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OSSL seems to have been used as a “Mr Fixit” for SEPIL, allegedly facilitating the distribution of improper gifts to various parties, including the Garda, who rightly or wrongly, have been accused of acting as an offshoot of Shell security in policing protests against the project. It was also alleged that related invoices were falsified on Shell’s instructions.

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Alan Shatter TD, Irish Minister for Justice

Alan Shatter TD, Irish Minister for Justice

Dear Mr Shatter TD

I am contacting you in your capacity as the Irish Government Minister responsible for Justice.

I operate an independent, entirely non commercial website – – that monitors the activities of Royal Dutch Shell.

We have many contacts inside Shell and regularly publish Shell internal information supplied by whistleblowers, including employees working on the controversial Corrib gas project. We established that the Shell Corrib emails supplied to us for publication were authentic. read more

The danger of getting into bed with Shell

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By John Donovan

Marvin Odum, the President of Shell Oil Company, has said that “Royal Dutch Shell is making a significant push into venture capital investing and collaboration with early-stage startups in the energy space.”

See Wall Street Journal article “Shell Looks for Startup, Tech Partnerships Now More than Ever“.

This initiative is designed to find and exploit good ideas created by start-up companies.

But can such companies trust Shell management not to steal their intellectual property?  read more

US accuses Shell of ‘screwing up’

Mr Salazar said: “Shell screwed up in 2012 and we’re not going to let them screw up when they try to drill in the Arctic again.”

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The i: Friday 29 March 2013 Page 48 of Business Section

By Tom Bawden

Shell’s beleaguered campaign to produce oil in the Arctic has suffered a further setback yesterday  when US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the company “screwed up” its attempt to drill in Alaska last year.

Furthermore, he said, Shell will not be allowed to drill in the area again until it demonstrates it can handle Arctic conditions and commissions an independent audit of its management systems.

The US Department of the Interior ordered a 60-day review in January of Shell’s plans to drill off the coast of Alaska after a series of incidents in the area that culminated in the grounding of the Kulluk rig. read more

US Coastguard announces fourth probe into Royal Dutch Shell’s Alaska drilling operation

Royal Dutch Shell has again found itself in choppy waters, with the US Coastguard announcing its fourth probe into its Alaska drilling operation. The US Coastguard has asked the Department of Justice to look into possible breaches of international environmental law.

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By City & Finance Reporter: PUBLISHED: 21:58, 29 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:08, 30 March 2013

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Royal Dutch Shell has again found itself in choppy waters, with the US Coastguard announcing its fourth probe into its Alaska drilling operation.

The US Coastguard has asked the Department of Justice to look into possible breaches of international environmental law.

Regulators have already launched an investigation into safety breaches by Shell after its Kulluk oil rig grounded off Alaska on New Year’s Eve.Shell’s £3bn operation in the region, which is suspended until next year, is unpopular with environmentalists who fear that not enough is known about how to respond to an oil spill under frozen water. read more

US Coast Guard asks prosecutors to review Shell’s Arctic preparations

Mr Lawrence was the executive vice-president for exploration and commercial for Shell’s Upstream Americas division. His responsibilities are now being divided between three executives, including one with responsibility specifically for the Arctic. Its Arctic programme has already been beset by setbacks which forced it to put it on hold until at least 2014.

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By Emily Gosden: Friday 29 March 2013 Page B5

ROYAL Dutch Shell’s beleaguered Arctic campaign has suffered yet another setback after the US Coast Guard asked prosecutors to consider whether the company’s Kulluk drilling ship had breached marine pollution rules.

The Kulluk ran aground off Alaska in a storm on New Year’s Eve in the most high-profile mishap of Shell’s 2012 Arctic drilling programme.

Shell has already abandoned plans to drill for oil in the Arctic this summer after a series of problems last year. read more


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OSSL allege that acting on Shell’s instructions, OSSL has distributed bribes on Shell’s behalf to parties connected with the project, including the Irish police force (the Garda) who have been the subject of serious accusations of wrong doing by environmental activists protesting against the project. The main accusation being that the Garda has acted as an offshoot of Shell security.


