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Did Royal Dutch Shell Try To Manipulate Science Museum Climate Program?

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: Jun 1, 2015 According to internal documents seen by The Guardian, questions are raised over whether Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) attempted to steer the course of the presentation of a climate change program that the oil giant was sponsoring at the Science Museum in London. The company questioned the museum […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sexploits of former Royal Dutch Shell Executive Andrew Manley 

By John Donovan Andrew Manley worked at Shell for 30 years, leaving at the end of January 2010. By then he was Downstream-One Programme Director.  Mr Manley was a hapless individual and his emails were prone to leakage. I published them, including the one when he announced his departure to no doubt delighted colleagues. The […]

Corrib Corruption Scandal on the Agenda at Royal Dutch Shell AGM

The Corrib corruption scandal and cover-up will  be raised at the Shell AGM on Tuesday. I can state on good authority that Shell lawyers have already prepared a script for Ben van Beurden to use for evasion purposes when confronted by OSSL directors. It mentions waiting for the outcome of the investigation by the Irish […]


Astonishingly, none of these Shell officials, nor John Gilligan, Alan Shatter, or anyone else in the Irish government, police, or any oversight body, has asked me to supply the voluminous evidence. No one seems shocked, or even interested. There have been no denials issued, nor have I received any threats of litigation, as could be […]

Chris Finlayson: One can of worms after another

Despite his scandal-ridden record at Shell, Chris Finlayson was recently appointed as Chief Executive of BG Group plc. We have already published articles relating to his involvement in the Shell reserves fraud and his time as head of Shell in Russia, when he played a starring role in the Sakhalin 2 debacle, which cost Shell […]

Corrib Gas Project Engulfed in Corruption Allegations

The latest allegation is that the local Irish Police involved in the Corrib Gas Project were supplied with alcohol by Shell EP Ireland. By John Donovan Printed below is a self-explanatory email I sent on 11 November 2012 to Mr Michiel Brandjes, Company Secretary & General Counsel Corporate, Royal Dutch Shell Plc. I sent him […]

Worlds leading source of information about Royal Dutch Shell

Free access to nearly  40,000 articles, comment, historical information and news archive relating to corporate tax dodgers Royal Dutch Shell, the worlds third largest company by revenue. A TV documentary feature about our co-founder John Alfred Donovan, has aired in many countries. A related article was published in 10 languages. John Alfred Donovan is credited on […]

How Shell pleased Qaddafi

It seems Shell violated its own principles in Libya… SUMMARY OF AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE DUTCH MAGAZINE VRIJ NEDERLAND ON 1st AUGUST 2012 (TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH) Shell consolidated its interests in Libya by appeasing Qaddafi’s confidants with jobs for their children. Ahmed Sawani was in 2006 a freshman in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science […]

European Journal: Shell’s Enemy No. 1

European Journal – The Magazine from Brussels European Journal is a 30 minute magazine on DW that delivers the inside take – reports on important political, economic and cultural developments in the EU with a strong focus on the European integration process. European Journal features issues that move Europeans and shows Europeans on the move. […]

A loose cannon at Sakhalin Energy

It seems to me slightly over-the-top for the Sakhalin Energy source to compare the Russian Federation Government dealings with the Donovans to “another mistake similar to signing The Non-Aggression Pact between the USSR and Germany of 1939…” By John Donovan Definition of a “loose cannon” – An unpredictable or uncontrolled person who is likely to […]

Sakhalin Energy Leaked Emails Intrigue

SELF-EXPLANATORY EMAIL SENT 2 JULY 2012 TO SAKHALIN ENERGY & ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC The name of the source of the current emails has been deleted, but will be disclosed tomorrow. It is an understatement to say that the source is not fond of “the Donovans” or their website. From: John Donovan <[email protected]> Subject: Date: […]

Mysterious email to Sakhalin Energy

By John Donovan I have printed below extracts from a mysterious email, partly in English and partly in Russian, circulated to a number of people at Sakhalin Energy earlier today, with a copy supplied to us. it seems to have been sent by a disgruntled employee (an interpreter/translator?) and has a sinister aspect with a […]


