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Mysterious email to Sakhalin Energy

By John Donovan

I have printed below extracts from a mysterious email, partly in English and partly in Russian, circulated to a number of people at Sakhalin Energy earlier today, with a copy supplied to us. it seems to have been sent by a disgruntled employee (an interpreter/translator?) and has a sinister aspect with a reference to the Mafia (the Russian Mafia?).

It also makes a reference to plagiarism and contains a threat to “sell my story to and become the Donovans’ friend…” read more

Pennsylvania Senate passes tax credit for petrochemical plants

Published: Saturday, June 30, 2012, 8:43 a.m.

HARRISBURG — The Senate on Friday night approved legislation to set up a state tax credit for a company considering building a multibillion-dollar petrochemical plant in Beaver County.

Under the bill, approved 43-6, the credit would be available to Royal Dutch Shell plc and other so-called cracker plants and similar manufacturers willing to move to Pennsylvania.


Senator: Arctic drilling a political win for Obama

By Ben Geman – 06/29/12 03:11 PM ET

The Obama administration’s expected approval of Royal Dutch Shell’s plan to drill in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast this summer is a political plus for President Obama, according to Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), an advocate of the project.


Greenpeace ships shadow drilling vessels to Arctic

Originally published Friday, June 29, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Greenpeace ships shadow drilling vessels to Arctic

Greenpeace is shadowing two Shell drilling vessels that left Seattle to start their journey to the Arctic this week.

The Associated Press

KODIAK, Alaska —

Greenpeace is shadowing two Shell drilling vessels that left Seattle to start their journey to the Arctic this week.

When the Shell ships arrive in the Arctic to begin boring five exploratory oil wells, the environmental group will be there, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported ( read more

Nigerian President Petitioned Through the Nigerian Embassy in USA to Clean Ogoniland

Dear John,

Please see and use Nigerian Embassy protest pictures with the petition to the Nigerian president. In first pic is Ben Ikari speaking to the officials of the Embassy which include the number two man to the ambassador and embassy spokesperson. The other pictures have Ogonis: Messrs. Zor Court, Lawrence Maeba Jr., Bright Nwideezua and Ogoni friends who came to show their support. Also note for credit  that the cameraman is Mr. Lawrence Maeba.

Thanks so very much.

Ben Ikari

African Cultural and Fundamental Rights Council read more

Shell the brand most targeted by activist

Shell Most Targeted By Activists Finds Global NGO Monitor

Arun Sudhaman 29 Jun 2012

LONDON–Shell has become the brand most targeted by activist groups, according to a digital service that tracks NGO campaigns worldwide.

Sigwatch, which monitors more than 4,000 activist groups globally, is expanding its service via a new website that provides a greater wealth of data regarding the threats posed to businesses by NGOs, and the issues that are sparking pressure.

The company has found that Shell is the company most criticised by activists in 2012. Shell has also seen the largest rise in activist criticism compared to 2011, along with Monsanto, Apple and Bank of America. Companies that have seen NGO attacks decline markedly over the same period include BP, Holcim and BHP Billiton. read more

Shell rigs and support vessels Alaska-bound; wins 2 legal issues

Week of July 01, 2012

A caravan of ships departed the Seattle-area on June 27 en route to Alaska, where they appear increasingly likely to conduct an offshore exploration campaign for Shell.

The Kulluk and Noble Discoverer drilling rigs and a fleet of support vessels left Seattle, Wash., around 6:30 a.m. Alaska time, bound for Dutch Harbor. Upon their arrival, the ships will wait for open water before continuing to the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas.

“The journey north marks the beginning of another historic offshore exploration program in Alaska,” the company said in a statement. “We look forward to adding to our long, successful history in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas; providing jobs and verifying what could prove to be an extremely valuable natural resource base for Alaska and the nation.” read more

Shell eyes Mackenzie Valley Canol shale oil play

HOUSTON, June 29 06/29/2012 By OGJ editors

Shell Canada Energy has taken a farmout from MGM Energy Corp., Calgary, to earn an interest in MGM’s 466B exploration license in the Central Mackenzie Valley of Canada’s Northwest Territories by funding the drilling of one or two wells in the Devonian Canol shale oil play.

