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Corrib gas project spend to top €3.6bn as Shell await Government approval

The costs of the Corrib gas project are set to top €3.6bn by the end of this year, more than four times the original estimate of €800m. Gordon Deegan: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Yesterday, operator Shell E&P Ltd confirmed that the 2015 spend by the Corrib partners on the field will be €260m. Some €320m […]

Shell racks up nearly €100m loss as it waits on go-ahead for first Corrib gas

Corrib Gas Project mired in corruption allegations and a related cover-up led by Michael Crothers Paul O’Donoghue: 18 November 2015 The company behind the controversial Corrib gas project racked up losses of over €98m last year as it awaits a final government permit to begin flowing gas at the site. Accounts just filed for Shell […]

HERE FIRST TEN DAYS AGO: Lorraine Mitchelmore Fired

Michael Crothers at Shell E&P Ireland Limited By John Donovan On 7 November, we published the first news of the firing of Lorraine Mitchelmore, the President and Country Chair of Shell Canada. The information, which came from a Shell insider source, was posted on our Shell Blog under the alias of “Manny” The departure of Lorraine Mitchelmore has been confirmed […]

Nigerian Probes Uncover $12bn Oil Fraud

In 2012, the Senate investigated the contentious Malabu Oil Field transaction. The Upper House re-opened investigation into an allegation of $1.1 billion round-tripping involving the federal government and two international oil companies – Shell and Eni (Agip) – over the sale of a contentious OPL 245 oil block. BY EDEGBE ODEMWINGIE AND BODE GBADEBO: Nov 10, […]

Kola Aluko reveals why he paid rent for ex-minister’s mother

Alison-Madueke was detained in London on October 2, 2015, by the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) over allegations that she laundered billions of dollars from her country’s treasury. Nigerian oil tycoon, Kola Aluko has admitted paying rent for Mrs Beatrice Agama, the mother of former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke. Alison-Madueke was detained in London […]

Fugitive Oil Tycoon Kola Aluko Admits Paying UK Rent For Alison-Madueke’s Mother

BY SAHARAREPORTERS, NEW YORK: NOV 01, 2015 Kola Aluko, a Nigerian oil magnate now wanted in the UK for money laundering, has admitted that he paid rent for a high-end apartment for the mother of a former minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke. Mr. Aluko told the British Sunday Times newspaper that he was responsible for […]

Oil tycoon faces quiz over lost billions

Article involving Diezani Alison-Madueke, former executive director of Shell in Nigeria read more

Nigeria President Escalates Campaign to Stem Corruption

In recent days, the campaign escalated with the arrest of two high-profile figures: Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former oil minister whose five-year tenure was marred by recurring accusations of widespread theft; and Olajide Omokore, the chairman of a Nigerian oil company. Both were held as part of inquiries into corruption and money laundering. By NORIMITSU ONISHI: OCT. […]

Is Cameron’s campaign against corrupt cash starting to bite?

The arrest of Nigeria’s glamorous former oil minister suggests it is, says Clementine Wallop 13 October 2015 Like many others, I was sceptical when in July, Prime Minister David Cameron said in a speech in Singapore he was planning to crack down on corrupt foreigners who own luxury properties in London and use the capital […]

Nigeria’s President Enlists the West to Help Recover Stolen Money

Benoît Faucon in London: Oct. 12, 2015  U.S., U.K. act quickly at behest of Muhammadu Buhari, who took office in May on a pledge to stamp out corruption; ex-oil minister detained in London London police this month briefly detained Nigeria’s former oil minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.  Following a summer meeting in Washington between British and American investigators, […]

Nigeria: The Morality and Mortality in Alamieyeseigha’s Death and Diezani Alison-Madueke’s Illness

Nigeria: The Morality and Mortality in Alamieyeseigha’s Death and Diezani Alison-Madueke’s Illness OPINION By Adeolu Ademoyo Depending on the context, death and illness are two occurrences, which are often difficult to write and talk about. This broad challenge is made more complicated in a contemporary African context-in this case Nigerian context- that is disposed to […]

