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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

Nigeria summons Shell, Halliburton execs over graft

Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:33am EST

* Shell invite relates to $240 million case settled in U.S.

* Halliburton staff, MD called in after arrests last week

ABUJA, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s anti-corruption police said on Tuesday they wanted to interview the country heads of Shell (RDSa.L) and U.S. oil services firm Halliburton (HAL.N) as part of investigations into two separate bribery cases.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) briefly detained 10 Halliburton staff for questioning last week in relation to a $180 million bribery case involving the U.S. firm’s former unit KBR (KBR.N). [ID:nLDE6AQ0BH] read more

Shell, Gazprom to Combine Beyond Russia


LONDON—Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Russian gas giant OAO Gazprom signed an agreement on Tuesday that will deepen their existing partnership within Russia and see them work together outside Russia for the first time, Shell said in a statement.

The agreement promises “further development of bilateral cooperation in exploration and production of hydrocarbons in western Siberia and the far east of Russia [and] cooperation in the downstream oil products business in Russia and Europe, as well as Gazprom participation in Shell upstream projects outside of Russia,” Shell said. read more

Ogoni allegations against the Nigerian government and Shell

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The attention of National Union of Ogoni Student’s, USA has been drawn to the recent attack by the combined forces of the Nigerian Joint Task Force and the Rivers State Task Force on the people of Ogoni, particularly the communities of Kpean, Bean, and Gure, etc.

We wish to use this medium to draw the attention of the good people of Nigeria and the world to this fresh line of attack on the innocent people of Ogoni by the River State government. The people of Ogoni are peace loving and have demonstrated this in their nonviolent approach to their demands which are yet to be met. The people whose ONLY crime is the fact that they demand for a fair share of their oil proceeds will continue to resist all forms of oppression with every civil means. read more

Gazprom and Shell To Expand Cooperation – Medvedev

MOSCOW -(Dow Jones)- Russia’s state-run gas firm OAO Gazprom (GAZP.RS) and Royal Dutch Shell PLC(RDSA.LN) are to sign a memorandum on the expansion of their cooperation in and outside Russia, Gazprom Deputy Chief Executive Alexander Medvedev said Monday.

Gazprom’s cooperation with Shell could expand in Sakhalin, Medvedev said, without giving any more details on the memorandum.

“We are happy to invite foreign partners to develop our upstream reserves, but only if in exchange we get the access to their first class projects somewhere in the world,” Medvedev said. “We do know Shell has good assets, which could be of interest for us.” read more

Oil spill in the Philippines

Dear Mr. Donovan,

I am a resident of Bangkal village in Makati City, a working-class neighbourhood in the Philippines.

I wish to tell you that Shell and Chevron have done a great environmental damage to our ground, but have kept quiet about it all this time.

A month ago, an oil spill was discovered in our area, where a pipeline runs under it. The spill is said to have been going on unnoticed for some months. The pipeline carries Shell and Chevron products. Our government has somewhat penalized the pipeline operator, First Philippine Industrial Corp. (which is incidentally 40% owned by Shell Petroleum). But the owners of the spilled fuel have yet to own up to the mess. read more

Royal Dutch Shell and the lampshades made from HUMAN SKIN

The Sun newspaper has published an article horrifically confirming, following a DNA test, that a lampshade bought at a New Orleans car boot sale is made from human skin. A gruesome relic from Nazi crimes against humanity in the 2nd World War. As the main financier of the Nazis, does Royal Dutch Shell bear any moral (or legal) responsibility for the crimes of Hitler and his equally evil henchmen?


We’ve all heard the stories of the Nazi human lampshades.

There have been many fakes over the years but no proven examples of a real Nazi lamp made from the skin of Jewish prisoners in concentration camps during the Second World War.

However, one crucial early scientific test set this lamp apart.

When Mark, an American, sent a small piece away for DNA testing at Bode Technology near Washington DC it came back as “100 per cent human”.