From: John Donovan <[email protected]>
Date: 29 March 2013 16:48:36 GMT
To: [email protected]
Cc: [email protected]

Dear Ms Szymanski

As you may be aware from our Shell Blog, a question mark has been raised over the authenticity of the alleged OSSL invoice to Shell dated 24 August 2012. My own reservations were plain from the email I sent to you yesterday.

Shell Accused of Corrupting Irish Police Force

At 11.25 this morning, we asked our contact acting for OSSL to scan company documents, original letters and purchase orders from Shell to prove the existence of OSSL and the fact that it had a business relationship with Shell EP Ireland. read more

Nigerian agencies seek $11.5 billion oil spill payout from Shell

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ABUJA, March 27 | Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:14pm EDT

(Reuters) – Two Nigerian government agencies told a parliamentary hearing on Thursday that Royal Dutch Shell should pay a total of $11.5 billion in compensation for damage caused by an oil spill at its offshore Bonga field in December 2011.

Shell has said that there is no legal basis for the proposed fines and the Nigerian government has never publicly charged foreign oil companies large sums for oil spills.

The national assembly can recommend fines the government should impose on oil companies but it has no power to enforce them. read more

Shell Misadventures in the Arctic Region in Alaskan waters

EMAIL RECEIVED TODAY FROM SENIOR SHELL LAWYER/OFFICIAL: “The lack of a rebuttal from, or comment by, Shell does not in any way constitute an acceptance on Shell’s part of the accuracy of any of the points made by you whether now or in the future, and whether on this or on any other matter, and we continue to reserve our position accordingly in respect of those matters.”


From: Bill Campbell
Sent: woensdag 27 maart 2013 22:25
To: Brandjes, Michiel CM RDS-LSC
Cc: [email protected]
Subject: as explained previously


Mr Brandjes apparently has no problems with the publication of the following,  you are free to do so if you see fit

Dear Mr Brandjes – Misadventures in the Arctic Region in Alaskan waters

The US Dept of Interior report recommends that Shell apply strong management of its present and future management of drilling in the Arctic region.  As Company Secretary, a man for whom the use and definition of English grammar may be important the converse of strong is weak, or lets say ineffective in a Shell terminology that we both understand.  We understand RDS accepts the findings in the Dept of Interior report in fact the DOI makes clear in said report that Shell fully co-operated in the formulation of the report. read more

Shell Accused of Corrupting Irish Police Force

OSSL claim that their company was a supplier to Shell in respect of the Corrib Gas Project. They allege that acting on Shell’s instructions, OSSL has distributed bribes on Shell’s behalf to parties connected with the project, including the Irish police force (the Garda) who have been the subject of serious accusations of wrong doing by environmental activists protesting against the project. The main accusation being that the Garda has acted as an offshoot of Shell security.

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From: John Donovan <[email protected]>
Subject: OSSL Ireland
Date: 28 March 2013 13:42:04 GMT
To: [email protected]
Cc: [email protected]

Dear Ms Szymanski

I am writing to you in your capacity as Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of Royal Dutch Dutch Plc.

In case you are not already aware, I want to formally bring to your attention allegations made by an Irish company OSSL against Shell EP Ireland.

OSSL claim that their company was a supplier to Shell in respect of the Corrib Gas Project. read more

Arctic Meltdown – Veiled Threat of Legal Action by Shell

Screen Shot 2013-01-11 at 20.09.51By John Donovan

A senior Royal Dutch Shell lawyer has this morning issued a veiled threat of legal action against Bill Campbell, the retired HSE Group Auditor of Shell International.

