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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 […]

Why you can’t be sure of SHELL: Udated

Dear John, Thank you very much for publishing my letter on your site. Shell scam against its employees in the Philippines? Please also see my blog on “shell tabangao refinery life” posted 27 April 2015: FROM HIRING TO DEPARTURE EXTRACT This rigged ranking exercise was an expression of personal wrath of Shell against my person. […]


You and your late father seem to have started out trying to hold Shell accountable for its actions. I hope you agree that accountability goes both ways, and it is fair that you should be held accountable for your own actions as well. The energy that fuels your website seems to be a deep resentment, […]


SQUEEZED OFFICE SPACE AT SHELL POSTING ON SHELL BLOG BY “RAYMOND” ON TUESDAY 18 FEB 2014 Well we moved into the new buildings in Houston. What an utter disappointment. If this is the new face of Shell (small cubes, no privacy and poor working conditions ) then I can see Shell having problems attracting top […]

BP a novice at manipulating Wikipedia compared with Shell

In Shell’s case, a vast amount of information, which fully met Wikipedia guidelines, but was deemed damaging to Shell’s reputation, has been either covertly removed, or removed in dubious circumstances by editors hiding their identity behind an alias, as they are allowed to do. Royal Dutch Shell articles on Wikipedia are, in my experience, regularly […]

Shell’s Arctic Farce: helicopter de-icing controversy

Phi helicopter from the article: Phi Helicopter Crash Kills 8 POSTINGS ON OUR SHELL BLOG LondonLad: I wonder if “Outsider” can supply his source (newspaper article / date) of the rumour about Shell flying helicopters without de-icing equipment? Of course with all this hot air about the Arctic warming up etc. maybe the temperatures at […]

MOTIVA REFINERY DEBACLE: Caustic – the same thing that blew up Norco. Unbelievable

Might as well melt it all down and start over… CAUSTIC COMMENTS ON MOTIVA REFINERY DEBACLE FIRST COMMENT (FROM SHELL BLOG) Re: Motiva Refinery Debacle – Unbelievable. Lock-out, Tag-out, the most basic safety rule, strikes again. The same thing that blew-up Piper Alpha. Caustic – the same thing that blew up Norco. Unbelievable. And Caustic […]

Shell propaganda guys?

FROM “OUTSPOKEN” – A FORMER SHELL OIL EMPLOYEE John, I see you now have two mindless friends, ‘USCitizen’ and ‘LondonLad’ staunchly defending Royal Dutch Shell. Hmmm. It would appear to me that the propaganda guys on both sides of the pond appear to have gotten into the act. I seriously doubt these people really exist. […]

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 […]

A brush with Brinded

“I confirm that in my experience Shell UK operates oppressively against small business people.  Its staff has acted unscrupulously and possibly illegally. The tactics of Shell UK management is completely opposite to the honesty and integrity promised by Shell in its code of ethics.” By John Donovan At the 1999 Shell AGM in London, Malcolm […]

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20 October 2011 EXTRACTS FROM THE ARTICLE: The strategic application of Web 2.0 in the mining industry [Mining Engineering] The introduction of Web 2.0 platforms (also referred to as social media), with their architectures of participation, has ushered in a new era of technological interaction and information exchange that is changing the nature of corporate-community […]

Shell’s cash flow conundrum in focus

Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:11pm GMT * Shell strategy update due on March 15 * Oil price spike not seen affecting Shell’s plans * Eyes on cash flows generated from projects * Shell expected to add to investment pipeline By Greg Roumeliotis and Alex Lawler AMSTERDAM/LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L: Quote) […]

Diatribes about ‘glorious Shell’

POSTING BY AN OUTSPOKEN FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL USA POSTINGS ON SHELL BLOG BY USCitizen John, This business with USCitizen is very tiring. Where does he find the time to write his diatribes about ‘glorious Shell’? Cheese Louise, the North Koreans need to think about employing that fellow. He comes close to outdoing their […]

