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A retraction by Jo Blow

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From “Jo Blow”


Yesterday I posted an article that I am not proud of.  I allowed my emotions to cause me to lower myself in the last paragraph to a level that I personally do not care to sink to and for that I am truly sorry to anyone who may have taken offense to the posting.  In regards to the people suffering through these difficult times, again my heart and prayers go out to you. read more

Shell Giveaway – Newstalk Radio Skit


Royal Dutch Shell becomes first global oil company to build lubricants blending plant in Russia

David Pirret, Executive Vice President for Shell Lubricants, said: "Russia is a country of strategic importance for Shell, and today's announcement is further evidence of our commitment to grow our business here, not only in upstream but also in downstream.

Lockerbie bomber ‘set free for oil’

The British government decided it was “in the overwhelming interests of the United Kingdom” to make Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, eligible for return to Libya, leaked ministerial letters reveal.Gordon Brown’s government made the decision after discussions between Libya and BP over a multi-million-pound oil exploration deal had hit difficulties. These were resolved soon afterwards.

Revealed: how Shell won the fight for Libyan gas and oil home

The Observer home

Documents reveal orchestrated campaign by ministers, mandarins and royalty

Terry Macalister

The Observer, Sunday 30 August 2009

Marsa El-Brega was once a tiny Libyan fishing village on the most southerly tip of the Mediterranean – now it is a thriving port handling 300 ocean-going ships a year and, with the help of Shell, is poised to become one of the world’s key energy terminals, capable of exporting huge quantities of gas to Britain.

The Anglo-Dutch oil company is currently upgrading the liquefied natural gas (LNG) from 500,000 tonnes a year to 3.2m and has just drilled the first of a dozen planned wells. These are the fruits of a historic visit in March 2004 by Tony Blair but also part of a closely orchestrated campaign by British ministers and Big Oil as documents seen by the Observer reveal. read more

Shell Upstream International Executive Director Malcolm Brinded named in Libyan intrigue

The Observer home home

Secret documents uncover UK’s interest in Libyan oil

Negotiations fuel rumours of commercial deal behind Megrahi’s release

Terry Macalister

The Observer, Sunday 30 August 2009

Libya has been courted by Prince Charles, government ministers and Foreign Office mandarins on a dozen or more occasions in pursuit of lucrative oil and gas contracts.

Documents obtained by the Observer show ministers and senior civil servants met Shell to discuss the company’s oil interests in Libya on at least 11 occasions and perhaps as many as 26 times in less than four years.

Foreign secretary David Miliband, the former Labour leader Lord Kinnock and even Prince Charles were involved in the meetings with Shell about its business in Libya or Egypt. read more

Alaska Gov Touts Crt Ruling On Offshore Oil Lease

SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones)--Alaska Governor Sean Parnell on Friday praised a federal appeals court decision that he said will allow Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) to continue exploring for oil and gas in the Beaufort Sea.

Carson homes sit over Shell benzene, methane contamination

Shell Oil Co. has discovered extensive contamination of methane and benzene underneath the Carousel housing tract on the southern end of Carson. "Chemicals are a serious matter," said Barbara Post, president of the Carousel Homeowners' Association. "We have to trust that Shell is going to take care of it for us."

When truth about Britain’s dealings with Libya turns out to be a mirage

Both of Mr Blair’s trips coincided with the announcement of big trade agreements for Shell and then BP.

They thought it was a mirage, but black gold is gushing in the Indian desert

Shell sold its final 50 per cent stake in its Rajasthan blocs to the Scottish company for only £4.4 million in 2002 and the total sale price was less than $20 million... in January 2004, Cairn struck oil — at least one billion barrels of it.

Shell Says It Wins Appeal on Alberta Oil Sands Mines

Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Shell Canada Ltd. said a regulatory agency’s approval of two oil sands mines in Alberta was upheld by an appeals court judge who rejected an environmental group’s request for a new hearing on the projects.

