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GRONINGEN EARTHQUAKES: How house owners Hiltje and Leny Zwarberg shook Dutch Petroleum Company (NAM)

Your home has a red code’, says the NAM representative.
Hiltje: ‘What does that mean?’
“That your house is unsafe.”
‘And then?’
“You have to leave your house.”
‘When?’
‘Now.’

Translated extensive extracts from an article published in Dutch language on 16 Dec 2017 by Het Financieele Dagblad. The story of Hiltje and Leny Zwarberg and their battle with the Dutch gas company NAM, jointly owned by Shell and Exxon. 

The house is a ‘difficult case’, the NAM engineers said. Yes, very annoying those cracks. But they came through ‘settlements’ and settlements from the past.”

Is that still okay?” It was these words from his wife Leny who eventually led Hiltje Zwarberg to action. It was her embroidery as well, which gave the problem a frightening perspective in their home. Hiltje had been a marine for fifteen years, Leny had once embroidered the arms of the Marine Corps in a list that was hanging on a wall in their bedroom. Then the cracks came. In the wallpaper. read more

Workers injured in Shell platform fire in Gulf of Mexico file suit

Shell’s Enchilada platform, sitting atop Garden Banks Block 128 in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast, caught fire early Wednesday (Nov. 8), injuring two workers. This map shows the location, outlined in yellow.

The lawsuit claims Shell and the pipeline operator were negligent or grossly negligent, failing to maintain a safe work environment…

Three workers injured in a November fire on Shell’s Enchilada platform in the Gulf of Mexico are suing the oil and gas company in a Texas county court. The suit claims Shell, its Gulf of Mexico subsidiary and a pipeline operator “acted with flagrant and malicious disregard” for the health and safety of the workers leading up to the incident. The lawsuit seeks a jury trial and more than $1 million in damage payments for the three men, who “sustained severe injuries” to the head, neck, back and other parts of their bodies. Shell International Exploration and Production Inc., Shell Offshore Inc. and Garden Banks Gas Pipeline, a subsidiary of Enbridge Pipelines, are named as defendants in the lawsuit. FULL ARTICLE read more

Malabu Scandal: UK court rules in favour of Nigerian govt

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A British judge ruled on Friday that up to $85 million from the notorious Malabu oil deal should be returned to the Nigerian government. This is the first money to be successfully recovered from the $1.1 billion sale of the fantastically rich offshore oil block, OPL245, that has been mired in corruption allegations and legal trench warfare for years. The sale, which was brokered by the then-government of Goodluck Jonathan in 2011, supposedly resolved a long running contest for the block between oil giant Shell and shelf company Malabu, beneficially owned by former Nigerian oil minister Dan Etete. FULL ARTICLE read more

Shell worker victim of flagrant HSE breaches resulting in radioactive contamination

The readings were literally sky high … over 6300 Counts per second with the presence of Alpha, Beta and Gamma radiation. the entire area was highly contaminated, but all warning signs had been removed and no personal protective equipment available. I do have a host of documentation to back up my case and I have been advised by my Member of Parliament and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to pursue this issue due to the horrendous nature of the incident accompanied with the Duty of Care that “Shell” should have initiated to show that they are serious about protecting employees, contractors and joint venture personnel.

By John Donovan

The text in black italics above comes from an email I received on 27 November from a former Shell worker, Mr Keith MacDonald, who has a tragic tale to tell.

In August 2000, Keith worked for Al Furat Pet Co (AFPC) in Syria. Shell has a major stake (32%) in the company. AFPC is managed by Syria Shell Development (SSPD). Syria Shell Petroleum Development B.V. operates as a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc. Furthermore, Mr. MacDonald received his instructions at AFPC directly from Shell managers. He was to all intents and purposes working for Shell.  read more

1.6 million Bonga oil spill victims battle Shell in court

By Jimitota Onoyume: 14 Dec 2017

WARRI—No fewer than  1,686,000 victims of Bonga oil field spillage in Rivers State have  dragged oil giant, Shell Nigeria Exploration Company, SNEPCO, before a United Kingdom court over its alleged failure  to pay $3,600,191,206  as compensation to them and communities affected by the incident. FULL ARTICLE

Dutch law firm Prakken d’Oliveira Target of Shell Spying?

Email Sent To Prakken d’Oliveira by John Donovan, Sunday 10 December 2017

Be Warned: Your Law Firm is Almost Certainly Under Surveillance Again!

As Prakken d’Oliveira is aware, for more than two decades I have operated websites focussed on the *global misdeeds of Royal Dutch Shell. In more recent years, mainly via my websites royaldutchshellplc.com and royaldutchshellgroup.com. I make the above warning based on my own experience during a long drawn out acrimonious relationship with Shell.