Traffic data for Jan 2011

By John Donovan Highest traffic figures for this website since March 2010. Original source stats available to news media. Hits: 2,276,701 Pages Views: 1,323, 759 These figures generated despite the frequent interruptions to website access whether arising from denial of service attacks on our dedicated server by an unknown party, or otherwise. Further steps were […]


I want to share another story. According to this article, a single site run by a man and his octagenarian father in the UK has cost the petro-giant Shell billions of dollars. And it all started with a gripe.The Donovan website has become an open wound for Shell. By Max Lenderman We all know the […]

Whistleblower Dr John Huong on Shell’s North Sea safety record

By John Donovan We have hundreds of emails received from Shell Whistleblower Dr John Huong (right) during the many years when he was prohibited by the Malaysian courts from supplying information to us for publication. This was part of the draconian defamation proceedings and related multiple injunctions brought against him by EIGHT Royal Dutch Shell […]


With COST-CUTTING now everywhere, where are the cuts in IT spending ? The ‘dinosaur in the room’ of Downstream IT has long been GSAP. Why after 5 years of heroic spending for such pitiful results has GSAP not been stopped ?

Nigeria: Maybe Shell isn’t that bad

By Emily Grainger I am currently investigating Shell’s position within Nigeria, more specifically the Delta; when I came across your website. It is crammed with an insane amount of information I can’t even begin to take half of it in, it’s a great resource, thanks. Something I never thought I would say before investigating their […]

Dr Huong defence against Royal Dutch Shell defamation action

It will soon be apparent to our readers from the extracts below, why Shell settled the Dr Huong litigation out of court. A very considerable pile of extremely smelly internal dirty laundry that Shell definitely did not want aired in open court, even in Malaysia. By John Donovan Dr John Huong, a former Shell geologist […]

Defamation of Fat Cats

Dear Mr. Donovan: I have been reading your blog and I am highly distressed at your continued slandering and defamation of ‘fat cats’ by associating us with Royal Dutch Shell management. I and my colleagues are in no way affiliated with, or in collusion with, Royal Dutch Shell management. I must therefore demand that you […]

Royal Dutch Shell: History vs Present Behavior

“Mr V enjoys a new +22% salary up from 3.2M in ’09 to 4.4M. Now don’t get me wrong, he did an excellent job of getting rid of ~6000 employees and made sure all who followed the rules were also rewarded, whether they drank too much, sexually accosted their underlings, had sex on company property, […]

Royal Dutch Shell Nazi Controversy

Shown right: Pre-World War 2 staff meeting of Rhenania-Ossag (Royal Dutch Shell) employees in Hamburg Curio-Haus, Nazi Germany. Management included at least one Nazi official who remained employed by Shell after the war. Article by a former employee of Shell Oil USA Extract: “You folks need to wake up and critically examine how RD Shell […]

Former Shell Oil President John Hofmeister pompous as ever

Posted on Shell Blog by “retired shellee” on Nov 10th, 2010 at 11:24 am Hofmeister pompous as ever. Last night I watched the BBC documentary on the Macondo blow-out. It was easy to relate with all that was said by the various participants. But two things stuck to my mind: the media and politicians (Obama […]

Shell Actually Implements a Blog!

Interesting article which assumes that and the “Shell Blog” have been set up by Shell. The author praises the oil giant saying: “Shell is definitely making headway past BP, Exxon, and Chevron with implementing the blog…” THE ARTICLE Shell Actually Implements a Blog! Posted on November 8, 2010 by Allie Romeo My research is […]

Deadheads at Shell

A short time ago I learned that one of these moron drilling managers had made to a very high management level within Shell. What can I say, ‘Crap floats’. Comment by a former employee of Shell USA Many years ago I worked for Shell USA. I did exploration work mostly and for two different onshore […]

Not much tolerance for criticism within Shell

There is not much tolerance for criticism within Shell. The biggest mistake I made in my short and soon to end Shell career was identifying genuine problems and trying to be honest with those senior to me. This doesn’t pay. It pays to tow the company line no matter how ridiculous that is. OSTING ON […]

Retired Shell Global Chief Petroleum Engineer Iain Percival comments on BP oil slick

