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Shell Begins Sale of U.S. Shale Assets Following Charge

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s biggest oil company, began a sale of U.S. shale assets after booking a $2.1 billion impairment in the second quarter. The company will sell its interest in the Eagle Ford project in Texas and plans to open a data room to potential buyers next month, The Hague-based Shell said today […]

Shell warns Gazprom of price risks as LNG expansion delayed

(Reuters) – Shell, the global leader in liquefied natural gas, urged Gazprom to expand a plant they jointly own or risk missing out during a peak in gas prices, an executive of Shell’s operations in Russia told Reuters. By Denis Pinchuk YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, Russia | Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:34am EDT (Reuters) – Shell (RDSa.L), the […]

Oil giant Shell could face charges over North Sea spill

More than 200 tonnes of oil spilled from Gannet Alpha. Prosecutors will now decide whether Shell should face criminal proceedings. Aberdeen Evening Express Published: 30/09/2013 AN OIL giant could face criminal charges over the worst spill in the North Sea for more than a decade. A leak in a pipeline saw more than 200 tonnes […]

Shell to Sell Stake in Eagle Ford Shale in Texas

Royal Dutch Shell PLC plans to sell its stake in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, following a $2 billion write-down of North American assets that the company announced in August. Royal Dutch Shell PLC plans to sell its stake in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, following a $2 billion write-down of […]

Shell abandons Western Slope oil shale project

DENVER — Royal Dutch Shell PLC became the latest company to abandon efforts to turn Western Slope oil shale into oil, joining a long line of companies in a boom and bust cycle in the region… the company no longer wants to continue efforts to turn oily shale rock into liquid by heating the rock […]

U.S Government Opens Leasing of Chukchi Sea to Other Drillers after Shell Backed Out

The U.S government announced Thursday that they will be welcoming other oil and energy companies interested in leasing Chukchi Sea near Alaska after Shell backed out.. By Julie S: Sept 29, 2013 The U.S government announced Thursday that they will be welcoming other oil and energy companies interested in leasing Chukchi Sea near Alaska after Shell backed out, Reuters […]

Vodafone, Shell asked to file replies in tax case by 10 October

Both firms have challenged tax demands through writ petitions in high court in an alleged transfer pricing case: Shell India is fighting a tax order accusing it of underpricing an intra-group share transfer by Rs.15,000 crore and consequently evading taxes. =&0=& The Bombay high court on Monday asked the Indian units of Vodafone Group Plc […]

Shell’s decision to shut down its oil shale operations in Colorado

Printed letters, September 29, 2013 By Staff Sunday, September 29, 2013 Shell’s decision to shut down its oil shale operations in Colorado and move it to friendlier places like Canada and Jordan was based on artificial economic factors created by the government’s punitive regulatory approach, not normal free-market determinants. Most people knew this was bound […]

Investing in Tanzania: Region is one of the hottest for energy industry

FINANCIAL TIMES September 30, 2013 When BP and Shell explored for hydrocarbons along the coast of Tanzania between 1952 and 1964, they found little natural gas and even less oil. But their geologists did discover that the 100 stratigraphic shallow boreholes they drilled showed the presence of sealing, reservoir and source rock combinations common in […]

Voser’s on the way out…. let’s book the losses!

The people who will really be laughing are those who sold the US prospects to Shell over the past few years. These assets were acquired by Shell at a cost of several billion dollars right at the top of the market. FROM A SHELL RELATED SOURCE Looks like Ben van Beurden is going to be […]

Defiant Shell unwilling to quit crime-hit Niger Delta

Oil giant Shell has denied running away from its problems in Nigeria. Shell employs 600 contractor companies, who Janzen says “in principle” survey the lines around the clock;  Campaigners suggest some contractors may be implicated in theft, arguably putting Shell indirectly in the frame. 30 September 2013 The tanker sailed into the Niger Delta, right […]

Why I Hate Royal Dutch Shell plc

Harvey Jones hates the fact that Royal Dutch Shell plc is failing to fulfil its massive potential. There is something to love and hate in almost every stock. But today, I’m in a fratchy mood, so here are five things I hate about Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSB) (NYSE: RDS-B.US). Wasn’t it a certain Warren […]

