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Dirty Oil

Senators raise concerns on oil sands pipeline

By Ayesha Rascoe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly a dozen U.S. Senators on Friday raised questions about the need for a proposed $7 billion pipeline that they said will bring “dirty oil” from Canadian oil sands to U.S. refineries and significantly increase the country’s reliance on fossil fuels.

The lawmakers, 10 Democrats and one independent, said the State Department needs to answer several key questions before deciding whether to approve TransCanada’s application to build the 2,000-mile Keystone XL pipeline. read more

Royal Dutch Shell trading with the enemy, Iran

Contribution from a former employee of Shell Oil USA

Both the UK and the US have statutes entitled: ‘Trading with the Enemy Act’. The UK’s was passed in 1939 and the US’s in 1917.

Royal Dutch Shell’s army of attorney’s have obviously found loop holes in these and other statutes that allow Shell to continue to trade with Iran. That trade is of far greater value to Iran than it is to Shell, for it gives Iran the means to continue with their weapons development programs.

Perhaps it is time for the UK Parliament and US Congress to plug some of those loop holes to prevent the kind of conduct Royal Dutch Shell finds so profitable.


Shell OK with dealing in Iranian crude read more

Operating Blind in Deepwater

An analysis of the sequence of events on the 20th April which led to the disaster on Deepwater Horizon

By Bill Campbell, Retired HSE Group Auditor, Royal Dutch Shell.

Operating Blind in Deepwater

Only minutes before the blowout on Deepwater Horizon on 20th April everything was reported as being in order.  The negative pressure test of the integrity of the well had been good and the displacement of seawater after this test was going fine.

But just 25 minutes after this reassuring message was passed to the senior toolpusher, mud started to overflow from the well onto the drill floor.  With only seconds to act and do the right thing mistakes were made which allowed gas to be ingested into areas of the rig where sources of ignition were present.  Actions that could have been taken to prevent the ignition of the gas were not taken and four minutes after the blowout commenced most of the crew, on or near the drill floor, were killed in the first explosion. read more

Shell profits flow faster as oil prices rise and new ventures deliver home

Canadian oil sands field starts production and projects are planned in the Gulf of Mexico – where BP’s Deepwater disaster has so far cost Shell $115m

Tim Webb: Friday 29 October 2010

Trucks carry loads of oil-laden sand in Alberta, Canada, where Shell has 13 projects scheduled to come on stream. Photograph: Jeff Mcintosh/AP

Shell nearly doubled earnings in the last three months thanks to higher oil prices and production as new ventures came on stream. Excluding write-offs made for accounting purposes, its earnings were $4.9bn (£3.1bn) for the three months to September, compared with $2.6bn the previous year.

During the quarter the company began production at its oil sands mine in Jackpine, northern Alberta, part of its programme to add another 100,000 barrels a day from these operations. Jackpine is the fifth start-up of 13 projects that have been approved and are scheduled to come on stream this year and next. Shell hopes they will allow it to achieve its target of increasing its 2009 production by 11% by 2012. The company has spent $190bn in its operations since 2004 – almost double the capital investment over the preceding five years – which it hopes will reverse several years of falling production. read more

Inquiry Puts Halliburton in a Familiar Hot Seat


A version of this article appeared in print on October 29, 2010, on page A20 of the New York edition.

Halliburton is back in the spotlight, and once again, in an uncomfortable way.

In recent years, the giant energy services company has found itself under scrutiny over allegations that it performed shoddy, overpriced work for the United States military in Iraq, bribed Nigerian officials to win energy contracts and did brisk business with Iran at time when it faced sanctions.

On Thursday, a government investigation panel said that Halliburton might have played an important role in the April explosion of the Deepwater Horizon platform in the Gulf of Mexico by supplying cement that the company knew was unstable to BP, which used it to seal the well. Halliburton has repeatedly blamed BP, the owner of the well, of failing to test the cement and making other errors that led to the accident, which killed 11 people and spewed millions of barrels of crude oil into the gulf. read more