Michiel Brandjes, the Company Secretary & General Counsel Corporate states in an email received minutes ago that Shell reserves its position in relation to articles drafted by Mr Campbell, but not yet published by us, headed “Misadventures in the Arctic Region in Alaskan waters” and “Shell accepts failures of its internal management controls contributed to its Alaskan misadventures”. Mr. Brandjes has made it clear in a blanket condemnation, that Shell does not accept the accuracy of any points made by Mr. Campbell. read more

Marvin Odum, just another Shell snake oil salesman

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Based on insider information, we beat Shell to the punch by announcing a day before Shell, that David Lawrence had left the company. We said that he had been fired after Shell’s Arctic plans fell apart.

When Shell was put under pressure to comment, the company claimed Lawrence was leaving by mutual consent. A fuelfix article published by The Houston Chronicle said in reference to this website “skeptics have fostered a different view:”

It wasn’t a case of being skeptical. We knew for certain that Shell was not being candid. Shell Oil Company president Marvin Odum apparently hoped we would all swallow the “mutual consent” hogwash. read more

Fracking triggered magnitude 5.7 earthquake felt 800 miles away

Screen Shot 2013-03-27 at 08.46.47 A new study in the journal Geology is the latest to tie a string of unusual earthquakes, in this case, in central Oklahoma, to the injection of wastewater deep underground. Researchers now say that the magnitude 5.7 earthquake near Prague, Okla., on Nov. 6, 2011, may also be the largest ever linked to wastewater injection. Felt as far off as Milwaukee, more than 800 miles away, the quake—the biggest ever recorded in Oklahoma—destroyed 14 homes, buckled a federal highway and left two people injured. Small earthquakes continue to be recorded in the area. The study appeared today in the journal’s early online edition. The recent boom in U.S. energy production has produced massive amounts of wastewater. The water is used both in hydrofracking, which cracks open rocks to release natural gas, and in coaxing petroleum out of conventional oil wells. In both cases, the brine and chemical-laced water has to be disposed of, often by injecting it back underground elsewhere, where it has the potential to trigger earthquakes. The water linked to the Prague quakes was a byproduct of oil extraction at one set of oil wells, and was pumped into another set of depleted oil wells targeted for waste storage.

Read more (see photograph of the 2011 magnitude 5.7 quake near Prague, Okla., apparently triggered by wastewater injection, that buckled U.S. Highway 62. )

Selection of links to Shell related articles 27 March 2013

Selection of links to Shell related articles kindly supplied by a regular contributor

Arctic Whales, Shell Execs & Spider Legs: unEARTHED, from Earthjustice (blog)-Mar 22, 2013: Arctic Whales, Shell Execs & Spider Legs … ConocoPhillips has submitted drilling and oil spill response plans, but the government has so far …  (This first article has a good photo of the Kulluck.)

Royal Dutch Shell: Gearing To Repair Shutdown Louisiana Pipeline: Fox Business-Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RSDA) is still preparing to repair a shutdown oil pipeline offshore Louisiana that was shut down over the weekend, … read more

Shell Oil Axes Exec For Alaska Drilling Fiasco. Will More Heads Roll?

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Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 18.26.52Christopher Helman, Forbes Staff: I’m based in Houston, Texas. Energy capital of the world.

David Lawrence, the executive vice president directly responsible for Alaskan operations has left the company. A Shell spokesman says that “Mr. Lawrence’s departure from Shell is by mutual consent.” Lawrence had been with Shell since 1984. His departure was first reported on the site started by longtime Shell gadfly Alfred Donovan. So will David Lawrence be enough of a sacrificial lamb for Shell to satisfy investors that it’s learned its lessons? Or should the buck stop higher up the pecking order, perhaps with Marvin Odum, president of the entire Americas division…; If Odum can be this disingenuous about a certified “screw up” then you have to wonder: what else at Shell is subject to subterfuge?

Published 3/26/2013 @ 1:20PM

David Lawrence, the executive vice president directly responsible for Alaskan operations has left the company. A Shell spokesman says that “Mr. Lawrence’s departure from Shell is by mutual consent.” Lawrence had been with Shell since 1984. His departure was first reported on the site started by longtime Shell gadfly Alfred Donovan.