Shell has the option to terminate the farmout if MGM doesn’t receive timely regulatory approval to drill the first well but will earn 75% interest in EL466B and become operator if it drills and completes both wells.

Shell will earn 37.5% interest after drilling a vertical well, which could be drilled as early as the winters of 2012-13 or 2013-14. The second well would be a horizontal penetration. read more

Nigeria says arrests oil pipeline bomber

YENAGOA, Nigeria | Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:56pm EDT

(Reuters) – Nigerian authorities said on Friday they had arrested the leader of a network of crude oil thieves in the Niger Delta responsible for several pipeline bombings against oil majors including Shell and ENI.

Nigeria is the world’s eighth biggest exporter of crude oil but thieves siphon off around a fifth of its output by drilling into pipelines, blasting them open or diverting crude at loading stations, sometimes with the connivance of security forces. read more

Gazprom to study LNG output expansion for Asia

By Vladimir Soldatkin and Melissa Akin

MOSCOW | Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:13pm IST

(Reuters) – Gazprom said it had agreed to a feasibility study to expand Russia’s only liquefied natural gas plant, a victory for its partner Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L), which has urged the state-run gas monopoly to seize a market opportunity in the Pacific.

Chief Executive Alexei Miller told a news conference on Friday that Gazprom would do a preliminary front-end engineering and design (pre-FEED) study on expanding the plant, on the Pacific island of Sakhalin, from 10 million tonnes of super-cooled liquefied natural gas per year to 15 million. read more

Greenpeace fights Shell Arctic plan

Financial Times

June 29, 2012 7:20 pm

In February, as Royal Dutch Shell was finalising its protracted plans to start exploring for oil off the coast of Alaska, Greenpeace members from around the world were meeting in Buenos Aires to figure out how to stop it.


Shell talks on Shtokman, Sakhalin unconnected: Gazprom

MOSCOW | Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:30pm BST

(Reuters) – Talks with Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) on a potential role for the Anglo-Dutch major in the Shtokman gas field consortium are not linked to talks on expanding the Sakhalin-2 gas liquefaction plant, Gazprom’s head of export said on Friday.

“They are not connected,” Alexander Medvedev told reporters after the company’s annual meeting in Moscow.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Melissa Akin; Editing by Gleb Bryanski) read more

More on Poo Gas

More on Poo Gas from the same source as the article: Why can’t those geniuses at Shell think of something like this?


I decided to play a few number games…

Consider the scenario where 1 cu ft. of Poo Gas methane can be generated from the average human’s daily discharge of Loo-Poo. There are roughly 7 billion people on this planet, so we humans would contribute 7 billion cu. ft  (7 bcf or about 0.2 billion cu. meters) of Poo Gas to the atmosphere on a daily basis. That is 7 bcf of methane. In 10 days that would be about 70 bcf, and in 100 days that would be 700 bcf. In 365 days we get about 2.5 tcf of methane. read more

Gazprom to study LNG output expansion for Asia

Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:36pm EDT

* Progress is success for partner Shell

* Gazprom head of export acknowledges Shell talks on Shtokman role

* Putin has urged Gazprom to push ahead with LNG strategy

By Vladimir Soldatkin and Melissa Akin

MOSCOW, June 29 (Reuters) – Gazprom said it had agreed to a feasibility study to expand Russia’s only liquefied natural gas plant, a victory for its partner Royal Dutch Shell, which has urged the state-run gas monopoly to seize a market opportunity in the Pacific. read more

Scarcely a whimper as Shell votes for unification

Financial Times: Scarcely a whimper as Shell votes for unification

Wednesday 29 June 2005

By Ian Bickerton in Scheveningen

Dutch shareholders bade farewell to nearly a century of history in less than 45 minutes on Tuesday, overwhelmingly approving the unification of Royal Dutch and Shell, the two arms of the energy group.

Shortly afterwards shareholders in London also backed the unification plan.

