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Another PR blunder from the House of Shell or a tragic piece of misreporting?

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE OCTOBER 2005 The Guardian: Shell shows cracks: “Another PR blunder from the House of Shell or a tragic piece of misreporting? “Ian McCredie, head of global security services at Shell, is reported to have told a Chatham House conference a tale of how up to 70 staff have been kidnapped […]

Another PR blunder from the House of Shell or a tragic piece of misreporting?

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE OCTOBER 2005 The Guardian: Shell shows cracks: “Another PR blunder from the House of Shell or a tragic piece of misreporting? “Ian McCredie, head of global security services at Shell, is reported to have told a Chatham House conference a tale of how up to 70 staff have been kidnapped […]

Taped telephone call confirms Shell Brent Bravo explosion cover-up

Bill Campbell believes that the innocent victims of Shell senior managements willingness to put production, profits, personal greed and ambition before the safety of Shell offshore employees, are being blamed for their own tragic avoidable deaths. Journalists who feel duped by information given to them by Shell, including by its then CEO Jeroen van der […]

Shell’s Enemy No. 1

httpvh:// Feature about John Donovan in European Journal  TV programme broadcast in English language across Europe in May 2012 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 […]

Nigeria took 40 pct of Shell security spend in late 2000s-NGO

Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:30am EDT * Shell says security of staff, equipment its top priority * Nigeria’s oil region beset by violence, oil theft * Human rights groups question Shell spending on gov’t forces By Joe Brock ABUJA, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell spent almost 40 percent of its $1 billion global […]

Corrib campaigners under scrutiny, Shell to Sea claims

The Irish Times – Friday, August 17, 2012 LORNA SIGGINS, Western Correspondent SHELL TO Sea says it has received “further evidence” of monitoring of campaigners opposed to the Corrib gas project by a private security company. The group has released scans of pages from two notebooks, which it says comprises notes taken by security staff […]

New evidence of Shell’s covert surveillance operations

News Release – Issued by Shell to Sea – Thursday, 16th August, 2012 NEW EVIDENCE OF SHELL’S COVERT SURVEILLANCE EMERGES — Scans of two IRMS notebooks sent to Shell to Sea — This week Shell to Sea received further evidence of the surveillance operation that has been mounted by private security firm IRMS against campaigners […]

Corrib security firm ‘acts responsibly’

The Irish Times – Saturday, August 11, 2012 LORNA SIGGINS, Western Correspondent THE COMPANY which provides security for the Corrib gas project in Co Mayo has said it is working “to the highest standards”. Integrated Risk Management Services (IRMS) was responding to disclosure of a company “situation report”, recording movements at a protest camp located […]

More Shell Spying

Rossport protesters under 24-hour surveillance by private security firm Friday, August 10, 2012 LORNA SIGGINS, Western Correspondent OPPONENTS OF the Corrib gas project in north Mayo are seeking legal advice on a communication that indicates the Rossport solidarity camp is under 24-hour surveillance by a private security company. The communication involves a “situation report” that […]

Former Shell employees suing Shell and Neconde allege intimidation

EMAIL RECEIVED FROM DELTA RIGHTS GROUP OF DISGRUNTLED FORMER SHELL NIGERIA EMPLOYEES Dear John, The Case between the NECONDE 115 Vs NECONDE and SHELL came up on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at the Ikoyi Industrial Court, Lagos, Nigeria. It was mentioned for hearing, the Trial Judge got the prayers from all the lawyers and adjourned […]

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 […]

Digital assault on Shell

By John Donovan The Financial Times has published an article under the headline “How Shell was hijacked in ad hoax.“ Extracts It is part of a web campaign jointly orchestrated by environmental group Greenpeace, activist organisation Yes Lab and members of the Occupy Wall Street movement to rally against Shell’s Arctic drilling programme. The digital […]

Dark Arts, Dark Energy

FROM A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL CO It has been awhile since anything appeared in your blog regarding Shell’s alleged espionage efforts targeting US DoD classified material in the States. Whatever the case may be there are ‘rumors afloat’ about what Shell may have been after. I have no confirmation of the accuracy of […]

