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Putin and Ben van Beurden negotiating a cosy relationship

OSSL is known as Shell’s Mr Fixit, distributor of sweeteners (bribes). Alcohol a specialty.  Shell has built a company on handing out bribes, whenever needed. Putin and his cronies have become billionaires from corruption. So a real meeting of minds on Good Friday.

Shell sweeteners (bribes) distributed in Ireland

By John Donovan OSSL is the former Shell “Mr Fixit” company best known for delivering Shell sponsored Christmas alcohol gifts to the Irish cops. The company has today circulated to Shell senior execs and partners in the controversial Corrib Gas Project (Statoil and Vermillion Energy), an interesting list of the sweeteners (bribes) it claims to […]

Union protest at Royal Dutch Shell Plc Dutch HQ

By John Donovan More than a 1,000 cleaners are on strike today so that they can participate in a protest at Shell’s Dutch headquarters at 30 Carel van Bylandtlaan in The Hague. The action is organized by the FNV union and is part of a nationwide campaign by the cleaners seeking better working conditions. The […]

Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden Bows to Putin

Shell’s Ben van Beurden bows to Putin: Good Friday, 18 April 2014 For ever a 100 years, Shell has been driven by unscrupulous greed as its sole motivator. Shell funded Hitler and the Nazis party and has subsequently done business with a string of evil regimes, including General Sani Abacha, Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein and the […]

Royal Dutch Shell bets on LNG, on an epic scale

By John Donovan The comments below are from a Motley Fool article that draws attention to the fact that Shell’s Prelude FLNG project represents a bet “on an epic scale.”  The author is right. The project is an uninsured, uninsurable risk, which like Shell’s Alaskan ambitions, could potentially destroy Shell.  As to the likelihood of […]

Putin, Ukraine and Royal Dutch Shell

Sir Henri was fanatically anti-Soviet as a result of the confiscation of Shell oil fields in Russia. Might be best if Ben does not mention this past history to his new chum, Vlad the Bad, who is rather keen to restore the Soviet empire. “Had Putin asked ‘and now you kiss my ass’, I am sure van Beurden […]

Financial calamity could engulf Shell in event of a Prelude FLNG or Arctic Disaster

To the best of my knowledge, both Shell projects are fraught with danger, are pushing the bounds of technology, have attracted risk warnings from experts and are self-insured by Shell because no commercial contingency insurance specialists are willing to provide cover.  By John Donovan An article published today by Reuters gives some idea of the […]

Ben van Beurden dragged into Irish Cops Bribery Scandal

By John Donovan Printed below are self-explanatory extracts from an email I sent on 16 April to Johan Groenewald, the senior officer at the Garda Ombudsman Commission investigating allegations made by OSSL about Shell corrupting the Irish police force. I am arranging  for OSSL directors to attend the Royal Dutch Shell Plc Annual General Meeting […]

Safety at risk under Malcolm Brinded

Entirely the wrong man to entrust with an oversight function in relation to the safety of rail passengers. He was shunted out of Shell under a cloud. If that is a model of the Shell Prelude in the background of the photograph, it is not an encouraging omen. Mining giant BHP Billiton has appointed former […]

1and1 Website Hosting Review: Worst of the Worst

I eventually realized that I had to leave 1and1 on 25 March 2014 after sending customer support three emails over several hours requesting assistance before receiving any response.  Each one was marked “WEBSITE DOWN” By John Donovan Iand1 has had advance sight of this article with an invitation to correct any inaccurate information. The company […]

Shell risked offshore workers lives to dodge Alaskan tax bill

Despite all promises to the contrary, Shell is still putting monetary considerations before safety. Just read some of the recent articles about Shell’s reckless conduct in offshore Alaska. It put the lives of offshore workers and the environment at risk to avoid a potential multimillion dollar tax bill. Personally, I do not believe enough attention […]

Kashagan Debacle: Not enough engineers, too many idiots

When John Stubbs was assigned to the Kashagan project, he was confronted by an over-budget hopelessly out-of-control shambles and advised Shell senior management that he did not want the job. He was bluntly told by Shell EP boss Malcolm Brinded, to take it, or leave the company. Stubbs, an engineer and project manager highly regarded by […]

Kuwait suspects corruption in $800 million Royal Dutch Shell contract

Seems to me that the Kuwait government is being very diplomatic and the word “corruption” should be substituted for “irregularities.” In my experience, despite pledges to the contrary in its sham ethical code, Shell senior management is content to turn a blind eye to corruption. Lets face it, the entire Royal Dutch Shell Group was […]

Shell Oil Boss Marvin Odum Should Resign after Alaskan Debacle

Now we have further confirmation that Shell was trying to dodge a multimillion tax bill. This time confirmation comes from the findings of an investigation by the Coast Guard division of US Homeland Security. There are going to be more Royal Dutch Shell executives looking for alternative employment… And Marvin Odum, Shell’s boss in the […]