Article by former Royal Dutch Shell executive Paddy Briggs… “Obama is not being anti-British over BP“ …stimulates following comments on Shell Blog from retired senior Shell staff MUSAINT on Jun 12th, 2010 at 2:47 pm Paddy, I cannot fully support your comments concerning those made by Obama over the BP oil spill. Certainly BP have […]

Adventures in Shell ‘Matulaland’

Posting on Shell Blog by IT4me on Jun 11th, 2010 at 11:27 am IT COST SAVING IDEA #317: STOP FIDDLING WITH THE SUPPLY SIDE. If you’re a CIO and you’re bored, one of the things you might do is to fiddle with the supply side. Changing all your suppliers overnight makes a nice splash in […]

Distraction can lead to disaster: Bollywood folly by silent Transocean boss Steven Newman

Posting on Shell Blog by “retired shellee” on Jun 6th, 2010 at 8:43 am Seeing Steven Newman performing a bollywood dance does not bode very well for Transocean. Nearly 15 years ago the CMD of Shell danced the Macarena and soon after RDS went into mortal decline. Chiefs of large corporations must remain focussed and […]

Short-termism at Royal Dutch Shell

UPDATED MONDAY 26 APRIL 2010 “In an obsessively cost conscious environment such as the one that rules in Shell at the moment all labour-intensive sectors are at risk –irrespective of their intrinsic value or their competence – or even the likely long-term demand for their products and services.” Posting on Shell Blog by Wilt Staph […]

Shell Blog comment on article “Shell International Upstream to Power Growth…”

I suggest that we from now on start every speech or statement of Brinded with “Once upon a time, long ago…..” SHELL BLOG COMMENT BY Guest1 on the article Shell International Upstream to Power Growth…. Adding 600,000 bopd sounds a lot but will not be sufficient to bring back the production level from 3 to […]

Royal Dutch Shell head spinning mismanagement

Peoples heads have been spinning so much from changes in the past 15 years they don’t even know what their job scope is anymore! Series of Shell Blog postings by “Uncle Tom” on Mar 30th, 2010 Shell Management . . . . . . In years past Shell looked at the long “cycles” in the […]

Slow painful demise of Shell’s refining and marketing business

The Shell “Pecten” was one of the most familiar symbols in the world and Shell gas stations were in more than 120 countries – Shell was by far the market leader POSTING ON SHELL BLOG: 27 March 2010 (By “Wilt Staph”) The slow demise of Shell’s refining and marketing business (known as “Oil Products”) has […]

Short-termism at Royal Dutch Shell

There is a culpable short-termism about Shell at the moment. But we have seen it all before. POSTING ON SHELL BLOG 26 MARCH 2010 BY “Wilt Staph” There is a culpable short-termism about Shell at the moment. But we have seen it all before. It is mind-blowing that one of the world’s largest corporations cannot: […]

Royal Dutch Shell Nazi Controversy

The continuing use of the Nazi story at the top of the page and now the tabloid add-on about “hinting” Shell is involved with Taliban and road side bombs is a story too far Mr.D. POSTING ON SHELL BLOG MUSAINT on Monday Mar 22nd, 2010 9:29 am The continuing use of the Nazi story at […]

Donovan Campaign Against Shell

By John Donovan Visitors may be interested in extensive comments made just weeks ago by Shell about this website and the “Donovans”. We assume it was prepared by Shell in-house lawyers for the misinformation of Shell senior management, as it is full of spin, distortion and outright fiction. More evidence that Shell is so twisted […]

£200,000 Legal Aid for Yorkshire Ripper: Zero for war veteran Alfred Donovan sued by Shell

By Alfred Donovan Appeal: Peter Sutcliffe, shown here after an attack in prison, has launched a High Court bid to be released. EXTRACT FROM A DAILY MAIL ARTICLE PUBLISHED 2 MARCH 2010: The Yorkshire Ripper is using taxpayers’ money in an attempt to win his freedom. Peter Sutcliffe, who murdered 13 women and tried to […]