In Canada’s north Atlantic, new oil frontier shows life beyond shale

Fri Sep 27, 2013 3:06pm EDT * Statoil find opens up new basin for offshore Canada * Oil majors Chevron and Shell also exploring new fields * Scarcity of specialised rigs could hamper progress By Nia Williams CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Statoil’s announcement this week of a major oil find off Canada’s Atlantic […]

Shell drops vexing Colorado oil shale effort

Shell is abandoning its decades-long quest to extract shale oil commercially from Colorado…; Shell Oil Co., the Houston-based North American arm of Royal Dutch Shell, this week confirmed it was giving up its Mahogany project in Colorado after investing tens of millions of dollars and 31 years on the endeavor. By Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Washington […]



U.S. govt gauges interest in new Chukchi Sea offshore oil leasing

(Reuters) – The U.S. government on Thursday started to formally gauge energy companies’ interest in future oil and gas leasing in the Chukchi Sea near Alaska, site of a trouble-plagued 2012 exploration season for Royal Dutch Shell Plc. Shell did preliminary drilling on one Chukchi well in 2012. After experiencing equipment failures and accidents, it […]

Shell signs five-year deal with CGI to support technical IT unit

By Derek du Preez | Computerworld UK | Published 12:51, 26 September 13 Shell has signed a five-year deal with CGI to support the oil giant’s Technical and Competitive IT (TaCIT) unit, which is responsible for providing services across a number of the company’s key portfolios. CGI acquired Logica, one of the UK’s largest outsourcing […]

Gulf Gasoline Strengthens on Incident at Port Arthur Refinery

By Christine Harvey – Sep 26, 2013 9:15 PM GMT+0100 U.S. Gulf Coast gasoline strengthened relative to futures in New York after Motiva Enterprises LLC reported an incident at the largest refinery in the region. Motiva’s Port Arthur, Texas, refinery report a “process incident” and flaring from an alkylation unit and fluid catalytic cracker, according […]

Royal Dutch Shell and G4S

By John Donovan Earlier this month we published an article revealing that the toubled security firm G4S had signed a five-year deal with Shell. BBC news is now reporting that the government has handed information on security firm Serco to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) following recent disclosures on overcharging. Two months ago, the Ministry of […]

Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling operations in limbo

Shell Oil has not disclosed new safety measures since a critical federal report in March, and it has not applied to drill in the Arctic in 2014. By Maria L. La Ganga: Sept 25, 2013 SEATTLE — Six months after federal officials chastised Shell Oil for its faulty offshore drilling operations in the Arctic, the […]

The risk of sharing your ideas with Shell

By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell is once again inviting people to share their ideas with the oil giant. (see article below) I caution anyone contemplating doing so to be on their guard. In my experience Shell has no respect for confidentiality or intellectual property rights. I have successfully sued Shell many times for breach […]

No Escape From Jail or Fines in Global Market-Abuse Curbs

The European Commission raided the offices of oil price publisher Platts, Statoil ASA, BP Plc, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Argos Energies in May to gather evidence of possible collusion and abuse of market power, according to the companies. The probe extends to undisclosed crude-derived products and biofuels. By Jim Brunsden & Ben Moshinsky – […]

Shell to Investors: ‘We’re Not in Kansas Anymore’

by Matthew DiLallo, The Motley Fool Sep 25th 2013 5:10PM Shell is joining a growing list of oil and gas companies that are abandoning the Kansas portion of the Mississippi Lime. The company has decided to put its entire position up for sale. That includes the 45 producing wells it has drilled, as well as […]

Shell to Suspend French Guiana Drilling Until 2015, Partner Says

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) will suspend exploration drilling off French Guiana until 2015 after three unsuccessful wells…; Kirsten Smart, a spokeswoman in London at Shell, declined to comment… By Eduard Gismatullin September 25, 2013 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) will suspend exploration drilling off French Guiana until 2015 after three unsuccessful wells, according to […]

Shell abandons Western Slope oil-shale project

Shell has learned a great deal about oil shale in Colorado and will apply that knowledge to oil-shale plays in other parts of the world… By Mark Jaffe: The Denver Post: Posted:   09/24/2013  Royal Dutch Shell on Tuesday became the most recent company to abandon efforts to turn Western Slope oil-shale rock into oil, […]

Russia accuses Greenpeace crew of ‘piracy’ in Arctic

The campaigners were detained on Thursday along with their ship after two Greenpeace activists tried to climb onto a Gazprom offshore platform, in a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic. The ship was raided by armed Russian men in balaclavas who abseiled down from helicopters. The ship was seized in the Pechora Sea, near […]