Interesting round of discussion this morning!

BY Jo Blow (real name and background information supplied)

Interesting round of discussion this morning!

Stu,  you asked the following question “Also, which member of staff has been “escourted from the premises” under their current restructuring. Please name one.”  I can name several in downstream that were stripped of the company property in their possession, refused the right to retain their personal belongings from their offices, and then escorted to the gate.  I will refrain from listing their name out of respect, but rest assured that it did occur, and I doubt it was isolated to the US Gulf Coast. read more

Wow, just stumbled on this site and blog


Wow, just stumbled on this site and blog. Whilst I’m impressed with the way it has been set up and maintained, I’m amazed by two aspects: Firstly, those of you who work for Shell and are seemingly so disgruntled, why not just walk? You must be so unhappy in what you do to resort to these postings – so why not show some conviction and leave? I have heard that people who work at Shell tend to forget what the real world is like, but you can just leave you know and rejoin the real world out here! Secondly, to the Donnovans, I’ve just read some of the background and understand some of the history, but really, when are you going to live your lives?? Do you really want you gravestones to just say “had a pop at Shell for most of my life”. read more

Exxon Says $42 Billion Gorgon Decision May Come Within a Month

The partners will take a final decision on investment once they have production licenses and development approvals, Nicole Hodgson, Perth-based spokeswoman for Chevron said Aug. 26. Gorgon, which includes Royal Dutch Shell Plc, has contracts to supply the fuel to China, India and Japan and is among more than 12 LNG projects in the region competing for Asian buyers.

Shell information and insider comments

By John Donovan

If you would like to supply information or post comments on our website, but are concerned about protecting your anonymity, you can set up a free account with and then send information or comments to me at my hushmail email address: [email protected]

The information would then be automatically encrypted and you would not need to post anything on

Royal Dutch Shell site must bear responsibility for its actions

Headline: site must bear responsibility for its actions: Extract from article: "We also have good reason to believe that many Shell employees welcome our activities, including publishing and circulating leaked information which senior management would prefer to cover up, or withhold from effected Shell stakeholders while negotiations with highly controversial third parties are in progress."

Shell participation in Gorgon Gas Project


Chevron LNG field approved

By Peter Smith in Sydney and Carola Hoyos in London

Published: August 27 2009 03:00 | Last updated: August 27 2009 03:00

Gorgon, one of the world’s biggest liquefied natural gas deve-lopments, cleared its final big regulatory hurdle yesterday when Australia’s federal government granted environmental approval for the $42bn project. read more

Royal Dutch Shell paid $15.5m in June to settle lawsuit alleging complicity in murder of Nigerian activists

Associated Press

Supporters of a suit accusing Shell of complicity in rights abuses rallied in May. Shell denied wrongdoing.


Arcane Law Brings Conflicts From Overseas to U.S. Courts

August 27, 2009


Victims of human-rights abuses around the world increasingly are seeking justice American style — by filing lawsuits against deep-pocketed defendants.

The Alien Tort Statute, a one-sentence law enacted in 1789 authorizing foreign nationals to file U.S. civil actions against those who violate “the law of nations,” has been used often in recent years to sue major companies for alleged complicity in crimes overseas, including torture and murder. Defendants need only to have regular business contacts with the U.S. to be vulnerable to lawsuits. read more

Shell Closing Vicksburg Lubricants Plant

Closure of the Shell Lubricants facility at the Port of Vicksburg will mean the loss of 24 jobs in the Mississippi River city.

Netherlands Protest Against Planned Shell Carbon Storage project

The Dutch government aims to cut down on carbon dioxide emissions by developing Carbon Capture Storage or CCS. Royal Dutch Shell has plans to take on this government project but is delayed because of opposition from locals in the town of Barendrecht, a suburb of Rotterdam.