EMAIL FROM JOHN DONOVAN TO ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC COMPANY SECRETARY & GENERAL COUNSEL CORPORATE, MR MICHIEL BRANDJES SENT SUNDAY 17 JUNE 2012 From: John Donovan <[email protected]> Subject: Disgruntled Shell Libya Security Staff Date: 17 June 2012 16:01:20 GMT+01:00 To: [email protected] Cc: [email protected] Dear Mr Brandjes As you will no doubt be aware, over the […]

Shell’s undignified exit from Libya

By John Donovan We have already published an article containing a leaked email purportedly sent on 14 June 2012 by disgruntled Shell Exploration & Production Libya staff to senior Shell managers. Shell claims that it is withdrawing from Libya because of a deteriorating security situation. It self-evidently prefers to do business with dictators (a policy […]



Britain: Shell’s Enemy No. 1

Full episode 02.05.12 | 22:30 – 23:00 UTC European Journal – The Magazine from Brussels European Journal is a 30 minute magazine on DW that delivers the inside take – reports on important political, economic and cultural developments in the EU with a strong focus on the European integration process. European Journal features issues that […]


Because of the domain name, we receive job applications, business proposals, pension enquiries, even threats meant for Shell (as supplied today). We deal with all such matters as agreed with Mr Brandjes, sometimes corresponding with the parties on behalf of Shell, occasionally passing on correspondence to him.  We have been offered oil wells and […]

Revolving Doors? Kate Smith, Shell UK Head of UK Government Relations

I’ve recently learned that a Kate Smith is about to become Director of the Americas Department at the FCO.  Would this by any chance be the same Kate Smith who moved from the FCO to Shell in 2008 as head of UK government relations?   Is there any word of that Kate Smith (for it must […]

Great Britain: A lone fighter against Shell

John Donovan at the Shell Centre, 4 April 2012 Professional translation (by OneHourTranslation) of the German narration in the ARD TV Europa Magazine documentary feature: Great Britain: A lone fighter against Shell. Broadcast Saturday 21 April 2012. Great Britain: A lone fighter against Shell Next to the London Eye, the Shell Centre stands tall. Its […]

Chinese whispers linking Shell with Neil Heywood/Hakluyt

EMAIL DATED 13 APRIL 2012 SENT BY JOHN DONOVAN TO MR MICHIEL BRANDJES, COMPANY SECRETARY & GENERAL COUNSEL CORPORATE, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC. POSTED AS AN ARTICLE From: John Donovan <[email protected]> Subject: Chinese whispers linking Shell with Neil Heywood/Hakluyt Date: 13 April 2012 10:30:07 GMT+01:00 To: [email protected] Cc: [email protected] Dear Mr Brandjes On 31 March […]


By John Donovan Visitors to this website must wonder why Shell does not sue me for defamation, given the frequent outspoken articles about the oil giant published under my name? The short answer is that there is no defamation if what is stated is true. Readers may find the long answer more interesting. Royal Dutch […]

John Donovan, Shell’s nightmare

Picture Caption: John Donovan in 2009. On his website, this former adman has posted more than 25,000 items on oil giant Shell. Thanks to a network of “moles” inside the company, this early retiree from Britain is posting on his website reports on shortcomings inside the world’s largest oil group. It’s a dogged pursuit that […]

Sueddeutsche Zeitung article on Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com

I am described as having a stately stomach and accurately combed hair over a bald head. So we know that the journalist in question is unbiased, fearless, and truthful. By John Donovan On Saturday 17 March 2012 the largest broadsheet German daily national newspaper, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, published a whole page article by the journalist Christoph […]

An open wound for Shell

Some Shell employees complained on their website that a “Swiss Mafia” is running the group. Meanwhile, staff flocked to to attack the groups management. Influential? you bet. The Donovans and their blog are regularly quoted in the mainstream media? no doubt that the father-and-son team is an ongoing headache for Shell. By John […]

From our achives: Shell on back foot as ‘gripe site’ alleges safety concerns

DAILY MAIL ARTICLE 1 SEPTEMBER 2007 By Sam Fleming ‘As it stands we’re on the back foot and our aim should be to develop a strategy (or options) that puts us in a more positive and secure position.’ ‘Do we fully understand our own position. Are there on-going issues that we need to know about/fix. […]