The proposal prompted barely half-a-dozen gentle inquiries in the Netherlands, from elderly investors seeking reassurance that the company would continue to have its headquarters in the Netherlands and that they would be able to ask questions in Dutch at its annual meeting. read more

FINAL SHELL TRANSPORT AGM started and ended to refrain of Bing Crosby crooning: You can be sure of Shell


(MICHAEL HOLLIDAY VERSION OF THE SHELL SONG) The Shell Transport FINAL AGM resulting from the reserves scandal, started and ended to the refrain of Bing Crosby crooning: “You can be sure of Shell”:

Wednesday 29 June 2005

By John Donovan


Shell’s marathon AGM was held yesterday in sweltering conditions in what seemed like a large aircraft hanger (the ExCel Centre) adjoining the City of London Airport. It concluded after what seemed an eternity – over three hours of hot air. read more



Information supplied to John Donovan

Hi John,

Find attached the Names of the NECONDE 115. For confidentiality, we pulled out their surnames. Their full names and surnames have been forwarded to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for his info and action.

The list shows where the NECONDE 115 are from, their ages and other info. Of note is that, out of 115 of them, 70 are from the Niger Delta, which makes up 60%.

The case in now in the Nigerian Court, and has generated a lot of media attention. read more

MOTIVA REFINERY DEBACLE: Caustic – the same thing that blew up Norco. Unbelievable

Might as well melt it all down and start over…



Re: Motiva Refinery Debacle – Unbelievable. Lock-out, Tag-out, the most basic safety rule, strikes again.

The same thing that blew-up Piper Alpha. Caustic – the same thing that blew up Norco. Unbelievable.

And Caustic doesn’t just pit stainless, it causes cracks in stress areas. They will have to use advanced ultrasound techniques on every millimeter of hundreds of miles of piping because a hidden crack will propagate and cause a failure days or years in the future.

Might as well melt it all down and start over. read more

Classic International concert REAPS what Shell sponsorship sows.


Hot on the heels of their appearance at the Shell vs. Bodo case at the High Court, activists from London Rising Tide, staged a protest in and outside the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 23rd June, highlighting the greenwashing of shell’s tardy image through cultural sponsorship in their ‘shell classic international’ festival at the southbank centre.

At dusk prior to the Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela concert, activists gathered near their south bank target, and prepared their  ‘Shell Hell’ face masks and grim reaper costumes. Shortly before seven, they formed a procession and swiftly made their way to the entrance of the Royal Festival Hall. read more

Shell joins MGM in NWT shale oil play Calgary junior’s stock rises after farming out to major

By Dan Healing, Calgary Herald June 28, 2012

CALGARY — Shares in Calgary junior MGM Energy Corp. leaped by as much as 45 per cent on Thursday morning after it announced it had signed Shell Canada to help explore an oil play in the Northwest Territories.

The company’s stock rose seven cents to 22.5 cents in early trading in Toronto but closed the day at 20 cents, up 29 per cent from Wednesday’s close.

In a news release, MGM said the Canadian division of Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to fund the drilling and completion of up to two wells in the Central Mackenzie Valley Canol shale oil play to earn a 75 per cent interest in its exploration licence, 466B. read more

Shell repeats commitment to end Nigeria gas flaring by 2008


The Associated Press


LONDON (Dow Jones/AP) — Royal Dutch/Shell Group Monday reiterated a commitment to end the process of flaring off natural gas from oil projects in Nigeria by 2008.

The company said it has spent about $2 billion to date on infrastructure to collect and ship the gas which would otherwise be burned off into the atmosphere.

Shell has been under pressure from environmentalists and local residents to end gas flaring in Nigeria. Some say the process contributes to global warming. read more

Recent seismic (earthquake) activity in the area of the Beaufort Sea where Shell’s concession lies

FROM A SHELL RELATED EXPERT SOURCE (Alarming information supplied to John Donovan)


The attach file highlights a number of known hazards which Shell will need to address in their Arctic drilling and development work. One such hazard is highlighted on a map showing recent seismic (earthquake) activity in the area of the Beaufort Sea where Shell’s concession lies.

You make recall that this is the same issue that led to the takeover of Sakhalin 2 by Gazprom!

Chapter Three: Description of the Beaufort Sea Lease Sale Area ( Patience is required as document takes some time to load) read more

Shell rigs start journeys to Arctic

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: Updated 10:59 p.m., Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Two Shell Oil Co. drilling rigs have begun their long treks to Arctic waters, where they are expected to begin boring five exploratory oil wells later this summer.

