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regular browser: @Corrib Shell Police Corruption - If they ran for the hills I would question whether they had integrity at all. It is very easy to be a 'fair weather friend' you only truly know people have integrity when they stand up for what is right. Sadly Shell never cleaned up the whole Corrib fiasco post takeover of Enterprise and continues to pay the price today. As I pointed out the same corrupt management sycophants are put in charge of trouble projects as they will toe the party line instead of actually fixing the problems. You only get promoted to JG2 and above these days if you actually leave your moral compass and own mind at the door each day.
Corrib Shell Police Corruption: To the last post Contributor when the s**t hit the fan here in Mayo Shell men of supposed integrity ran for the hills. It was shocking and somewhat disgusting what happened to former allies.
regular browser: Well it is refreshing that there is tacit acknowledgement of the 'culture of fear' not just in Norway but more broadly in the company. Although Shell does indeed welcome 'alternative viewpoints' to do so is a career ending decision. This is supported by numerous Shell People Surveys over many years where this has been raised as an issue time and again. Management 'listen' but the status quo remains. Like all large corporations Shell is not interested in anything which disrupts the existing power structures and fiefdoms - though there are some places where the culture is a little more open. Those who do choose to speak out either get sanctioned via their IPS or CEP and are marginalised, while the sycophants and nepotists rise to the top to ingrain the culture. This has been particularly apparent since the merger with BG and the message is Shell folk should be grateful that they have a job and should put up and shut up. Rocking the boat on HSE, the pay freeze, filling of jobs with unqualified graduates or brown losers etc. Management have succeeded over a number of years in taking a once great company and turning it into a mediocre shadow of its former self characterised by mismanagement and poor strategic choices. This is a great shame as there are a lot of dedicated and talented employees across the company, though they do not stand a chance in a culture that does not reward competence but sycophancy.
Mr D'Arcy: That made me smile John. I certainly don't wish to crowd out other contributors. Have a good day.
Freedom of Speech: John you know the shell machine is hurting when they desperately ask you to stop what youre doing! Spare a thought for us prisoners who have these people as our masters and have to jump on command (or face HR death squad). OPL 245 details, Mayo, and the appalling management actions in Norway have been hidden from us. Thanks for keeping us informed! Good health to you sir. You have many appreciative admirers.
Mr D'Arcy: John,
Looking back at the same period of time over the last three years (1 January to 15 March) there were 60 postings in 2015, 45 in 2016 And 14 this year. Clearly a downward trend.
You're insinuation that anyone who challenges this site must be a Shell management lackey exposes a degree of paranoia.
I'm in the industry - an industry that has served many and driven the wealth and well being of nations. You yourself have done well from it.
Have a good weekend.
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RESPONSE BY JOHNThanks for your comments. Good of you to create this sudden surge but seems rather counter-productive to your suggestion that it should be closed based on the lack of use. if you really think that, why do you continue to visit such a supposedly boring forum on a regular basis, as you self-evidently do? Hence my suspicion about your background and the integrity of your postings. We are used to regular DoS attacks and other covert activity (including by Shell). 891,714 blocked malicious login attempts and 1,015,968 spam comments at the last count. Some people do not like what we are doing, yet keep returning, as you do. Your postings remind me of comments made long ago by Musaint and LondonLad who happened to be one and the same. A former senior Shell executive. Do the aliases seem familiar? If your objection is just the Shell Blog, then visit royaldutchshellgroup.com which does not have one. The way this is going, I am anticipating a complaint from Zik that you are hogging the forum.
Bored: Mr. D'Arcy, I fully agree with you. I find I am visiting this site less and less due to lack of content. Plus Zeke has "hi-jacked" the comments section and uses it as his personal "soapbox"
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RESPONSE BY JOHN DONOVANHow fortunate then that you are free to do as you wish. The website and the blog will remain as they have for over a decade, the leading source of Shell insider information for the mainstream news media and for all parties interested in Shell.
Mr D'Arcy: Has this blog curled up and died? Why is it still nailed to its perch?
14 posts so far this year - same old tired, worn out complaints. Even Paddy Briggs has given up.
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14 posts so far this year - same old tired, worn out complaints. Even Paddy Briggs has given up.Come on Mr Donovan, Do the decent thing. Time to say goodbye?
RESPONSE BY JOHN DONOVANOver 3,500 comments posted overall, over 2,800 on the Shell Blog. Why do you want me to close down this free speech forum available to Shell employees and other parties interested in Shell? It costs nothing and no one is compelled to look at it or post comments on it. Since you obviously don't like it that on its own is a good reason to keep it. Do you by any chance have a connection with Shell management, which has tried very hard to close down this website?