Royal Dutch Shell had no involvement in the concentration camps, but driven by greed, the company did in the crucial years prior to the 2nd World War, save the Nazi party from financial collapse and continue to pump funds into the Nazi regime in a variety of ways.
Greed and fat cat egotism won out over mere moral considerations. Shell knowingly collaborated directly with Hitler and the Nazis – the most evil regime in history. Without Shell’s financial backing, history might have unfolded without the horrors of the 2nd World War.
What transpired all those years ago obviously has no reflection on current Shell employees, the vast majority of whom are decent hard working people.
Those events do however stain forever the name of Royal Dutch Shell and the brand name by which the company is best known throughout the world: Shell.
As a result of a recent article published in the Guardian, we now know that as a consequence of Shell’s association in the death of Ken Saro Wiwi and eight other Nigerians hanged with him also on trumped up charges, Shell seriously considered changing the brand to “New Shell”. Shell settled out-of-court for $15.5 million a related claim in the U.S. courts last year alleging human rights violations and torture.
Extract from a BBC article: Shell settles Nigeria deaths case
The case alleged that Shell was complicit in murder, torture and other abuses by Nigeria’s former military government against campaigners in the oil-rich Niger Delta. Shell had propped up an evil corrupt Nigeria dictator so that it could continue its plunder and pollution in the Niger Delta.   Now the latest crop of Shell fat cats are pumping funds into another fanatical regime, this time in Iran. Once again, greed for hydrocarbon reserves is taking priority over ethical considerations. Shell is acting with typical deception to hide what is going on. Shipping movements have been disguised.   Once again Royal Dutch Shell is pumping funds into a fanatical regime intent on the extermination of the Jewish people. Iran is bent on developing nuclear weapons to destroy Israel, finishing the job that Shell’s former Nazi partners embarked upon, killing millions of Jews in the Holocaust. (see Royal Dutch Shell Iranian treachery)   The latest *Wikileaks revelations will only increase concern about those few remaining companies putting their own interests before the safety of the growing number of people living in Countries under threat of Iranian rockets, partly fueled by Shell.   The future looks dark and foreboding. What will be the consequences this time?   How long before Royal Dutch Shell decides it might be best to change its name?     ARTICLE BY ALFRED DONOVAN AND JOHN DONOVAN


*We note that UK lawyer Mark Stephens is representing Wikileaks. We last corresponded with Mark when he represented Oleg Mitvol and the Russian government on the Sakhalin II project. read more

Motiva Enterprises Reports Flaring At Norco Refinery; Equipment Failure Cited

NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)

Motiva Enterprises LLC Saturday reported the release of several contaminants to the atmosphere, owing to equipment failure at its 235, 000-barrels-a-day oil refinery in Norco, Louisiana, to the U.S. National Response Center.

The unit upset released a combination of butadiene, benzene, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and hexane to a safety flare stack at around 2:00 a.m. CST Saturday. The filing did not indicate what unit, or units, were involved. read more

Comments on Donna Getz allegations against Shell

“Those poor people are being ‘f** over ‘ by Shell twice. First from the physical damage from the breathing of the acid produced by the flaring of production gases, and now financially.”

Donna Getz allegations against Shell


Comment from “Outsider” posted on Shell Blog Sun Nov 28th, 2010 at 8:37 am

Donna Getz’ account of problems following a well test mirror an event in Drenthe in Holland when production from a sour gas (H2S) well was released during a well test during the 1980?s, causing a herd of cows in an adjacent field to drop dead. I don’t think it even made the Dutch news after the farmer and local community were reminded of the importance of Shell (NAM) to the local economy. I’m sure there are plenty of readers of this site who can provide additional information.

Comment received from a former employee of Shell USA

I read the Getz story. It sounds like the Shell well was producing large amounts of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas that is extremely poisonous. The gas would either be mixed in with natural gas, if the well was a gas well, or in solution in the oil and then liberated as gas along with other gases that come out of solution when oil is produced. The hydrogen sulfide gas it the ‘rotten egg’ gas, but you can only smell in the air very small concentrations, a few 10′ of parts per million. Richer concentrations typically don’t smell. I know, I have had direct experience with H2S at well locations. read more

Donna Getz allegations against Shell

The following information is generated from emails received from Donna Getz, who makes self explanatory allegations against Shell and other parties.


