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Posts from ‘March, 2014’

Archbishop Tutu calls for independent inquiry into policing of Corrib gas project

South African archbishop Desmond Tutu and former United Nations assistant secretary general Denis Halliday have called for an “urgent and comprehensive” independent inquiry into the policing of the Corrib gas project. Article by Lorna Siggins published 29 March 2014 by The Irish Times South African archbishop Desmond Tutu and former United Nations assistant secretary general […]

Concern as Brunei brings in Islamic law with punishments including dismemberment of limbs and stoning to death

Extracts from an article by Andrew Buncombe published 29 March 2014 by The Independent under the headline: Concern as Brunei brings in system of Islamic law with punishments that include the dismemberment of limbs and stoning to death The Sultan of Brunei, one of the world’s wealthiest rulers and a close ally of Britain, will […]

Visitors to please note

By John Donovan The server for this website is being transferred back to the USA. The work will be undertaken from Sunday 30 March and should be completed no later than 1 April. There should not be any interruption to website access, but we will not be able to add new articles or Shell Blog […]

Nigeria arrests two Britons over ‘oil theft plot’

Extracts from an Associated Press article published 29 March 2014 by Port Harcourt: Two British nationals were among 14 people arrested on suspicion of attempted bribery in connection with an alleged plot to steal oil from a pipeline, Nigeria said on Friday. The head of the Joint Task Force (JTF) of military and police […]

Oil Theft in Nigeria Continues to Plague Shell

Extract from an article by Arjun Sreekumar published on 28 March 2014 by The Motlet Fool under the headline: “Oil Theft in Nigeria Continues to Plague This Company” Though one could argue that Shell, which has been operating in Nigeria for decades, should have sold its sabotage-prone Niger Delta assets long ago, at least the […]

Nigeria’s Taleveras, Aiteo bid $2.85 bln for Shell block – sources

Extracts from a Reuters article by Tim Cocks and Ron Bousso published Friday 28 March 2014 ABUJA/LONDON, March 28 (Reuters) – Nigerian firms Taleveras and Aiteo have made the highest bid of $2.85 billion for the biggest of four Shell assets up for sale, but the oil major is holding out while it tries to […]

Tales of the Unexpected and Royal Dutch Shell Prelude FLNG

Tales of the Unexpected – 2nd in a series of articles by Bill Campbell, retired HSE Group Auditor, Shell International, about safety issues relating to the Shell Prelude FLNG project A Prelude to disaster? Introduction by John Donovan On 28 December I broke the news that a whistleblower had supplied me with photographic evidence to […]

In 2 to 3 years gazillionaires will be coming out of Africa

Extract from an article by Nicholas Norbrook published 27 March 2014 by THE AFRICA REPORT Kola Karim, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Shoreline Energy International spoke to The Africa Report. Q: Shell and Chevron are getting out of onshore operations. How big is this and where is it leading? A: These guys […]

US now pumping 10 percent of the world’s crude

Extracts from an article by Emily Pickrell published 26 March 2014 by fuelfix HOUSTON — Boosted by the galloping pace of tight oil operations, the United States produced a tenth of the world’s oil at the end of last year, the Energy Information Administration reports. The shale boom has given the U.S. a production rate […]

Crackdown on Russia Could Hurt Western Oil

Extracts from an article by CLIFFORD KRAUSS published in print on March 28, 2014, on page B1 of the New York edition of The New York Times with the headline: Crackdown on Russia Could Hurt Western Oil. As the United States seeks to strengthen sanctions on Moscow for its occupation of Crimea, energy experts say […]

MEND claims Responsibility for Attack on Shell, Agip Facilities

Extract from an article by Segun James published 27 March 2014 by The Movement for the Emancipation for the Niger Delta (MEND) Thursday claimed responsibility for the attack on the oil facilities owned by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in Delta and Bayelsa State. FULL ARTICLE

Royal Dutch Shell Chairman Jorma Ollila failed to disclose ownership of Luxembourg company worth €8.2 million

“It will be interesting to see what happens next. If Ollila (right) did not disclose his Luxembourg interests to the authorities, this was presumably because he did not declare them for tax purposes either. So when others within the companies that he leads commit breaches of inconvenient laws, they can presumably use the justification that […]