A year ago Lawrence had said that Shell’s planned Arctic drilling “is relatively easy.” So it’s fitting that he was made to answer for the disastrous Alaskan campaign which was marred by a host of delays, accidents and mishaps. The misadventure resulted in a couple of wells being started, then abandoned, and one of Shell’s rigs, the Kulluk, being damaged in a grounding near Kodiak Island. “ Shell screwed up in 2012,” said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar earlier this month. read more

Shell exec leaves by ‘mutual consent’ after Arctic mishaps

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Posted on March 26, 2013 at 2:28 pm by Jennifer A. Dlouhy: Covers energy policy and other issues for The Houston Chronicle and other Hearst Newspapers from Washington, D.C.

A Shell executive in charge of oil exploration across the Americas has stepped down from his post after 29 years with the company.

Shell said the move by David Lawrence, the executive vice president of exploration and commercial for upstream Americas “was made by mutual consent” and that he was not fired. But skeptics have fostered a different view: that Lawrence was fired and made the scapegoat for Shell’s problem-plagued 2012 Arctic drilling season. read more

Shell Plans to Spend $1 Billion on China Shale Gas Development

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By Bloomberg News – Mar 26, 2013 8:09 AM GMT

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) will spend $1 billion developing China’s shale gas reserves, according to Peter Voser, the company’s chief executive.

Shell has won government approval for its production sharing contract with China National Petroleum Corp., the nation’s biggest oil and gas company, Voser said in an interview in Beijing today. He didn’t specify a timeline or other details for the $1 billion investment.

China is working with overseas partners to introduce hydraulic fracturing, the technology known as fracking that breaks open underground shale rocks to release natural gas, as it seeks to boost domestic consumption of the cleaner-burning fuel. Shell and CNPC had drilled 24 wells by November and planned a further 14 this year, Maarten Wetselaar, executive vice president of Shell Upstream International, said Nov. 15. read more

Shell ‘bet the farm’ on backing drill ship novice – Huisman’s


Screen Shot 2013-01-11 at 20.09.51Shell appear to have “bet the farm” on backing Huisman’s “introduction to the drilling industry.” Four deepwater rigs dependent on new technology from a company with no track record in building drilling equipment….and the rigs are operated by Noble, who also played a starring role in Shell’s Arctic meltdown. Deepwater rigs are not widely available, so the potential impact on Shell’s Exploration and Production activities and long term viability if these rigs are not capable of operating as required is enormous. Four rigs recently ordered from Transocean as apparent replacements for the Bully and Globetrotter rigs will not be available for another 2-3 years…

See Huisman’s website:

Drill Ships

Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 08.34.49The first orders by Noble/Shell for the drilling equipment sets onboard their “Bully drill ships” and by Noble Drilling for the “Globetrotter” drill ships now also confirm our strong introduction to the drilling industry.

At Huisman, we continuously research and develop new concepts, engineering solutions and techniques which we believe add value to the market’s existing technologies. Our drilling equipment and our vessel layouts are typical examples of in-house designed concepts to provide our clients with the best possible technical solutions. read more



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Marvin Odum, President, Shell Oil Company


Subject: Public Statements by Royal Dutch Shell Alaska

The following is an observation, perhaps RDS find it acceptable to mislead the public but misleading employees is another issue, whether this was by accident or intent it’s for RDS to judge. You will be glad to know it is not my intention to continue with this bombardment. Mr Donovan is free to publish or amend as he sees fit. read more

US gets tough on Arctic oil drilling

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20 March 2013

DRILLING for oil in the Arctic could get a lot tougher. The US is considering strict rules to protect the fragile polar environment, after a report found Shell tried to drill there while underprepared.

