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A brush with Brinded

Malcolm Brinded

“I confirm that in my experience Shell UK operates oppressively against small business people.  Its staff has acted unscrupulously and possibly illegally. The tactics of Shell UK management is completely opposite to the honesty and integrity promised by Shell in its code of ethics.”

By John Donovan

At the 1999 Shell AGM in London, Malcolm Brinded (above) rather surprisingly walked over and introduced himself to me. We had corresponded, but never met. At the time he had just taken over as Country Chairman of Shell UK.

I managed to corner him into setting up an informal meeting at the AGM between Shell executives, including Brinded and Group Chairman Mark Moody-Stuart, with a group of thoroughly disgruntled Shell UK service station retailers, to whom I had supplied shareholder passes to gain entry. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

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20 October 2011


The strategic application of Web 2.0 in the mining industry [Mining Engineering]

The introduction of Web 2.0 platforms (also referred to as social media), with their architectures of participation, has ushered in a new era of technological interaction and information exchange that is changing the nature of corporate-community communications. Web 2.0 platforms give users the ability to generate data collaboratively, meaning that more stakeholders maintain the expectation of being able to contribute to online dialogue. In light of these changes, it is important for business to consider how social media can be used strategically to enhance stakeholder relationships and increase business efficiencies. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Shell’s cash flow conundrum in focus

Reuters Africa

Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:11pm GMT

* Shell strategy update due on March 15

* Oil price spike not seen affecting Shell’s plans

* Eyes on cash flows generated from projects

* Shell expected to add to investment pipeline

By Greg Roumeliotis and Alex Lawler

AMSTERDAM/LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L: Quote) will need to convince investors it can put growing cash flow to good use when the Anglo-Dutch oil company updates them on its strategy plans next week.

Shell is generating more cash after investing more than $100 billion in exploration and production over the last five years. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Diatribes about ‘glorious Shell’




This business with USCitizen is very tiring. Where does he find the time to write his diatribes about ‘glorious Shell’? Cheese Louise, the North Koreans need to think about employing that fellow. He comes close to outdoing their propaganda organs in their praise of the ‘glorious Communist dictatorship’. What a brain-washed dolt.

And that makes me wonder if USCitizen is one person or a small group of individuals (as in Shell’s PR department) fronting as one individual. No competent Shell manager I knew would stoop to spending time on this kind of nonsense. They all had ‘real business’ to attend to. Then again, maybe this guy isn’t all that competent and, as reward for his mindless loyalty, he has been stuffed away somewhere as a ‘manager without portfolio’ so he cannot do any real harm. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Traffic data for Jan 2011

By John Donovan

Highest traffic figures for this website since March 2010.

Original source stats available to news media.

Hits: 2,276,701

Pages Views: 1,323, 759

These figures generated despite the frequent interruptions to website access whether arising from denial of service attacks on our dedicated server by an unknown party, or otherwise. Further steps were taken yesterday to hopefully counter any such activity by hostile forces. and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan


I want to share another story. According to this article, a single site run by a man and his octagenarian father in the UK has cost the petro-giant Shell billions of dollars. And it all started with a gripe.The Donovan website has become an open wound for Shell.

By Max Lenderman

We all know the power of reputation networks. It is how eBay runs its business. A web of comments for or against a particular vendor drives its sales. Overall, people talking about their experiences with a brand, product or service is how commerce will function. Forget advertising. That’s just fluff. The real brand equity is in the reputation networks.

Case in point: this particular study shows that online customer product reviews drive satisfaction and loyalty and provide a competitive advantage for sites that offer them. No duh. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Whistleblower Dr John Huong on Shell’s North Sea safety record

By John Donovan

We have hundreds of emails received from Shell Whistleblower Dr John Huong (right) during the many years when he was prohibited by the Malaysian courts from supplying information to us for publication.

This was part of the draconian defamation proceedings and related multiple injunctions brought against him by EIGHT Royal Dutch Shell companies in respect of articles published on this website. He was also under threat of imprisonment for alleged contempt of court, again in relation to information published on this website. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan


With COST-CUTTING now everywhere, where are the cuts in IT spending ? The ‘dinosaur in the room’ of Downstream IT has long been GSAP. Why after 5 years of heroic spending for such pitiful results has GSAP not been stopped ? and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Nigeria: Maybe Shell isn’t that bad

By Emily Grainger

I am currently investigating Shell’s position within Nigeria, more specifically the Delta; when I came across your website. It is crammed with an insane amount of information I can’t even begin to take half of it in, it’s a great resource, thanks.

Something I never thought I would say before investigating their operations in the war zone that is the Delta is that maybe Shell isn’t that bad. I am more than sure this comment will rub a few backs up – passionate is an understatement for the debate established on here! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to say categorically whether or not as a company I think they are ethical or not. YES they chose the Nigerian Government over local communities as their key stakeholder, but that’s because without them they wouldn’t be able to operate at all within the region let alone country. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Dr Huong defence against Royal Dutch Shell defamation action

It will soon be apparent to our readers from the extracts below, why Shell settled the Dr Huong litigation out of court. A very considerable pile of extremely smelly internal dirty laundry that Shell definitely did not want aired in open court, even in Malaysia.

By John Donovan

Dr John Huong, a former Shell geologist of almost 30 years standing was the FIRST SHELL employee to blow the whistle on the Shell reserves fraud (and other important issues relating to the misdeeds of Royal Dutch Shell management). He was not prepared to tolerate  the lives of Shell employees being recklessly put at risk.

