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John Donovan, Group Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell PLC companies

Extracts from the ebook “John Donovan, Shell’s Nightmare” (now available on Amazon websites globally)

From pages 11 and 12.

Extract begins

My Shell insider sources have received threats, including alleged death threats, as reported by The Irish Times in April 2011: Gardaí investigate alleged death threats to Corrib whistleblowers

The last message I received from one Sakhalin2 source advised that they had received a credible serious threat. I never heard from that particular insider again.

A press release issued by Shell UK in March 1995 provides some idea of the degree of acrimony and the wide scope of our campaigning activities.


Mr Donovan and his father have written to the directors of Shell UK and its parent companies stating that they plan to outline the allegations against Shell and its staff to the company’s shareholders, the President of the Board of Trade, a number of publications and to ‘Internet’ users. They have also claimed that they intend to write to media and shareholders calling for the resignation of senior Shell managers, allege that they plan to write a book, have sent publicity material to several Shell locations in the UK and have attempted to assemble negative views of Shell from some retailers. Shell believes these actions are an attempt to sully Shell’s reputation with sensationalist allegations, in the hope that the company may be coerced into settling false claims.

Shell settled a libel case we brought in response to its ill-advised press releases and also settled all of the so-called “false claims,” paying all of our legal costs.

The press release mentioned our intention to bring our allegations to the attention of “Internet users.” A family friend, Nick Gill, an IT expert, has, from the outset of our Internet activities in the mid-nineties, created, maintained and updated all of our Shell focussed websites.

Extract from an article published Monday 28 September 1998 on page 62 of the London Evening Standard newspaper:

Donovan’s site is the work of 19-year-old Nick Gill, who replied to an add for an Internet whizz.

When I use the term “we” and “us” I am generally referring to my father, our former company Don Marketing, Nick Gill and myself. Until his death in 2013, my father was prominently involved in my campaigning activities against Shell.

I have always devoted all of my time and energy to my Shell focussed websites. My father and Nick gave me their support whenever needed. Nick still does, for which I am most grateful.

I can state with all due modesty, that we have made an extraordinary impact on Shell.

The most impressive salute you can hope to receive in life is what your most deadly enemy concedes.

This is what one hapless Shell official said in an internal email in March 2007, not knowing we would ever see comments meant for internal consumption only:

John and Alfred Donovan well known in UK/Hague. They perceive Shell played them and so have made it their mission to embarrass, belittle and criticize Shell, which they do quite well. Their website, is an excellent source of group news and comment and I recommend it far above what our own group internal comms puts out.

Although nowhere near on a par with the Zulu salute to the brave defenders of Rorke’s Drift depicted in the 1964 film classic, Zulu, the accolade was, nonetheless, extremely gratifying. Particularly coming from such a mighty opponent.

The hostility with Shell has been in progress for two decades. My association with them via the Internet is so strong that when I checked my name – John Alfred Donovan – on on 3 July 2014, I was listed (see center box) as being the Founder, Owner and Group Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

Some may wonder how I have been able to inflict humiliation and damage on Shell and end up being hailed as Shell’s No. 1 enemy? This ebook provides the answers.

Extracts from the John Donovan ebook ends.


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