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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 […]

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