Read your articles about Royal Dutch Shell.  It makes me sick what they can get away with.

I am going to tell you what happened to myself and my family.

We were caretaking a ranch near Tumbler Ridge, BC about six years ago. We were looking after their horses and ours. We never received payment for this.

Unknown to us, Shell Oil was drilling a well 3 km across country from us.

When they started to flare the well, something went wrong.  We got hurt from this. The spruce trees had golden patches on them, the leaves on the cottonwood turned upside down, the game left or died. Four of our horses died over time from this and we have one that is still wheezing from it. I have 30% lungs left, my husband and daughter 50% left.  Our truck we had at the time, rusted out on one side. read more

Drilling in offshore Alaska Arctic

From a former employee of Shell Oil USA

Latest industry estimates are that the new drilling technologies have given and will give the US about 100 years worth of gas reserves from unconventional ‘tight’ shales, sands, carbonates and hydrocarbon ‘source’ rocks. That is about 2500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Actual proven reserves are now about 1/4 to 1/3 that amount.

What I find interesting about the gas reserve estimates for both the Chukchi and Beaufort offshore areas is that it does not exceed 25 trillion cubic feet, or about one years worth of domestic US consumption. read more


Extract from email (printed below) sent to following US government officials

Sent under the subject heading of:

“Royal Dutch Shell Industrial Espionage”


“Drilling in the Arctic Ocean”


President Barak Obama

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. 

Department of Defense

Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense

William J Lynne, Deputy Secretary of Defense

Kathleen Watson, Director DSS

Michael Rogers, Director of Intelligence – Joints Chiefs of Staff

James Winnefield, Directer Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Gordon S Heddle, Inspector General, Dept of Defense read more

Alaska polar bears given ‘critical habitat’

25 November 2010

The US has designated a “critical habitat” for polar bears living on Alaska’s disappearing sea ice.

The area – twice the size of the United Kingdom – has been set aside to help stave off the danger of extinction, the US Fish and Wildlife Service said.

The territory includes locations where oil and gas companies want to drill.

Environmentalists hope the designation will make it more difficult for companies to get permits to operate in the region.

“This critical habitat designation enables us to work with federal partners to ensure their actions within its boundaries do not harm polar bear populations,” said Tom Strickland, assistant secretary for fish and wildlife and parks. read more

Shell Says Has Plans in Beaufort to Limit Effect on Polar Bears

By Kari Lundgren – Nov 25, 2010 2:57 PM GMT+0000

Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it has plans to limit the effect on wildlife from exploration in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off Alaska after the U.S. designated some areas as “critical” for polar bears.

“Shell’s plans for exploring in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas analyze and mitigate any potential impacts to polar bears and other marine and terrestrial species,” the Hague-based company said today in a statement.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service yesterday designated more than 187,000 squares miles (448,000 square kilometers) of onshore barrier islands, denning areas and offshore ice as “critical habitat” for polar bears. Shell, Europe’s biggest oil company, plans drilling in the Beaufort Sea next year. read more

Iraq Says to Sign Shell, Mitsubishi Deal by January

By Kadhim Ajrash and Nayla Razzouk – Nov 25, 2010 1:33 PM GMT+0000

Iraq will sign by the end of January an agreement with Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Mitsubishi Corp. for the capture of associated gas at oil fields in the country’s south, the director-general of Iraq’s South Gas Co. said.

The agreement will be signed “either next month or the one after at the most,” once legal details are resolved, Ali Hussain Khudair said today in an interview in Basra, Iraq.

The government gave initial approval on June 29 for the creation of a joint venture with Shell and Mitsubishi to be called Basra Gas Co. The venture would be owned 51 percent by state-run South Gas, with Shell holding 44 percent and Mitsubishi the remaining 5 percent. read more

Halliburton Wins Shell Deal to Develop Majnoon, Aswat Says

By Nayla Razzouk – Nov 25, 2010 8:43 AM GMT+0000

Royal Dutch Shell Plc awarded a one- year contract to Halliburton Co. to help develop the Majnoon oilfield in southern Iraq, the Aswat al-Iraq website said.

