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EI ‘aware’ of court case said to involve president, a former Shell executive

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The Energy Institute is “aware” of a corruption probe said to implicate president Malcolm Brinded, a former high ranking Shell executive.

The case is being brought forward by prosecutors in Italy and centres around a long-standing dispute over the $1.3billion purchase of an oilfield in Nigerian waters in 2011.

Mr Brinded, who used to be Shell’s head of international exploration and production and also headed up offices in Aberdeen, is among those prosecutors may wish to bring charges against.

Claudio Descalzi, chief executive of Italian oil and gas group Eni, is also understood to have been named by prosecutors. read more

4 former Shell execs are a step closer to being charged for an alleged $1.1 billion bribery scheme

Camilla Hodgson: 18 October 2017

LONDON – Italian prosecutors have requested to charge four former executives at oil giant Shell over an alleged $1.1 billion bribery scheme in Nigeria.

The Milan Public Prosecutor’s Office has issued a formal Request for Indictment on bribery charges for the former employees, who have been named, and for the company itself.

In the Italian justice system, a judge now has to rule on whether or not to take the charges forward.

However, Global Witness, a campaign group providing evidence to the prosecution, says its lawyers have recommended that this request is the equivalent of charging. read more

OPL 245: SHELL SPY TALK

By John Donovan

Fascinating to read email correspondence between former MI6 officers John Copleston and Guy Colegate hired by Shell to assist in dodgy oil deals involving sinister players.

Common-sense suggests that their expensive specialist skills would not be needed for any straightforward honest business activity.

John Copleston was identified as a Strategic Investment Advisor for Shell Exploration & Production Africa Limited. One of the individuals described by Ben van Beurden as former MI6 people hired by Shell.  read more

Shell continues to fawn over corrupt Brunei despot

The Sultan of Brunei shocked the world by introducing harsh sharia penal code. Under the code limbs can be severed for theft and people stoned to death

By John Donovan

Shell’s grovelling treatment towards the evil Sultan of Brunei continues with the announcement: “Brunei Shell Petroleum creates special book to commemorate His Majesty’s Golden Jubilee” 

Below in italics is a three paragraph extract from the fawning Shell propaganda fed to the Borneo Bulletin. Note the many roles of his royal greatness. He must be a busy bee. A veritable one man government. Guess it avoids sharing out the bribes. 

Extract

“The People’s Sultan: Leading A Legacy was a labour of love, and all the work was done in Brunei Darussalam, showcasing the true capability of Bruneian talent at its very best,” said Dr Ceri M Powell, Managing Director of BSP. read more

OPL 245: Latest on Corrupt Former Nigerian Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke

The prosecutor alleges that money was also channeled to Eni and Shell executives with $50million in cash delivered to the home of Eni’s Chief Operations Officer.

A few days ago Sahara Reporters published an article reporting the latest news about a $1.7b Asset Recovery lawsuit. It was filed by the Federal Republic of Nigeria and two of its agencies,Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Ltd (NPDC) and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), against two oil companies linked to former Nigerian Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, who also involved in the OPL 245 corruption scandal. 

A maze of financial transactions involving numerous properties and a number of different banks is set out in the law suit. read more

Latest Shell Corrib Gas Alarming Fiasco

Self-explanatory email sent Sunday 1 October 2017 by the Shell to Sea Campaign to the Irish state regulatory authorities, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Commission for Energy Regulation. It concerns the latest debacle in the Shell led Corrib Gas project in Ireland that has been undermined by the incompetence, greed and corruption sponsored by Shell. All hallmarks of the oil giant as also witnessed in Nigeria for the last 50 years. This time it is the uncontrolled discharge of unknown quantities of toxins released to land, sea and air in Erris, in north Mayo and unspecified volumes of un-odourised gas entering the national gas grid, with all the public risk that such an incident entails. The project is vastly over-budget and hopelessly delayed. 

From: Shell to Sea <[email protected]>
Date: Sun, Oct 1, 2017 at 12:36 PM
Subject: Shell to Sea questions on Un-Odourised Gas in National Grid
To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

To whom it concerns.

Shell to Sea has cumulative knowledge of the Shell/Corrib project and is capable and willing to put hard questions to CER and the EPA.

