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9/11 Terror Attack and the Shell Reserves Scandal

By John Donovan

On Friday we published an article revealing Shell internal email correspondence, which provided proof that three weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attack on the USA, Shell executives were considering how Shell could exploit the horrific event for commercial reasons.

As can be seen from the correspondence, the objective was to “buy us a bit of time” in dealing with “production growth” … and “reserves replacement…” Both are key factors in assessing the value of an oil company. Shell was increasingly vulnerable to criticism on both issues.
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“I found the emails interesting and indicative of the deception Shell management was clearly engaged in. They were trying to exploit the events of 9/11 to their benefit. What these emails could have done at the time they were written is cause Shell’s stock to drop significantly.

By John Donovan

I stumbled across some intriguing Shell internal email correspondence while searching the US Court files for the class action litigation relating to the Shell reserves scandal. We have no comment whatsoever to make about the content of the email correspondence, which is self-explanatory.

The correspondence involved the following individuals with job titles at the time of the emails:

Aidan McKay: Manager Shell EP – The Hague (or Head Global Strategic Planning & Capital Allocation)
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