Heywood Murder Thrusts Employer Hakluyt Into Limelight

The firm was accused in a 2001 Sunday Times article of helping BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc spy on Greenpeace using a German agent called Manfred Schlickenrieder, who posed as a left-wing film-maker. Free University’s Blancke, who studied the incident, has computer files taken from Schlickenrieder’s room by environmental activists who became suspicious […]

Shell’s predatory appetite for intellectual property

Shell is notorious for its predatory appetite for the intellectual property of other organizations, its business partners, contractors, etc. Industrial espionage is a way of life at Shell. COMMENT BY A FORMER SHELL OIL COMPANY ENGINEER Another alleged case of IP theft hits Royal Dutch Shell I have a short comment about the company you clearly […]

The Gripe Site – Royal Dutch Shell vs. Robert Eringer

by LloydBricks May 17, 2012 One consequence of global anger about widespread banking fraud, corruption, and environmental devastation as of late has been the creation of the online ‘gripe site’ such as those by author, blogger and self-proclaimed ‘intelligence adviser’ Robert Eringer, along with the more popular site of Royal Dutch Shell. These are websites […]

Gripe Sites

By John Donovan The article printed below is from our archives. It is about gripe web sites such as this one and contains a warning by Guy Martin, of the law firm Carter-Ruck concerning “potentially disastrous legal consequences for making untrue allegations which are defamatory of companies or individuals…”  It is therefore a testimony to […]

Sordid side of Shell at Geelong Refinery

Photograph of Shell’s Geelong refinery in Australia By John Donovan The sordid side of Shell and its inability to follow its own core values at the very top of its management Shell investigates alleged IP theft at Geelong Refinery Alleged IP theft from employee of Shell Geelong Refinery Stirring up a Hornets’ Nest at Shell’s […]

Stirring up a Hornets’ Nest at Shell’s Geelong Refinery

According to an insider source, the information that appeared on this website regarding alleged Intellectual Property theft has stirred up a hornet’s nest at Shell’s Geelong Refinery. It would also appear that an investigation is under way to find the person responsible for sending it to me, which has the objective of subjecting that person […]

Alleged IP theft from employee of Shell Geelong Refinery

Shell management have sent staff messenger persons all around warning internet users about the dangers of viewing your web site, and that they have people watching internet use within the Refinery to get those who would dare look for the truth themselves. Hi John,           The story on IP theft at the Geelong Refinery startled those […]


Copy of an email sent by John Donovan to every UK MP: 25 APRIL 2012 ROYAL DUTCH SHELL SENIOR MANAGEMENT HAS HAD ADVANCE SIGHT OF THIS EMAIL AND THEREFORE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEEK AN INJUNCTION IF ANYTHING STATED IS UNTRUE This issue transcends all geographical (and constituency) boundaries. In September 2011, The Independent published an […]

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 […]

Corruption, murder and intrigue in China

Posting on Shell Blog by LondonLad on Apr 16th, 2012 at 7:57 am REPLY TO THIS ARTICLE: Chinese Whispers: Sticking all sorts of crime on Shell? Not hysterical or a troll just sometimes fed up with the tabloid “reporting” you make with innuendos, titilation and insertions with the word “Shell” highlighted to try and make […]

Royal Dutch Shell is still a client of Hakluyt & Company

By John Donovan I have received confirmation this afternoon from a reliable source that Shell remains a client of Hakluyt & Company. Shell’s close association with the spy firm, said to be heavily populated by current/former MI6 officers including the former Head of Shell Global Security, Ian Forbes McCredie OBE, stretches back over a decade. […]

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 […]


HOW TO GUT GOLIATH At long last, someone has written an invaluable guide on how ordinary individuals can publicly criticize the rich and powerful, including multinational corporations, by using the Internet. EXTRACT: …the most successful gripe site of all time, which targets Shell Oil, actually operates under the domain name, Shell’s legal trading name. […]

TV documentary: John Donovan and Royal Dutch Shell

By John Donovan On Tuesday 3 April, a film crew from a national TV broadcaster spent 7 hours filming at my home in Colchester and nearby locations. The filming continued outside the Shell Centre for 3 hours yesterday. I am indebted to all who assisted, including Shell to Sea spokesperson, Maura Harrington. The feature is […]