The departure marks a final phase in Shell’s seven-year quest to drill in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas north of Alaska. Although the company is still awaiting final drilling permits to launch the work, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told reporters on Tuesday that those approvals are probable.

Shell spokeswoman Kelly op de Weegh confirmed that the drilling rigs and support vessels have left the Seattle shipyard where they underwent hundreds of millions of dollars in renovations to prepare them for the planned drilling. read more

Shell drill rigs depart Seattle for Arctic waters in Alaska

Anchorage Daily News

Published: June 27th, 2012 09:29 PM
Last Modified: June 27th, 2012 09:30 PM

Two massive Shell Oil Co. drilling rigs left a Seattle dock early Wednesday, starting the long trek to Alaska’s Arctic waters and leaving behind years of legal battles and regulatory hurdles in a quest for riches under the sea.

With little drama, the Kulluk — a 29-year-old conical Arctic drilling rig that spent a dozen years mothballed in Canada — launched for Dutch Harbor, a supply stop on the way to the far north, just before 8 a.m. Seattle time. The Noble Discoverer — a 1960s-era vessel used as a log carrier before being converted for drilling — was right behind, said Curtis Smith, an Anchorage-based Shell spokesman in Seattle for the sendoff. read more

Appeals court rejects arguments against new wells

Posted on Wednesday, 06.27.12

The Associated Press

ATLANTA — A federal appeals court has rejected arguments by a coalition of environmental groups, who maintain that U.S. regulators failed to thoroughly review the potential dangers of drilling new deep wells in the Gulf of Mexico.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision supports a federal agency’s approval, allowing Shell to move ahead with plans for 10 deep-water wells.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management failed to properly analyze potential catastrophic spills and underestimated the likelihood of a spill, the environmental groups argued. read more

Shell extends offer for explorer Cove Energy again

Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:40am EDT

* Shell extends deadline for shareholder acceptances to July 11

* Cove shares continue to trade 10 percent above PTT’s offer price

* Analyst says still expects Shell to return with higher bid

* Shell has until July 17 to launch higher offer

LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) – Oil major Shell again extended a deadline for Cove Energy shareholders to accept its $1.8 billion takeover offer, leaving the way open to trump a higher bid from rival Thai group PTT Exploration and Production. read more

Shell stance on Human Rights: hypocrisy and window dressing for the gullible


I have provided links to a couple of Shell documents on the subject of Business and Human Rights. Hypocrisy and window dressing for the gullible.



Hydrogen Generation



I have supplied links to articles detailing Shell’s investment in hydrogen generation R&D.

Shell Announces $1 Million Research Project to Ohio State …

Alternate Fuel Shell Hydrogen

And links to related articles:

Nuclear power plants can produce hydrogen to fuel the ‘hydrogen …

New Way To Split Water Into Hydrogen And Oxygen Developed

People are getting very creative. Who knows? Maybe someone will eventually make the ‘eureka’ discovery and the oil and gas industry will be faced with a new reality to deal with. read more




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Arctic approval ‘probable’ for Shell

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy Published 09:55 p.m., Tuesday, June 26, 2012

United States secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, speaks during a conference in Trondheim, Norway, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. The conference is centered on the management and use of natural resources in arctic areas. (AP Photo/Ned Alley / NTB scanpix) NORWAY OUT Photo: Alley, Ned / NTB scanpix

WASHINGTON – A top Obama administration official predicted Tuesday that Shell will win government permits to drill for oil in Arctic waters this summer, while the government readies a plan to allow further energy exploration in the region four years from now.

“Having seen the conditions that Shell has already met, it is probable that they are going to get these permits,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said.

Salazar stressed that federal regulators are still scrutinizing Shell Oil Co.‘s applications to drill up to five wells in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, after a test Monday of one of its emergency response systems and in advance of other drills. read more

Outside auditors could go offshore for drilling safety

By Emily Pickerell Updated 10:33 p.m., Tuesday, June 26, 2012

An industry safety clearinghouse formed after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is about to kick off a program for certifying outside auditors that the government soon may require to examine offshore operators’ safety plans.

