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Shell financial support for the scandal ridden Brunei Royal Family

By John Donovan A regular contributor, a retired Shell executive, having spotted the latest side bar feature on this website (focused on Shell’s relationship with the depraved Sultan of Brunei), drew my attention to the latest spectacular Brunei Royal Wedding. It took place in “the monarch’s lavish 1,788-room residential palace.” Prince Abdul Malik, the Sultan’s son and second […]

RTE failed to truthfully inform the public on Corrib Gas Project

– Shell to Sea send submission on RTE’s Public Service Statement — 12 April 2015 RTÉ – Ireland’s National Television and Radio Broadcaster Shell to Sea have today sent in a submission to RTE as part of RTE’s public consultation on the updating of their Public Service Statement [1]. In the submission, Shell to Sea […]

SHELL CORRUPTION OF IRISH POLICE, AS ADMITTED BY ITS AGENT/CONTRACTOR: OSSL

Photo: John Donovan: Co-founder Royal Dutch Shell Plc.com EMAIL FROM JOHN DONOVAN CIRCULATED TO EVERY IRISH T.D. ON 6 APRIL 2015 Response from The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission on 2 April 2015 SHELL CORRUPTION OF IRISH POLICE, AS ADMITTED BY ITS AGENT/CONTRACTOR: OSSL (£30,000 worth of free alcohol given as a Christmas Gift to Garda […]

Nigeria: President-Elect pledges to fight the evil of corruption

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, a former military leader, vowed to fight the scourges of corruption and Boko Haram militants. Sunday Alamba/Associated Press From an article Adam Nossiter published 1 April 2015 by The New York Times under the headline: Nigerian President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari Sets Out His Agenda Extracts KANO, Nigeria — Nigeria’s president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, did […]

Goodluck Jonathan and the missing $20bn

ARTICLE BY TIM COCKS AND JOE BROCK PUBLISHED 1 April 2015 BY THE RAND DAILY MAIL OF SOUTH AFRICA Between $10.8-billion and $20-billion of oil revenue was unaccounted for over a period of 19 months “Sanusi’s concerns around the first of these mechanisms centre on the 2011 sale by Royal Dutch Shell of its interests […]

Third Successive Year of OSSL Pre-AGM Bombardment of Shell Underway

By John Donovan The third successive year of a pre-AGM email bombardment of Shell by its former “Mr Fixit” company in Ireland, OSSL, is fully underway. Several emails are sent every day by OSSL, not just to top executives at Shell, such as Ben van Beurden  but to the Irish Justice Minister and Senior Irish Police […]

Shell led Corrib Gas Pipeline Project comes unstuck

Article by Norma Costello published 23 March 2015 by vice.com under the headline: A Massive Pipe Came Loose in an Atlantic Gas Field and Irish Environmentalists Are Not Happy The Corib Gas pipeline project by the Western Irish fishing village of Rossport, County Mayo, has always been a source of controversy. It was established amid […]

John Donovan invited by Irish Justice Minister to provide evidence to Irish Police Ombudsman Commission

Email sent by John Donovan to Garda Slochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) 25 March 2015 SHELL CORRUPTION OF IRISH POLICE AS ADMITTED BY ITS AGENT/CONTRACTOR: OSSL Dear Sirs I attach for your information a copy of a letter dated 12 March 2015 from Ms Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., Irish Minister for Justice and Equality, addressed to Mr Bernard J Durkan […]

UK Government must defend against big oil and mining dirty tricks

UK Government must defend against big oil and mining dirty tricks Oil and mining bodies together with companies such as BP and Royal Dutch Shell have drafted industry compliance guidelines that weaken the impact of new UK anti-corruption laws. 21st March 2015 Anti-corruption campaigners urge the UK Government to divorce itself from industry guidelines that […]

Shell Gives Conditions for More Investments in Nigeria

An article by Ejiofor Alike published 24 March 2015 by ThisDayLive.com Shell Gives Conditions for More Investments in Nigeria Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has given conditions for it to invest in Nigeria, saying that though it has divested assets, it is also ready to invest more than it has divested if the operating environment […]

A sad situation in Rhodesia 50 yrs ago: Even worse now. 

Robert Mugabe was a “key player” campaigning against the white settler regime in Rhodesia nearly 50 years ago, and remains the key player today, but considerably richer.  Some of this information, including the anti-Apartheid poster, comes from “A History of Royal Dutch Shell Volume 3.  Like this:Like Loading…

SPDC Completes Sale of Oil Mining Lease 18 in Nigeria

Cautionary note: Shell has a track record in Nigeria of repeated oil spills; toxic gas flaring without end; arming police thugs; hiring militant gang leaders; hanging Nigerian campaigners while in bed with one particularly despotic regime; paying bribes to corrupt Nigerian government ministers and infiltrating spies into the Nigerian government. THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, March 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – The Shell Petroleum Development […]

Africa: Statoil’s Historic Disclosures Blow Holes in Exxon and Shell’s Campaign for Secrecy