Jorma Ollila fined for concealing Luxembourg investments

Extract from an article published 26 March 2014 by Uutiset Jorma Ollila, who is now chairman of the board of both Royal Dutch Shell and steelmaker Outokumpu, has been fined 3,000 euros by Finland’s Financial Supervisory Authority (Fiva) for failing to make a timely disclosure that he owns an investment company called Kestrel SA. The […]

Finnish market watchdog sanctions Shell chairman Ollila

HELSINKI, March 26 Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:14pm EDT (Reuters) – Finland’s financial watchdog said it has imposed a 3,000 euro fine against Jorma Ollila, the board chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Plc as well as Outokumpu Oyj for not declaring a company he controlled to a public insider register. A spokeswoman for the Finnish […]

Reputational damage from Shell Brent Spar episode

Extracts from an article by Dr Roger Barker published 26 March 2014 by under the headline: How to balance your director duties with stakeholder management …the pursuit of “corporate wealth” should not be about generating a “fast buck” for shareholders but should also take into account the impact of a business’s activities on other […]

Shell, CNPC to jointly seek shale gas in Sichuan Basin

Extracts from a China Daily article published 26 March 2014 by Energy conglomerate Royal Dutch Shell Plc is committing to a “substantial investment” in exploring for conventional and unconventional gas in China to quench the growing thirst for clean energy in the world’s second-largest economy. The company will continue its exploration of shale gas […]

‘Orphan’ oil wells warning for fracking

By James Morgan Science reporter, BBC News 24 March 2014 Plans to expand shale gas “fracking” in the UK must learn from leaks and poor monitoring at existing onshore oil and gas sites, scientists say. A review of 2,152 wells drilled from 1902-2013 found up to 100 “orphaned” wells for which no firm is responsible. […]


I have today been in email correspondence with Johan Groenewald, Senior Investigating Officer of the Garda Ombudsman Commission. Mr. Groenewald is currently investigating police corruption allegations made by whisleblower OSSL against Shell EP Ireland. I have supplied Mr. Groenewald with emails sent to a third party major company alleged to have held a €2 million […]

Peter Rees reappears but mystery remains over his exit from Shell

“Rees’ departure from Shell prompted much speculation in the City, given the company’s recent profit warnings, the on-going European Commission investigation into oil price-rigging and the arrival of new CEO Ben van Beurden.”Mr Rees has refused to comment on the circumstances of his unexpected and unexplained departure from Royal Dutch Shell during a financial crisis.  […]

There are still some cards left to be played against Russia

Extract from a letter by Mr Lorne Stockman published on 24 March 2014 by the Financial Times “While there is a lot of bluster about cutting off exports or the west looking for new supplies, a more credible threat could be sanctioning the relationships between international oil companies and Russian oil and gas companies.” ENTIRE […]

Shell Oil Co blasted by City Officials and Law Firm

City officials and a law firm representing homeowners in the Carousel housing tract in Carson on Monday blasted Shell Oil Co.’s proposed plan to clean up petroleum-contaminated soil in the neighborhood. “It’s a joke,” said Tom Girardi, whose firm is suing Shell on behalf of hundreds of Carousel tract residents and the city. “We know […]

Shell sees no major impact on higher US gas export to Europe

Extract from a Reuters article published 25 March 2014 by The Peninsula Tension over the future of Ukraine is prompting the European Union and United States to look at deepening their economic ties. Europe is hoping to tap the abundant energy resources of its key ally to reduce dependence on Russia, which feeds a bulk […]

Shell Gas to Focus on Larger Projects as It Cuts Spending

Extract from an article by Eric Yep published 25 March 2014 by The Wall Street Journal SEOUL— Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s global gas division will focus on large ventures where it has more control while it is likely to continue trimming some holdings and unprofitable investments as part of a program of cost-cutting and asset […]

Shell undergoing massive sell off to fix its balance sheet

Extracts from an article poublished Monday 24 March 2014 by MarketWatch under the headline: Ghana’s Jubilee Points to Best Offshore Acreage in the World LONDON / ACCESSWIRE / March 24, 2014 / The oil industry hasn’t started off 2014 with a bang. The oil majors – ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron, BP – all posted […]