Shell BP Corporate Espionage

A Sunday Times article published in June 2001 detailed Shell/BP undercover activities including infiltration, spying and subversion operations around the world directed at perceived enemies. Contrary to The Sunday Times headline, it was not limited to “green groups”– as can be confirmed by reading the article. CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE By John Donovan In […]

Update on Shell controversies involving the Police

By John Donovan Irish police investigation into alleged death threats against Shell whistleblowers on the Corrib Gas Project In October 2010 I notified the Chief Police Commissioner of the Garda about alleged death threats made against Shell Corrib employees. Insiders had supplied us with a series of Shell internal emails containing sensitive confidential information about […]

Royal Dutch Shell treachery over Iranian oil

Despite giving the impression to the contrary, Royal Dutch Shell has continued funding a fanatical regime intent on the extermination of the Jewish people. Iran is bent on developing nuclear weapons to destroy Israel, finishing the job that Shell’s former Nazi partners embarked upon, killing millions of Jews in the Holocaust. By John Donovan Reuters […]

Old stories and anti-Shell propaganda

By John Donovan A regular contributor to our “Shell Blog” recently criticized the mix of postings on this website. “LondonLad” said: I am afraid that there clearly is very little news (i.e. aspects of Shell’s work) for the Donovan’s to rant on about recently. A great deal is re-printed as though it’s new but is […]

Shell arch-critic emailed over 400 Royal Dutch Shell senior execs

In a front page lead story in the Financial Times, our site was properly credited with breaking news of the restructuring plans of Peter Voser. FROM OUR ARCHIVE: EXTRACT FROM A RELATED EMAIL MESSAGE SENT BY JOHN DONOVAN TO OVER 400 SENIOR SHELL EXECUTIVES Congratulations! I am writing to offer our best wishes on your […]

Malaysian Judge told Shell that they should sue John Donovan in the UK

Dr Huong was buried in multiple injunctions arising from alleged defamatory postings on our website. Shell also attempted to have him committed to prison and was apparently keen that I should become a fellow prisoner, after they gave up trying to lure my father to Malaysia. By John Donovan In 2004, EIGHT companies within the […]

Royal Dutch Shell and Iran Oil

By John Donovan: 12 January 2012 Thefront page lead story published by the Financial Times newspaper today reports that European refiners have begun to sever links with Iran ahead of an EU meeting, which could impose a full oil embargo on the Iranian regime. (A version of the article is also published on Iran […]

Another shell director playing General Patton?

Purported leaked email with video link received from an anonymous source with the covering message: “Potential for another Shell director playing *General Patton…listen to the video…” THE INTERNAL EMAIL On behalf of Bob Turner, All, We have just posted the latest video clip on the IPO website. In this clip I talk about Gas to […]

6 Oil Wells On Sakhalin Go Offline

14 October 2011 Vedomosti Dysfunctional oil wells at Sakhalin-2 are threatening to decrease production at the field in Russia’s Far East and could be indicative of more serious problems. The problems on Sakhalin-2 in the Piltun-Astokhskoye oil field were documented in a government report to the State Duma on the implementation of the production sharing […]

Shell fuels Syrian Tanks?

By John Donovan SHELL IS A MAJOR SHAREHOLDER, PARTNER, OWNER AND MANAGEMENT PARTICIPANT IN A COMPANY SUPPLYING THE FUEL FOR SYRIAN TANKS USED TO CRUSH THE UPRISING On Wednesday 24 August 2011, I sent an email to Mr Michiel Brandjes, Company Secretary & General Counsel Corporate, Royal Dutch Shell Plc. I asked him whether an […]


Equally unforeseen, a CAS spook involved in the investigation of leaks to our website, has subsequently leaked information directly to us, including top secret Shell internal intel documents, one of which, we have already published.

