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Italian prosecutor requests Brinded trial over OPL 245

17 Oct 2017 An Italian prosecutor has requested the trial of ex-Shell upstream boss Malcolm Brinded and other former employees of the supermajor over alleged corruption involving the infamous OPL 245 block deal in Nigeria.

Former Shell vice president for commercial Sub-saharan Africa, Peter Robinson, is also among the four men Milan’s Public Prosecutor’s Office has requested be sent to trial over the $1.1 billion deal that saw the oil block handed to Shell and Italian major Eni by a company controlled by then-Nigerian petroleum resources minister Dan Etete.

The other two men against whom the prosecutor has requested a trial are former strategic investment advisor John Copleston and one-time senior business advisor Guy Colegate, both of whom are ex-MI6 officers. read more

Shell director resigns amid Rio Tinto fraud allegations

director of Shell has resigned after being charged with fraud in relation to his former job at global miner Rio Tinto.

Guy Elliott said he would step down from his non-executive director role at Shell with immediate effect after US regulator the Securities and Exchange Commission charged him in relation to a botched coal deal while he was chief financial officer at Rio. Mr Elliott has been charged with fraud alongside Rio Tinto and its former chief executive Tom Albanese over allegations they hid the true value of coal assets in Mozambique following a disastrous acquisition. FULL ARTICLE 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

Did Malcolm Brinded fail to wipe the crime scene free of fingerprints?

COMMENT BY RETIRED SHELL INTERNATIONAL HSE GROUP AUDITOR BILL CAMPBELL ON THE ARTICLE: 

Shell executives charged in lead up to landmark trial over billion dollar Nigerian bribery scheme

Malcolm Brinded Charged

Bill Campbell asks: Did Malcolm fail to wipe the crime scene free of fingerprints?

We have all seen the movies where the bad guy covers up his deadly deed by wiping clear any sign of his presence at the crime scene. Malcolm was good at this, taking care on the 11th September 2003 to have destroyed the HSE files in The Hague and the audit files in the phase 3 building of Tullos removing forever the incriminating evidence re his involvement and contribution to the deaths on Brent Bravo that day.

Surprising therefore, that when the Dutch police searched the offices in The Hague on 17 February 2016 approx 3 years after Malcolm’s surprise and unexplained departure from RDS they found a whole stack of what I understand was incriminating stuff in a file cabinet in Malcolm’s old office now occupied by the new Shell Chairman who had taken over from Ollila. 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 executives charged in lead up to landmark trial over billion dollar Nigerian bribery scheme

Sunday 15 October 2017

Senior Royal Dutch Shell executives have been charged in Italy for their role in a vast bribery scheme that deprived the Nigerian people of over a billion dollars, the Milan Public Prosecutor’s Office confirmed on Friday. Those facing trial include Malcolm Brinded CBE, the second most powerful person in the company when the deal was struck (1). Shell itself is also facing bribery charges alongside the four named individuals.

Malcolm Brinded Charged

This historic decision follows a dramatic U-turn in which it admitted that it knew its billion dollar payment would go to convicted money-launderer and former Nigerian oil minister, Dan Etete, in exchange for Nigerian oil block OPL 245 in 2011. read more

Stupidity at Shell

Comment by retired Shell International Group HSE Auditor Bill Campbell on the recent Energy Voice article:

Shell served improvement notice over gas leak blunder

If you are looking for a world class example of stupidity look no further than Shell and its incident on Barque.

We are living it appears in an age of stupidity. Academic papers give many reasons for this including use of technology, calculators, mobile phones etc and the dumbing down of debate through usage of the internet. Moronic behaviour is common even in those who lead us.

If you are looking for a world class example of stupidity look no further than Shell and its incident on Barque.