Retired Shell Global Chief Petroleum Engineer Iain Percival speaks out…

Comment by Iain Percival on Bloomberg article…

Shell Says Repercussions of U.S. Drilling Moratorium Could Last Into 2012

Messers Pals & Kennedy of Bloomberg really ought to research a topic before writing about it. Just what is meant by “Shell is targeting hard-to-reach rock formations in Australia, the U.S. and China”? Coal seams for CBM in Australia are not in the criteria of hard-to-reach. There are undoubtedly challenges in the optimal exploitation of CBM but the technology / techniques are hardly new or “hard-to-apply”. In any case the geoscience and engineering capability in Shell is more than enough to address the task. My comment applies equally well to the (presumably) tight gas assets in North America and China. The tone of the article implies Shell will have trouble delivering meaningful gas production from these “hard-to-reach” formations. Yes, the technical challenge is greater than with conventional gas, but then Shell has invested serious money in researching the technologies and techniques required. Will Bloomberg reporters write an article in the same vein throwing doubt on the ability of the BG-Group to deliver from similar formations in the same countries? One thing is for sure, the BG-Group do not have recourse to the R&D back up in-house to Shell. read more

Royal Dutch Shell writes off $1B in oilsands assets

Royal Dutch Shell is assigning higher priority to its Carmon Creek in situ project near Peace River and its ongoing expansion at the Athabasca Oil Sands Project near Fort McMurray, said chief financial officer Simon Henry. Photograph by: BEN STANSALL, AFP/Getty Images

CALGARY – Royal Dutch Shell is writing off about $1 billion in oilsands assets, including some bought with BlackRock Ventures of Calgary in 2006, after evaluating and shifting focus to other northern Alberta projects. read more

Shell Profits Surge 88% On Higher Output,Refining

OCTOBER 28, 2010


LONDON (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) Thursday beat analysts’ forecasts to post an 88.4% rise in adjusted profit for the third quarter, driven by higher output and greater demand for refined products and chemicals.

The results show how the company is reaping the rewards of a lengthy restructuring focused on cost efficiency and recovering industrial demand, primarily in Asia.

“Our results have rebounded substantially from year-ago levels,” said Shell’s Chief Executive Peter Voser. read more

Shell OK with dealing in Iranian crude

Published: Oct. 28, 2010

LONDON, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Royal Dutch Shell is still dealing with Iranian crude oil shipments under current contracts, the company’s chief financial officer said Thursday.

Simon Henry, Shell’s top financial official, said his company was still taking delivery of Iranian crude oil under the terms of its existing contracts with the Islamic republic.

The European Union and United States passed new sanctions in July that target Iran’s energy sector, though Henry said the sanctions didn’t deal with trading in Iranian crude. read more

Royal Dutch Shell confirms that it is continuing to trade with Iran

Shell studies oil trade impact of EU Iran sanctions

By Alex Lawler

LONDON | Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:47am EDT

(Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) said it would assess any impact of European sanctions on its oil trade with Iran and had stopped some activities there following tougher U.S. measures earlier this year.

The European Union sanctions over Iran’s nuclear work, launched in July and which became law this week, seek to block oil and gas investment in the Islamic Republic, the world’s fifth largest oil exporter.

“Our trading business with Iran is carried out under longer-term contracts,” Shell’s chief financial officer, Simon Henry, said on Thursday. “We continue to lift (buy Iranian crude) under those contracts, but we do need to assess any implications of the European legislation.” read more

Shell Says Repercussions of U.S. Drilling Moratorium Could Last Into 2012


By Fred Pals and Eduard Gismatullin – Oct 28, 2010 11:53 AM GMT+0100

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, warned that the knock-on effects of the temporary ban on new deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico could last for the next two years.

Shell has booked charges of $115 million to date after idling rigs and expects further losses in the fourth quarter, Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry said today. Daily output from the region, which accounts for about a third of Shell’s total production in the Americas, will be 40,000 barrels less than previously expected in 2011. read more

Royal Dutch Shell To Sell Majority Of Refining, Marketing Businesses


Shell Reports Increase in Profit as Oil Prices Climb


By Fred Pals – Oct 28, 2010 7:12 AM GMT+0100

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, posted a 7 percent increase in third- quarter profit as a recovery in energy demand lifted oil prices.

Net income rose to $3.46 billion from $3.25 billion a year earlier, The Hague-based Shell said in a statement today. Excluding one-time items and inventory changes, profit beat analyst estimates.