Shell announces Gulf Coast site for potential multibillion-dollar plant

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 2:55 pm by Zain Shauk Royal Dutch Shell has picked a site in Louisiana for a plant costing at least $12.5 billion that would turn natural gas into diesel, jet fuel and other liquids, the Louisiana governor’s office announced Tuesday. Shell said the project, which is no sure thing, […]

Irish review into oil and gas tax rates

A report released by the Shell to Sea campaign, which has opposed the Corrib gas field off Mayo, last year claimed there are 69 prospects, discoveries and licensed areas off Ireland and that energy firms estimate the potential finds could hit 21 billion barrels of oil equivalent. 24 September 2013 Independent advisers are being sought […]

Review into North Sea offshore helicopter operations announced by CAA

The operations of helicopters in the North Sea are to be reviewed in the wake of recent accidents, the Civil Aviation Authority has announced. The operations of helicopters in the North Sea are to be reviewed in the wake of recent accidents, the Civil Aviation Authority has announced. The regulator said it would work with […]

China Gains New Friends in Its Quest for Energy

A version of this article appears in print on September 24, 2013, on page A4 of the New York edition By JANE PERLEZ and BREE FENG ATYRAU, Kazakhstan — On the northern reaches of the Caspian Sea, not far from this old Soviet town known for its oil and sturgeon, lies a vast new oil […]

Greenpeace: talking out of a polar bear’s arse

First to speak out of the polar bear’s arse was Greenpeace’s UK director John Sauven… Earlier this month, around 3,000 Greenpeace members and supporters marched from Parliament to Shell’s London offices to protest against what they claim is the oil giant’s designs on the Arctic. A giant, roaring polar bear puppet hauled by Greenpeace volunteers […]

Nigeria: Shell Oil Pipeline Shuts Again

Royal Dutch Shell has closed a key oil pipeline due to oil theft less than a week after it announced it had reopened, underscoring the huge challenges faced by Africa’s largest oil exporter. 23 September 2013 Royal Dutch Shell has closed a key oil pipeline due to oil theft less than a week after it […]

Standards proposed for risky Arctic oil drilling

Interior Department officials are drafting proposed minimum standards for oil and gas activity in U.S. Arctic waters, partly with an eye to codifying some of the voluntary steps that Shell took during its 2012 drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas north of Alaska. The mobile drilling unit Kulluk, which ran aground in the Gulf of […]

The famed Shell Scenarios crystal ball

By John Donovan The famed Shell Scenarios crystal ball never revealed a world in which its so-called No.1 Enemy would be operating globally under the Royal Dutch Shell Plc top level domain name, dealing on Shell’s behalf with job applications, business proposals, Shell pension enquiries, complaints, invitations to speak at conferences, and even terrorist threats. […]

Nigeria’s stolen oil is sold and laundered abroad – report

* Billions of dollars in Nigerian oil stolen each year * Stolen oil is sold on international markets * One part of complex criminal web * Money from theft laundered in global financial centres Reuters – Thu, 19 Sep 2013 09:00 PM By Joe Brock ABUJA, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Stolen Nigerian oil worth billions […]

It’s time to draw a line in the Arctic ice over oil and gas

   Author: Tavis Potts, Senior Lecturer in Oceans Governance at Scottish Association for Marine Science: 20 Sept 2013 I have a great respect for National Geographic. I’m a card-carrying member with an annual subscription, and I appreciate the balance, depth and understanding they bring to revealing the links between the natural and human world. So the latest […]


ABOVE IS AN ATTACHMENT TO A BRIEF OSSL EMAIL (BELOW) SENT TO SENIOR EXECUTIVES AND OFFICIALS OF ROYAL DUTCH SHELL EARLIER TODAY From: THE OSSL COMPANY <[email protected]> Subject: LAST NIGHT AT IRISH GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS …YOU SHAME THE NAME OF SHELL … Date: 20 September 2013 07:19:41 GMT+01:00 To: Michael Crothers <[email protected]>, John Shell News <[email protected]>, […]


By John Donovan I have published within this article the latest OSSL emails and attachments sent to Shell regarding the Shell Garda alcohol scandal. OSSL claims that they have actually sent 678 emails to Shell alone requesting payment for the alcohol in question, which was supplied on Shell’s instructions. They say that copies of the […]

