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Shell’s spectacular belly flop into the Arctic Ocean

Even more troubling than Shell’s “Arctic-ready” armada problems is Shell’s spectacular failure of good judgment. To avoid an Alaska tax bill, company managers ordered its secondary drill rig towed south through the winter storm-lashed Gulf of Alaska despite the tug master’s prescient warning that: “the length of tow, at this time of the year, in […]

Donovan Verdict on Shell/Noble Arctic Crimes

By John Donovan People who are as familiar with Shell as I am, will know that Noble Drilling has stepped forward on commercial grounds to take the blame for the reckless screw-up that was actually directed by Shell, partly to evade tax. This was why Lawrence of Alaska (David Lawrence, the Shell VP supposedly responsible […]

Greenpeace Verdict On Shell/Noble Arctic Crimes

Greenpeace Arctic campaigner, Ian Duff, has issued the following statement: “Shell has proven time and again it can’t be trusted to manage its contractors safely. That Shell engaged Noble Drilling, a company now guilty of eight felonies, is the clearest indicator yet. Letting Shell back into such a precious and risky environment as the Arctic […]

U.S. Justice Department Chilling Verdict on Shell Arctic Drilling Company

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs Monday, December 8, 2014 Drilling Company Charged with Environmental and Maritime Crimes in Alaska Noble Drilling (U.S.) LLC was charged with environmental and maritime crimes for operating the drill ship Noble Discoverer and the drilling unit Kulluk in violation of federal law in Alaska in 2012, the Department […]

Shell contractor faces $12.2M in environmental crime fines

The drilling operator of Shell’s ill-fated drill rig that ran aground south of Kodiak Island will plead guilty to eight felony offenses and has agreed to pay $12.2 million in fines and community service payments stemming from environmental and safety violations aboard its vessels, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday. Alaska Dispatch News article […]

BP and Shell in the takeover spotlight

Shell has also been suffering its own share of setbacks recently. Its Alaskan Arctic operations have proved frustrating and it has given up on a natural gas project in Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, a parliamentary committee in Nigeria is demanding it pay nearly $4bn in compensation for an oil spill in 2011. The Independent: Oil companies […]

Sad faces at Shell?

Last month, the suits over at Shell put on their sad faces and went to the White House to ask for more time to burn through another billion or two. I tell ya, these guys are gluttons for punishment. After eight years and more than $6 billion, Shell has come up completely empty on its […]

Drilling in Alaskan Arctic relatively easy said Shell VP before being fired

By John Donovan According to a recent article published by Bloomberg – Shell Seeks to Drill in Arctic in 2015, Defying Green Activists – Shell CFO Simon Henry, calling on all his vast experience as an accountant, voiced the opinion that it is not difficult to drill in the Arctic. His assessment is surprisingly similar […]

US District Judge Adamant On Earlier Ruling Over BP’s Mexican Oil Spill

    US district judge Carl Barbier has refused to change his ruling over BP‘s Gulf of Mexico oil spill, claiming that BP got what it deserved Published: November 15, 2014 at 8:43 am EST By: Micheal Kaufman FULL ARTICLE RELATED ARTICLES – WHAT HAPPENED TO BP IN THE US COURTS COULD HAPPEN TO SHELL […]

Shell also had a bad day in the US courts

By John Donovan Today’s headlines about Shell’s PR debacle arising from a case in UK courts about Shell’s lying, cheating, and related environmental crimes in Nigeria, have an echo in Shell’s failed machinations in the USA courts. Shell lawsuit against environmental groups ruled unconstitutional: LA Times On Wednesday, a federal appeals court called Shell’s legal strategy […]

John Donovan unmasked as a Shell Spy

By John Donovan In July of this year I published an article pointing out my listing on zoominfo as founder, owner and Group Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. My impressive employment history has since been updated and I am now also listed as being a Senior Lawyer and Alaska Vice President for Shell, a […]