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SHELL CORRIB GAS PROJECT SCANDAL: THE FAKE INVOICE?

By John Donovan

The article published on Sunday in The Observer has created a firestorm of interest in Ireland with hundreds of comments posted on online discussion forums.

Many contributors make a very good point saying that the OSSL invoice posted on this website is fake. They raise legitimate concerns about its authenticity, about the VAT number and the content of the email, which looks like it has been drafted to embarrass Shell.

There is a simple answer. Call in the Garda to investigate? Why has this not already been done? Perhaps we already know the answer.

If the invoice is fake and the information on it is false, and the invoice has been used in an attempt to pressure Shell into making a payment under false pretenses – a payment it would not otherwise make – then a criminal offence has been committed. There is a word that describes such a crime.

According to OSSL Shell kept putting back the question of raising an invoice because of the sensitivity attached to the matter. This they say is why it was raised years after it should have been. In the meantime OSSL was doing other business with Shell and did not want to upset its far and away most important client, Shell EP Ireland.

I first posted the “fake” invoice online several months ago.

Why has Shell not reported the “fake” invoice to the Garda?

Why has Shell continued to meet with a company that issued a “fake” invoice? The last meeting took place after the personal intervention of the Chief Executive of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Mr Peter Voser.

Why has the Garda not seized the initiative and investigated the “fake”invoice and arrested those responsible if it is fake?

When are the senior Garda officers named on the “fake” invoice going to sue someone – perhaps me – for defamation!

All very strange. Inexplicable even.

I am located hundreds of miles away, but can smell the stink of corruption, even from this distance.

I think that is the reason why the authenticity and legitimacy of the invoice has not been investigated.

I have seen a volume of email correspondence – mostly generated in a repetitive form by OSSL – in which Shell and the Garda had the opportunity to state that what OSSL was saying was false. When OSSL did receive responses, there was NO denial that the relevant events took place. 

I have assembled one volume of correspondence , which I now make available for public scrutiny on the Internet. I have highlighted some information in red text.

I draw attention in particular to email correspondence between OSSL and Shell EP Ireland CEO Michael Crothers that took place on 22 May 2012. Look at the timing. If I received an email making reference to something that never happened, I would not ignore it, but would immediately take issue and put it in writing.

I have the original forwarded copies – available to the media on request.

Maura Harrington of Shell to Sea has called for a “fully independent international inquiry” into the OSSL allegations.

Under the circumstances, that it what is needed to unravel the truth about the allegations and the authenticity of the “fake” invoice that Shell and the Garda have chosen not to challenge, despite its obvious flaws.

EVEN AT THIS LATE STAGE IF THE GARDA OR SHELL CATEGORICALLY STATE THAT THE EVENTS ALLEGED BY OSSL NEVER HAPPENED, THAT THEY ARE FICTITIOUS -  THEN I WILL REMOVE ALL ARTICLES AND EVIDENCE ON THIS SUBJECT FROM THIS WEBSITE. FEW ARE GOING TO ACCEPT THE SMOKESCREEN PR STATEMENTS ISSUED THUS FAR.

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