Halliburton is due to set up operations for 15 new wells, according to an agreement signed Nov. 22, the report said.

Together with Petroliam Nasional Bhd of Malaysia, Shell won a 20-year service contract in 2009 to raise output from the Majnoon oil field to 1.8 million barrels a day, four times its current production. read more

U.S. Deems Polar-Bear Habitat Critical, Posing Issue for Shell

NOVEMBER 24, 2010


WASHINGTON—The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday designated 187,000 square miles of offshore sea ice and other areas as critical habitat for polar bears, a move that could make it harder for Royal Dutch Shell PLC to begin drilling in Alaskan waters next summer.

The Interior Department issued the final rules as Shell has been lobbying the Obama administration to by the end of the year approve its plans to drill in Alaska waters, especially the Chukchi Sea. The Chukchi and the Beaufort seas are home to the nation’s two big polar-bear populations, the Interior Department said, and thus provide critical habitat for species that the U.S. government has listed as threatened. read more

Can Royal Dutch Shell be trusted by America?

Mr Michiel Brandjes, the Company Secretary & General Counsel Corporate of Royal Dutch Shell Plc has had advance sight of this email and therefore the opportunity to correct any inaccuracy, or seek an injunction to prevent it being circulated. The fact that you are now reading it means that Shell has not taken action to challenge the facts as stated herein.

Shell’s trustworthiness as a foreign company operating in the USA

By Alfred Donovan and John Donovan

Yesterday we supplied Mr Michiel Brandjes, Company Secretary and General Counsel Corporate of Royal Dutch Shell Plc., with an email we intend to circulate to U.S. government officials, Senators and Congressman posing an important timely question:

Is it safe to trust Shell to drill in the Arctic Ocean?

The email contains information about various matters concerning Shell’s trustworthiness as a foreign company operating in the USA.


The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, though disastrous in consequence, was an accident. Even if it occurred as a result of gross negligence, or even criminal negligence, it was not a deliberate act. read more

Investor Investigation of Royal Dutch Shell $48M Settlement of Foreign Bribery charges

Nov 22, 2010 – After Royal Dutch Shell plc agreed to pay more than $48 in relation to Foreign Bribery allegations an investigation on behalf of current long term investors in Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) concerning whether certain officer and directors can be held liable was announced.

Industry and Government Were Unprepared for BP Spill, Study says

November 22, 2010, 1:00 pm


Government and the oil industry were both thoroughly unprepared for a deepwater blowout and oil spill like the one that occurred this year in the gulf, leading to significant delays in capping the well and major environmental damage, the staff of the presidential spill commission concluded in two reports published on Monday.

While oil companies and government agencies learned valuable lessons and developed useful technology from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the country is still not fully ready to cope with a similar accident, the staff members found in papers submitted to the seven-member presidential panel. (The reports, on preparedness for the spill response and on the containment effort, can be read here and here.) read more

There Will Be Fuel

NO SHORTAGE A Chesapeake Energy natural gas well near Burlington, Pa. Experts say the nation has gas reserves for 100-plus years.


A version of this article appeared in print on November 17, 2010, on page F1 of the New York edition.

THREE summers ago, the world’s supertankers were racing across the oceans as fast as they could to deliver oil to markets growing increasingly thirsty for energy. Americans were grumbling about paying as much as $4 a gallon for gasoline, as the price of crude oil leapt to $147 a barrel. Natural gas prices were vaulting too, sending home electricity bills soaring. read more


Comment about Iran from a former employee of Shell Oil USA


I suspect that Iran’s real game has two parts, one is the obvious elimination of the Jewish State. The other is, I believed rooted in Iranian history going back to the days of the ancient Greeks.

Having lived in Iran for about a year many years ago I can tell you that the Iranians are a proud people, a handsome people, and a very bright and talented people. They are warm, generous and kind, and are very well aware of their historical heritage. They are the heirs and descendants of Darius, Cyrus, and Xerxes. read more

Royal Dutch Shell Iranian treachery

Royal Dutch Shell is once again funding a fanatical regime intent on the extermination of the Jewish people. Iran is bent on developing nuclear weapons to destroy Israel, finishing the job that Shell’s former Nazi partners embarked upon, killing millions of Jews in the Holocaust.