Shell embedded spies in host governments of Nigeria, Dubai and Iraq

By John Donovan Today we provide a unique insight into the shadowy world of Shell Corporate Security, formerly known as “CAS” – Shell Corporate Affairs Security. Shell has had advance sight of everything you are about to read and therefore the opportunity to challenge authenticity of the featured CAS Intel Summary, correct any inaccuracies and […]

Inside the Shadowy World of Shell Corporate Security

By Alfred & John Donovan We knew that Shell took seriously the leaks of information and Shell internal documents which have been supplied to us over several years by Shell employees. This was plain from Shell internal documents the company has been legally obliged to disclose to us. We did not know just how seriously, […]

Pirates of the Intranet

Working in internal communications is hard enough – but it just got tougher with the arrival of pirate sites that can sink your company intranet. Marc Wright offers some useful tips to ward off the invasions. by Marc Wright Internal communications is facing its greatest threat ever. The rise of low-cost websites created by employees […]

Gardaí investigate alleged death threats to Corrib whistleblowers

The Irish Times – Monday, April 11, 2011 LORNA SIGGINS Western Correspondent GARDAÍ IN north Mayo have initiated inquiries into alleged threats made to a contact supplying information on the Corrib gas project to a British whistleblowers’ website. Supt Pat Diskin of Belmullet Garda station confirmed yesterday his office was carrying out “initial inquiries” regarding […]

Invitation by Shell to a Malaysian jail cell

Article by Alfred Donovan By June 2006 Shell Malaysia legal boss, Thavakumar Kandiah Pillai (right), had got himself into a most dreadful mess. Two years earlier he had advised EIGHT different companies, all within the Royal Dutch Shell Group, to bring a collective defamation action against a former Shell Malaysia Production Geologist, Dr John Huong. […]

WikiLeaks revelations: Pernicious influence of Royal Dutch Shell

It is clear from these cables that Royal Dutch Shell has the Dutch government in their hip pocket. No surprise there, the Queen must get her dividends. Royal Dutch Shell management apparently thinks it has so much influence it can dictate foreign policy matters to ALL of the G8 governments? Isn’t that a revelation. Maybe […]


By John Donovan Although their names have been redacted, it appears from this report that John Hofmeister and Malcolm Brinded were both directly involved in negotiations/discussions with Gale Norton? If the issue of Shell corruption is raised, based on our knowledge, there is always a good chance that Mr Big Brain, No Scruples  Brinded will […]

An eventful year for Royal Dutch Shell

Photograph of senior Shell official Richard Wiseman, right, was kindly offered and supplied by him for display on this website.This happened when he was still fond of us. LEAFLET DISTRIBUTED TO SHELL EMPLOYEES AT THE SHELL CENTRE LONDON TODAY, MONDAY 13 DECEMBER 2010 As notified in advance to Mr Richard Wiseman, Chief Ethics & Compliance […]

Can Royal Dutch Shell be trusted by America?

Mr Michiel Brandjes, the Company Secretary & General Counsel Corporate of Royal Dutch Shell Plc has had advance sight of this email and therefore the opportunity to correct any inaccuracy, or seek an injunction to prevent it being circulated. The fact that you are now reading it means that Shell has not taken action to challenge the facts as stated herein.

Royal Dutch Shell Nazi Secrets: Authors relationship with Shell

Royal Dutch Shell Nazi Secrets: Authors extraordinary relationship with Shell

Shell’s dilemma in denying death threats against its Corrib employees

Email from John Donovan to Republic of Ireland Chief Police Commissioner Fachtna Murphy From: John Donovan <[email protected]> Date: 26 October 2010 21:35:00 GMT+01:00 To: [email protected] Cc: [email protected] Subject: Corrib Gas Project Alleged Death Threats For the Attention of Republic of Ireland Chief Police Commissioner Fachtna Murphy Dear Commissioner Murphy For the sake of transparency, I […]

Reported death threats against Shell Corrib employees

Self-explanatory email sent to Republic of Ireland Chief Police Commissioner Fachtna Murphy reporting alleged death threats against Shell Corrib employees From: John Donovan <[email protected]> Date: 26 October 2010 19:15:36 GMT+01:00 To: [email protected] Subject: Alleged death threats made to Shell Corrib Employees For the Attention of Republic of Ireland Chief Police Commissioner Fachtna Murphy Dear Commissioner […]

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