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CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK/DYLAN PETROHILOS Wikipedia cannot say that it was not warned long ago about the corrupt practices going on behind the scenes by some members of its volunteer army of supposedly unpaid editors; an unhealthy culture of manipulation, secrecy, bullying and censorship, driven mostly by the root of all evil: money By John Donovan  The […]

Wikipedia editing scandal

Wikipedia cannot say that it was not warned long ago about the corrupt practices going on behind the scenes by some members of its volunteer army of supposedly unpaid editors; an unhealthy culture of manipulation, secrecy, bullying and censorship, driven mostly by the root of all evil: money. By John Donovan Like many other people, […]

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 […]

Website censorship by Shell

There is nothing new about Shell taking steps to prevent its employees visiting so-called anti-Shell websites from Shell premises. A Shell internal email dated 31 August 2007 provides proof that Shell issued instructions that its employees must not visit this website. In fact, Shell has a history of censoring information critical of the oil giant […]

After Mishaps, Shell Dials Back Arctic Oil-Drilling Plans

Christopher Helman, Forbes Staff: 9/17/2012 I’m based in Houston, Texas, energy capital of the world. For weeks now it’s been unlikely that Shell would have enough time before the sea freeze sets in to drill down to oil-bearing zones in its newly spudded well in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea. But today Shell made it official, announcing […]

Tar Sands – World’s Dirtiest Oil?

GUEST ARTICLE BY A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR, A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL CO I read your article about the concern over the management of Royal Dutch Shell’s tailings ponds that result from the open-pit mining of heavy tar deposits in Alberta.   There are many lessons for the Canadian and Provincial governments to be learned […]

Shell self-insurance of Arctic drilling risk

COMMENT BY A FORMER SHELL EMPLOYEE I just read your blog about Shell not being able to obtain disaster insurance for its operations in the Arctic. I interpret this to mean that the insurance underwriters, who are pros at this sort of thing, find the probability of an ‘accident’ on the part of Shell during […]

With Little Fanfare, a New Effort to Prosecute Employers That Flout Safety Laws

FROM OUR ARCHIVES: In March, for example, Motiva Enterprises, an oil refining company partly owned by Shell Oil, pleaded guilty to endangering workers negligently and committing environmental crimes in Delaware. The company was ordered to pay a $10 million fine and sentenced to three years’ probation. THE NEW YORK TIMES: With Little Fanfare, a New […]

Preview-US top court to hear corporate human rights case

Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:12pm EST * At issue is reach of 1789 US law used to sue corps * Lawsuit accuses Shell of aiding Nigerian rights abuses * Ruling expected by the end of June By James Vicini WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – The Supreme Court will weigh next week whether corporations can be […]

Shell pays $25 million to settle royalty claims

WASHINGTON, Jan 17, 2012 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has paid $25 million to the U.S. government to resolve claims that the company underpaid royalties on federal offshore oil and gas leases, the U.S. Interior Department said on Tuesday. WASHINGTON, Jan 17, 2012 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has paid $25 million to the U.S. […]

Boasts over Shell avoidance of oil spills come back to haunt its CEO

By John Donovan In October 2010, the Daily Mail published an article reporting claims by Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive, Peter Voser, that Shell would never have made the mistakes that led to the BP Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, which resulted in a huge oil spill. The claims have come back to haunt […]

Integrity of Wikipedia corporate articles corrupted by editing scandal

On 12th October 2010, I published an article containing the warning: “…it is only a matter of time before the culture of subterfuge and deception at Wikipedia results in a scandal.” My prediction has come to pass… By John Donovan Jimmy Wales is to be congratulated on being the joint founder of Wikipedia and for […]

Bloody nose for OFT in row over tobacco price-fixing

Tom Bawden Tuesday 13 December 2011 The Office of Fair Trading suffered a setback yesterday after a consortium of leading tobacco and retail groups overturned a previous ruling of unlawful pricing. Imperial Tobacco, the maker of Golden Virginia rolling tobacco and Superkings, saw its £112.3m penalty reversed, and Co-op, Morrisons, Asda and Royal Dutch Shell […]