Shell is targeting hard-to-reach rock formations in Australia, the U.S. and China, as well as projects in Qatar, to reverse a seven-year drop in output. Chief Executive Officer Peter Voser plans to invest $40 billion in the Americas through 2014, at the same time close rival BP Plc’s U.S. ambitions have suffered as a result of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. read more

Shell’s Net Profit Climbs 6.5%

OCTOBER 28, 2010


LONDON—Royal Dutch Shell PLC on Thursday posted a 6.5% rise in third-quarter net profit, helped by higher oil and gas prices, higher output and greater cost efficiency.

The Anglo-Dutch energy giant said net profit rose totaled $3.46 billion from $3.25 billion a year earlier. The bottom line was affected by a one-time $1.13 billion charge the company took on fair value adjustments to commodity derivatives. Group revenues were $90.71 billion, compared with $75.01 billion in the third quarter of 2009. read more

Sadistic sacking of a Royal Dutch Shell whistleblower

Basically it seems that there was a queue of Shell directors waiting to enter his office every 30 minutes ready and eager to knife him. He resigned as a result of the cumulative assault, shocked, humiliated and disgusted at the shabby inhuman treatment he received from his colleagues.

Shell’s alleged espionage in the USA

It is pointless to speculate what the US government may be up to in this case, but they have confirmed that Shell, et al, were/are under investigation for conspiracy to commit espionage. In that regard I would make the observation that while the wheels of justice often turn slowly, they do turn, and in cases like this they usually, and inevitably, grind the offenders into the dust.

Local heroes take on Shell in County Mayo – “The Pipe” – a review

Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s documentary film about the Corrib Natural Gas project in County Mayo Ireland, The Pipe, has been quite a long time in the making – but the wait has been worthwhile. This is a moving, unsentimental and compelling story well told and, particularly, well edited (by Nigel O’Regan) of how ordinary people in a remote community fought with a multinational company, Shell, to protect their community and their livelihoods. The public release of The Pipe is timely in the light of BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico because, as with BP, the evidence is clear that Shell’s initial handling of Corrib showed a comprehensive failure to match the rhetoric of their public statements with the reality of their actions. BP’s “green” positioning was shown to be a chimera as the world greatest environmental disaster unfolded in all of its horror – and Shell’s stated commitment to Sustainable Development has been shown in The Pipe to be no less of a veneer. read more

Shell’s dilemma in denying death threats against its Corrib employees

Email from John Donovan to Republic of Ireland Chief Police Commissioner Fachtna Murphy

From: John Donovan <[email protected]>
Date: 26 October 2010 21:35:00 GMT+01:00
To: [email protected]
Cc: [email protected]
Subject: Corrib Gas Project Alleged Death Threats

For the Attention of Republic of Ireland Chief Police Commissioner Fachtna Murphy

Dear Commissioner Murphy

For the sake of transparency, I have printed below a copy of my email on this subject to Richard Wiseman at Royal Dutch Shell.

If Shell had said that the internal emails were a hoax, then I would not have contacted you at all. read more

Reported death threats against Shell Corrib employees

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Self-explanatory email sent to Republic of Ireland Chief Police Commissioner Fachtna Murphy reporting alleged death threats against Shell Corrib employees

From: John Donovan <[email protected]>
Date: 26 October 2010 19:15:36 GMT+01:00
To: [email protected]
Subject: Alleged death threats made to Shell Corrib Employees

For the Attention of Republic of Ireland Chief Police Commissioner Fachtna Murphy

Dear Commissioner Murphy

I am writing to draw your attention to alleged death threats made against Shell employees – members of the “CelticTigerFive” – who have leaked information to me concerning the controversial Corrib Gas Project.

With the exception of this paragraph, Royal Dutch Shell has had advance sight of this email and has therefore had the opportunity to deny the authenticity of the latest batch of Corrib project emails leaked to me and deny any knowledge of the associated death threats. The email was sent to Mr Richard Wiseman, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc and to the CEO of the company, Mr Peter Voser. No response has been received. This is apparently another taboo subject for Shell, like for example when I confronted the company with evidence of its key role in the Al-Yamamah oil for arms scandal. read more

Saudi Aramco, Shell Extend Natural Gas Drilling To 2015

By Angus McDowall of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES OCTOBER 26, 2010

LONDON (Dow Jones)–A joint venture between Saudi Arabian Oil Co., known as Saudi Aramco, and Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB) to drill for natural gas in the kingdom’s empty quarter has extended its exploration license by five years to 2015.

