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Canadian family poisoned by Shell gas flaring?

By John Donovan

This is an update of our articles relating to the Getz family who claim that they were poisoned by Shell gas flaring.

Donna Getz sought the intervention of the Oil and Gas Commission Board in Canada only to discover that Shell has a representative on the board.

She is seeking justice and according to our unofficial expert sources appears to have a strong case.

We have also published related information supplied to us by a Shell Canada insider.

Shell has a track record of supplying toxic products deadly to insects, crop pests and humans… Shell employees at a drins’ production plant were even used as guinea pigs in a related study of carcinogenic properties carried out by the Royal Dutch Group. Brands such as “Shell TOX” were banned years ago.

Now people are being poisoned by gas flaring. Shell has rightly been condemned for its gas flaring in Nigeria, which has persisted for decades despite promises by Shell.

This story is about Shell gas faring in Canada.

We have today published on the Internet a file containing a further 18 pages of medical and hospital reports, providing more compelling evidence about the Getz case. It has also been added to the index of extensive evidence we have already published. Please take the time to glance through the various medical reports, including one by a professor. The consequences of the toxic Shell gas flaring in British Columbia, Canada, have been devastating and frightening for Donna and her husband.

It seems an opportune time to raise the issue again bearing in mind the current news that a Shell/Motiva refinery in the USA has just “released unknown amounts of butadiene, benzene and hydrogen sulfide because of equipment failure”.


Motiva Enterprises LLC’s Norco, Lousiana, refinery released unknown amounts of butadiene, benzene and hydrogen sulfide because of equipment failure, according to a filing with the National Response Center.

Motiva’s Port Arthur plant in Texas has operating conditions that require the flaring of gases, according to a recorded message left on a community hotline.

Motiva is a refining and marketing joint venture of Saudi Refining Inc., a subsidiary of Saudi Arabian Oil Co., and Shell Oil Co., a unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

Ted Rolfvondenbaumen, a Shell spokesman, declined to comment on the events, citing competitive reasons.

Donna recently contacted Mr Michiel Brandjes, the Company Secretary & General Counsel Corporate of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. Mr Brandjes was typically decent and sympathetic in his response, urging Donna to obtain updated medical reports before recontacting Shell Canada.

Unfortunately, as a direct consequence of the severe ill health, which has destroyed their lives and caused the death of livestock on their farm, money is not available to fund the costs of obtaining any further medical reports.

Under the circumstances, perhaps a kind benefactor would be prepared to step forward and cover the costs?

Donna also needs good legal representation on a “no win no fee” basis.

Her email address is: [email protected]

Extracts from some recent emails received from Donna.

Dear John:

It would be nice to do all of these things but we do not have the money to do this.  We are living on my husband’s old age pension and it does not stretch very far.  We cannot travel to get more medical reports.  We cannot afford the hotels and associated travel costs.  All we get in the end is: We cannot do anything for you.

We wonder every night whether we are going to wake up in the morning or if our lungs will fill with fluid and we will die.  Lots of times I wake up because I either hear Ole’s lungs wheezing or my own.  Our lungs burn and this increases with activity.  We went to town on Monday and we are both sick now.  It is more than frustrating.

I talked to the Oil and Gas Commission to see if they would relook at the data and they said the file was closed as nothing was wrong.  I tried the office in Victoria and they won’t answer the phone.  I tried the Court Registry and they won’t answer. I wrote to the Prime Minister so see if I get any help there.

I am sick, tired and more than frustrated with this whole thing.

The doctor we need to see is Dr. Kaye Kilburn in California as he has studied the effects of sour gas for years.  He did charge $1500 per person to see him.  Then the costs of travel, accommodation and meals on top of this.  He has lots of studies on the effect of h2s on people.

Thank you.


We just lost another horse, this time a registered belgian mare.  Her lungs gave out.  We have three left that were there.  Makes us wonder whether it will be us or one of them next.  This mare was worth her weight in gold.  Little wonder we are bitter and ready to fight.  Shell was the only one there.  How can they say it wasn’t their fault?  Oil and Gas Commission told me the same thing the other day, that Shell did nothing wrong.  They won’t even look into the data again.  They tell me it is over.

I will write another day as I am too hurt to write properly.



Comments on Donna Getz allegations against Shell

Shell toxic chemical legacy in USA

Comment by an outspoken former employee of Shell Oil USA


Please send my regards to Donna Getz and her family. And my condolences for the loss of her prized horse. They are marvelous creatures.

I doubt that any senior manager in RD Shell has half the character and courage that horse had, and I am dead serious about that.

I know it appears somewhat silly, but us Western Folks can get very attached to our horses. In fact, in the State of Montana I do believe that stealing a man’s horse is still a ‘hangin’ offense’. That old statute is still on the books. Stealing a man’s wife is one thing, but god help you if you steal his horse. (The last time anyone was hanged in my old home town as a horse thief was around 1914.)

My Best Regards to Donna and Her Family,

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