Alison-Madueke family reacts, says Diezani was never arrested

October 09, 2015 * Says she completed months of cancer chemotherapy in London, to undergo surgery next week * Urges Nigerians to pray for her recovery to face allegations, give stewardship account Following the ongoing travails of Nigeria’s former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, over allegations of money laundering and bribery brought against her […]

Diezani Alison-Madueke: Behind the ‘reformer’ of the Nigerian oil industry’s arrest

Mrs Alison-Madueke, 54, part of a prominent Nigerian family and a former Shell executive, was appointed as Honourable Minister of Petroleum Resources in March 2010 by now former president Goodluck Jonathan Cahal Milmo§ @cahalmilmo Wednesday 7 October 2015 18:29 Until last Friday, Diezani Alison-Madueke’s position as one of the most prominent women on the global stage […]

Diezani In London By Michael Egbejumi-David

…just last Friday, the ex-minister was collared in London along with four other people.  They were all charged with bribery, corruption and money laundering.  Already, money is being taken off her. BY MICHAEL EGBEJUMI-DAVID: OCT 06, 2015 I have met the former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke before.  It was about three years ago in […]

How Nigeria’s Ex-Minister Of Petroleum Madueke Laundered Looted Money, Her Accomplices Revealed

…another avenue of money laundering by the former minister was the controversial Malabu deal in which she, former Attorney General, Mohammed Adoke, and President Goodluck Jonathan may have pocketed close to $2 billion between them. Charing Cross Police Station in London where former Shell Executive Director and subsequently Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani […]

Premium Times: Former Shell Executive Director Arrested in London on Corruption Allegations Involving Over $20bn

  …former board member of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria… By Bassey Udo: 4 Oct 2015 The Nigerian presidency has confirmed the arrest of a former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, in London, over allegations of corruption and money laundering. “The government is aware of the arrest and all the government investigative agencies are working very […]

Nigeria’s ex-oil minister ‘arrested in London’

…one of five people as part of an investigation into suspected bribery and money laundering. $20bn of oil money had gone missing… 2 Oct 2015 Nigeria’s former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke has been arrested in London, her family has said. She is believed to be one of five people the UK National Crime Agency said […]

Outspoken articles about Shell

Outspoken articles about Shell 2015 I WARNED WIKIPEDIA YEARS AGO THAT ALIAS EDITING WOULD RESULT IN SCANDAL: 7 Sept 2015 OSSL Whistleblower Email Sent to Irish Police, Irish Times and Shell on 28 August 2015: 28 Aug 2015 SHELL und DEUTSCHLAND (SHELL AND GERMANY): 18 Aug 2015 BVB Personal Journey? Was it to a bank […]

OSSL Whistleblower Email Sent to Irish Police, Irish Times and Shell on 28 August 2015

From: THE OSSL COMPANY <[email protected]> Date: 28 August 2015 08:10:45 BST To: Pearse_Street_DS <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], Commissioner <[email protected]>, “<[email protected]>” <[email protected]>, Michiel Brandjes <[email protected]>, [email protected] Subject: Corrib CEO ..a Shell man …the day the nightmare began …top cop Gannon. The Shell CEO appointed to Corrib, accompanied by his Local liaison officer unannounced arrived in the premises of […]

Shell Leaves ALEC, Is Still Terrible

Shell remains one of the dirtiest, corrupt and dangerous companies ever known, and no amount of green-washing can hide that simple fact. Derrick Crowe: 27 August, 2015 Earlier this month, Royal Dutch Shell announced it would allow its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, to expire. ALEC is a major force behind […]

Shell seeks permission to operate Corrib gas pipeline

by Joe Leogue: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 Shell Ireland has officially applied to the Government for permission to operate the controversial pipeline from the Corrib gas field off the coast of Mayo. The application is the first to be made under the Gas Act since the completion of its construction. The pipeline is a joint […]

Shell denies greasing ANC palms

By Tony Carnie: 20 August 2015 Durban – Oil giant Shell has denied suggestions that it exercises “improper influence” over government officials or makes financial payments to the ANC to pave the way for shale gas fracking. The company’s local subsidiary, Shell South Africa, was responding on Wednesday to fears raised by local anti-fracking groups […]

BVB Personal Journey? Was it to a bank or a casino?