The South Rub al-Khali Co., or SRAK, was one of three ventures launched in 2003-04 that gave international oil companies upstream access to Saudi Arabian energy reserves for the first time since 1980.

“We…requested for a second exploration period, which means a new commitment from the company including drilling wells and collecting seismic data,” a spokesman for SRAK told Dow Jones Newswires Tuesday. “The government officially approved our request of entering a second exploration period for five years.” read more

Saudi Aramco, Shell Venture to Drill in Saudi Arabia


By Fred Pals and Wael Mahdi – Oct 25, 2010 4:33 PM GMT+0100

A joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to drill three wells in Saudi Arabia’s southern Rub Al Khali desert after completing its first exploration period, the company said today.

South Rub al-Khali Co., or SRAK, as the venture is known, also plans to submit an appraisal plan to the government for the Kidan area of Saudi Arabia, it said in a statement. Kidan lies near the Saudi border with the United Arab Emirates. read more

Shell wants more from Brazilian waters

LONDON, Oct. 25 (UPI) — Royal Dutch Shell announced it was investing in developments in the deep waters off the coast of Brazil in order to enhance its American portfolio.

Shell said it was investing an undisclosed sum to support a second phase of development of the Parque das Conchas basin about 62 miles off the coast of Brazil.

Shell began operating in the region in 2009. The second phase envisions drilling to roughly 3,600 feet below the sea bed, 6,000 feet below the surface of the water. read more

Shell slashes $18bn from Kashagan costs

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Royal Dutch Shell has radically simplified the design of the Kashagan oil development, slashing $18bn (£11.5bn) from the cost of the second phase of development as it strives to make the project economically viable.

By Richard Orange in Almaty
Published: 11:38AM BST 25 Oct 2010

The milestone report from Shell’s Kashagan Cost Reduction Team reduces the cost estimate for the second phase of the project from $68bn to $50bn, a senior Kazakh official told The Daily Telegraph.

Shell took control of the planning of the second phase from Italy’s Eni at the start of last year. The Anglo-Dutch company has been working to turn around the economics of the project, which will take production capacity to 1m barrels per day, from the first phase’s production capacity of 450,000. read more

Alleged death threats against whistleblower Shell Corrib employees

By John Donovan

Earlier today I sent an email to Richard Wiseman, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc advising him of alleged death threats made against Shell Corrib employees, who for some months have been leaking Shell internal emails to us, which we have published.

I supplied to Mr Wiseman the latest batch of leaked emails together with a draft email we intend to send to the Irish Police Commissioner reporting a Shell espionage operation against Shell Corrib employees and alleged related death threats. read more

City eyes third-quarter growth from Shell

Daily Telegraph: Royal Dutch Shell’s results beat market expectations in the first half.

25 October 2010

The City is expecting profits at Royal Dutch Shell to have risen 50pc to $4.3bn when it reports its results on Thursday Photo: Johnny Greig / Alamy

When it posts third-quarter figures on Thursday, investors will be watching to see whether Peter Voser, its chief executive, unveils solid results again, as arch-rival BP struggles to recover from its Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Shell’s restructuring programme and a higher oil price helped it to second-quarter profits of around $4.5bn (£2.87bn). The oil giant had slashed its spending by $3.5bn over the previous 18 months by shedding 7,000 staff and making operational savings. At the time, Shell said its radical restructuring programme had come to an end earlier than planned. read more

Shell’s alleged secret reactor



I read your article about the so-called ‘secret reactor’ that was possibly buried at a location that is now a residential home site. I doubt that is the case, but one cannot expect Shell to tell the truth about such matters

However, the ownership, operation and disposal of civilian reactors in the UK is a highly regulated business. Therefore, appropriate UK governmental agencies should have records of any nuclear reactor owned and/or operated by Shell, including who built it, the model type, date of commissioning, its location of operation, its size, the type of fuel, and its purpose (medical research, isotope production, etc.).

