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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 […]

Donovan email correspondence with Shell ending 16 June 2011

EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE WITH SHELL CONCLUDING ON 16 JUNE 2011 It is our normal practice to publish our email correspondence with Shell. In this instance, for legal reasons, we will provide a record of recent emails, but mainly in an abridged form. They mostly concern allegations of a sexual nature relating to a senior Shell executive. […]


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’s battle for the heart of Ireland

Ed Vulliamy: The Observer, Sunday 29 May 2011 This land is our land: pipeline protesters Willie and Mary Corduff at the quay at Rossport. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod for the Observer If the sea is calm, you can hear the traffic in New York,” goes the local introduction to the breathtaking beauty of Erris, in the […]

WikiLeaks exposes Shell’s infiltration of Nigeria’s government

The recent WikiLeaks revelations have exposed the high level of influence, infiltration and intelligence-gathering that global oil companies have in resource-rich nations in Africa, specifically Shell’s role in Nigeria. Shell gained information on all aspects of Nigeria’s oil business. Leaked US diplomatic cables from last year, carried by a number of international newspapers and magazines, […]

Spoof 24 page section of Shell Annual Report published

Shell ‘apologises’ for worldwide damage in “erratum” to annual report THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS, May 17, 2011: During the Shell annual general assembly (AGM) in The Hague, today, Friends of the Earth International presented an “erratum” [1] to Shell’s 2010 annual report. In this spoof “erratum”, which was distributed among shareholders, Shell ‘admits’ that it is […]

Shell execs feeding inside information to Shell’s arch-critic

By John Donovan ADDED TO OUR ARTICLE: Shell embedded spies in host governments of Nigeria, Dubai and Iraq Shell’s concern at our activities was plain from a Shell internal email dated 15 July 2009. Extract… “…says he has about a dozen high level executive who regularly feed him inside infor. For example, he broke XXXXXX […]

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, […]

Hakluyt, Enron, and Shell

By John Donovan Information herein is sourced from Wikipedia articles relating to: (1) Hakluyt – the British private intelligence agency, “…staffed almost entirely by ex-intelligence [services] staff”, according to a 2006 report in The Times[1] (2) Shell, the oil giant notorious for a massive securities fraud when it swindled its shareholders. The company is closely […]

Shell sued over oil spill in Niger Delta

Royal Dutch Shell has been hit with a class-action lawsuit in London by the Bodo community of Nigeria, which suffered a “devastating” oil spill when a key pipeline burst in the summer of 2008. The new lawsuit against Shell has been sparked by a leak allegedly coming from the Trans-Niger pipeline, which the community says […]

Shell’s favorite website

By John Donovan We have received the latest installment of Shell internal communications relating to this website and its owners. The information has been supplied in response to a Subject Access Request to Shell under the Data Protection Act. As always, there is some information which Shell would not want put into the public domain. […]

Shell espionage activities in Nigeria

By John Donovan A great deal of publicity was generated by the recent WikiLeaks revelations exposing Shell’s infiltration of the supposedly sovereignty government of Nigeria. Secret U.S. Embassy cables reported the boasting by a senior Shell executive that Shell spies are infiltrated throughout the Nigerian government. WikiLeaks Nigeria: Royal Dutch Shell embedded spies The news […]

Shell Emissions Up by 9% Last Year, Natural Gas Flaring Up 32%

by Rachel Cernansky, Boulder, Colorado on 04.18.11 Image: Lee Jordan via flickr Royal Dutch Shell has released a sustainability report for 2010 showing that its direct greenhouse gas emissions rose by nine percent, and natural gas flaring—a wasteful practice that contributes its own emissions—increased by 32 percent. Shell attributes the increase to expanded production, including […]

Royal Dutch Shell Spooks

AN INTRIGUING TURN OF EVENTS IN SHELL ESPIONAGE MACHINATIONS By John Donovan Regular visitors will be aware of our extensive history stretching back over a decade of being the subjects of intense Royal Dutch Shell espionage activity. Shell admitted in writing its association with an undercover agent caught red-handed at our offices using fake credentials. […]

Royal Dutch Shell four day meeting directly with Hitler

By John Donovan (last updated 24 Sept 2012) This posting provides a clarification to my recent article “Will Shell block Internet publication of its Nazi past?”. It is in relation to the following paragraph. Information in Shell’s own authorised history of the company confirms that Shell pumped funds into the Nazi in a variety of […]

The Shell whistleblower buried alive in Shell injunctions

“My deeply held religious beliefs and moral convictions put me into a very difficult position when I realised that Shell shareholders were being deliberately deceived in regards to hydrocarbon reserves: I also had reservations in regards to certain health and safety issues of conscience which caused me great concern because it is not in consonant […]

How Shell infiltrated Nigeria

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Overnight ‘crippling load’ on Royal Dutch Shell website

By John Donovan As regular visitors will be aware, this website, which is operated on a dedicated high traffic server hosted in the USA,  is being brought down on a regular basis. By coincidence or otherwise,  it often seems to happen when we publish negative information about Royal Dutch Shell, such as in WikiLeak cables, […]