Arrow Energy to Spend A$300 Million Seeking Gas for LNG Plants

Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Arrow Energy Ltd., Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Australian partner in coal-seam gas production, will spend A$300 million ($251 million) drilling wells to supply gas to two planned liquefied natural gas plants in Queensland.

Australia island gas deal sealed

The project on Barrow Island will be run by US oil firm Chevron, and partners Royal Dutch Shall and Exxon Mobil, and will supply gas to China.

$50b question: Gorgon carbon claims in doubt

Technical experts working with Gorgon's developers, Chevron, Shell and ExxonMobil, found it was possible that carbon dioxide could leak from faults in the geological formation under the island which is supposed to act as the burial site.

Scottish Authorities deepen investigation into alleged Shell Corruption

By John Donovan

Preventable Deaths on Brent Bravo North Sea Production Platform

Following an investigation by Grampian Police into allegations of corruption involving Shell and the UK Health & Safety Executive, relating to the Brent Bravo scandal, a report was submitted to the Procurator Fiscal, whose officials have subsequently been carrying out further enquiries.

Reliable information reached us today that meticulous enquiries are continuing and deepening.

The allegations were made by Bill Campbell, the highly respected retired former HSE Group Auditor of Shell International. He has supplied extensive evidence to the Scottish legal authorities including taped conversations with very senior people at Shell.
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Nigeria: Shell Awards N130.5 Billion Contracts to Local Firms

Nigeria depends on the oil industry for approximately 95 per cent of export earnings and 80 per cent of government revenue."

Brazil Field Puts Shell in a Good Spot

Royal Dutch Shell PLC is the latest in a small group of Western energy companies pumping crude out of Brazil amid intensifying international interest in the country's deepwater oil reserves.

Mitsubishi gets 5 percent of Shell Iraq JV gas project

BAGHDAD (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC said Tuesday that Japan's Mitsubishi will take a 5 percent stake in a planned joint venture it has with Iraq to produce natural gas in the south of the country.

Shell spent $800K lobbying US government in 2Q

WASHINGTON - Shell Oil Co., the U.S. arm of Europe's largest oil company, spent $800,000 to lobby the federal government in the second quarter, according to a recent disclosure report.

Shell Stanlow workers offered for sale like slaves in public auction

Ed O’Keeffe Photography

By John Donovan

On 18 August, The Sunday Times published an article: “Essar bids for British oil refinery in Shell auction“. It revealed that “Essar, the Indian energy, steel and shipping group, has made a bid for Royal Dutch Shell’s Stanlow refinery at Ellesmere Port…”

After being contacted by Shell insiders and supplied with internal email correspondence, it has become plain to us that the “auction” provides another classic example of Shell senior management disdain for Shell employees: in this case 800 people. read more

My prayers for Shell Stanlow employees

The revelations coming out of the UK concerning the sale of the Stanlow complex are a continued display of what happens when Executives fail to live up to the Company core values.

Leaked Shell Emails Discuss Despicable Treatment of Stanlow Refinery Workforce

Hugh Mitchell, Shell’s Chief Human Resources & Corporate Officer and member of the Royal Dutch Shell Plc Executive Committee

By John Donovan

We are in possession of current Shell internal emails involving senior Royal Dutch Shell executives, including Tom Botts Shell’s Downstream Executive Vice President for Global Manufacturing and Hugh Mitchell, Chief Human Resources & Corporate Officer (and member of the Royal Dutch Shell Plc Executive Committee).

The emails reveal disgust at how the proposed sale of the Shell Stanlow Refinery was leaked to the press and refer to the “despicable” treatment of the Stanlow workforce. read more

Free Research on Royal Dutch Shell Plc (over 24,500 articles)

Alfred Donovan Wall Street Journal image

(Wall Street Journal image of Alfred Donovan, the 92 year old co-owner of the website

We have assembled by far the worlds largest online library of Shell related news articles, confidential Shell documents and Shell internal email correspondence leaked to us by insider sources. Our readers appetite for Shell news and insider information is fed by a network of Shell insider sources around the globe. Emails from senior executives including Peter Voser have been supplied to us on the day they were sent. We have even published the top secret minutes of meetings held by its most senior executives. read more

High stakes in the shifting sands of the oil sector are not best served by low tactics

Whatever you think of the deal to allow the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi to end his days with his family in Libya, British business interests are a big factor. Energy companies such as BP, Royal Dutch Shell and BG have been making steady inroads into Libya, where there are an estimated 44bn barrels of crude beneath the desert sands...