The latest fiasco in the Shell refinery at Bellanaboy resulted in as yet unspecified volumes of un-odourised gas entering the national gas grid and as yet unknown quantities of toxins released to land, sea and air in Erris, north Mayo. Shell to Sea has produced a list of specific questions for CER and EPA, the two statutory bodies charged with investigating this most recent lapse in Shell’s poor record in north Mayo. read more

Corrib contractor admits distributing bribes on behalf of Shell

A week ago, the Irish Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan warned the corruption-ridden Irish police Force (the Gardaí) that he wants to see “all the skeletons out of all of the cupboards” in terms of Garda scandals and controversies. One such scandal is the “Strange tale of Shell’s pipeline battle, the Gardaí and £30,000 of booze.”

Shell has been a corporate sponsor of police corruption in Ireland aided and abetted by its ”Mr Fixit” company OSSL, who freely admit their involvement in distributing bribes on behalf of Shell to smooth the path of the controversial Corrib Gas Project. Despite the confession, Shell has thus far managed to escape due retribution. read more

Sensational Guy Colegate/MI6 document found in OPL 245 evidence seized from Shell

Russian President Putin and his Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev 

By John Donovan

An Italian national daily business newspaper has today published an article revealing that it has a copy of a Shell internal document said to allegedly implicate Russian Prime Minster Dmitry Medvedev in large-scale oil deal corruption. Said to be his personal retirement plan. 

The document was hidden within thousands of documents and emails the Milan Public Prosecutor obtained following the seizure (from Shell’s Netherlands HQ?) of paper and electronic documentation relating to Shell’s involvement in the OPL 245 scandal. read more

Puerto Rico’s Colonial Legacy Doomed It To Dirty Electricity — And Now Darkness

Puerto Rico plunged into darkness last week after the second major hurricane in a month crippled its aging, debt-laden electric utility. The island is projected to be without power for six months or more, as people swelter and lifesaving medical equipment saps generators in what House Speaker Paul Ryan declared “a humanitarian crisis” on Tuesday.

But it’s not just old, storm-vulnerable transmission lines that need to be replaced.

The utility’s dependence on imported fossil fuels has devoured funding that could have been spent on upgrading the island’s grid and building cleaner infrastructure, a sign of years of mismanagement and incompetence. But it also stems from a colonial history in which Puerto Rico’s development was put in the hands of a few mainland corporate interests seeking tax breaks. read more

Kiobel’s fight for Shell discovery: Lawyer skirmishes on eve of U.S. Court of Appeals hearing

Esther Kiobel has been fighting for more than a decade to obtain justice for the murder of her husband Dr. Barinem Kiobel and crimes committed against her, for which she holds Shell responsible. Shell supported and financed the corrupt Abacha regime in Nigeria.

By John Donovan

Shell’s U.S. lawyers Cravath, Swaine & Moore, appealed against a decision by a U.S. federal judge that Cravath should hand over for use in Dutch litigation against Shell, more than 100,000 items of Shell internal discovery documents stored by Cravath in a secure warehouse located in the USA.

I have routinely published available appeal court documents that would otherwise be hidden behind a pay wall. The documents below were filed with the court in the days just before the appeal court hearing by various parties involved, including Washington DC lawyers Hogan Lovells representing Cravath, and EarthRights International acting for Esther Kiobel. read more

Is Eni even more corrupt than Shell?

It seems unlikely, given Shell’s appalling track record, but in view of the latest news that a corruption probe of Eni now includes its dealings in several countries around the globe, it may be the case that Eni is indeed even more corrupt than its OPL 245 partner-in-crime, Royal Dutch Shell. 

Malcolm Brinded, who played a key role for Shell in the OPL 245 skullduggery, remains at large and a director of the Shell Foundation. I suppose they have to keep him on a payroll to make sure he does not turn on his colleagues, including former MI6 spooks employed by Shell, John Copleston and Guy Colgate.  read more

Shell defamatory posters, leaflets and press releases attacking Donovan

By John Donovan

My families falling out with Shell took place over two decades ago.

Some indication of the degree of acrimony can be gauged from the content of posters Shell put on public display on 23 September 1998 at the Shell Centre in London, specifically targeting my father and me. I have never heard of a multinational corporation doing anything like this before or since.