Shell IBM collaboration doomed to fail

Posting on Shell Blog on Feb 27th, 2010 at 10:19 am by “guest1”, a regular contributor. What a load of nonsense in the Forbes article. Shell and IBM to team up etc. We HAD all the expertise but that was removed by the HR and FN idiots that run Shell now. What does IBM know […]

Shell Internet Censorship

“One of the principles underlying all of our work on the Web has been that we should be true to the spirit of New Shell. This means that we are seen to be open, listening, interested in the views of others…”: SHELL CENSOR – MARCH 1999 Shell Internet Censorship By John Donovan Printed below is […]

News generated by Shell leaks in 2009

News articles generated by and its Shell insider sources in 2009

Shell guilty of allowing worlds biggest breach of employee details

By John Donovan Shell media spin machine went into overdrive last week trying to downplay the worlds biggest ever leak of employee details, including personal information, which Shell Ethics boss Richard Wiseman, has twice admitted puts the safety of some employees at risk. A copy of a related email from Mr Wendel Broere, Group spokesman, […]

Shell hit by massive data breach

The Register Posted in IT Director, 15th February 2010 09:20 GMT By John Oates Shell has been hit by a massive data breach – the contact database for 176,000 staff and contractors at the firm has been copied and forwarded to lobbyists and activists opposed to the company. John Donovan, an activist who received the database, […]

Blog costs Shell US$15 Billion

Article by Glen Frost, Editor, The PR Report Yes, 15 billion. This is the claim of John Donovan, a UK blogger who campaigns against  the global oil producing giant Shell (full name Royal Dutch Shell) using his blog . Arguably the most powerful blog in the world dedicated to covering one company; and intrigued […]

Alert after Shell workers’ data leaked on web

Evening Express: Claim that oil firm staff could be at risk By Jennifer McKiernan and Charlotte Jordan Published: 12/02/2010 ADVICE: Shell employees at Tullos have been told not to be alarmed A DATA leak has put Shell oil workers in danger from cyber-criminals and environmental activists, it was claimed today. A Shell database containing details […]

Shell Personnel Data Leaked To Protest Groups-Sources

By James Herron Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES 09 Feb 2010 15.28 GMT LONDON (Dow Jones)–A database containing contact details of tens of thousands of employees of Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB) was passed to non-governmental organizations critical of the company and environmental groups that have targeted it in past protests, people familiar with the matter […]

Tip for Shell CEO Voser on who to fire

FROM A SHELL INSIDER MR OVERPROMISE AND UNDERDELIVERY Tip for Voser: if production is declining for the seventh year in a row while predicting all those years it would increase, thereby justifying the enormous investments, what does this say of your head of upstream? You know the bald fellow with the facial hair? Him with […]

Shell says former Shell exec Paddy Briggs should choose his friends more carefully

A SHELL INTERNAL EMAIL DATED 25 JUNE 2007 SUPPLIED TO JOHN DONOVAN UNDER DATA PROTECTION ACT LAW From: Sent: 25 June 2007 13:57 To: Subject: RE: DONOVAN – WEBSITE FYI, xxxxxs latest contribution – I think he should choose his friends more carefully…. In the absence of “Tell Shell” I think that this is possibly […]

Shell executive director Matthias Bichsel video ridiculed

By John Donovan A video presentation made by Matthias Bichsel, Director Projects & Technology, Royal Dutch Shell plc has been ridiculed by contributors to the Shell Blog on the website A posting by a Shell insider known as “Guest1” is particularly scathing. Some extracts… Having seen the crap by Bichsel I have little to […]

Shell lawyers prepared to give false information to Fox News

Shell also said in its statement that the company had “always refrained from commenting on specific issues raised by the Donovans…” This was to put it politely, totally untrue. Shell has often supplied us with comment for publication in respect of specific issues.

Shell spying globally on its own employees

Shell General Business Principles We are judged by how we act – our reputation is upheld by how we live up to our core values honesty, integrity and respect for people. Our eight Business Principles are based on these core values and indicate how we promote trust, openness, teamwork and professionalism, and pride in what […]