There should also be records of when it was decommissioned, and when, where and how it was disposed of. It is normal practice to bury old reactors after they have been ‘scrubbed down’.  My guess is that the UK operates some sort of ‘old reactor graveyard’, where decommissioned reactors are buried, literally. read more

Shell’s retreat from Nigeria

From a Shell retiree…

Shell will be reducing activities in Nigeria and appears to be selling off below market price due to all the hassle there. John Browne leading a consortium. All in Sunday Times.

If true, this will be a major blow in the face of Shell, they give up. Precisely what you can expect from beancounters who have never worked in bad places like Nigeria… I see it as reducing value. Bunch of cowards.

And what happened to the promises of Brinded? By 2013 or 2014 he ‘hoped’ to realise 6-6.5 mln boe/d. And this ‘promise’ was as recent as 2005 or thereabouts. I would like to know where the deliverable is? read more

Browne Leads Group Bidding for Shell Nigeria Fields, Times Says


BP Plc’s former Chief executive Officer John Browne is leading a group of bidders for $4 billion of Nigerian oil fields being sold by Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the Sunday Times said.

Browne’s Riverstone Management Ltd. is interested in bidding, as is KKR & Co. and Blackstone Group LP, the Times said. Another bid group includes Perenco SA, Addax & Oryx Group Ltd. and Oando Plc, the newspaper said. Any bidder will have to have a local partner to meet government requirements, it said.

Partners ENI SpA and Total SA have the right to buy Shell’s 30 percent stake in the fields, and Nigeria’s majority holding national oil company must approve any deal, the Times said. read more

Carson residents protest Shell Oil over soil contamination

More than 200 people — led by environmental activist Erin Brockovich — marched to the company’s oil refinery…

October 23, 2010

Residents, activists and city leaders in Carson took to the streets Saturday to protest of Shell Oil Co.’s refusal to take responsibility for the contamination of a tract in the Carousel neighborhood, where high levels of benzene and methane have been found in the ground.

More than 200 people — led by environmental activist Erin Brockovich — marched to the company’s oil refinery at the intersection of Wilmington Avenue and Dominguez Street. Council members Lulu Davis-Holmes and Mike Gipson joined residents at the protest. read more

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Shell will report estimated earnings of $4.4 billion (£2.8 billion)

Sunday October 24,2010

By Tracey Boles

OIL giant Royal Dutch Shell will confirm its star is rising this week by reporting estimated earnings of $4.4 billion (£2.8 billion) for the third quarter, up almost 70 per cent on last year.

The earnings haul for the Anglo-Dutch company compares to $2.6 billion (£1.6 billion) in the third quarter of 2009 and has been driven by its exploration and production arm, much of it from gas revenues. read more

A message from Rossport

Hi Alfred and John,

After having spent part of my summer at the Rossport Solidarity Camp in Co. Mayo Ireland fighting against Shell (and Statoil!) there, I am even more thankful for all your hard work on your website. You are really inspiring. Many of my friends have been involved in that campaign since 2005. Making the international links has been really important for the local community. Maybe some day we’ll meet. Till then, lots of love, kudos, energy and solidarity your way!

You rock. Sticking together, we can beat them! read more

Shell to fund Mayo water well

The Irish Times – Saturday, October 23, 2010

LORNA SIGGINS, Western Correspondent, and TOM SHIEL

SHELL E&P Ireland is to fund drilling of a new production well, but for water, not gas, and in the north Mayo village of Rossport.

The multinational says it is giving €750,000 towards upgrading the village’s water network as a “gesture of goodwill to the Rossport community, which has experienced particular difficulties as a result of the Corrib gas project”.

The money will pay for a new water well, replacement of the distribution network with new piping, reservoir, three-phase electricity and installation of consumer and district metering, the company said yesterday. Rossport group water scheme co-op chairman Tony Corduff said the co-op approached Shell for funding after it was refused by Mayo County Council. An offer by the company to upgrade the 35-year-old scheme was accepted by a majority of the community at a meeting on April 29th, he said. read more

Shell Corrib Gas Project, Bertie Ahern and Corruption



By John Donovan

In the video above, *Paddy Briggs quotes from the minutes of a meeting of Royal Dutch Shell Group Managing Directors held on 23 July 2003 (MARKED “MOST CONFIDENTIAL”.