We have discussed leakage of hydrocarbons a lot recently, to reduce them to zero is the Industries greatest challenge and top priority. But here we have a significant leak of some 200 cubic metres of gas mainly methane caused it seems by stupidity, how else can you describe this, its like driving while texting, behaviour totally unexplainable to rational individuals. The ONLY reason we pressure test process vessels and pipework using water or inert gas AND prior to the introduction of hydrocarbons is to provide assurance that when the hydrocarbons are finally introduced there will be no leakage, and consequentially no risk to people. read more

Zambian villagers win right to sue Vedanta in English courts

Barbara Lewis: OCTOBER 13, 2017 / 2:33 PM

London’s Court of Appeal on Friday threw out miner Vedanta’s attempt to block the Zambians’ legal action over alleged pollution of their villages. Vedanta said in a statement it would seek the right to appeal to the Supreme Court, the highest in the English legal system, adding the decision was on jurisdiction only and “was not a ruling or a determination on the merits of the claims”. Three senior High Court judges dismissed an appeal by Vedanta and its Zambian subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines (KCM)against a ruling in May last year when a High Court judge decided the claim could proceed in the English courts on behalf of 1,826 Zambian villagers. FULL ARTICLE read more

Group drags Shell to London court over 2011 Nigeria Bonga oil spill

A Non-Governmental Organisation has filed a suit in a London court against Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company, SNEPCO, over a 2011 oil spill in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.

The NGO, the Oil Spills Victims Vanguard, filed the case on September 21 at the TTC High Court of Justice, London, on behalf of the victims of the Bonga oil spill.

The spill, said to have been caused by an operational error on the part of SNEPCO, had about 40,000 barrels of crude oil discharged into the Atlantic Ocean, and affected at least 350 communities in Delta and Bayelsa states. 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

ARGUS FSU ENERGY INTERVIEW WITH KREMLIN ATTACK DOG, OLEG MITVOL

Extracts from the ebook “John Donovan, Shell’s Nightmare” (now available on Amazon websites globally) 

From pages 8 & 9 covering an energy news media interview with my Russian government minister contact Oleg Mitvol, memorably described by the Guardian newspaper as a “Kremlin Attack Dog” (“On one side was Oleg Mitvol, 6ft 2in and dressed in a black coat, the Kremlin’s attack dog leading the charge against the vast Sakhalin-2 oil and gas development off Russia’s far east coast.”)

Extract from the ebook:

An English language version of the German TV documentary segment was then broadcast across Europe by the European Journal under the title: “Shell’s Enemy No. 1” Greenpeace might take issue with the No. 1 ranking bearing in mind that its activities have achieved greater visibility.

However, in terms of financial impact, the confidential Shell internal information that I supplied to the Russian government concerning the Sakhalin2 gas project in Russia, did, in fact, cost Shell billions of dollars, as has been widely reported. read more

Shell Springboard: Is it safe to disclose your idea to Shell?

Shell International committed fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, conversion of intellectual property, theft of trade secrets, and tortious interference with the Deep Water Parties business relationships and prospective business relationships. (Click on the link “alleged misappropriation of the plaintiffs alleged oilfield-technology trade secrets”. )

SHELL TRAWLING FOR BUSINESS IDEAS. MAKE SURE YOU DON’T GET CAUGHT IN THEIR NET. 

By John Donovan

Shell operates a number of schemes such as Shell GameChanger and Shell Ideas360 encouraging people and businesses to disclose innovative ideas to the oil giant.

It has just kicked off its latest search for clean tech pioneers.

The obvious question arises. Can Shell be trusted not to steal ideas knowing, as it does, that most people would be frightened to take Shell on in any legal battle given its army of lawyers and unlimited financial resources.

Shell could not be trusted in the 1990’s. I successfully sued Shell UK Limited four times in the UK high courts for breach of confidence and breach of contract in regard to a series of ideas I had disclosed to Shell in strictest confidence. All were adopted without my consent A lawyer acting for Shell threatened in writing to make the litigation drawn out and difficult. 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

Shell to Sea ask informed questions and demand answers from statutory bodies investigating Shell

News Release – Issued by Shell to Sea – Oct 1st, 2017 – For immediate release

— Shell to Sea has cumulative knowledge of the Shell/Corrib project, and is capable and willing to put hard questions to CER and 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 (recently renamed to the Commission for Regulation of Utilities) and EPA, the two statutory bodies charged with investigating this most recent lapse in Shell’s ‘global technical expertise’. [1, 2] 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

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