Statoil’s disclosures deal a major blow to efforts by a small number of backward looking oil firms, including ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell and BP, to weaken the U.S. transparency rule. Unless transparency rules include these elements, they will give companies a licence to continue making corrupt payments. Extracts from a Press Release by Global Witness published […]

Email to John Donovan from the Irish Justice Minister

CORRUPTION SURROUNDING THE CORRIB GAS PROJECT IN IRELAND By John Donovan Today, apparently by co-incidence, I received an email sent to me on behalf of the Irish Justice Minister, Ms Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. (Photo) It was only yesterday that I posted an article on the above subject after a long break in coverage. The email from the […]

SHELL AGM 2015: IRISH POLICE ALCOHOL BILL ON THE AGENDA

JOHN DONOVAN EMAIL TO MR MICHIEL BRANDJES, COMPANY SECRETARY AND GENERAL COUNSEL CORPORATE, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC On 3 Mar 2015, at 23:40, John Donovan wrote: Dear Mr Brandjes Several months ago, I publicly accused OSSL directors of bombarding Shell with blackmail demands for two years over the Shell sponsored corruption scandal in Ireland. OSSL […]

Nigeria’s Ogonis Divided Over Resuming Oil Production

By Chris Stein – Voice of America, 06 March 2015 Nigeria’s Ogonis Divided Over Resuming Oil Production KEGBARA DERE, NIGERIA— Oil once flowed in Ogoniland, as it does from wells throughout the creeks and swamps of Nigeria’s Niger Delta region. But in 1993, the Ogoni people said enough. Leaking pipelines were polluting the fields they farmed and […]

The Case against Malcolm Brinded CBE

Email Dated 4 March 2015 from Mr Bill Campbell, Retired HSE Group Auditor, Shell International, to Mr Billy Gordon, a senior officer of Police Scotland The Case against Malcolm Brinded CBE:  Dear Mr Gordon Firstly, I would like to thank you for your continual support especially over the period when the Fiscal Anne Currie was carrying out […]

Shell, ENI prop up corrupt Nigerian regime

FROM A NIGERIAN NEWS MAGAZINE: MARCH 2015 Nigeria’s Naira firmed 1.13 percent against the dollar on the interbank market in thin trade on Monday, supported by dollar flows from two energy companies, traders said. The naira closed at 199.7 to the dollar compared with 202 on the interbank market on Friday, dealers said. The central […]

SAKHALIN2: How many billions of dollars did Shell lose in Russian annexation?

Chris Finlayson representing Shell and Alexander Medvedev, Gazprom’s Vice Chairman By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell executive Chris Finlayson held a leadership position in Shell’s Sakhalin II project in Russia from September 2005 to September 2009. The venture was described as “the Mother of all Projects” by the Financial Times. When Finlayson joined the Sakhalin […]

Dusting off the Shell BP merger files

Shell and the forerunner of BP bribed a famous politician to facilitate a merger  According to Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill, Royal Dutch Shell and BP (then called Burmah Anglo-Persian Oil Company), were in merger discussions in 1923. Extract from a BBC News Magazine article published 22 Jan 2015 10. Cash for […]

Detoxifying Shell’s online image: Possible or Impossible? 

By John Donovan  Royal Dutch Shell has appointed Possible as its global digital agency, starting with corporate brand work. Seems a safe assumption that one important aspect will be an attempt to detoxify the reputation of Shell, which has recently agreed to pay huge settlements of litigation arising from environmental pollution in Nigeria and the […]

CEO Ben van Beurden finally endorses Shell Business Principles

By John Donovan After our long campaign for Ben van Beurden, the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, to sign Shell’s statement of General Business Principles, he has at last got round to doing so. I do not know what the reluctance was about, or why it took a year of cajoling on our […]

Shell, Eni, and the $533 million paid out in Nigerian bribes

In October 2014 the media reported that Italian prosecutors were alleging that half of the $1.1 billion paid for an oil producing lease (OPL) by Eni and Royal Dutch Shell had gone on bribes to Nigerian politicians, intermediaries and others. Extracts from an article by Babajide Oladipo Ogundipe: 8 December 2014 In October 2014 the […]

Update on OSSL Shell Scandal

By John Donovan At the weekend I published an article under the headline: “Irish Police reopen and expand investigation into Shell corruption case?” A question mark was placed at the end of the headline to denote a degree of uncertainty.  This is my take on the actual situation according to information I have received today. […]

SHELL DEFAMATION CASE HAS PROFOUND IMPLICATIONS

In 2009, Shell Oil Co. was facing allegations of international bribery in Nigeria. It told federal prosecutors that one of its employees approved and facilitated the bribes and then lied about his role to company lawyers. In 2010, the case took an unexpected turn. The employee, senior petroleum engineer Robert Writt, sued for defamation. He […]

Irish Police reopen and expand investigation into Shell corruption case?

By John Donovan According to an insider source, the Irish Police Garda Ombudsman Commission has reopened and expanded an investigation into evidence of corruption surrounding the Corrib Gas Project in Ireland. I understand that this development was prompted by new evidence published on this website in relation to the whistleblower Irish company OSSL. Its directors […]

Wanted: Shell Senior Legal Counsel to evade Anti Bribery and Corruption laws?

