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Simon Henry sells £423,400 ($660,736.58) worth of stock in Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry sold 20,000 shares of Royal Dutch Shell Plc stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 2,117 ($33.04), for a total transaction of £423,400 ($660,736.58). Simon knows more than we do about Shell’s ill-fated 2015 Arctic Drilling campaign.   The cost […]


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Shell flotilla begins assembling in Dutch Harbor

BY TIM BRADNER, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE: 24 June 2015 “Once again, Shell is up to their old tricks, deliberately ignoring federal regulations. We urge President Obama to cancel Shell’s lease and prevent them from drilling in the Chukchi Sea,” Dutch Harbor will be busy in the next couple of weeks as Shell’s Arctic drill […]

Former Shell exec Engelhardt Robbe now ruining Dutch rail

By John Donovan Just over 9 years ago, a Shell insider sent us a Shell internal email circulated on behalf of a then senior finance man at Shell, Engelhardt Robbe. The description given by the insider is self-explanatory. From a Shell Insider Dear Alfred When I saw this one I thought this was a joke, trying […]

Ann Pickard, Shell VP for Arctic drilling, is not a safe pair of hands

“Having got its corporate fingers burnt once already, it is simply astonishing that the fate of Shell’s resurrected Arctic drilling campaign is being entrusted by Shell and President Obama to such an incompetent, unscrupulous individual, as Ann Pickard.” By John Donovan Ann Pickard replaced David Lawrence as Shell VP for the Arctic after Shell’s 2012 disastrous Arctic drilling fiasco, aptly described […] one of the most valuable domain names in the world?

Aramco Shell .com By John Donovan I own and operate many Shell related domain names including, for example, and, both of which Shell International unsuccessfully attempted to seize 10 years ago in proceedings via The World Intellectual Property Organisation. Depending on reaction to this article, I may put one of my domain names […]

Sultan of Oman Spying On Shell

By John Donovan Interesting to read the allegations that the Sultan of Oman’s intelligence services are spying on Shell. More specifically, the local operations of Shell involving the JV company, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). This information is unsurprising given the content of leaked secret cables from the US Embassy in Muscat published by WikiLeaks in December 2010, suggesting a degree […]

Protesters in Seattle to take on Shell Arctic oil drilling plans

SEATTLE | BY VICTORIA CAVALIERE Commodities | Sat May 16, 2015 12:00pm BST Hundreds of activists, many in boats and kayaks, were gearing up on Saturday to protest plans to store two Royal Dutch Shell drilling rigs in Seattle’s waterfront before the oil giant resumes Arctic oil exploration this summer. Environmental groups have vowed to […]

Shell facing stiff Seattle opposition

Article by Daniel J. Graeber published May 15, 2015 by UPI. Shell facing stiff Seattle opposition SEATTLE, May 15 (UPI) — Though Shell may drill in Alaska’s arctic waters no matter how many protests are held, a Seattle organizer said the company can be cast in a bad light. Seattle organizers are planning weekend protests against Shell’s […]


By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell has expelled 60 workers from a Dutch chemical plant after workers were caught using drugs. The Shell Moerdijk plant in the Netherlands makes chemical products from petroleum. It employs over 800 employees and over 500 contractors. It is one of the largest chemical complexes in Europe.  Last October I […]

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 Like this:Like Loading…

Letting Shell drill in Arctic could lead to catastrophic oil spill, experts warn

Letting Shell drill in Arctic could lead to catastrophic oil spill, experts warn Unforgiving conditions in the Arctic’s icy waters not only make the chances of a spill likely, the complete lack of infrastructure in place to deal with a potential disaster means the consequences of the move could be calamitous, environmental activists and experts […]

Shell’s involvement with treating UK workers like slaves?

Shell Station, Timperly, Manchester Shell’s involvement with treating workers like slaves? EMAIL RECEIVED FROM A SHELL CUSTOMER Hi, I am a Shell customer and live basically 50 yards to my nearest garage. I use my Shell points card and only buy Shell diesel. Everyday I pass the garage above going to my gym. The garage […]

10th Anniversary of Domain Name Win Over Shell

10th Anniversary of Spectacular Domain Name Win Over Shell By John Donovan Ten years ago, in May 2005, Shell International Petroleum Company Limited served proceedings in New York against my late father Alfred Donovan, via The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in an attempt to seize the top level (.com) domain name for its newly […]


(NOW UPDATED WITH 98 PAGE DOCUMENT FILED 24 APRIL 2015 WITH THE U.S. COURTS) A 194 page Complaint filed in the US Courts two months ago confirms that investigations are underway by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the EU Commission and the UK Serious Fraud Office into an alleged oil price-fixing conspiracy involving Shell, BP, […]

Fat cat bosses enjoy a £350,000 pay rise with Royal Dutch Shell chief the top earner on £19.5m

EXTRACTS FROM MIRROR NEWSPAPER ARTICLE: 29 APRIL 2015 Fat cat bosses enjoy a £350,000 pay rise with Royal Dutch Shell chief the top earner on £19.5m Fat-cat bosses at Britain’s biggest firms saw their pay and perks surge by an average of £350,000 last year. Topping the list from the group is Royal Dutch Shell […]

Will Royal Dutch Shell Be Able To Successfully Integrate BG Group plc In Its Fold?