By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden claims that he has been on a personal journey in relation to authorising Shell’s latest Arctic gamble. All due credit for the courage needed to take such a huge risk. The same applies to Shell’s takeover of the BG Group and the alliance with the corrupt […]

New head of Nigeria’s state oil company sacks top management

By Julia Payne Aug 5 (Reuters) – The new head of Nigeria’s state oil firm dismissed senior managers after a government directive, the company said on Wednesday, barely a day after President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him as managing director. “All of the executive directors were let go … Buhari wanted a clean slate,” one of […]

Shell accused of providing £25,000 in alcohol to police

Richard Hartley-Parkinson for Wednesday 22 Jul 2015 Shell has been accused of supplying £25,000 in alcohol to Irish police officers by two suppliers to an Irish gas project. Desmond Kane and Neil Rooney both claimed in court that they were told by someone from Shell E&P Ireland to buy the alcohol, according to the Irish Journal. […]

Shell asked for £25,000 worth of alcohol to be delivered to gardaí in Mayo, court told

The detailed claims were made in a Mayo court last week. TWO FORMER SUPPLIERS to the Corrib gas project told a jury they supplied £25,000-worth of alcohol to gardaí in 2007 on behalf of Shell E&P Ireland. The allegations were made by Desmond Kane and Neil Rooney, co-owners of OSSL, which had previously supplied personal […]

Men tell court they supplied alcohol to Belmullet Gardaí for Shell

EXTRACTS Under oath, Mr Neil Rooney claimed that the first delivery of alcohol to Belmullet Garda Station was made in 2005, and that in 2007, he was asked by Conor Byrne, a Senior Pipeline Engineer with Shell, to make a large delivery. Mr Rooney, from Downpatrick, Co Down, said he went to the north and […]


As can be seen from the Irish Times article printed below, an Irish Shell manager was cross-examined under oath yesterday in court, about the free Shell alcohol used to reward Irish cops for their services (brutalising protesters)  By John Donovan The Irish Police (the Garda) are currently investigating allegations of harassment by recipients of bribes […]

The lessons for all from the Corrib Gas project in North Mayo

The lessons for all from the Corrib Gas project in North Mayo Major infrastructure that is years behind schedule and massively over budget Wednesday, 1 July 2015 The Corrib Gas project represents a cautionary example of how large industrial developments should not be handled by governments or multinational companies. A lack of consultation and sensitivity […]

Irish Company Freely Admits Distributing Bribes On Behalf of Shell

PHOTO CAPTION FROM RECENT IRISH TIMES ARTICLE: Bríd McGarry, a Mayo landowner, and Mary Corduff, wife of jailed farmer Willie Corduff, after five Mayo farmers were jailed in 2005 for refusing to give an undertaking not to obstruct the construction of the Corrib gas pipe line. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times Printed below is a […]

EFCC quizzes former minister, Etete, over alleged oil deal

EFCC quizzes former minister, Etete, over OPL 245 oil deal By Abosede Musari, Abuja on June 29, 2015 FORMER Minister of Petroleum, Dan Etete, was yesterday quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in continuation of an investigation that had been stalled for several years. A source told The Guardian that the former […]

The Shell Corrib impact: business boomed and friendships died

The Corrib impact: business boomed and friendships died As the gas is about to be brought onshore, Peter Murtagh takes a tour of the Corrib gas plant and speaks to people affected by its arrival. SAT, Jun 27, 2015 Gas is expected to come later this year to the Shell terminal in Bellanaboy, Co Mayo, […]