“It was noted that development of the Corrib field may be delayed until 2004 as planning consent had been refused for the terminal. The Committee queried whether the Group had sufficiently well placed contacts with the Irish government and regulators. Paul Skinner undertook to explore this issue further in consultation with the Country Chairman in Ireland.” read more

DOJ, SEC To Announce Panalpina-Related Bribery Settlements

Royal Dutch Shell is expected to pay around $30 million in penalties to settle charges stemming from its use of Panalpina as an agent in Nigeria, the paper reported.



The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission are close to announcing settlements in several foreign-bribery cases linked to Swiss logistics company Panalpina Group, with civil and criminal penalties likely reaching hundreds of millions of dollars, people familiar with the matter said.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Panalpina and one of its customers, Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA, RDSA.LN), were on the brink of settling the three-year-old probe. Investigators have been looking at whether the logistics company paid officials in Nigeria and other countries to gain customs clearance and permits for a raft of oilfield services companies. read more

3 environmental groups sue BP over gulf oil spill

The suit alleges that the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster caused an oil spill that harmed and killed both endangered and threatened species, which may continue to feel the effects long after the cleanup.

By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times October 21, 2010

Reporting from Atlanta —

Three environmental advocacy groups sued BP on Wednesday, alleging the company’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill harmed and killed both endangered and threatened species — one of hundreds of civil suits the oil giant will probably be fighting for years.

The suit, brought by the nonprofit groups Defenders of Wildlife, Gulf Restoration Network and the Save the Manatee Club, says that the April 20 Deepwater Horizon rig blowout and the resulting oil spill “have caused and will continue to cause the take of endangered and threatened species,” including whales, manatees, birds and sea turtles that “show no avoidance response to oil slicks.” read more

Former Irish Police Chief joins Shell’s 170-strong Corrib Gas security team

IRMS has worked on security for the Corrib gas project since 2008. Last year it became involved in controversy after one of its former  employees, Michael Dwyer – who had worked at the Corrib project in 2008 – was killed by police in mysterious circumstances in Bolivia on April 16, 2009.

Doyle joins Corrib security: Former Westport garda chief Pat Doyle recruited by IRMS

Aine Ryan

A RETIRED senior garda has become one of the latest high-profile recruits to work on the controversial Corrib gas project.

Former Superintendent Pat Doyle has joined  Shell’s 170-strong security team – under contract from Integrated Risk Management Solutions (IRMS) – for the  project, The Mayo News has learned.

The retired garda superintendent, who spent eleven years as garda chief in Westport, joined the IRMS team during the summer. The Carlow native retired after 35 years in the force in May 2009. read more

Former Shell exec David Greer on the poach

David J. Greer I have recently moved on to another exciting challenge and have been appointed as CEO of SIS, the flagship company of the Al-Suwaidi Group, providing professional project management, construction and maintenance services to major industries and is one of the most respected and reputable contractors in Saudi Arabia.

In this regard, I am very interested in hiring experienced construction managers and supervisors, contract engineers, estimators, quantity surveyors, planners and project accountants who I have had the pleasure of working with in past projects.

Interested? Please get in touch asap


AP: David Greer

Friday, June 22, 2007. Issue 3683. Page 5.
By Max Delany
Staff Writer

David Greer, the Sakhalin Energy deputy CEO running the giant Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project, has left the company unexpectedly just weeks after a leaked e-mail he wrote revealed the pressure that managers working there were facing.

Greer’s departure comes as Shell is adjusting to ceding control of the $20 billion project to Gazprom after sustained state pressure.

“I can confirm that David Greer has left the company to pursue other business interests,” Sakhalin Energy spokesman Ivan Chernyakhovsky said Thursday. He did not elaborate on Greer’s future plans. read more

Shell hammered at hearing over refinery

We feel we have been tricked, fooled and demoralized


Produced 90,000 barrels per day. Company must dismantle refinery and decontaminate soil

By KEVIN DOUGHERTY, The Gazette October 20, 2010
Nicolas Houle, director of Shell Canada’s Montreal East oil refinery, got a rough ride yesterday at special National Assembly hearings challenging the company’s decision to shut down the facility.

“Why should I give you a permit to dismantle it?” asked Natural Resources Minister Nathalie Normandeau.