This is what the posters said:

YOU MAY BE HANDED A LEAFLET OUTSIDE SHELL CENTRE BY MR ALFRED DONOVAN, FORMALLY OF A COMPANY CALLED DON MARKETING UK LIMITED.  YOU SHOULD BE AWARE THAT JOHN DONOVAN, A DIRECTOR OF DON MARKETING UK LIMITED, MR ALFRED DONOVAN’S SON, HAS ISSUED A WRIT AGAINST SHELL UK CLAIMING THAT HIS COMPANY INVENTED THE SMART LOYALTY CARD PROGRAMME.  MR DONOVAN’S ALLEGATIONS HAVE BEEN VERY CAREFULLY INVESTIGATED BY SHELL UK AND DISCUSSED IN DETAIL WITH MR DONOVAN AND HIS SOLICITORS. THE CLAIM IS BEING VIGOROUSLY DEFENDED.  AS SOME OF YOU MAY KNOW, MR DONOVAN HAS MADE SOME OFFENSIVE STATEMENTS ABOUT SHELL UK COLLEAGUES. WE REJECT SUCH ALLEGATIONS ABSOLUTELY AND ARE WHOLLY CONFIDENT THAT OUR COLLEAGUES HAVE ACTED IN THIS MATTER AT ALL TIMES IN GOOD FAITH AND IN LINE WITH OUR LONG STANDING BUSINESS PRINCIPLES. read more

Shell/Petrobras: a partnership of corrupt oil giants

The Brazilian Petrobras Scandal: The Brazilian oil giant Petrobras is the largest company in the Southern Hemisphere. On November 14, 2014, a series of police raids netted politicians and Petrobras bigwigs who had paid $2 billion in bribes… Now we have news that Petrobras is linking up with Royal Dutch Shell, which is currently mired in a billion dollar scandal: OPL 245…

Shell and Petrobras sign technical cooperation agreement to strengthen deep water partnership

Posting on Shell Blog by Bogus Group

Shell MoU with Petrobras and their partnership to share experience on cost efficiency and use of technology.

Déjà vu springs to mind (Daily Telegraph 01 March 2012) on BG Group finance of $1.8bn from Brazilian Development Bank to fund interests offshore Brazil (was this the same interests that Chapman demanded his cohorts in Brazil disclose over estimated reserves?).

Daily Telegraph 14 May 2013 also noted Chris Finlayson rhetoric to “keep up the pace with huge discoveries” and focusing on “value over volume”, leaving the company “lean and agile”. read more

Will Oprah Winfrey portray Esther Kiobel in a movie about her epic battle with Shell? 

If Esther does eventually win her case, it will make the Erin Brockovich story look a tea party by comparison.

By John Donovan

The above headline may be premature but it really could be just a matter of time.

Last Thursday, 31 August, an application was filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to film an appeal hearing made by Shell’s US lawyers Cravath, Swaine & Moore opposing an order made by a federal judge in favour of Esther Kiobel.

The application was made by Freke Vuijst a US correspondent of Dutch media and also covers her cameraman Martijn Hart. The applicant reveals that she is currently involved in the making of a film documentary about the case. The application says: “The above mentioned case is of direct interest to the Dutch public, since Esther Kiobel filed a case in the Netherlands.” read more

Scandal-tarred Malcolm Brinded becomes President of Energy Institute

Malcolm Brinded, a former executive director of Shell, also urged the UK Government to provide the greater certainty around energy policy. In his first interview since becoming Energy Institute (EI) president in July, Mr Brinded warned failure to do so could mean missing out on ambitious oil production targets. Mr Brinded, who spent 38 years at Shell… FULL ARTICLE

BHP Billiton unveils board shake-up as two directors depart

23 AUGUST 2017 • 11:07AM

The world’s largest mining company is to shake up its board after two directors announced they would be stepping down – one after just six months. The FTSE 100 group also announced that former Shell executive Malcolm Brinded would be stepping down after three years on the board as a non-executive. Mr Brinded would not be seeking re-election “given his involvement in ongoing legal proceedings in Italy relating to his prior employment with Shell”, Mr Nasser said. Shell, where Mr Brinded was a director for 10 years until 2012, is facing an investigation over alleged corrupt payments to acquire an oilfield off the shore of Nigeria in 2011.  read more

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