Charlie Williams, executive director of the Houston-based Center for Offshore Safety, said at a meeting with the Houston Chronicle editorial board Tuesday that regulators now allow internal auditors to meet requirements for independent audits of company programs called Safety and Environmental Management Systems. read more

Oil, Gas Producers Look to Expand Arctic Exploration

Updated June 26, 2012, 12:02 p.m. ET


TRONDHEIM, Norway—Two of the world’s major oil and gas producing nations, bolstered by big Arctic discoveries in recent years, are looking to further develop one of the world’s most remote regions as a more vibrant hub of exploration.

Norway plans to award new drilling licenses for dozens of blocks of sea acreage in icy Arctic waters as early as 2013, Norway’s oil ministry said at a conference here Tuesday. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, speaking at the same conference, said the Obama administration plans to further open and develop its own Arctic areas for drilling to continue reducing that nation’s dependence on foreign imports. read more

The Observer: Ethical funds dump Shell shares


The Observer: Ethical funds dump Shell shares

Nick Mathiason and Oliver Morgan

Sunday June 27, 2004

Leading institutions are selling shares in Shell over concerns about the way the company deals with environmental issues associated with its activities in Africa, the United States and Sakhalin Island off the Russian coast.

As the oil giant braces itself for a stormy annual general meeting tomorrow, two leading fund managers representing blue-chip City institutions have confirmed that they have ditched all their Shell shares.

Socially responsible investment (SRI) funds belonging to Investec Henderson Crosthwaite and Morley Fund Management have sold all Shell shares in recent months. The move is significant, because SRI decisions increasingly affect mainstream analysts’ investment recommendations. read more

Shell Is Likely to Receive Permits for Oil Drilling Off Alaska


A version of this article appeared in print on June 27, 2012, on page A14 of the New York edition

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday that it was “highly likely” that the agency would grant Shell permits to begin drilling exploratory wells off the North Slope of Alaska as early as next month.

Mr. Salazar, while acknowledging that the Arctic presented unique environmental and safety challenges for oil and gas operations, said he was confident that Shell would meet the Interior Department’s new standards for offshore drilling. He noted that Shell had successfully tested a new oil spill containment device in Washington State’s Puget Sound in recent days and said he believed the company’s claims that it could collect at least 90 percent of any oil spilled in the event of a well blowout. read more

Shell, others to turn U.K. refinery into terminal

 June 26, 2012, 1:27 p.m. EDT

Shell, others to turn U.K. refinery into terminal

By Konstantin Rozhnov

Royal Dutch Shell PLC RDS.A +0.77% , Royal Vopak NV and Greenergy Ltd. have agreed to buy the majority of the assets of the Petroplus Holdings AG’s Coryton refinery in England to turn it into an import and distribution terminal to be managed by Vopak, the administrator of Petroplus’s U.K. subsidiaries, the companies and the U.K. government said Tuesday.

The sale will be completed within several months, once the current refinery closure process has been concluded, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the administrator, said in a statement. read more

Deal struck over sale of Coryton oil refinery site

26 June 2012 Last updated at 19:01

Hundreds of job losses have been confirmed in a deal that will see one of UK’s biggest oil refineries become a storage depot.

Administrators PwC said the site in Coryton, Essex, would become an “import terminal” for petrol and diesel.

The site will be operated by Royal Vopak, Greenergy and Shell UK, PwC said.

Steven Pearson, of PwC, said the closure would see the “majority” of the 500 Coryton employees made redundant.

The plant, which previously supplied 20% of fuel in London and the South East, ceased production earlier this month. read more

Shell Alaska Drilling to Start in Third Quarter, U.S. Says

By Stephen Treloar and Katarzyna Klimasinska – Jun 26, 2012 3:32 PM GMT+0100

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) will begin drilling off Alaska’s north coast in the third quarter, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said as he outlined U.S. plans to advance Arctic energy production.

“We anticipate that there will be exploration with the initial wells going in by Shell this summer,” Salazar said today in an interview at a meeting of energy ministers in Trondheim, Norway. “We have now pending exploration plans that have been submitted by other companies as well.” read more

Stranded natural gas reserves


The world has vast volumes of what is called ‘stranded’ natural gas. This is gas that is not considered economically exploitable for a variety of reasons. As a consequence this type of gas is usually ‘flared’, i.e., burned, at the well site, although a small amout of it is utilized one way or the other at or near the well site.