Ijaw Communities Head to S’Court Over $1.5 bn Oil Spillage Suit

14 June 2015 Leaders of an Ijaw communities in Bayelsa state have headed to the Supreme Court over the $1.5b oil spillage and environmental degradation suit against Shell Petroleum Development of Nigeria, which was struck out by the Federal Appeal Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The leader of the Ijaw group, Mr. Pere Ajuwa,  […]

Nigerian auditors find NNPC failed to remit $11.6 bil in LNG export revenue

Nigerian auditors find NNPC failed to remit $11.6 bil in LNG export revenue NNPC holds 49% equity in NLNG on behalf of the Nigerian government, with partners Shell (25.6%), Total (15%) and ENI (10.4%.) 11 June 2015 State-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has not remitted $11.6 billion in dividends and loan and interest repayments earned […]

Eni says probe shows no Nigeria corruption

Nicolas Torres June 1, 2015 An audit didn’t uncover any evidence that Italy’s Eni made illegal payments tied to the 2011 purchase of OPL 245 license in Nigeria. The probe, conducted by a U.S. law firm on behalf of Eni, found no evidence of illegal conduct during Eni and Shell’s purchase of OPL 245 from the Nigerian government […]

Article about Corruption including Investigation into ENI Corruption in Nigeria

Centre for Public Integrity: 11 MAY 2015 EXTRACT FROM: Fighting Corruption in Mozambique’s Extractive Sector – Can Foreign Laws Work Where Mozambique’s Laws Fail? SECTION: Investigation into ENI Corruption in Nigeria The CEO of the Italian oil company ENI and one of his top lieutenants are currently under investigation for international bribery over the company’s acquisition […]

Nigeria: ENI Misled Shareholders Over Nigeria Corruption Scandal – – Global Witness

Blog by Barnaby Pace, 13 May 2015 The most senior managers at oil giant Eni appear to have misled shareholders over the company’s actions in a corrupt oil deal at its 2014 AGM. This is very important – as they gather for the 2015 meeting, shareholders in Italy’s biggest company should expect straight answers over […]

Unanswered questions on Nigeria’s missing oil revenue billions

Unanswered questions on Nigeria’s missing oil revenue billions By Lamido Sanusi (Former Gov. Central Bank of Nigeria) Just over a year ago President Goodluck Jonathan suspended me from my position as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria after I questioned an estimated $20bn shortfall in oil revenues due to the treasury from the state […]

Petrobras scandal looms large in Shell’s plan to buy BG Group

As Royal Dutch Shell seeks to finalise its £55bn takeover of smaller UK-based rival BG Group, it will be closely watching the situation at Petrobras, Brazil’s state-controlled oil company that is engulfed in scandal. FULL ARTICLE WITH WORKING LINKS

Mayo men sue gardaí over alleged brutality at Shell to Sea protest

Article from published Wed 29 April 2015 Mayo men sue Irish Cops over alleged brutality at Shell to Sea protest *(were the cops tipsy?) Three Mayo men are suing for damages over alleged garda brutality at a Shell to Sea protest eight years ago. Patrick Coyle, and brothers Patrick and Martin O’Donnell, claim they were […]



Whistleblower news relevant to Shell USA employees

SEC Hits Back At KBR And Other Corporate Bullies Who Threaten Whistleblowers By John Donovan If a Shell employee, contractor or supplier wants to blow the whistle on alleged misdeeds, they can contact the Shell Global Helpline and risk retaliation, or go to the appropriate external authority. In either event, there may be protection under whistleblower law in some countries, […]

Another can of worms for Shell

By John Donovan The lid on the corruption scandal in Ireland involving a “Mr Fix” company OSSL, its client Shell E&P Ireland, and various recipients of Shell’s generous bribes distributed by OSSL, keeps coming off.  Recipients have included senior Irish Police Officers, who took delivery of £30,000 of free alcohol kindly supplied by Shell.  One […]

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 […]


Photo: John Donovan: Co-founder Royal Dutch Shell 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 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 […]