“We feel we have been tricked, fooled and demoralized,” added Nicole Leger, the Parti Quebecois MNA for Pointe-aux-Trembles riding, where the refinery, with a payroll of 500, is located.

“I remain convinced there are buyers,” Leger added, suggesting Shell did not invest in the refinery, making it unattractive to potential buyers.

Houle replied to Normandeau that under Quebec’s environmental laws, Shell must dismantle the 77-year-old refinery now that it has closed, and must decontaminate the soil. read more

Royal Dutch Shell plc under Investor Investigation over possible Foreign Bribery

Investigation on behalf of current long term investors in Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) over possible foreign bribery – RDS.A stockholders should contact the Shareholders Foundation at [email protected]

After the U.S. Department of Justice begun looking into allegations against Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) as a customer of Panalpina Group in connection with possible foreign bribery an investigation on behalf of current long term investors in Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) was announced.

If you are a current long term investor in Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A), and/or have any information relating the investigation, you have certain options and you should contact the Shareholders Foundation, Inc by email [email protected] or call +1(858) 779 – 1554. read more

Wiesenthal Centre Slams Shell on Iran

Wiesenthal Centre Slams Shell’s Reported Exploitation of Sanctions to Increase its Oil Trade Profits with Iran

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Wiesenthal Centre Slams Shell’s Reported Exploitation of Sanctions to Increase its Oil Trade Profits with Iran

Paris, 28 September 2010

In a letter to Peter Voser, Shell CEO, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr.Shimon Samuels referred to an article in the British daily, the Guardian “ Shell Increases Oil Trade with Iran – Despite Sanctions: oil giant stepped-up orders of Iranian crude while others halted trade amid sanctions imposed by UN, EU, USA.” read more

The real villain in Corrib gas controversy

Shell and their partners will prevail in their endeavors so long as they have the elected authorities in Ireland, along with local law enforcement, in their ‘hip pocket’.

Comment by a former employee of Shell Oil USA

Political & Corporate Corruption in Ireland

I have been doing some reading and familiarizing myself with the Corrib gas project controversy. The real issue here is not really the pipeline or the route of the pipeline. That is just a local focal point of protest, and a distraction from the real and much larger issue.

The real fundamental issue here is how the Irish government proceeds with the exploitation and development of Ireland’s considerable hydrocarbon resources to the maximum benefit of the Irish people themselves.

It is readily apparent that if the Irish people are truly unhappy with the way the government has handled the situation (and they should be), then they are probably going to have to give their elected officials the ‘boot’, and replace them with individuals who will be responsive to the will of the Irish people. read more

Shell rejects talks invite from rights organisation

The Irish Times – Monday, October 18, 2010

LORNA SIGGINS Western Correspondent

SHELL EP Ireland and its security contractors for the Corrib gas project have confirmed that they declined an invitation to meet an Amnesty International/Front Line human rights delegation in north Mayo last week.

However, the Garda agreed to meet the delegation to discuss possible monitoring of future Corrib gas protests. Chief Supt Tom Curley, head of the Mayo Garda division, confirmed that the two organisations had been in contact. read more

Royal Dutch Shell bribery and corruption in Nigeria

Shell, the Anglo-Dutch energy giant, is expected to pay around $30 million in penalties to settle charges stemming from its use of Panalpina as an agent in Nigeria…

Law Blog October 15, 2010

The FCPA Steamroller Nears Panalpina, Royal Dutch Shell

We began hearing that the Justice Department was ramping up its enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act sometime in 2006.

Last week, the WSJ’s Dionne Searcey broke the news of the Justice Department’s investigation of oil-services company Schlumberger for alleged bribery-related activity in Yemen. Today’s news: A big Swiss shipping and logistics company and Royal Dutch Shell, one of its customers, are close to settling foreign-bribery charges stemming from a three-year U.S. investigation. Click here for the story, from the WSJ’s Kara Scannell and Thomas Catan. Click here for a sidebar from Searcey on the revitalization of the law. read more

Call for Americans to boycott Shell



Extract from page 157

A second way to boycott this one company is through an economic boycott. Stop buying their stock and watch their value plummet. Individuals as well as institutional buyers, along with other organizations that buy energy stocks as investments would have a major and lasting affect on the whole industry. A boycott of this type will take determination, discipline and togetherness by an informed American people (which we are). Oil companies have deep pockets and believe they can out last and outsmart Americans, Who should be the company that America boycotts? My personal choice is Royal Dutch Shell. When it comes to integrity, honesty, excellence and the war on terror. – they by far have the worst record. A great website that unfolds the true character of Royal Dutch Shell can be found at read more

Why the U.S. Dept of Defense confirmed Shell espionage investigation

*Industrial espionage, economic espionage or corporate espionage is a form of espionage conducted for commercial purposes instead of purely national security purposes.