Shell attempted to drill exploratory wells in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas last year, but ran into problems: drilling rigs ran aground and vessels did not meet environmental standards. The company is now holding off until 2014, when ConocoPhillips also plans to drill in the Chukchi Sea. read more


Screen Shot 2013-01-11 at 20.09.51According to our whistleblower source, the entire rebuild and preparation was carried out at a reckless pace and the Noble Discoverer departed on its way to New Zealand without even being certified. As a consequence of the botched processes, the ancient ship repeatedly broke-down on the high seas during the move to New Zealand. Because almost everything went wrong, the well it had attempted to drill had to be abandoned before reaching its objectives so that the jinxed drilling ship could be moved to the Arctic with all speed. The magnitude of the fiasco has been such that Ken Salazar, the U.S. Secretary for the Interior, has recently written off Shell’s whole Arctic Campaign as a “screw-up.”
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Sudden Demise of Lawrence of Alaska

Screen Shot 2013-03-24 at 08.44.12“Can your source confirm if this formal PSUA was ever completed and if so what was the audit opinion?”: “…in summary were these 2008 recommendations signed off by Lawrence of Alaska in a flawed process when indeed they had not been fully implemented –  a not uncommon occurrence worldwide in the greater Shell empire?”

(Sacked Royal Dutch Shell Executive VP David Lawrence shown right)

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John – some food for thought on how the internal processes should have worked, something to think about, questions that any concerned investor should raise at the future AGM or before.

Whether it be you, or investors that you may have contact with or shareholders like myself, or the many contributors to your web site, the information you provided such as the 2008 PSUA and the DOI Report and the sudden demise of Lawrence of Alaska as usual throws up more questions than answers.  Maybe Mr Brandjes could be forthcoming on the relevant issues, in line with the principles he is expected to comply with of openness honesty and integrity in its dealings with the public generally and its stakeholders including its employees, why don’t you ask him? read more

Shell executive responsible for controversial Arctic campaign to step down

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Campaigners hope move heralds end of programme

Kevin Rawlinson  Alex Jackson  Friday 22 March 2013

Shell’s controversial plan to drill in the Arctic has been dealt a further blow after it confirmed today that the man running its exploration programme in North America is to leave the company.

Campaigners said they hoped the move heralded the beginning of the end for the programme, which has been vehemently opposed by Greenpeace, among others.

“This disaster should force them to mothball the programme completely, but it will depend on whether or not shareholders can handle sinking more money into a project with minimal return for the foreseeable future,” one campaigner told the Independent. read more

Undisclosed misadventures of the Noble Discoverer

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Nobel Discoverer Grounding. Photo Credit: U.S. Coast Guard

By John Donovan

As hinted at in my recent email to a senior official at Royal Dutch Shell Plc, we have received further information from the same whistleblower source who supplied a leaked copy of the Shell internal Pre-Start Up Audit for Shell’s disastrous Alaska drilling campaign.

This  is the source who also tipped us off about the sacking of David Lawrence a day before the news broke in the mainstream media.

Shell has investigated several billion dollars thus far in its Arctic Campaign without a single well being sunk. It has retreated in disgrace from the Arctic with its offshore reputation in tatters with the U.S. Secretary of the Interior aptly describing its campaign as a “screw-up“. read more

City Diary: Shell chief reins in horseplay … for now

Under-fire Shell chief Peter Voser — grappling with the US government’s frosty feedback on Shell’s Arctic plans and the $2.3bn (£1.5bn) IOU to Iran..

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By , City Diary Editor: 7:00AM GMT 22 Mar 2013

Business before pleasure for Royal Dutch Shell’s horseracing-mad executive Steve Harman.

Such is Harman’s dedication to leading the oil giant’s downstream joint ventures that he has told the British Horseracing Authority — which wants him to replace NewSmith founder Paul Roy as chairman — that it will have to wait until July.

Explains Harman: “Existing commitments over the coming months will preclude me from being able to devote sufficient time and energy to the role.”