BP and Shell peril on the Russian front

“While BP is the biggest of Britain’s oil giants exposed to Russia, it is not alone. Royal Dutch Shell has a stake in the huge Sakhalin-2 liquefied natural gas (LNG) project off the Psacific coast of Russia, and is also working with gas giant Gazprom to drill for oil in the Russian Arttic shelf. The […]

Exxon’s ‘Bromance’ With The Kremlin

Extracts from a Forbes article by Christopher Helman published on 20 March 2014 under the headline:Will Exxon’s ‘Bromance’ With The Kremlin Help Keep Putin In Check? ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson has a good relationship with Vladimir Putin. If you do a Google image search for the two men, you’ll see a dozen shots of them together, […]

Shell’s disastrous tax dodge

Photo Courtesy Mark Meyer / Greenpeace Extracts from an article by Jim Paulin, Dutch Harbor Fisherman, published 23 March 2014 by AlaskaDispatch under the headline: Southwest Alaska municipalities want bigger share of oil royalties  Impacts are already being felt from the arrival of Royal Dutch Shell in Alaska. The arctic-class oil rig Kulluk grounded in […]

Shell sees ‘minor’ impact in higher U.S. gas exports to Europe

Extract from a Reuters article by Meeyoung Cho published Monday 24 March 2014 GOYANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Growing interest in sending more U.S. natural gas to Europe does not hold a big threat for Asian gas markets, although such exports would help improve spot market liquidity for the super-chilled form of the fuel, a […]

Will an Emboldened Russia Hurt Shell and Chevron?

Extracts from an article by Reuben Brewer published on 23 March 2014 by The Motley Fool under the headline: Will an Emboldened Russia Hurt This Major Industry? Russia is a complex beast and is often hard for Western nations to understand. The latest bit of world drama that the country has caused is, effectively, making […]

Exxon Valdez oil spill, 25 years later, offers lessons

Extracts from an article published 22 March 2014 by USA Today (USA TODAY) – Twenty-five years ago Monday, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez struck Bligh Reef in Alaska, causing what was then the largest U.S. oil spill in history. Its accident is refocusing questions about the risks of new Arctic oil drilling efforts by several […]

Shattering weekend for Alan Shatter, Irish Justice Minister

In the past few days, there have calls for the resignation of the Irish Justice Minister, Mr. Alan Shatter, who dealt with the OSSL corruption allegations against Shell EP Ireland raised in the Irish Parliament on my behalf and engaged in correspondence with me on the subject. I reached the conclusion that he was incompetent […]

Illicit activities of Royal Dutch Shell snared in NSA surveillance programs?

It would be ironic if Shell, a company that was publicly exposed for engaging in spying, undercover activities and dirty tricks operations against its perceived enemies, such as Greenpeace and John Donovan, are exposed again, this time by government secret surveillance programs. By Washington Observer Over the last year or so there have been a […]

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Grossly Contaminated Fuel: What Shell said before ABC News intervened

Extracts from an article by by STEPHANIE ZIMMERMANN published 21 March 2014 by ABC News under the headline: Michigan Gas Station Pumps Fuel ‘Grossly Contaminated’ With Water, Kills Car Dear ABC News Fixer: I filled my gas tank with fuel that was contaminated with water, causing more than $1,300 in damage to my car – […]

Shell to keep trading with Gunvor – email

 Extracts from a Reuters article published 21 March 2014 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell traders are allowed to keep dealing with commodities trading house Gunvor after the United States imposed sanctions on its co-founder, Shell said in an internal email seen on Friday by Reuters. The email said Shell had been able to review the […]

Shell exit from 600,000-acre stake in southern Kansas

Extracts from an article by Dan Voorhis published on 21 March 2014 by The Wichita Eagle under the headline: SandRidge to let its oil leases expire on much of its acreage in Kansas Land lease prices jumped in 2010 and 2011 from the $15 to $75 per acre range to $250 to $1,500 per acre, […]

Nothing but ill-fortune for Shell off the shores of Alaska

Extracts from an article by Reuben Brewer published on 21 March 2014 by The Motley Fool under the headline: BP Wins One and Loses One in the Gulf Royal Dutch Shell has found nothing but ill-fortune off the shores of Alaska. Shell’s most public problem was the 2013 grounding of the Kulluk drill ship. However, that […]

Former Shell exec has no problem with Shell bribing Irish police?