Bidness Etc takes a look at challenge facing Shell as it incorporates BG Group in its fold By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: Apr 27, 2015 at 1:45 pm EST Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE: RDS.A) $70 billion acquisition of BG Group plc (ADR) (OTCMKTS: BRGYY) is a first of such magnitude for the Hague-based oil company. […]

Shell Pensioners Revolt

By John Donovan Trouble is brewing for Shell in the UK as Shell pensioners revolt against the proposed change of name of their association. The “Shell Pensioners’ Association” (SPA) is open to all Shell pensioners in the UK and arranges a raft of social and other events through its Branch network. It also publishes a […]

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 […]

Another sudden high level departure from Shell surrounded by intrigue

By John Donovan Another sudden high level departure from Royal Dutch Shell PLC surrounded by intrigue Andrew Longden,  Executive VP of Treasury and Corporate Finance of Royal Dutch Shell Plc is departing the company in June, in unexplained circumstances.  *In November 2003, Mr. Longden joined Shell as its Group Treasurer, with overall responsibility for treasury, risk […]

Do you have grounds for a lawsuit against Shell? Have you, your firm or family been cheated or injured by Shell?

If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then you may find this article by John Donovan to be of interest… The first difficulty faced by potential litigants considering suing Shell, is finding a law firm with the required resources which does not have a conflict of interest and is willing to […]

Shell/Exxon Induced Earthquakes undermine Dutch Gov Revenues

By John Donovan The Groningen gas field is a giant natural gas field located near Slochteren in Groningen province in the northeastern part of the Netherlands. Discovered in 1959, it is the largest natural gas field in Europe. It is operated by the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV (NAM), a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell […]

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 […]

Corporate espionage: Shell Cloak and Dagger activities

By John Donovan Corporate espionage: Shell Cloak and Dagger activities spanning more than two decades – much of it directed against me  SHELL ALSO Infiltrated spies into the Nigerian government  Was responsible for covert operations against Greenpeace and other perceived enemies, using a serving secret service agent freelancing for a private spy firm closely connected […]

Shell Gas Leak

By John Donovan Yesterday lunchtime, I got a whiff of what I now know to be the Shell takeover of BG Group.  The information was unclear and my Shell related source made it plain that it was a rumour emanating from a third party, but one with “good ears” and miscellaneous contacts.  The main thrust of […]


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 […]

Shelling Out Sweeteners

By John Donovan The Irish satirical website has published an extensive article about Shell sponsored corruption in Ireland involving gifts (bribes) of up to €900,000 in value.   The website has published two key items; an invoice sent to Shell E&P Ireland by its agent OSSL for £30,000 worth of alcohol supplied to named […]

Arctic drilling rights OKd for Shell Oil

Article by Jennifer A. Dlouhy published Tuesday, March 31, 2015 by Arctic drilling rights OKd for Shell Oil WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Tuesday reaffirmed a 2008 government auction of Arctic drilling rights over objections from environmentalists, delivering a major victory to Shell Oil Co. as it seeks to resume exploratory drilling in the […]

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 […]

Arctic braced for oil rush as Shell eyes return to Alaska

By Andrew Critchlow, Commodities Editor for publication in The SundayTelegraph 29 Mar 2015 under the headline: Arctic braced for oil rush as Shell eyes return to Alaska When the wreck of Royal Dutch Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig washed up on the coast of Alaska in 2012 following a storm at sea, many environmental campaigners hoped […]

Indispensable for a fair trial: an independent, impartial Judge

Indispensable for a fair trial: an independent, impartial Judge By John Donovan Last weekend, The Sunday Times devoted almost an entire double-page spread and their main editorial to a series of court cases  involving The Sunday Times that raised questions about whether judges should declare their interests. The Sunday Times was being sued for libel […]

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 […]


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Shell and Eni Struggle To Control Oil Spills In Nigeria

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Mar 20, 2015 at 9:35 am EST As reported by Bloomberg, Amnesty International has indicated that Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) and Eni SpA (ADR) (NYSE:E) are finding it difficult to control the oil spills in Nigeria. Amnesty International asserted that both companies have been involved in over 550 oil […]

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 […]

A new mis-selling scandal? Budget home insurance mis-sold under the name of prestige brands? 

By John Donovan You only have to Google “mis-selling scandals” to see how the UK public have been conned by a variety of mis-selling schemes. The most prominent being mis-sold PPI.  I have stumbled across what appears to be another candidate for a flood of mis-selling claims.  I refer to Home Insurance/Home Assistance Insurance Policies […]

850 jobs at stake in Shell Cyberjaya

KUALA LUMPUR, March 17, 2015:  Around 850 jobs could be at stake at Shell offices in Cyberjaya as the Anglo-Dutch oil major consolidates its IT functions at a new base in Bangalore, India. While no decision has yet been made, a senior officer dropped this bombshell during a town hall meeting with staff in Cyberjaya […]

Special relationship between a Shell oil executive and a Government Minister contributed to offshore deaths?

Love hurts: How a special relationship between a Shell oil executive and a Government Minister contributed to offshore deaths  SELF-EXPLANATORY EMAIL FROM JOHN DONOVAN TO BARONESS HELEN LIDDELL:  From: John Donovan  Subject: THE EMAIL YOU RECEIVED FROM MR BILL CAMPBELL Date: 9 March 2015 22:50:38 GMT Cc: Campbell <Cambell To: [email protected] Dear Baroness Liddell, I understand […]

Shell reports on plans for Arctic drilling

Article by Carey Restino published 13 March 2015 by The Bristol Bay Times “After 2012, every aspect of our plan is under a microscope and every aspect is carefully monitored, including the impact on marine mammals,” Leaders from southwest Alaska were briefed last week on Shell Oil’s plans for the 2015 season, hearing how the […]