The company also said it had a team which ‘sorts’ negative Wikipedia coverage of clients. Daily Mail, Wednesday, December 7, 2011 Page 12 Main article: Call to probe lobbying firm ‘that boasted of its access to Cameron’ By Jason Groves, Political Correspondent Secondary article published under the headline: DOCTORING THE INTERNET LOBBYISTS claim knowledge of […]

Shell cited by EPA for fake biofuel credits

Companies cited by EPA for fake biofuel credits By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON | Tue Nov 15, 2011 4:05pm EST (Reuters) – Energy and financial companies caught up in a scheme involving fraudulent renewable energy credits could now face civil fines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has issued 24 notices of violation to […]

US EPA fine Motiva for emissions and permit violations

Florida Home to Seven Air Polluters on EPA Watch List November 7, 2011 By Trevor Aaronson and Mc Nelly Torres Florida Center for Investigative Reporting The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, in partnership with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity, is disclosing for the first time the air polluters in the Sunshine State that […]

New research reveals Shell paid militants who destroyed Nigerian towns Monday 3 October 2011 Shell fuelled human rights abuses in Nigeria by paying huge contracts to armed militants, according to a new report published today by Platform and a coalition of NGOs and featured in The Guardian. [1] Counting the Cost implicates Shell in cases of serious violence in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta region […]

Shell ads banned over fuel claims

19 October 2011 Shell has been criticised for exaggerating a promotion for cost-cutting fuels. The company has been banned from using two of its adverts which promote a money-saving fuel because they have been ruled to be misleading. A direct mailing advert, sent in March, said Shell scientists had developed a regular fuel to help […]

Shell fuelled human rights abuses in Nigeria – NGO

Mon Oct 3, 2011 6:39pm BST * Shell funded clashing armed gangs – watchdog report * Oil major denies it caused any human rights abuses * Company is selling off Nigerian oil blocks By Joe Brock ABUJA, Oct 3 (Reuters) – An industry watchdog accused Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) on Monday of funding armed gangs […]

Shell Motiva release of carcinogenic chemical at Norco plant

By John Donovan 18 September 2011 Bloomberg has reported the release of a carcinogenic chemical –  butadiene – by Shell/Motiva at its Norco plant in Louisiana. Butadiene is listed as a known carcinogen by the Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry and the US EPA. At acute high exposure, damage to the central nervous system […]

Shell’s shameful track record in Brazil

From pages 17, 18 & 19 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. A Shell pesticide factory For a decade or more, beginning in […]

Shell to Pay $500,000 for Pollution in Texas

The settlement was reached after Harris County accused Shell Chemical, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell PLC, of failing to notify officials about the toxic releases HOUSTON September 6, 2011 (AP) Shell Chemical LP has agreed to pay $500,000 to a Texas County over five different air pollution events at its Deer Park refinery. The […]

EU prepares to embargo Syrian oil in line with US

The new measures if approved are unlikely, however, to prevent European oil companies such as Royal Dutch Shell or Total from continuing to produce crude in Syria through joint ventures. By Justyna Pawlak: 25 August 2011 European Union governments are likely to embargo imports of Syrian oil next week to ratchet up pressure on president […]

Halt Shell projects in North Sea, says WWF

Extracts from “Halt Shell projects in North Sea…”: Shell technical director Glen Cayley has apologised and admitted the existing pipeline inspection and maintenance programme had let the company down. WWF Scotland also described Shell’s performance during the spill as a “lesson on how to look evasive and shifty”. BY CATRIONA WEBSTER: 22 August 2011 A […]

Revealed: Shell’s poor safety record in the UK

“Shell’s poor regard for safety and their terrible communications over the last 10 days should be ringing major alarm bells…” Last week’s North Sea oil spill was not the first time Shell had found itself in trouble. Environment Editor Rob Edwards reports Shell has been officially censured for breaking safety rules 25 times in the […]

Shell stops North Sea leak after 10 days

Scottish government launches investigation into safety procedures after worst oil spill in UK waters for a decade Fiona Harvey, environment correspondent, Friday 19 August 2011 19.56 BST The Shell oil spill in the North Sea. The marine coastguard has estimated that the oil on the sea surface covers about 6.7 sq km. Photograph: Marine […]

Why is Shell still present and operating in Syria?