As as outside observer of the shenanigans that have been taking place over the last few weeks with Shell and Wikipedia, and which have been publicized on your blog, I would like to add my two cents worth of observations.

The first is that this is great cyber-opera. Very entertaining. I cannot wait for the next installment of the drama.

The second is that the Wiki – nonsense and the messing with your server are very amateurish on the part of Shell. Forgive me if I have passed judgment on Shell with the limited facts available, but I have no doubt they were initiated by Shell given the nature of the articles you published about Shell and its apparent industrial espionage scheme. Nobody else has motivation to give you a hard time. The deduction is obvious. But that kind of crap is just petty harassment. read more

Settlements Near In Bribery Case

Shell, the Anglo-Dutch energy giant, is expected to pay around $30 million in penalties to settle charges stemming from its use of Panalpina as an agent in Nigeria, these people said.

OCTOBER 15, 2010


WASHINGTON—A big Swiss shipping and logistics company and Royal Dutch Shell PLC, one of its customers, are close to settling foreign-bribery charges stemming from a three-year U.S. investigation, said people familiar with the matter. It could be the first in a series of such settlements by major multinational companies.

Panalpina Group, which has 14,000 employees and branches in more than 80 countries, has been at the center of a sprawling probe into whether it paid officials in places including Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Kazakhstan to expedite services, such as clearing drilling rigs and other equipment through customs, according to people familiar with the matter and corporate disclosures. read more

Shell urges U.S. to adopt North Sea drilling rules

Reuters Africa

Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:01pm GMT

LONDON Oct 14 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L: Quote) said the United States should adopt tougher drilling rules applied in the North Sea, adding they could have helped prevent mistakes that contributed to BP’s (BP.L: Quote) Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Shell finance director Simon Henry said on Thursday the United States should force everyone drilling a well to prepare a “safety case” — plans that examine potential risks and define who is responsible for risk management tasks. read more

Shell Philippine unit denies govt smuggling complaint

MANILA Oct 14 (Reuters) – The chairman of the Philippine unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) denied on Thursday that it had engaged in smuggling after the government said it was seeking $567 million in back payments and penalties in a technical smuggling complaint.

“We have never, ever engaged in smuggling,” Edgardo Chua, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum chairman said in a television interview. “That’s against our business principles.”

*(So was securities fraud, but that never stopped Shell from being responsible for one of the biggest securities frauds in corporate history)
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Wikipedia Foundation non profit status at risk?


Wikipedia/Wikimedia is a non-profit organization/foundation. From their website they claim to be a 501(3c) corporation. As such it enjoys tax-exempt status here in the States.

If for profit businesses are contributing to Wikipedia, and Wikipedia is in turn sponsoring informational web pages on those businesses, which are nothing less than sanitized advertisements for those businesses, then the Wikipedia organization may be violating the terms of its non-profit tax-exempt charter and US law.

Given that businesses have found a clever way to ‘get around the rules’ and sanitize their Wiki pages for image and commercial promotional purposes it behooves Wikipedia to separate out the web pages of operating for profit businesses /organizations from the rest of their data base. This could become their ‘commercial’ data base for business propaganda for which they could charge an annual fee and corporations control what went on their pages. read more

Shell Gets $567 Million Philippine Smuggling Complaint, Will Face Probe


By Francisco Alcuaz Jr. – Oct 14, 2010

The Philippines filed a 24.5 billion peso ($567 million) smuggling complaint against the local unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, saying it was shifting its drive against tax evasion “to a much higher gear.”

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. evaded 2.72 billion pesos of excise and value-added taxes by misdeclaring and misclassifying 52 shipments from 2005 to 2009, the Bureau of Customs said in a statement. It said it was seeking the maximum fine of 800 percent, or 21.8 billion pesos, on top of this. read more