Unfortunately it is unclear if the lucky applicant is expected to advise Shell employees on how to avoid falling foul of bribery and corruption laws, or how to get round them. I suppose its a fine distinction. By John Donovan Just spotted an advert for the job of Senior Legal Counsel for Anti Bribery and Corruption […]

IRISH GOVERNMENT RESPONSE ON OSSL/SHELL SCANDAL

In addition to these issues being pursued by Irish TD’s seeking the truth, I now intend to bring these matters to the attention of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission in relation to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. I will also be circulating a full brief, supported by hard evidence, to every US Senator and […]

Danger to Shell from Class Action Lawsuits Arising from Bribery

By John Donovan Two articles have just been published about bribery that have relevance to Shell and its shareholders. An article by The Economist under the headline “Graft work” makes the point that “The most briberiddled sectors are oil, gas, mining, construction and transport.” Extract GONE are the days when multinationals could book bribes paid […]

Prospects of a Shell BP merger

FROM A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR Firstly, falls in oil price and resulting low stock prices tend to result in waves of takeovers. Examples during the low price era of the late 1990s – early 2000s: · Exxon took over Mobil · Statoil took over Saga, Norsk Hydro · Chevron took over Texaco, Unocal · Total took […]

Shell’s disdain for its governing constitution, Shell Business Principles

By John Donovan A few days ago I published an article pointing out that the Shell Business Principles document, proclaiming Shell’s core values and setting out the ethical platform on which Royal Dutch Shell supposedly operates, is conspicuously out of date. The version published on shell.com still bears the name of Peter Voser who resigned […]

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden audience with corrupt despot, the Sultan of Brunei

By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden had “an audience” on Tuesday with the head of the corrupt, seedy Brunei Royal Family, the Sultan of Brunei, who once accepted a $500,000 wedding gift (bribe) from Royal Dutch Shell. In April he went ahead, despite international opposition, with his plans to introduce […]

Shell corruption that led to blackmail

The invoice for the alcohol has been the foundation of a two year blackmailing operation with OSSL bombarding money demands on Shell for alcohol Shell had already paid for in full. Consequently, the OSSL invoice is of huge significance in relation to alleged very serious corruption and associated blackmail on an unprecedented scale. EMAIL FROM […]

OSSL SHELL BLACKMAIL

OSSL is demanding payment for over €30,000 worth of alcohol OSSL supplied to Irish cops on behalf of Shell, which says it entered into a full and final confidential settlement with OSSL in August 2012 and refuses to pay them off again.  Desmond Kane of OSSL outside Shell office in Dublin By John Donovan On […]

UK Court Lifts Secrecy Order On Corrupt Nigerian Oil Deal Law Suit

A High Court in the United Kingdom has lifted a secrecy order imposed on a 2013 legal challenge by The Corner House of a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) not to freeze some $215million alleged proceeds of crime from a corrupt Nigerian oil deal. Shell and ENI have denied paying any money to […]

Shell blocking Canadian transparency/anti-corruption initiative?

By John Donovan The Globe and Mail newspaper in Canada has published an article by Alan Detheridge, a former Royal Dutch Shell senior executive. A Vice President of Shell Canada when he left the company after 30 years. He must have known the company very well after all that time. If I have not misunderstood […]

BLACKMAILING SHELL: DEFAMATION THREAT FROM OSSL

We at OSSL would like to caution you as the editor of your Shell Blog, about the use of the term blackmail in the matter headlined above. EMAIL RECEIVED FROM OSSL From: THE OSSL COMPANY <[email protected]> Date: 17 November 2014 08:54:38 GMT To: John Shell News <[email protected]>, Michiel Brandjes <[email protected]> Subject: Unfounded claims of Blackmail […]

OSSL BLACKMAIL PLOT AGAINST SHELL

To its credit Shell has not given in to the subsequent money demands, but neither has it apparently reported the matter to the Irish Police. One can see the difficulty. How do you go about asking the Irish police to investigate a blackmail plot over free alcohol worth over €35,000 given to the Irish Police […]

Shell Defamation Suit

In 2007, the Department of Justice confronted Shell about its work in Nigeria, and at the time, investigators suspected that there may have been bribery of foreign officials that would allow Shell to get better access to various goods and services. From a JD Supra Press Release The Texas Supreme Court recently agreed to hear […]

Shell gave Irish Cops enough alcohol to stock a pub

Above item recently circulated by OSSL EMAIL FROM JOHN DONOVAN TO FRANCES FITZGERALD, IRISH MINISTER FOR JUSTICE.  SENT 10 NOVEMBER 2014 From: John Donovan <johndonovan@> Subject: OSSL Shell Date: 10 November 2014 16:17:03 GMT Cc: [email protected] To: [email protected] Dear Justice Minster Frances Fitzgerald I sent an email to you on 4 November 2014 regarding the […]