From his recently posted comments, it seems that LondonLad has no problem with Shell drowning the Irish police force (the Garda) in free Christmas booze, despite allegations that they are “Shell’s Cops” and have allegedly acted accordingly when dealing with protestors. Perhaps he thinks that if corruption is okay for Shell in Nigeria, then its […]

Shell blasted amid poverty, conflict

Social Action accuses Shell of handing out payments for so-called security contracts to rival factions on opposing sides, who used the money to buy more weapons and ammunition to sustain the conflict. Extracts from an article published on 20 March 2014 by WAR ON WANT Shell will come under fire on Saturday, World Water Day, […]

Shell expands Gulf of Mexico portfolio

Article published 20 March 2014 by PennEnergy (from a Shell Press Release) under the headline: “Shell expands Gulf of Mexico portfolio in Lease Sale 231“ Shell continues to build upon a strong position in the Central Gulf of Mexico and is the apparent high bidder on 4 blocks during today’s US Bureau of Ocean Energy […]

Shell cracker plant fate still unknown

Extract from a Rachel Morgan article published Friday 21 March 2014 by The New York Times HOPEWELL TWP. — Shell Oil Co. is still staying mum — at least for a little while longer. Shell officials met with officials from the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, local elected officials and two Beaver County commissioners Thursday at the […]

Shell writes down value of its U.S. shale gas and liquids-rich assets by $2.5 billion

Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons Extracts from an article by Arjun Sreekumar published on 19 March 2014 by The Motley Fool under the headline: “2 Key Areas Where Royal Dutch Shell plc Needs to Improve” To accomplish its goal of boosting cash flow and returns, Shell has identified two key business units as prime targets for […]

Shell in slashing mode

Extracts from an article by EDUARD GISMATULLIN published by Bloomberg News on 14 March 2014 under the headline: Shell in slashing mode: Cuts Americas spending by 20% after losses in shales THE HAGUE (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell plans to lower spending in the Americas by a fifth as Europe’s largest oil producer focuses on […]

Wall Street Journal: Shell pulls out of Ukraine deal near Crimea

Extracts from an article by Justin Scheck published 19 March 2014 by the Wall Street Journal LONDON— Royal Dutch Shell PLC said Wednesday that it withdrew from negotiations over an offshore exploration deal in the Black Sea, west of Crimea. Shell made the decision to pull out in January, a spokesman said. Withdraws From Talks on […]

Message from Ogoni Activist Ben Ikari

RELATED COMMENT BY JOHN DONOVAN: “I publish very few articles/press releases from Ogoni sources because you never know who is a legitimate representative of the Ogoni people and not a faction led by an ego driven individual, with a self-invented impressive title.” By John Donovan I have today published a message to the Ogoni people […]

Shell reorganises American shale operations

Extracts from an Alice Young article published 19 March 2014 by under the headline: Shell share price: Group reorganises American shale operations Royal Dutch Shell Plc has reorganised its American shale gas and oil operations into a single business in an attempt to improve their performance, the Financial Times has reported. According to the […]

Journalism ‘infected by corporate public relations’

As can be confirmed from the video recording, Shell was a prime target of the comment by Ed Vulliamy about journalism being infected by corporate public relations. This was in relation to the allegations made by former Shell “Mr Fixit” company, OSSL, that Shell had corrupted the Irish Police Force by giving away free alcohol […]

Shell’s CEO says the company plans to leave the Eagle Ford Shale

Extract from an article by Sanford Nowlin published on 18 March 2014 by San Antonio Business Journal. Oil-and-gas giant Royal Dutch Shell PLC will unload its investments in South Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale and cut U.S. capital spending by 20 percent after disappointing results from its domestic shale operations. FULL ARTICLE

Big Oil Drowning in Extremely High Project Costs

Extracts from a Matt DiLallo article published 17 March 2014 by The Motley Fool Big oil has a big problem. Cost overruns around the globe are calling into question the commercial viability of many megaprojects. When Gorgon was approved, the project was expected to cost about $37 billion. However, late last year, Chevron raised the […]

Shell Nigeria Oil Terminal Remains Closed After Leak Found

Extracts from a Sarah Kent article published by The Wall Street Journal on 17 March 2014 LONDON–Exports from a major oil terminal in Nigeria operated by a unit of Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) remain shut-in nearly two weeks after the discovery of a leak in the export pipeline, a spokesman for the company said […]