As a result Shell was determined to silence him at all costs. Hence the unprecedented spectacle of EIGHT Royal Dutch Shell companies collectively bringing a defamation action against one former employee – an unemployed Malaysian who had no prospect whatsoever of finding alternative employment in his profession while the litigation cloud hung over the heads of himself and his family for several years. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Defamation of Fat Cats

Dear Mr. Donovan:

I have been reading your blog and I am highly distressed at your continued slandering and defamation of ‘fat cats’ by associating us with Royal Dutch Shell management. I and my colleagues are in no way affiliated with, or in collusion with, Royal Dutch Shell management. I must therefore demand that you cease and desist with your defamatory comments about ‘fat’ cats. Otherwise, I and my fellow ‘weight challenged’ felines will have no choice but to seek remedy through the legal system. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Royal Dutch Shell: History vs Present Behavior

“Mr V enjoys a new +22% salary up from 3.2M in ’09 to 4.4M. Now don’t get me wrong, he did an excellent job of getting rid of ~6000 employees and made sure all who followed the rules were also rewarded, whether they drank too much, sexually accosted their underlings, had sex on company property, or perhaps circumvented environmental regulations…”

Posting on Shell Blog by “alwayswary” on Dec 2nd, 2010 at 1:29 am

We can look at this history vs present behavior in another way. As I stated previously, the move from whole system/eco-sustainability toward dominance of the fittest, is where corrupt ethical and moral practices displace responsibility. The ‘dialogue’ that is taking place has been loud and clear for the past couple of years: managers play with US regulators, managers indulge in hedonistic self-centered activities, we indulge in the pursuit of energy profits even in Iran, AND rewards keep flowing for top leaders. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Royal Dutch Shell Nazi Controversy

Shown right: Pre-World War 2 staff meeting of Rhenania-Ossag (Royal Dutch Shell) employees in Hamburg Curio-Haus, Nazi Germany. Management included at least one Nazi official who remained employed by Shell after the war.

Article by a former employee of Shell Oil USA

Extract: “You folks need to wake up and critically examine how RD Shell really operates. Royal Dutch Shell management is just as capable and willing to cause great mischief for the rest of the world, if it pays do so, as they were in the days of Deterding and Hitler.”


This is for Musaint, et al. (See his posting on Shell Blog)

You boys are supposedly bright folks, otherwise Shell probably would not have hired you. However, you have seemed to have somehow missed ‘the point’ of the recent revelations regarding RD Shell’s past ‘odious and questionable associations’.

You remind me of the German’s during the 1930’s. They were and are a very bright people and yet they willingly swallowed Hitler’s line of ‘bull’, just as you seem to swallow RD Shell’s line of corporate ‘bull’. I used to work for Shell, and it is indeed ‘bull’. Of course there were penalties for speaking out in Nazi Germany, as there are today within RD Shell. Do you boys get this point? read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Former Shell Oil President John Hofmeister pompous as ever

Posted on Shell Blog by “retired shellee” on Nov 10th, 2010 at 11:24 am

Hofmeister pompous as ever.

Last night I watched the BBC documentary on the Macondo blow-out. It was easy to relate with all that was said by the various participants. But two things stuck to my mind: the media and politicians (Obama included and leading the way) are like a troup of rabid dogs. The moment someone is down, they all attack in a feeding frenzy. All with hidden agendas, all completely oblivious of what their actions might cause. Presumably this is their job and I expect hardly anything else from these charlatans. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Shell Actually Implements a Blog!

Interesting article which assumes that and the “Shell Blog” have been set up by Shell. The author praises the oil giant saying: “Shell is definitely making headway past BP, Exxon, and Chevron with implementing the blog…”


Shell Actually Implements a Blog!

Posted on November 8, 2010 by Allie Romeo

My research is continuing in the area of corporations communicating with shareholders through social media. My next major oil and gas company that deals with shareholders and corporations using social media is Shell. I have hit on most of the major areas of corporations using social media with shareholders, but Shell adds a different element. Shell has a non-commercial blog that is aimed at making officials stand in compliance with Shell’s mission statement. Of course, the one major part of this is that Shell blogs a good amount about the financial end of the company. Shell also has a live news feed, and a webcast that can be accessed. This is a huge step, and a step above many of the other companies. From IR Web Report, using webcasts can allow for all types of shareholders to understand the financial information they are receiving. Blogging allows for feedback and two-way communication, which is what builds the relationships between the shareholders and the corporations. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Deadheads at Shell

A short time ago I learned that one of these moron drilling managers had made to a very high management level within Shell. What can I say, ‘Crap floats’.

Comment by a former employee of Shell USA

Many years ago I worked for Shell USA. I did exploration work mostly and for two different onshore divisions. In the mid-1980’s Shell was a non-operating partner with Hunt drilling in the central basin of Michigan. On one particular well a geo-pressured carbonate was pegged at 8000 feet. Big surprise. Reservoir pressure was about 8000 psi. We were expecting about 4500 psi. Needless to say the well blew out. The grossly underrated BOP’s didn’t have a chance of controlling the thing. Flung drill pipe all over the site. Luckily it was a gas well and it caught fire immediately. The flow rate was upwards of about 25 mmcfpd with an H2S content in excess of 30%. Nobody was killed. Don’t asked me how we lucked out. Maybe it was because Hunt was operating. We never did kill that well. It did burn with a pretty blue flame however. It roared like a high speed train and was throwing chunks of rock like a volcano. After a few weeks it finally bridged off naturally. Good thing because we had no idea how we were going to kill it. Too much open hole. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan
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