By John Donovan

According to a Reuters article published on Thursday: “Companies are still finding ways to buy Iranian oil. Royal Dutch Shell and some Italian and Spanish refiners buy Iranian barrels with finance coming from Chinese and Italian banks…”

As a result of previous signals from Shell, it seemed that the company had ceased trading with the fanatical Iranian regime supplying road side bombs, which have maimed and killed many US and British soldiers.

Even the Donovan’s, well versed in the duplicity, deceit and trickery of Shell, thought the company had ended its trading with Iran. We should have known better. read more

Shell’s London office UNDER WATER and besieged by GIANT EELS

Oil giant’s riverside office now part of the river

By Kelly Fiveash • Get more from this author

Posted in IT Director, 19th November 2010 12:44 GMT

Royal Dutch Shell’s London headquarters has been shuttered since Monday (15 November) after the River Thames decided to pour into the iconic office building.

The Register understands that the oil giant’s Shell Centre, which stands on London’s South Bank in Waterloo, is awash with water from the River Thames, scuppering assorted building facilities including IT systems housed in the basement. read more

Shell Shuts Houma-to-Houston Oil Pipeline After Leak

By Aaron Clark – Nov 18, 2010 3:46 PM GMT+0000

Royal Dutch Shell Plc said a crude oil pipeline from Houma, Louisiana, to Houston remains shut after a Nov. 16 crude oil leak.

Ted Rolfvondenbaumen, a company spokesman, said he couldn’t provide a target date for the line’s restart. The conduit, known as the Ho-Ho pipeline system, can make deliveries to refineries in Texas and Louisiana with a combined capacity of more than 1.2 million barrels, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Rolfvondenbaumen said the 22-inch line has a maximum capacity of 360,000 barrels a day. According to Shell’s website, the line’s capacity is 325,000 barrels a day. read more

Toxins confirmed in Australia coal-seam gas wells

Reuters Africa

Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:59pm GMT

SYDNEY Nov 18 (Reuters) – An Australian coal-seam gas company owned by Royal Dutch Shell and PetroChina Co Ltd has confirmed the presence of toxins in three wells in an Australian project.

Arrow Energy said in a statement released to the Australian stock exchange on Thursday that trace amounts of so-called BTEX group chemicals, which include benzene, had been found in the wells in Bowen Basin coal fields of northern Queensland state.

Arrow Energy is leading the development of a project that aims to turn coal-seam gas into liquefied natural gas for export, at an estimated cost of $10 billion for the first phase. read more

Shell’s Anacortes Refinery Has Hydrogen Sulfide Leak

By Aaron Clark and Samantha Zee – Nov 17, 2010 8:06 PM GMT+0000

Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Puget Sound refinery in Anacortes, Washington, released hydrogen sulfide from a flare line in the crude unit, state regulators said.

The emission occurred at about 7 p.m. local time yesterday, according to a report filed with the Northwest Clean Air Agency. An estimated 137 pounds of hydrogen sulfide was released, Lyn Tober, a chemical engineer with the agency, said in an e-mail.

“They are installing a clamp on the line,” Tober said. “There was no injury, fire, or explosion causing or resulting from this release.” read more

Flood closes Shell Centre

The London Central Office of Royal Dutch Shell has been closed as a result of there being a major flood in the basement during the night of 15th November 2010. Heating, air conditioning and water supplies are all affected. The flood caused the building to be closed today and it will remain closed tomorrow. Current expectations are that Shell Centre will reopen on Thursday 18th – but this has yet to be confirmed. null

Remembrance/Veterans Day

From a former employee of Shell Oil USA


I noticed that your article regarding the Nazi connection with Deterding and Royal Dutch Shell came out about the time of Remembrance/Veterans Day. I don’t know if that was deliberate or serendipitous, but given the nature of that article and some of the comments you have received I thought it might be appropriate to write something about the men to whom we all owe so much for the world and freedoms we have today.