Shell receives complaint about impact of gas project’s haulage work

They say they are under “constant surveillance” by gardaí and Shell private security… The Irish Times – Monday, April 2, 2012 LORNA SIGGINS, Western Correspondent SHELL EP Ireland has confirmed it has received a copy of a “detailed complaint” compiled by a group of north Mayo residents regarding the impact of the Corrib gas project’s […]

Chinese Whispers about the death of a Hakluyt agent

The fact that Mr Heywood worked for Hakluyt (the corporate intelligence firm closely linked with Shell), is said to be seen by some as a clue to his untimely death. Titled Shell directors were the ultimate spymasters and major shareholders in Hakluyt. EMAIL SENT BY JOHN DONOVAN TO MR MICHIEL BRANDJES, COMPANY SECRETARY & GENERAL […]

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 […]

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 […]

Corporate governance: boardrooms fret over corporate espionage

In a known example where spying was authorized by companies, Hakluyt conducted intelligence gathering work on behalf of Shell and BP on Greenpeace and other environmental groups. By Guest Contributor: March 12, 2012 By Alex Lee(Business Law Currents) – Dodd-Frank related governance issues such as say-on-pay and proxy access have been well known focal points […]

Hostile website domain names

Shell in their sights …. Royal Dutch Shell online critics John and Alfred Donovan outside the Shell Centre in London October 2009. Photograph: Graham Turner for Guardian newspaper article By John Donovan An article published in the Financial Times on 12 January 2012 reported that the Blackstone Group has been using a brand protection firm […]


By John Donovan “France’s state energy firm EDF has been fined €1.5m by a Paris court for spying on Greenpeace.” “The energy company’s former security chief was sentenced to three years in prison for employing a firm to hack into the energy watchdog’s computers.” See Guardian article “EDF fined €1.5m for spying on Greenpeace” from […]


By John Donovan We have been reporting for some time about Shell skullduggery in Nigeria, including: Shell’s sinister commercial relationship with militant leaders carrying out attacks against Shell employees and pipelines arming Nigerian police spies embedding Shell spies throughout the Nigerian government engaging in massive corruption Our sources have included Wiki-leaks, a senior manager inside […]

Royal Dutch Shell interfering with politics

From pages 41, 42, 43 & 44 of “Royal Dutch Shell and its sustainability troubles” – Background report to the Erratum of Shell’s Annual Report 2010 The report is made on behalf of Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) Author: Albert ten Kate: May 2011. Interfering with politics Improper involvement? Oil and politics have a […]

Shell espionage firm opens spy nest in New York

Activists campaigning against Shell’s plans to drill in the Arctic Ocean may be concerned at this development. 18 September 2011 By John Donovan Hakluyt, the London corporate intelligence firm, which has been closely associated with Royal Dutch Shell, has recently opened a bureau in New York. Titled Shell directors have been major shareholders in Haklut […]


Nigeria’s then acting President Goodluck Jonathan with President Obama in 2010 By KORNEBARI NWIKE 8/28/2011 President Goodluck Jonathan constituted a special committee on oil pollution in Ogoniland recently, according to him; to perform a “holistic review of the UNEP report.” The committee is chaired by Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, Minister of Petroleum Resources and former Shell […]

Shell’s Touch Fuck All culture on North Sea Platforms

By John Donovan SHELL NORTH SEA OIL SPILL DEBACLE In June 2006, The Guardian published an article by Terry Macalister  under the headline “Shell accused over oil rig safety“. It reported on criticisms leveled at the oil giant by its former HSE Group Auditor Bill Campbell (right) “who worked directly for Shell for 24 years, […]

Shell sponsored conflict and corruption in Nigeria

From pages 12, 13, 14 & 15 of “Royal Dutch Shell and its sustainability troubles” – Background report to the Erratum of Shell’s Annual Report 2010 The report is made on behalf of Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) Author: Albert ten Kate: May 2011. SHELL IN NIGERIA Shell assesses its contribution to conflict With […]