Police Corruption Ireland: Our BVB in European stand with EU partner Ireland in maintaining the silence that binds the cover up of Shell Corporate Corruption with Irish police. Justice Peter Charleton opens a public inquiry next week in Dublin Castle. He has total power to act as he sees fit. POLICE CORRUPTION BY A MULTINATIONAL IS A SERIOUS OFFENCE IN EU... including Ireland.
Police Commissioner Shell: Go to Twitter@ osslsafety if those guys are not in jail by now it tells you all you need to know about bent cops in Ireland
Zzzzzzz: We need a ZIK filter please John.
Zik Gbemre: NIGERIA OIL SECTOR LOSES N200BN TO PRODUCTION DISRUPTION – IF ONLY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD LISTEN AND DO THE NEEDFUL It was recently reported that Nigeria has lost over N200 billion in the last 11 months due to the force majeure declared by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) as a result of the vandalism of the 48-inch Forcados export line in 2016. But the truth of the matter is that this issue regarding the disruption of oil production can be tackled and addressed appropriately if the Federal Government and the relevant authorities of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) are ‘genuinely interested’ in addressing it in the first place. Rather than ‘playing politics’ with such matters. The NNPC put the monthly loss to the damaged pipeline, which was shut down February last year at N20 billion monthly. But like we said, the issues that have led to these oil production disruptions are obvious, however, the Federal Government and its Oil Corporation – NNPC, are busy beating around the bush, playing politics with these issues and dilly-dallying with the whole problem. The truth of the matter is that both the Federal Government and the Nigerian lawmakers, including the relevant authorities of the NNPC; know exactly what and what to do to put an end to all these disruptions of oil production in the Niger Delta region, as well as other issues adversely affecting the host communities’ stakeholders. It is an established fact that the issues bothering the Niger Delta region are well known globally and by all, and as such, the solutions to these issues, which have been “long proffered” and how to resolve them for ‘sustainable growth’, is all that is required and expected of the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari to address/implement/execute with all sincerity of purpose. And not all these, for instance, so called fact-finding visits and dilly-dallying by the Presidency to score cheap political points and make it look like they are doing something to address the Niger Delta situation. What other ‘facts’ are they looking for with these visits? What exactly are they looking for when all the issues are there for all to see. When we still have the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) hanging in the corridors of the National Assembly for close to a decade without being passed/signed into law, and even the reported, attempted removal of the strategic 10% Host Community Development Fund as enshrined in the PIB document; the Government and the lawmakers should not be surprised when these things are happening in the region. Besides, how would oil and gas host communities’ locals and stakeholders ‘trust’ and ‘believe’ regarding its ‘plans and intentions’ for the region’s development when such sensitive bills like the PIB are used to play politics? The Nigerian Governments (both States and Federal), should realize that since they have failed, and still failing in its statutory roles to address all the issues daily adversely affecting the oil and gas host communities’ locals and stakeholders, the people have shifted their attention and have decided to hold the Oil and Gas companies responsible for what they see wrong in their communities, so as to attract the Governments’ attention. The Oil and Gas companies on the other hand (which includes both IOCs and Indigenous Oil and Gas companies), should wise up and overwhelmingly carry the community people along and make them ‘benefit more’ from the oil and gas exploration and production activities in the region. The Oil and Gas Companies, including the Federal Government should realize that no matter the ‘heavy presence’ of the military in the region, “they still need the cooperation and active participation of the host communities’ locals. They should bear this in mind and probably change some of their policies and operation-practices in favour of the host communities’ people. The Oil and Gas company policies that work in Europe and US may not work here in the Niger Delta region; hence they should adopt policies that are friendly and accommodating to the host community locals and elites. Since the Federal Government is not doing enough to ‘sustain peace’ in the Niger Delta region, then the Oil and Gas companies if they should remain in business, then they should carry the interest of the people in all they do. They should not use force or coercion to try to drive their business because this will be counterproductive, as has been seen in the past. The Federal Government, the lawmakers and the Oil and Gas Companies should realize that these oil and gas host communities’ people in the region have given their farmlands for oil and gas production. Most of them have even had their rivers (meant for fishing business) polluted and damaged for good due to oil and gas exploration and production activities. So, in order to ‘buy peace’ and keep it sustainable, they need to “change their policies, style of approach and manners of doing things”, to favour the ‘overall interests’ of the oil and gas host community locals. The Oil and Gas companies operating in the region should take and treat the host communities’ people as ‘real stakeholders’ that ought to be carried along in their operations and not just ‘stakeholders on paper’. All our farmlands, rivers and creeks have been rendered ‘unprofitable’ and ‘environmentally hazardous’ due to the over five decades of oil and gas exploration and production in the Niger Delta region. So, the Federal Government and relevant authorities need to put themselves in our shoes to fully understand what we are saying here. For instance, by removing the said 10% Host Community Development Fund from the PIB, what then does the host communities locals in the region have to hold on to as benefits, to atone for their sufferings from the extractive industry all these years? These and many more are some of the issues that Government needs to start looking into.