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. By John Donovan EXTRACT FROM EMAIL WE RECEIVED ON 14 August 2011 In light of US demands on the international community that the EU and others break their ties with Syria, you may wish to investigate why Shell is still present and operating as usual in Syria. Unlike most foreign investors […]

Shell mum on flow from oil pipeline leak

Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:24am GMT LONDON Aug 15 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell said an oil leak from a ruptured pipeline into the North Sea was slowing but refused to say how much oil has already leaked into the sea. Oil from the Anglo-Dutch oil major’s pipeline has been spilling into the sea since […]

Shell accused of secrecy over North Sea platform oil leak

By Ian Forsyth Published: 15/08/2011 OIL giant Shell was accused last night of being secretive about a North Sea oil spill. The company was criticised for lack of transparency by both environmental body WWF Scotland and wildlife conservation group RSPB Scotland over the continuing incident at the Gannet Alpha platform. Between 12 and 120 barrels […]

Shell fights spill near North Sea oil platform

13 August 2011 Last updated at 03:02 Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has said it is working to stop a leak at one of its North Sea oil platforms. The leak was found near the Gannet Alpha platform, 180 km (113 miles) from Aberdeen, Scotland. The company would not say how much oil may have […]

Shell confirms oil leak in North Sea

Royal Dutch Shell has said it is working to contain an oil leak at its Gannet Alpha platform in the North Sea, but declined to specify the size of the leak. Reuters, Friday 12 August 2011 23.57 BST Shell have confirmed a leak in a pipeline serving one of their North Sea platforms. Photograph: […]

HSE feared a ‘catastrophe’ on Shell’s Brent Charlie platform

Find out more about this story in the hardcopy edition of Upstream, available online today .

MOSOP Feels Vindicated by Shell Company’s Spill Admission

MOSOP president Ledum Mitee says the admission proves MOSOP’s non-violent agitation over the years can yield positive results James Butty: August 05, 2011 The president of the movement for the survival of the ogoni people (MOSOP) said Shell Oil’s acceptance of responsibility for two oil spills in 2008 and 2009 vindicates the ogoni people’s claims […]

Oil in Nigeria: a history of spills, fines and fights for rights

On Wednesday Shell admitted liability for two massive oil spills in Nigeria. Ever since oil was discovered in the country in 1956, it has been a source of strife Adam Vaughan: Thursday 4 August 2011 09.22 BST Ogoni activist Ken Saro-Wiwa in 1993, two years before he was executed by the Nigerian government. Photograph: Greenpeace/AFP […]

Shell admits liability for huge oil spills in Niger delta

…amount leaked into the local environment could be as much as 10 million gallons. …”one of the most devastating oil spills the world has ever seen…” By Richard Hall: Thursday, 4 August 2011 Oil company Shell could be forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars after accepting responsibility for two devastating oil spills in […]

Ogoniland oil spills: Shell admits Nigeria liability

3 August 2011 Last updated at 16:15 Oil giant Shell has accepted responsibility for two devastating oil spills in Nigeria’s Ogoniland region. The Bodo fishing community sued Shell in the UK, alleging that spills in 2008 and 2009 had destroyed the environment and ruined their livelihoods. Their lawyer said they would seek hundreds of millions […]

Shell accepts liability for two oil spills in Nigeria

Oil giant faces a bill of hundreds of millions of dollars following class action suit brought on behalf of communities in Bodo, Ogoniland John Vidal in Bodo, Wednesday 3 August 2011 11.07 BST The impact of an oil spill near Ikarama in the Niger delta. Photograph: Amnesty International UK Shell faces a bill of […]

Another leukemia patient sues Shell, BP

The complaint alleges that Shell has known about the dangers of benzene causing cancer for decades, but publicly minimized and hid those dangers. By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT: The Telegraph: July 22, 2011 7:58 PM EDWARDSVILLE – For the third time this year, a victim of an aggressive form of leukemia who spent time in Roxana […]

Shell, Dow lose court challenge to EU antitrust fine

LUXEMBOURG, July 13 | Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:07am EDT (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) and Dow Chemical (DOW.N) lost a court appeal on Wednesday against a fine levied by EU regulators five years ago for taking part in a cartel, but the court cut a fine imposed on Italy’s Eni (ENI.MI). The General […]