Timid oil giants hand back their cash

Exxon, BP, Shell, Conoco Phillips, Total and Chevron have in the past 18 months, according to figures compiled by the investment bank Jefferies Broadview, spent $75 billion on share buybacks, which are designed to prop up share prices by reducing the amount traded in the market. That comes on top of $54 billion paid out in dividends over the same period.

Lockerbie bomber release: Lord Mandelson, his wealthy friends and the Libyan connection

So, shortly after Libya accepted responsibility for the Lockerbie attack in 2003 and agreed to compensate the families of the victims, Britain put down a resolution to remove the sanctions and, the following year, Mr Blair extended "the hand of friendship" to Colonel Gaddafi, who has now ruled Libya for 40 years. Huge trade deals followed for BP, Shell and others.

Arch-critic emails over 400 Shell senior execs

Richard Wiseman, Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer (Photo supplied by him for display on this website)



I am writing to offer our best wishes on your appointment/new title, as announced on our website within the lists of Shell senior executive appointments we published on 22 June and 3 August.

The unauthorised publication of leaked Shell confidential information on our site has become a news event in its own right, regularly reported by The Wall Street Journal and other news organisations. read more

Shell’s Malcolm Brinded – lustful friend of Libya

Malcolm Brinded, Royal Dutch Shell Executive director of Upstream International

By John Donovan

In view of current events, it is timely to consider the real motives of the UK government’s complicity in the release of the Lockerbie bomber – a development said to be “casting a long shadow over relations between Britain and United States, where senior figures in the Obama Administration have voiced dismay over the Government’s failure to take a stand.”

The White House condemned the decision by Scottish authorities to release al-Megrahi as “outrageous and disgusting”. A senior US official said: “The UK has been extraordinarily silent on this issue.” read more

Shell has been stalking the Libyans ever since relations thawed

"Shell has been stalking the Libyans ever since relations thawed"

Lockerbie release casts dark shadow over Britain’s ties with US

Shortly after the former Prime Minister Tony Blair flew to Libya to meet Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2007, BG Group, Shell and BP secured substantial contracts with Libya.

Oil Sands May Get Cleaner as Shell, Exxon Bubble Tar to Froth

Shell and Exxon say their advances will make tar sands no more polluting than conventional wells in such locales as Texas and the North Sea. Whether that proves true may affect the marketability of crude from Western Canada’s tar-soaked bogs, home of crude worth more than $10 trillion at current market prices, the largest oil deposits outside Saudi Arabia.

Shell’s Arctic investment tops $3B

Shell's investment in its Alaskan Arctic offshore exploration program has now far exceeded $3 billion, with the company yet to be able to turn a drill bit, Shell's Alaska manager told an Anchorage business group Aug. 14.

Shell’s Stanlow oil refinery to stay open

LONDON, Aug. 20 (UPI) — The Stanlow oil refinery in Cheshire, England, will not shut down despite tenders offered by Indian industrial conglomerate Essar, Royal Dutch Shell said.

Essar offered to buy the Stanlow refinery as part of a push by the Indian company to establish a footprint in European markets.

Stanlow is part of a $1.95 billion offer from Essar to acquire three fuel-manufacturing plants in Europe. The two other plants are located in Germany.