However, our ability to convert that gas into LNG and diesel type fuels is rapidly beginning to make this resource economically viable to explt.  And believe it or not, there is somewhere on the order of 6000 TCF of this gas located worldwide. read more

Why can’t those geniuses at Shell think of something like this?



Thought you might like this article.

New Toilet Turns Human Waste Into Electricity and Fertilizer‎‏

Why can’t those geniuses at Royal Dutch Shell think of something like this ??? Maybe RD Shell needs to invest in the Loo market.

Think of all the natural gas that can be generated and recycled.

How many trillions of cubic meters of gas found in conventional geologic gas fields is an invention like this worth ???

Perhaps we are getting a peek at the future for modern sewage disposal where billions upon billions of cubic feet of natural gas are recovered from human waste daily. How much of this bio-gas does a city like London or New York or Paris, etc. produce on a daily basis ??? read more

Shell Plans $3.5 Billion Nigeria Gas Plant, ThisDay Reports

By Elisha Bala-Gbogbo – Jun 26, 2012 9:20 AM GMT+0100

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s Nigerian unit plans to build a $3.5 billion gas plant in the southeastern Imo state, Lagos-based ThisDay reported, citing Mutiu Sunmonu, Shell’s chairman in Nigeria.

To contact the reporter on this story: Elisha Bala-Gbogbo in Abuja at [email protected]

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dulue Mbachu in Abuja at [email protected]


Court To Allow Shell to Drill in Gulf of Mexico

The Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday threw out a petition by Defenders of Wildlife and Gulf Restoration Network to halt Shell Oil’s latest exploration plan to drill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management had approved Shell’s plan, or “Shell EP,” to conduct drilling in ten exploratory wells between 7,100 and 7,300 feet deep off the shore of Alabama in the Central Gulf of Mexico.

The petitioners challenged the ruling, claiming that Shell EP violates the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species. The court said that NEPA’s requirements had been met, and the low probability (estimated risk of 0.07%) of an oil spill means the exploratory drilling does not violate the Endangered Species Act. read more

Shell to Start Drilling Offshore French Guyana This Week -Report

Published June 25, 2012 Dow Jones Newswires

Shell France, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB), will as soon as this week start drilling exploration wells off the coasts of French Guyana that are believed to harbor promising oil reserves, its Chief Executive Patrick Romeo said in an advanced copy of an interview with professional weekly Bulletin de l’Industrie Petroliere, or BIP, to be released Tuesday.

The moves comes after the French government lifted the suspension of exploratory works in the region. read more

Welcome to the Commonwealth of Shell!

We will bear the burden of Shell tax credits

June 26, 2012

I am dumbfounded by the Post-Gazette’s Friday editorial “No Shell Game: Corbett’s Tax Break Plan Is a Good Deal for State”! You have sold out to the interests of big oil and gas along with the Corbett administration. Your initial caution flag on ethane cracker tax credits has turned into a white flag of surrender.

Royal Dutch Shell (the full name) has co-headquarters in London, United Kingdom, and in The Hague, Netherlands. It is the second-largest company in the world based upon revenues. Why are we even considering giving tax credits to such a global behemoth? It would be better that Shell pay us for the privilege of operating here. read more

Investors eye increased Shell bid for Cove

By Sarah Young

LONDON | Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:42am EDT

(Reuters) – Shareholders are betting Shell (RDSa.L) will up the stakes in a bid battle for explorer Cove Energy (COVE.L) after Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production PTTE.BK extended the deadline for investors to accept its $1.9 billion offer.

Cove shares were up 0.3 percent to 265.5 pence at 1021 EDT on Monday, still above the 240 pence per share PTT has offered, as investors eyed a potentially higher bid from Shell.

