‘reject’ and ‘deny’???

From Any difference between ‘reject’ and ‘deny’??? Probably on front page of IT today, available on IT site now: Shell rejects claims over delivery of alcohol to Garda – The Irish Times – Mon, Aug 19, 2013 Also up already on Donovan site: Shell rejects claims over delivery of alcohol to Garda | Royal […]

Fire hobbles Motiva oil refinery, biggest in U.S.

Sources said refinery managers spoke of their frustration on Monday with problems that have plagued the expanded plant.  “It was a bad weekend for us,” said one source. “We’re all feeling snake-bit. It just seems like we get up and going and then something else goes wrong.” Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:28am IST * ‘Feeling […]

Woodside to Recommend Floating LNG to Develop its Browse Project

By James Paton – Aug 20, 2013 1:12 AM GMT+0100 Woodside Petroleum Ltd. (WPL), Australia’s second-biggest oil producer, will recommend using Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s floating liquefied natural gas technology to its partners to develop the Browse project. The selection of floating LNG requires the approval of the Browse partners, including BP Plc (BP/), […]

Blaze hits Shell plant in Texas

Published: Tue, August 20, 2013 ROYAL DUTCH SHELL has shut down parts of a refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, after a fire broke out following a £6.4billion expansion scheme. Shell closed units at the Motiva refinery, which is run by a joint venture of the oil giant and Saudi Refining, after the second blaze in […]

Shell rejects claims over delivery of alcohol to Garda

Shell E&P Ireland (Sepil) has said it “unequivocally rejects” the allegations “regarding delivery at any time of alcohol to An Garda Siochána” on its behalf by a former contractor, OSSL. In a statement issued yesterday, the company said it “also therefore rejects the claim that OSSL were paid for delivering alcohol to the Garda”. Contractor […]

Shell shuts unit at Motiva Texas refinery

NEW YORK | Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:12pm BST (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) said it shut down an unspecified unit at its joint-venture 600,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Motiva refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, on Saturday, following an operational problem. “Several units that are integrated to this unit will run at reduced rates and […]

Crude Oil Theft: Now, That NNPC Is Disputing Shell’s $700 million Claim? By Ifeanyi Izeze

The NNPC said that contrary to the outrageous figures Shell is dangling as volume of crude oil lost to thieves, the combined efforts of the government and the international oil companies (IOCs) have resulted in a significant drop in the level of pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft, with a corresponding increase in daily crude […]

Shale Grab in U.S. Stalls as Falling Values Repel Buyers

By Matthew Monks, Rebecca Penty & Gerrit de Vynck – Aug 19, 2013 12:00 AM GMT+0100 Oil companies are hitting the brakes on a U.S. shale land grab that produced an abundance of cheap natural gas — and troubles for the industry. The spending slowdown by international companies including BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) and Royal […]


Today we have learned that confirmation of alcohol distribution by SHELL CORRIB DIRECTORS in Ireland has taken place ..confirming what we have been telling you all along. EMAIL FROM OSSL TO SHELL CEO PETER VOSER RE CONFIRMATION OF ALCOHOL GIFTS (BRIBES?) From: Des <[email protected]> Date: 19 August 2013 11:20:01 BST To: Peter Voser <[email protected]> Subject: […]

Shell’s contractor delivered three loads of booze to gardaiâ

In an attempt to improve relations, Shell recruited John Egan, a former BBC journalist and Mayo native, in late 2005.  James Laffey, the editor of The Western People, has confirmed that Egan sent him six bottles of wine before Christmas 2005 but that he returned them. The Sunday Times Times Website Headline: Shell’s contractor delivered […]

Contaminated soil testing at Carousel tract in Carson confirms residents’ health and safety fears

Until recently, Barbara Post struggled to get people to react with urgency to her claims that Shell Oil’s contamination of her Carson neighborhood caused her neighbor’s 132 tumors, her daughter’s flesh-eating disease and her deceased husband’s irregular heartbeat. By Sandy Mazza, Staff Writer [email protected] l, @sandymazza on Twitter Posted: 08/07/13, 8:27 PM PDT | Until […]


EMAIL FROM OSSL REGARDING SHELL GARDA CORRUPTION SCANDAL From: THE OSSL COMPANY <[email protected]> Subject: Note this … on Connor Byrne …. A request for detail from the press Date: 17 August 2013 12:15:10 GMT+01:00 To: John Shell News <[email protected]>, Ed Vulliamy <[email protected]> A man in the Shell team at Corrib called Brian Foley …….senior Contracts […]

Shell in Nigerian arms controversy

By Rob Davies PUBLISHED: 22:00, 16 August 2013 | UPDATED: 22:00, 16 August 2013 Shell lobbied the Government to send millions of pounds of weapons to Nigeria that may have fallen into the hands of militants guilty of human rights abuses, a report has warned. Oil theft in Nigeria cost Shell some £460million in its […]

Exclusive: Largest U.S. refinery to run below capacity for months

A new piping problem may force the newest crude distillation unit at Motiva’s Port Arthur refinery, the largest plant in the United States, to run up to 75,000 barrels-per-day below capacity through fall of next year. By Erwin Seba HOUSTON | Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:45pm EDT (Reuters) – A new piping problem may force […]

Where is my defamation writ from Shell?

Members of the news media: give Shell and the Garda PR people a call. See if you can obtain a straightforward denial from either that the events revealed in The Observer article took place?  At the moment you are being deceived by trickery into believing that Shell and the Garda are innocent of the charges, […]


It took an  excellent piece of reporting by a London based newspaper, for your company to find its voice ….over three hundred unanswered communications on the matter of police alcohol alone …before we mention the falsifying of a police statement demanded by Shell CEO Terry Nolan. There is much evidence to all matters of GIFTING […]

Arctic drill rules advance; Shell spill dome OK’d

BY TIM BRADNER, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE Published: 2013.08.15 10:56 AM A top federal official offered fresh assurances that new rules governing drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf off Alaska’s Arctic coasts will be out by the end of the year, and that Shell’s special Arctic “capping stack” and containment system for spilled oil have […]

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