Under-fire Shell chief Peter Voser — grappling with the US government’s frosty feedback on Shell’s Arctic plans and the $2.3bn (£1.5bn) IOU to Iran — will be delighted he has Harman’s full attention. read more

Selection of links to Shell related articles 22 March 2013

Selection of links to Shell related articles kindly supplied by a regular contributor

City Diary: Shell chief reins in horseplay … for now: before pleasure for Royal Dutch Shell’s horseracing-mad … Such is Harman’s dedication to leading the oil giant’s downstream joint …

Shell To Shut Down Nigeria’s Nembe Oil Pipe In April To Clear …: Fox Business-The shutdown, which illustrates the deepening impact of oil theft on the Nigerian industry, is Shell’s response to increasing numbers of illegal …

Cheap natural gas helps Chevron leapfrog Shell in market value: National Post-Though it ranks fourth in oil and gas reserves among the world’s … two spot from Royal Dutch Shell Plc in terms of stock market valuation. read more


Screen Shot 2013-01-11 at 20.09.51By John Donovan

Printed below is an email that I sent on Thursday evening to Mr. Michiel Brandjes, Company Secretary & General Counsel of Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

It mainly concerns a leaked Shell internal document related to Shell’s Drilling Campaign in the Arctic, which ended with Shell’s offshore reputation being left in tatters. As has been widely acknowledged in the mainstream media, we broke the news last night that David Lawrence, the Royal Dutch Shell executive most directly responsible for the “screw up,” has been fired. This is possibly in an attempt to save his incompetent bosses, Marvin Odum and Peter Voser, from the same fate. read more

Shell Executive Managing Arctic Alaska Oil Program to Leave Company

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By Dow Jones Business News,  March 22, 2013, 03:14:00 PM EDT

By Selina Williams

LONDON–A Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA, RDSA.LN) executive tasked with managing a controversial multi-billion-dollar oil exploration program in the U.S. Arctic Ocean that failed to complete any wells in last year’s short drilling season is to leave the company by “mutual consent” later this year.

According to a Shell spokesman, David Lawrence, executive vice president responsible for exploration activity in the Americas, is to leave Shell mid-year. The spokesman didn’t give details why Mr. Lawrence, who joined Shell in 1984, was leaving the company. Prior to his current post, Mr. Lawrence worked in exploration, development and strategy. read more

Shell Toxic Contamination in Curacao

Screen Shot 2013-03-22 at 15.49.49Yesterday evening, Dutch TV broadcast a documentary feature about a terrible legacy of deadly pollution from the Isla refinery in Curacao built and operated for many decades by Shell. In 1985 Shell sold the refinery to the Antilleans for the symbolic sum of one guilder, leaving behind huge environmental damage. The contract contained clauses demanded by Shell that it would never be held liable for anything. Research reports indicate that the health situation for residents is so serious that every year at least eighteen people die from the pollution.

By John Donovan

Yesterday evening, Dutch TV broadcast a documentary feature about a terrible legacy of deadly pollution from the Isla refinery in Curacao built and operated for many decades by Shell.


The refinery was established in 1915 and for many years, Shell was the largest employer on the island.

In 1985 Shell sold the refinery to the Antilleans for the symbolic sum of one guilder, leaving behind huge environmental damage.  The contract contained clauses demanded by Shell that it would never be held liable for anything. Curacao leased the refinery to Venezuela. read more

Royal Dutch Shell CEO Highlights Somalia Holdings

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Published March 21, 2013 by Dow Jones Newswires

Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDSA, RDSA.LN) African exploration interests are currently focused on Tanzania and Zanzibar, CEO Peter Voser said Thursday, though he also mentioned the oil giant has blocks of land available in Somalia.

Mr. Voser’s Somalia comments are the clearest indication yet the Anglo-Dutch major may exercise exploration rights that are more than 20 years old, signed before the African nation descended into brutal civil war. He addressed the company’s interests in Africa with reporters on the sidelines of a luncheon in Boston. read more

Shell Oil chief: Clean energy is here and it’s called natural gas

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Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff: Peter Voser of Royal Dutch Shell spoke Thursday at a lunch sponsored by the Boston College Chief Executives’ Club.