PTT said on Monday that investors would now have until July 6 to accept its offer, after it won acceptances from only 0.25 percent of Cove shares by last Friday’s deadline. read more

Jiffy Lube still scamming customers

Jiffy Lube still scamming customers



Jiffy Lube is a company owned by Shell Oil here in the States. It has been hit with a class-action lawsuit in California,

Lawsuit Hits at Jiffy Lube Intervals

Thought you might like to pass the information on to your readers

Also a comment on the article: Shell lied for 10 years

Shell Oil USA in the States was lying (and in a serious way) about their reserves way back in the mid-1980’s prior to the stock buy-out by Royal Dutch. So, this fraud goes back 20 years or more in the States, not just to the mid-1990’s. I am going to presume the same holds true for all of Royal Dutch’s op-co’s and subsidiary companies. Reserve fraud at Shell Oil USA was a ‘cultural problem’ and I presume it still is because the character and quality of senior and mid-level management throughout Royal Dutch Shell has not improved by any noticeable degree. This is no surprise because current corporate leadership grew-up and prospered in that environment of ‘institutionalized’ fraud. read more

Hub-bub over Shell’s drilling plans for the off-shore US Arctic



Permit me an observation about the very public hub-bub over Shell’s drilling plans for the off-shore US Arctic this summer.

Shell plans to drill in the US off-shore Arctic have been bitterly contested in the media, the courts, and the halls of Congress. Shell has apparently managed to overcome the technical and political obstacles and will be permitted to drill this summer, weather permitting. Given all the attention that will be focused on these exploratory drilling operations it is unlikely that there will be any sort of major ‘problem’ during drilling operations. It is also highly likely that these exploratory test wells will be successful and that the battle over oil production from off-shore US Arctic will move into its next phase. read more website protected by the First Amendment

Law of the Internet by George B. Delta and Jeffrey H. Matsuura (Oct 2008)

Excerpt from 2011-1 SUPPLEMENT 8-28

“The Sixth Circuit took the position that these negative domain names used in conjunction with Web sites that raised criticism of commercial conduct were forms of expression protected by the First Amendment.93 In some instances, critics of an organization register domain names using marks associated with the target company in order to prevent the company from using those domains or to use the domains to present Web content critical of the target organization. This type of dispute exists between Royal Dutch/Shell Group and Alfred Donovan, involving the domain name″ read more

London Evening Standard: Shell ‘has lied for 10 years’


London Evening Standard: Shell ‘has lied for 10 years’

James Rossiter,

25 June 2004

EMBATTLED oil giant Shell has been dealt another blow with the filing of a new multi-billion dollar US class action against dozens of directors.

The action accuses the company of falsifying its reserves for almost 10 years and demands that ‘insiders’ who benefited must be brought to book.

Today’s filing is also the first lawsuit in the Shell saga to accuse auditors KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers of negligence and malpractice.

The firm has admitted four times since January that it overstated the amount of oil and gas on its books, That has resulted in it reducing its proven reserves by 4.5bn barrels, or 22% of the total. read more

Insight: In hours, caustic vapors wreaked quiet ruin on biggest U.S. refinery

(Reuters) – In the end, all it took was a small chemical spill — perhaps less than a barrelful — to bring down the newest, mightiest oil refinery in the United States.

By Erwin Seba

PORT ARTHUR, Texas | Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:50am IST

(Reuters) – In the end, all it took was a small chemical spill — perhaps less than a barrelful — to bring down the newest, mightiest oil refinery in the United States.

Three weeks ago, while workers repaired a minor leak at the Port Arthur, Texas plant owned by Motiva Enterprises, a few gallons a day of so-called “caustic” was inadvertently seeping into the newly built crude distillation unit (CDU), the 30-story-high network of interconnected cylinders and latticed pipelines at the heart of the refining process. read more

‘War crimes’, Shell and the Australian government

25 Jun 2012, 9:10 am   –   Source: The Conversation

Actions taken by a previous Australian government could be working against Nigerian plaintiffs who accuse oil giant Shell of being complicit in war crimes, write Rosaria Burchielli, Annie Delaney.

By Rosaria Burchielli, La Trobe University and Annie Delaney, Victoria University

We all know corporations do bad things. Big corporates have been publicly named and shamed for their participation in causing harm to people and the planet, and they are not always held to account.

As the 2009 Ruggie report on business and human rights noted governance gaps have appeared which create a “permissive environment” allowing corporations to act with impunity.

But what we don’t all know is how so-called democratic governments support these same corporations who inflict harm. These are governments that have a duty to protect human rights and who are signatories to numerous international human rights conventions. read more

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