WWF slams Shell reef drilling plans

2011-07-08 14:15 Sydney – Australian green activists expressed outrage on Friday at a government decision to allow energy giant Shell to drill for gas at a pristine reef that was listed as a World Heritage site just two weeks ago. Ningaloo Reef is considered a natural wonder, sprawling some 260km along Australia’s west coast and […]

Greens in shock over Shell drilling rights

AAP From: Herald Sun July 08, 2011 7:47PM Drilling is planned near heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef. CONSERVATIONISTS say they may appeal a Government decision to allow Shell to drill near the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef. The Department of Environment said Shell could drill the Palta-1 exploration well, about 50km west of the Ningaloo Marine Park border, […]

Shell ‘disappointed’ by ruling on fracking ads

Advertising Standards Authority orders the multinational to withdraw “unsubstantiated” and “misleading” claims it made in a series of full-page print advertisements SUE BLAINE: Published: 2011/07/07 07:13:09 AM: Photo: Reuters PRO-FRACKING advertisements Shell SA placed in national newspapers were a technical statement of its opinions on the gas extraction technique to promote public understanding of the […]

Shell platform to shut down amid continuing concerns about safety

JULY 6, 2011 The Shell-operated Brent Charlie platform 125 miles north-east of Lerwick is to shut down from next Friday on the orders of oil industry regulators amid continuing concerns about safety. No oil has been pumped ashore from the installation, the hub for the Brent pipeline that comes into Sullom Voe, since January and […]

Shell shock: Energy giant censured for ‘fracking’ ads

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – Jul 06 2011 20:00 Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell was ordered on Wednesday to withdraw claims about controversial shale gas drilling in an advertisement carried in several South African newspapers. Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell was ordered on Wednesday to withdraw claims about controversial shale gas drilling in an advertisement carried in several South African […]

Oil and gas spills in North Sea every week, papers reveal

Shell has emerged as one of the top offenders despite promising to clean up its act five years ago after a large accident in which two oil workers died. Rob Evans, Richard Cookson and Terry Macalister, Tuesday 5 July 2011 22.34 BST More than 100 potentially lethal oil and gas spills took place on […]

Shell accused of supporting Syrian regime

By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 10:05 AM on 31st May 2011 Royal Dutch Shell has been accused of working ‘hand in glove’ with the government in Syria where hundreds of unarmed demonstrators have been killed during protests against the regime. The firm chartered a tanker to export almost 600,000 barrels of the country’s […]

Benzene Contamination Fears in Roxana Illinois

Maria Keena June 22, 2011 1:54 AM ROXANA, IL (KMOX) – Twenty-five years later, the Village of Roxana Illinois is being tested for known Benzene contamination. In 19-86 nearly nine-thousand gallons of Benzene leaked into the ground from a Shell Refinery pipeline. Connoco Phillips now runs the refinery, but Shell is still assuming the responsibility. Last […]

Banana labourers sue Shell over pesticide harm

FROM PAGE 23 OF THE I NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED 20 JUNE 2011 By Cahal Milmo Chief Reporter Banana labourers in Latin America who claim they were left infertile and crippled by exposure to a dangerous pesticide have filed lawsuits against their former employers and chemical manufacturers, including the British-Dutch oil giant Shell. In the latest step […]

Shell UK sentenced over Norfolk gas blast

The damage caused to Bacton Gas Terminal by the explosion 20 June 2011 Energy giant Shell UK Limited has been ordered by Ipswich Crown Court to pay a total of £1.24million in fines and costs over the explosion and fire at its Bacton gas terminal in Norfolk in 2008. Experts from the Health and Safety […]

British court fines Shell UK 1.2 million pounds ($2M) over blast in 2008 at coastal terminal

Judge Martin Binning said Monday that workers had warned Shell many times about dangerous conditions at the plant in Bacton, on the Norfolk coast 125 miles (200 km) northeast of London. By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, June 20, 3:31 PM LONDON — A British court has fined Shell UK 1.24 million pounds ($2 million) for safety and […]

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