I am a few days late, but had some trouble writing this. Unfortunately, I am no poet so after much thought I decided that I could not better the words of the ‘Great Bard Himself’. His famous ‘St. Crispian’s Day Speech’ (paraphrased) is more than adequate to lead with: read more

Mistaken again for being a Royal Dutch Shell Plc official website

Bu Alfred Donovan and John Donovan

We recently published an article in which Shell was praised for setting up this website: Shell Actually Implements a Blog!

Dow Jones Newswires has also described as the “company web site”

Now the Asian Tribune has described us as “an international news website of Royal Dutch Shell Plc”

We thought that it was obvious from the content that it is not a Royal Dutch Shell owned website, but it seems we will have to try harder. read more

Shell Nigerian Exploration and Production Co. Ltd. to pay $30 million criminal fine

Posted on Shell Blog by “old nigeria hand” on Sunday Nov 14th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

RESPONSE TO: What did Shell Oil President John Hofmeister know about corruption in Nigeria?

Panalpina and Hofmeister, bribes in Nigeria. I am certain that the top management knew all about the goings on. About 5 years ago a scandal nearly erupted but was quenched. (Or as the say in Nigeria: ‘de disting was quench-oh by de Oga’.

SPDC had made around 500 million dollars disappear over the years to all kind of community projects. No trails could be found in the books. And this for a company that should be able to trace every dollar spent anywhere. Because it is shareholder’s or taxpayer’s money. So I am sure that Hofmeister et all just assumed the bribes via Panalpina would disappear in the great wash. I am not an accountant. But as an engineer I know we can and must and do certify for instance every weld on long pipelines. The exact location, date of weld, weldingrods used, name of welder, and an X-ray photo is included. If you can do that, you should be able to trace every dollar spent? Unless you don’t want to?!? read more

Arctic oil spill clean-up plans are ‘thoroughly inadequate’, industry warned home

Report from US environment group warns that ice, freezing temperatures and high seas would overwhelm any clean-up attempts

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent

Thursday 11 November 2010 10.31 GMT

The Trans-Alaska oil pipeline. Photograph: Doug Wilson/Corbis

The next big offshore oil disaster could take place in the remote Arctic seas where hurricane-force winds, 30ft seas, sub-zero temperatures and winter darkness would overwhelm any clean-up attempts, a new report warns.

With the ban on offshore drilling lifted in the Gulf of Mexico, big oil companies such as Royal Dutch Shell are pressing hard for the Obama administration to grant final approval to Arctic drilling. Shell has invested more than $2bn to drill off Alaska’s north coast, and is campaigning to begin next summer. read more

What did Shell Oil President John Hofmeister know about corruption in Nigeria?

By a former employee of Shell Oil USA

The Panalpina investigation began in 2007. The investigation covers the time period of 2002 -2007. That means, of course, that Shell’s transgressions occurred during John Hofmeister’s term of service at Shell. One has to wonder what his involvement in the bribery schemes were. I am certain that he was fully aware of what was going on, given that he was President of Shell USA from 2005 -2008. Someone had to ‘sign for’ and approve the millions of dollars used for that purpose. read more


By Alfred Donovan and John Donovan


Displayed right is an article from the Dutch newspaper “Limburger Koerier”, headlined “SIR HENRI DETERDING”, plus a related receipt/note, both displayed on page 480 of “A History of Royal Dutch Shell” Vol 1.

Related text printed on the same page.

This extract from the Limburger Koerier of  29 December 1932 was only one of the many articles in the national and international press speculating about who might be funding the Nazi party, which was deeply in debt. Deterding’s name came up more than once. read more

The US should either let Shell drill in the Arctic or refund its leases

November 12, 2010 9:30am

While Royal Dutch Shell waits to hear from the US government on whether it will be permitted to drill in Alaska next year, environmentalists are stepping up their campaign for a “no” vote.

The Pew Environment Group is the latest to speak out against drilling in the arctic. It has released the most comprehensive analysis done on the challenges to preventing and containing spills in the area. Highlights include noting that darkness, extreme weather and shifting sea ice could delay efforts to stop an oil blowout in the US Arctic Ocean for six months or more. read more

Arctic Oil Spill Report

“There is a lot of pressure by Shell to drill this summer,” Marilyn Heiman, director of the US Arctic programme at Pew said. “But the oil companies are just not prepared for the Arctic. The spill plans are thoroughly inadequate.”