By Erin Ailworth | Globe Staff  March 22, 2013

Peter Voser, chief executive of the global energy company Royal Dutch Shell, said Thursday that the United States and the world need to increase the use of solar panels, wind turbines, and other renewable energy-generating sources to meet the growing demand for power, but abundant natural gas supplies present the most straightforward way to a cleaner future.

Natural gas has had a major resurgence in the United States, where a controversial and water-intensive drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — has allowed companies like Shell to extract huge volumes of the fuel from shale rock deposits. read more

Shell executive responsible for Arctic campaign to step down

A senior Royal Dutch Shell executive with responsibility for the oil major’s troubled Arctic exploration campaign is leaving the company “by mutual consent”

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Kulluk, the oil drilling rig owned by Royal Dutch Shell ran aground in Alaska after drifting in stormy weather. Photo: AFP

By 6:02PM GMT 22 Mar 2013

Dave Lawrence, executive vice-president for exploration and commercial for Shell’s Upstream Americas division, is to depart this summer after 29 years with the company.

Mr Lawrence, 57, is one of the most senior managers overseeing Shell’s controversial Arctic programme, which was hit by a series of setbacks in 2012.

His departure was announced internally on March 11, three days before the US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar released the results of a report into its mishap-hit 2012 campaign and declared the company had “screwed up”. read more

Shell accused of benefiting from South African apartheid-era land law

Campaigners say oil company is paying just 192 rand (£13.75) annual rent for two filling stations in impoverished KwaZulu-Natal

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Shell says it paid a substantial sum upfront when it signed a 50-year contract for the sites. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Remote and unspoiled, Umgababa is a small but aspirational South African beach resort washed by the warm Indian ocean. Tourists who veer off the beaten track to get there might feel somewhat isolated, but for the reassuring presence of two Shell service stations along the way.

The oil giant is not so welcome, however, to a community where land ownership remains a highly inflammatory subject. Shell stands accused of paying rent of just 192 rand (£13.75) a year for each of the two stations – barely enough to buy enough petrol for a 100km journey. The company strongly denies the claim. read more

David Lawrence, Shell Exec VP responsible for Arctic Exploration Fired?

David Lawrence PR spin about Shell Exploration projects, including its Arctic Plans. Before he was fired after Shell’s plans fell apart.

AMENDED 11.22 GMT: The question mark can be removed. We have confirmation that David Lawrence has been fired.

By John Donovan

We have received a report from a normally reliable insider source that David Lawrence (right), Executive Vice President Exploration for Royal Dutch Shell has been fired. Mr Lawrence has been closely involved in Shell’s Arctic debacle and may have been chosen as the fall guy.  If confirmed, more information on the circumstances of his departure will follow when we receive it.

David Lawrence no doubt now regrets his memorable but foolhardy comment reported on 9 March 2012 that Drilling in the Alaskan Arctic “is relatively easy” read more

Shell owes Iran $2.3 billion

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Published: March. 21, 2013 at 8:17 AM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, March 21 (UPI) — The estimated $2.3 billion payable to the National Iranian Oil Co. can’t be settled because of sanctions imposed on Iran, Royal Dutch Shell said.

Shell published its annual Form 20-F for 2012, which provides a comprehensive detail of financial activity for the year ending Dec. 31, 2012.

The company said it ended upstream commercial operations and new business developments in Iran in 2010 as a result of sanctions. Western governments have used economic sanctions as a way to limit Iran’s nuclear program, which the Iranian government says is peaceful. read more

Update on cyber-espionage attacks

Screen Shot 2013-03-20 at 17.41.41By John Donovan: High tech sophisticated attacks are still targeting this website every few minutes, day and night. Someone with very deep pockets continues to spend a lot of time and resources trying to disrupt and thwart our activities. The associated threats also continue. I wonder when whoever is responsible will realise that their efforts are counter-productive? The underhand cowardly attacks and the related intimidation only makes us more determined to continue operating this entirely non-commercial website focused on the activities of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. Shell has denied any involvement or knowledge of the covert activity. We are aware that Shell has been in past contact with the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance in Pittsburgh (of which Shell is a member) in an attempt to block our outspoken activities. This was triggered by Shell Oil Company in a panicked reaction to our contact with Bill O’Reilly of Fox News regarding Shell’s linkage with Iran – an extremely sensitive subject.  read more