Shell is refocusing its investment strategies to Asian markets while Middle Eastern and Asian companies move into the European market. read more

Australia to Decide on Chevron’s Gorgon LNG Next Week

Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Australia’s government will decide within days whether to give environmental approval for the Chevron Corp.-operated A$50 billion ($41 billion) Gorgon liquefied natural gas project. San Ramon, California-based Chevron and its partners Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc won environmental approval from the Western Australian state government earlier this month.

Total, Shell Get French Complaints in Butane Probe

Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Total SA, Europe’s third-largest oil producer, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and UGI Corp. units received complaints from France’s antitrust agency as part of an investigation into the propane and butane industry.

Arrow Energy Finalizes Sale Of 12% Of Tipton West To Shell


AUGUST 18, 2009, 9:43 P.M. ET

MELBOURNE (Dow Jones)–Arrow Energy Ltd. (AOE.AU) said Wednesday that the company has completed the sale of a 12% stake in the Tipton West Joint Venture to a unit of Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA), subject to approvals.

Shell paid Brisbane-based Arrow A$49.5 million, half of the purchase price of A$99 million, to obtain a further 12% of the joint venture, with the balance payable after third party and regulatory approval, the company said in a statement.

Shell also will reimburse Arrow for 30% of any future contingent payments, or up to A$21 million, that the company makes to Beach Petroleum Ltd. (BPT.AU) under the terms of the Arrow/Beach Tipton West sale agreement, Arrow said. read more

Shell exec who pushed return to New Orleans retiring

August 19, 2009 By The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A top executive of Royal Dutch Shell who spearheaded the company’s return to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina is retiring after 33 years with the company.

The company says Frank A. Glaviano Sr. will leave his post as vice president of production for Shell’s Americas region on Nov. 30.

Glaviano is a New Orleans native and graduate of Tulane University. He has held engineering and operations leadership positions in Houston, New Orleans and Transverse City, Mich. read more

BP and Shell warned to halt campaign against US climate change bill

Oil firms urged to leave American Petroleum Institute and halt political lobbying by Greenpeace

Terry Macalister Wednesday 19 August 2009 20.29 BST

Protesters in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday, venting their feelings against the climate change bill Photograph: AP

BP and Shell are being told to tear up their membership of the American Petroleum Institute (API) in protest at the organisation’s attempts to incite a public backlash against Barack Obama‘s energy and climate change bill.

The two oil companies are also being asked to bring a halt to their own political lobbying in Washington in letters sent to their chief executives from Greenpeace and the Platform environmental group. read more

Voelte takes on partners over Browse LNG project

This difference of view has resulted in what Voelte described yesterday, with rare understatement, as some "argy-bargy" between Woodside and the other owners of the Browse gas discoveries -- Chevron, BP, Shell and BHP Billiton. Now as anyone who knows the Other Don can tell you, Voelte is not easily intimidated.

PetroChina in huge Australia deal


Petrochina worker

PetroChina’s deal is the latest to meet China’s growing energy needs

PetroChina, Asia’s largest oil company, has signed a $41bn (£25bn) deal to purchase gas from a field off Australia’s north-western coast.

The pact is the largest trade deal in Australian history and was hailed by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

“This agreement provides the basis for the creation of thousands of jobs and also injecting billions of dollars into our economy,” he said.

The 20-year deal comes despite recent tensions between Australia and China. read more

Oil Industry Backs Protests of Emissions Bill

Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle, via Associated Press: A rally against legislation to set a limit on greenhouse gas emissions in Houston on Tuesday. Oil companies bused in their employees.


By CLIFFORD KRAUSS and JAD MOUAWAD Published: August 18, 2009

HOUSTON — Hard on the heels of the health care protests, another citizen movement seems to have sprung up, this one to oppose Washington’s attempts to tackle climate change. But behind the scenes, an industry with much at stake — Big Oil — is pulling the strings.

Hundreds of people packed a downtown theater here on Tuesday for a lunchtime rally that was as much a celebration of oil’s traditional role in the Texas way of life as it was a political protest against Washington’s energy policies, which many here fear will raise energy prices. read more