Perceived as an arch-enemy, I have been the target of multiple spying operations carried out over many years at the behest of Shell senior management. I have irrefutable proof in the form of letters of admission by Shell and confidential Shell internal communications obtained in response to SAR applications under the Data Protection Act. UK police have carried out  investigations covering burglaries, threats of violence and repeated cyber attacks. read more

Shell says ‘no basis’ for prosecution over Nigerian licence deal

Oil major Shell has said there is “no basis” for prosecuting the company or former senior management over a deal for a Nigerian oil licence.

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Dutch human rights lawyers have submitted a criminal complaint against Shell and some of its former directors over the 2011 purchase of OPL 245 from Malabu Oil and Gas.

Law firm Prakken d’Oliveira has revealed that it filed a complaint in September on behalf of campaign group Global Witness, among others.

The complaint is directed at Shell, former directors Peter Voser and Simon Henry – and current chief executive Ben van Beurden.

Prakken d’Oliveira is urging public prosecutors to investigate allegations of corruption and money-laundering. read more

Kern River Holdings Files Lawsuit Against Shell Trading

HOUSTONDec. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Kern River Holdings Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of San Antonio-based All American Oil and Gas Inc., has filed a breach of contract claim against Shell Trading (US) Co., a Houston-based affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell.  The lawsuit, filed in Harris County District Court, alleges that Shell Trading failed to take delivery of crude oil shipments and improperly sought to deny responsibility for service interruptions when the company-owned San Pablo Bay Pipeline suffered a rupture in May of 2016 that spilled more than 20,000 gallons of oil near Tracy, California. FULL ARTICLE read more

Law firm seeks criminal case against Shell and its CEO over Nigeria deal

Libby George: DECEMBER 5, 2017

LONDON (Reuters) – A Dutch law firm has asked the public prosecutor in the Netherlands to file a case against Royal Dutch Shell, its CEO and former executives of over what it says were criminal actions relating to a 2011 oilfield purchase in Nigeria.

The Dutch authorities are already investigating the oilfield deal, alongside Italian prosecutors, who want to take Shell and Italy’s Eni to trial over alleged corruption on the same oilfield.

Shell and Eni have denied any wrongdoing. Shell said on Tuesday it did not believe there was any basis to prosecute the company or any current or former employee. read more

Malabu Scam: Human Rights Group File Criminal Complaint Against Shell In Netherland

Specifically, the criminal complaint is aimed at Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Shell Petroleum N.V., and former or current directors Peter Voser, German Burmeister, Simon Henry and Ben van Beurden.

Prankken d’Oliveira, a group of Amsterdam-based lawyers, on Tuesday, submitted a criminal complaint against Shell and some of the company’s former directors in relation to Shell’s dodgy acquisition of the exploitation rights to the Nigerian oil block, OPL245, from Malabu Oil and Gas, a Nigerian shell company suspected to have been illegally awarded the licence to Mr. Dan Etete, while he was Nigeria’s Petroleum Minister. This was disclosed in a statement issued by the lawyers on Tuesday.

BY SAHARA REPORTERS, NEW YORK: DEC 05, 2017

Prankken d’Oliveira, a group of Amsterdam-based lawyers, on Tuesday, submitted a criminal complaint against Shell and some of the company’s former directors in relation to Shell’s dodgy acquisition of the exploitation rights to the Nigerian oil block, OPL245, from Malabu Oil and Gas, a Nigerian shell company suspected to have been illegally awarded the licence to Mr. Dan Etete, while he was Nigeria’s Petroleum Minister. This was disclosed in a statement issued by the lawyers on Tuesday. read more

How Royal Dutch Shell/ENI Cheated Nigeria: Shell Emails Reveal Malabu’s OPL 245 Was Awarded For One-third of Company Estimates

Shell and Eni’s acquisition of Nigeria’s infamous OPL 245 oil block in Nigeria is now mired in an international corruption investigation that has spread to the United States, sources say, with a huge leak of documents of the companies revealing the deal was a financial disaster for the people of Nigeria from the beginning.  They also indicate that some of the money ended up in the hands of top politicians that include former President Goodluck Jonathan.  

BY SAHARA REPORTERS, NEW YORK DEC 04, 2017

Shell and Eni’s acquisition of Nigeria’s infamous OPL 245 oil block in Nigeria is now mired in an international corruption investigation that has spread to the United States, sources say, with a huge leak of documents of the companies revealing the deal was a financial disaster for the people of Nigeria from the beginning.