U.S. Coast Guard Ice Breaker Healy in U.S. Arctic Waters


Oil Spill Prevention and Response in the U.S. Arctic Ocean: Unexamined Risks, Unacceptable Consequences details major gaps in response planning and Arctic marine ecosystem science. Government and industry oil spill response plans fail to account for the region’s remoteness and harsh conditions and fail to protect the fragile Arctic marine ecosystems and food webs that support walrus, polar bears and other marine mammals found nowhere else in the United States.


Oil Spill Prevention and Response in the U.S. Arctic Ocean: Unexamined Risks, Unacceptable Consequences read more

Shell Wins Approval for ‘Game Changer’ Gas Project

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By Ben Sharples and Gemma Daley: November 12, 2010, 12:35 AM EST

Nov. 12 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, won approval from the Australian government to proceed with the development of the world’s first liquefied natural gas project using a floating plant.

Prelude, located about 200 kilometers (120 miles) off the coast of Western Australia, was approved with “strict conditions,” Environment Minister Tony Burke said in a statement today. The Hague-based Shell must comply with 13 requirements to protect the marine ecosystem and minimize the risk of oil spills. read more

Arctic Drilling Poses Untold Risks, Study Concludes

November 11, 2010, 5:43 pm


An image of a an oil-spill response vessel from a Shell commercial promoting Arctic drilling.

Now that the moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling has been lifted by the Obama administration, the battle for the Arctic is heating up again.

The suspension on deep-sea drilling was of course a reaction to the disastrous blowout in the Gulf of Mexico that produced the biggest offshore oil spill in the nation’s history, gushing from April to July. The moratorium was lifted last month, about six weeks before a Nov. 30 expiration date. read more

Royal Dutch Shell Panalpina Nigerian Corruption Scandal

Nude statue scandal as brother of Sultan of Brunei sues former lawyers

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11 November 2010 By Craig McDonald

Nude statue scandal as brother of Sultan of Brunei sues former

THE outrageous habits of a playboy prince have been exposed in a sensational US court case.

Jefri Bolkiah – brother of the fabulously wealthy Sultan of Brunei – was in a New York courtroom on Tuesday, suing his former lawyers.

But the case has revealed his outlandish luxuries – including gilded toilet roll holders and $1million pornographic statues.

Jefri, 56, claims British husband and wife legal team Thomas and Faith Zaman Derbyshire stole more than £4million from him.

In a counter-claim, they insist Jefri – who has four wives, a harem and 17 children by seven women – owes them around £7.5million in legal fees. read more

Shell boasted about the money it pumped into Nazi Germany

Click on image to enlarge it.

In 1933, the German subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, Rhenania, launched a series of motorist touring maps, which boasted that Shell was pumping money into the German economy i.e. into the coffers of the evil Hitler/Nazi regime.

(Relevant text shown underlined in red)

Die SHELL-Organisation in Deutschland stellt sich gleichzeitig in den Dienst richtig verstandener Nationalwirtschaft. Sie bemuht sich um weitere ErschlieBung deutscher Erdölvorkommen unter Ausnutzung der in weltumfassender Tatigkeit gesammelten Erfahrungen

The map is displayed on page 470 of “A History of Royal Dutch Shell” Vol 1: “From Challenger to Joint Industry Leader 1890 -1939” by Joost Jonker & Luiten van Zanden published in the UK in 2007 by Oxford University Press.
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Shell Plots Shanghai Listing

Mark Kleinman November 11, 2010 3:16 AM

The oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is drawing up plans to list its shares on mainland China’s biggest stock exchange as part of efforts to forge deeper ties and expand its operations in the country, I have learned.

I am told that Shell has appointed China International Capital Corp (CICC), one of China’s leading investment banks (in which the Wall Street bank Morgan Stanley is about to sell a significant stake), to assist it with the prospective share offering in Shanghai. read more

Environment group warns of Arctic oil drilling risks

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 — 3:17 pm

With big oil companies eager to expand offshore exploration in the Arctic, an environmental group on Wednesday warned that the United States is ill-prepared to deal with an oil spill there.