Tiresome outrageous allegations by OSSL against Shell

Posting on our Shell Blog 19 Sept 2013: The practice of accusing Shell of something outrageous and then claiming that lack of rebuttal equates to proof of that claim is getting quite tiresome. Does anyone agree? (ref. OSSL emails to Shell and Irish Police18 Sept 2013) By John Donovan A posting on our Shell Blog […]

Europe sets out plans to stop benchmark rigging

The Commission’s antitrust chief continues to investigate benchmarks including Libor and has also raided offices of oil majors Shell, BP and Statoil in an investigation of suspected manipulation of oil prices. By John O’Donnell and Barbara Lewis: BRUSSELS | Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:51pm IST (Reuters) – European Union regulators proposed new rules on setting […]

Montepeque of Platts Caught in Battle Over Oil Assessments

The oil-market investigation became public in May when European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, who is also pursuing price-fixing allegations related to the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, sent investigators to seize computer records and documents from Platts offices, and raided BP Plc (BP/), Statoil ASA and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), three of Europe’s […]

Royal Dutch Shell has potential for constructive change under new boss, says JP Morgan

By Jamie Ashcroft September 18 2013, 11:57am Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSB) has the potential for constructive change under soon-to-be appointed chief executive Ben van Beurden, according to analysts at JP Morgan. The investment banking major does, however, retain an ‘underweight’ rating for the stock. Shell caught the market off guard when it hired BvB, promoting […]

OSSL emails to Shell and Irish Police 18 Sept 2013

By John Donovan More OSSL emails have been sent today to Shell and the Garda. One includes an email exchange between OSSL and Supt Patrick Diskin in January 2012 under the subject heading: “Supply of alcohol to Garda on Corrib project.” I note that Supt Diskin did not take issue with what was stated in […]

Horrible business practices of Shell in the Niger Delta

FROM PROFESSOR RICK STEINER: I wanted you to have two letters sent by the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) in the past few days regarding the horrible business practices of Shell in the Niger Delta… From: Richard Steiner <[email protected]> Subject: MOSOP letters re: Shell in Nigeria Date: 17 September 2013 18:47:38 […]

Police liquidity – Corrib

I am glad to notice that Superintendent Murphy is in civilised touch with you. No doubt he will do a thorough investigation of the- booze- from-Shell- for-the-Gardai issues in spite of his representing the same county police as most of those specifically mentioned by OSSL as being in receipt of large deliveries of spirits courtesy […]

Shell starts Prelude drilling

By Rick Wilkinson: OGJ Correspondent: MELBOURNE, 09/17/2013    Royal Dutch Shell PLC has started drilling the first of its seven development wells in Prelude natural gas field in the Browse basin offshore Western Australia. It is using the Noble Clyde Boudreaux drilling vessel. The drilling campaign is expected to last 2 years with the vessel serviced […]

Controversy Over Shell’s Oil Exploration in Arctic Continues

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY — September 17, 2013 at 2:50 PM ET By: Rebecca Jacobson Salvage teams assess damage to Royal Dutch Shell’s Kulluk drill barge in January after the rig ran aground near Kodiak Island in Alaska. Photo by AFP/Greenpeace/Robert Meyers Rapidly thawing sea ice in the Arctic Circle has threatened polar wildlife and contributed […]

Shell screwing dealers in Northeast USA?

RECEIVED BY EMAIL Shell, through its subsidiaries and lackeys this time, is again engaging in unfair business practices in the Northeast US and screwing over their dealers. See the attached Federal Complaint that has been filed. Court Document – Complaint filed 20 August 2013

Email from Shell CEO to Irish Police about OSSL ‘demands’

By John Donovan We now seem to be getting down to the nitty-gritty in the long running saga in which a small “Mr Fixit” company, OSSL, admits it acted as a conduit for sweeteners (bribes) funded by Shell to smooth the rocky path of the highly controversial Corrib gas pipeline project in Ireland. Following the […]

John Donovan email to Supt Thomas Murphy: 17 Sept 2013

It must be disconcerting that private communications in relation to your investigation of OSSL allegations are regularly published on my website, sometimes within minutes of being sent. From: John Donovan <[email protected]> Subject: OSSL ALLEGATIONS Date: 17 September 2013 09:40:44 GMT+01:00 To: Thomas Murphy <[email protected]> Cc: [email protected] Dear Supt Thomas Murphy It must be disconcerting that […]

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