They also indicate that some of the money ended up in the hands of top politicians that include former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The companies, and several of their senior managers in Nigeria and Italy are already facing charges. read more

SHELL PROJECT HERCULES RIGGED TENDER PROCESS

Extracts from the ebook “John Donovan, Shell’s Nightmare” (now available on Amazon websites globally)

From pages 39 & 40

PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME LINKS TO THE EVIDENCE IN THIS EXTRACT HAVE  BEEN DISABLED. THEY ARE, HOWEVER, ALL OPERATIONAL WITHIN THE EBOOK. 

Extract begins

RIGGED TENDER PROCESS

AJL arranged for the same favored agency to miraculously win a SMART contract that had been put out to tender, even though they never took part in the tender. This was analogous to a horse winning a race in which it did not run.

I found irrefutable evidence in discovery that AJL had masterminded the rigging of the tender process. The conspiracy involved other Shell staff, including his line manager and, at least, one senior executive still employed by Shell, Mr. Tim Hannigan. read more

Amnesty wants probe into Shell’s alleged role in 1990s Nigeria violence

Esther Kiobel, the widow of one of the nine Ogoni activists

Reporting by Libby George; Editing by Edmund Blair: NOVEMBER 28, 2017

LONDON/LAGOS (Reuters) – Amnesty International has called for a criminal investigation into the alleged role of Royal Dutch Shell in human rights abuses in Nigeria’s oil-rich Ogoniland in the 1990s, accusations the Anglo-Dutch oil company has denied. The rights group urged the British, Dutch and Nigerian governments carry out probes in a report that it said included evidence showing Shell’s involvement in suppression of protesters by the military government in the 1990s. Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) said the allegations were “false and without merit”. FULL ARTICLE read more

Dutch Public Prosecution Service looks at Amnesty dossier on Shell Nigeria

ENGLISH TRANSLATION (GOOGLE TRANSLATE) OF A DUTCH ARTICLE PUBLISHED BY NU.nl

Published: 28 November 2017 18:44 Last update: November 28, 2017 9:45

The Public Prosecution Service (OM) will look at the file Amnesty International has made about the role of Shell in Nigeria. According to the human rights organization, Shell was actively involved in violence against the Ogoni population in Nigeria. Amnesty International has called on Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands to conduct a criminal investigation into the role of Shell. “We are going to study the file very seriously and if we see a reason we start an investigation”, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service (OM) reacts. According to the human rights organization, Shell’s internal documents and testimonies show that the oil company repeatedly encouraged the Nigerian army to take action against protests from the Ogoni. Residents of Ogoniland revolted after oil spills from Shell had caused enormous environmental damage. According to Amnesty, Shell asked a paramilitary police unit in 1990 for ‘protection’ against protests on which agents attacked the village of Umuechem and killed at least eighty people. In later years, requests for assistance from the company also led to bloodshed. The Shell summit would have been aware of this violence, but it did not stop the requests, Amnesty claims, which says to have internal documents that prove it.

Declaration

If the Public Prosecution Service does not institute an investigation, Amnesty will file a report. The human rights organization is currently working on a criminal file, which in due course can be given to the Public Prosecution Service. When that dossier is ready, the organization does not know.

Shell has always denied having been involved in human rights violations. “Shell has not encouraged or encouraged violence. We believe that the facts will clearly show that Shell was not responsible for those tragic events. read more

Amnesty International demands criminal investigation of Shell’s complicity in murder

Esther Kiobel poses with a picture of her late husband Dr. Barinem Kiobel one of nine men executed by Nigeria’s military government after a peaceful uprising in 1995 against Shell’s widespread pollution in Ogoniland. Photograph: Amnesty International

Multiple news stories: Amnesty International demand criminal investigation of Shell complicity in Nigerian murder, torture and rape

The Guardian: Amnesty seeks criminal inquiry into Shell over alleged complicity in murder and torture in Nigeria

Extract: Amnesty International is calling for a criminal investigation into the oil giant Shell regarding allegations it was complicit in human rights abuses carried out by the Nigerian military. Amnesty is urging the UK, Nigeria and the Netherlands to consider a criminal case against Shell in light of evidence it claims amounts to “complicity in murder, rape and torture” – allegations Shell strongly denies. read more

Investigate Shell for complicity in murder, rape and torture says Amnesty International

Massive cache of internal documents and other evidence points to Shell’s complicity in horrific crimes committed by the Nigerian military in the 1990s

–      New Amnesty International report calls for a criminal investigation

Amnesty International is calling on Nigeria, the UK and the Netherlands to launch investigations into Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell, over its role in a swathe of horrific crimes committed by the Nigerian military government in the oil-producing Ogoniland region in the 1990s.

The organization has released a ground-breaking review of thousands of pages of internal company documents and witness statements, as well as Amnesty International’s own archive from the period.

The Nigerian military’s campaign to silence the Ogoni people’s protests against Shell’s pollution led to widespread and serious human rights violations, many of which also amounted to criminal offences. read more

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