Freezing conditions, high seas and fragile ecosystems are among the dangers that could imperil operations to clean up a potential spill in the Arctic, where a gusher like BP’s in the Gulf of Mexico could have disastrous consequences, said the report by the Pew Environment Group. read more

Shell, China sign deal to explore Canadian oil

By Shaun Polczer, Calgary Herald November 10, 2010

Zhou Jiping, vice chairman and president of Chinese oil giant PetroChina speaks at the company’s 2010 interim results announcement in Hong Kong on August 26, 2010. Photograph by: MIKE CLARKE, AFP/Getty Images

In yet another sign of growing Chinese interest in Canada’s energy resources, the Chinese national oil company and Royal Dutch Shell on Tuesday signed a deal that will see the companies partner up on oil and gas projects in Canada. read more

Email to Peter Voser concerning Royal Dutch Shell Nazi Secrets

By John Donovan

Printed below is an email my father sent to Richard Wiseman, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at Royal Dutch Shell Plc., which was also sent to Peter Voser, Chief Executive Officer and Michiel Brandjes, Company Secretary/General Counsel Corporate.

The stated subject: Royal Dutch Shell Nazi Secrets.

Knowing that my father is 93, it seems extraordinarily impolite of Mr Wiseman to not even have the courtesy to acknowledge receipt.  Shell has not taken issue with the accuracy of what was stated in the article, nor raised any copyright objections. read more

John Hofmeister and alleged Shell espionage in the USA

Comment by a former employee of Shell Oil USA


I have a comment about the comment for your ‘retiree’: He got his biology wrong. Toads are not slimy and do not turn into princess. Only frogs are slimy and Hofmeister has that personality trait in abundance.

I also have another observation for your readers about ‘Mr. Toad’:

With regard to your comments/observations about John Hofmeister: It is almost a certainty that Mr. Hofmeister (the alleged ‘pompous toad’) has initimate knowledge of Shell USA’s  (alleged) espionage plan that targeted their former employee’s IP and WMD technologies classified by the US Dept.’s of Defense and Energy, as well as current legal liabilities in that regard. Mr.Hofmeister’s term at Shell (1997 -2008) puts him at Shell during the time of Shell’s concerted effort to gain access to the classified material. It is also very possible that he was intimately involved in the decision/authorization process that led Shell to proceed ahead with, and/or continue with, that (alleged) illegal effort (if he was not directly responsible for any of the decisions or authorizations himself). read more

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

Damage control: How Niger Delta crisis theatened Shell’s global brand home

In 1995, pollution and politics in Nigeria hit the oil giant’s reputation hard

John Vidal: Tuesday 9 November 2010 17.33 GMT

A Shell Oil wellhead spill near Oloibiri Town, Bayelsa, Nigeria. Photograph: Ed Kashi/Corbis

1995 was Shell’s annus horribilis. Even as British environmentalists condemned its plan to dispose of the giant Brent Spar oil platform in the North Sea, a greater threat to the global brand emerged in the deep poverty of the Niger Delta where author and Ogoni activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, along with other tribal leaders, had challenged the company to clean up pollution from its wells and share more of its revenue with the poorest. read more

Shell executives considered renaming the oil company ‘New Shell’ home

NGOs and BBC targeted by Shell PR machine in wake of Saro-Wiwa death

Secret documents reveal the oil giant’s crisis management strategy following the execution of the Nigerian activist

Eveline Lubbers and Andy Rowell: Tuesday 9 November 2010 17.33 GMT

Ken Saro-Wiwa in 1993. Shell faced accusations that it had colluded with the government over the activists’ deaths. Photograph: Greenpeace/AFP

Secret internal company documents from the oil giant Shell show that in the immediate aftermath of the execution of the Nigerian activist and writer Ken Saro-Wiwa it adopted a PR strategy of cosying up to key BBC editors and singling out NGOs that it hoped to “sway”. read more