Chevron displaces Shell

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BY LIAM DENNING OF THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Chevron, Shell and Big Oil’s Big Divide

Chevron just took silver. That offers gold for investors. A decade ago, Chevron’s market capitalization of $70 billion was half the size of Royal Dutch Shell’s. This year, though, Chevron has opened up a lead: Worth $232 billion, it is now the second largest of the Western oil majors, trumping Shell’s $215 billion. It isn’t first time Chevron has overtaken Shell; it nudged ahead briefly in the depths of the financial crisis and last October. But this lead looks more sustainable—and points to important differences in the two oil majors’ strategies and performance. read more

Shell reveals Iranian oil trade loss, $2.3 bln Iran debt

By John Donovan: Despite giving the impression to the contrary, as this Reuters article confirms, Royal Dutch Shell has continued 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. Shell is now caught in a difficult situation caused by its own machinations and greed. 

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Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:11am EDT

* Made loss on Iranian oil trading shortly before embargo

* Cannot pay $2.3 bln to Tehran due to sanctions

* Previous attempts to settle debt failed to get approval

By Dmitry Zhdannikov

LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) – Oil major Royal Dutch Shell lost money trading Iranian crude in 2012 shortly before a European Union embargo and still owes $2.3 billion to Tehran for oil purchases.

The details, revealed in Shell regulatory filings, is the first disclosure of its dealings with Iran in 2012, when it kept buying Tehran’s oil right up to the mid-year EU embargo deadline. read more

Selection of links to Shell related articles 20 March 2013

Selection of links to Shell related articles kindly supplied by a regular contributor

US gets tough on Arctic oil drilling: New Scientist-DRILLING for oil in the Arctic could get a lot tougher. … To resume drilling, Shell will need approval from the federal government and, for the first …

PORTER: The earth-shaking promise of shale: Washington Times-In fact, it is such U.S. oil and gas producers — Chevron, Conoco Phillips and Shell — that are leading the charge to develop Poland and ..

Oil companies probe Danish waters: Oil joined supermajors Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron and others in announcing support for a research center aimed at increasing … read more

Shell CEO Peter Voser and the Arctic Fiasco

Screen Shot 2013-03-20 at 09.53.55 In February 2011, Peter Voser, who can be compared with Custer for leading an ill-advised charge, was becoming irate about the delays stating: “I’m not prepared to take the uncertainty and pay the money and then not get to the drilling,”; “We need urgent and timely action on permitting to go ahead with the 2012 drilling program.”

By John Donovan

It is appropriate, in view of Shell’s Arctic debacle, properly condemned by the U.S. government, to reflect on the campaign by Shell to lead the anticipated exploration charge into the pristine Arctic/Alaskan waters.

Shell promised that it was fully prepared and pressed heavily to get underway, steamrolling serious misgivings by many parties.

Shell took an aggressive approach to such opposition, obtaining an injunction against Greenpeace to prevent any interference.

As has become abundantly clear, Shell was wrong and those with misgivings were proved right. read more

Selection of links to Shell related articles 19 March 2013

Selection of links to Shell related articles kindly supplied by a regular contributor

Big oil tries to make amends for missing another big boom: Quartz-by Steve LeVine-The absence of Big Oil–BP, Chevron, Exxon and Shell; Total is a quasi super-major–from East Africa may seem odd. Analysts say that, taken …

Why the war in Iraq was fought for Big Oil: CNN International-From ExxonMobil and Chevron to BP and Shell, the West’s largest oil companies have set up shop in Iraq. So have a slew of American oil …

More politics than policy in Arctic oil drilling debate: Christian Science Monitor-A report prepared for Shell estimates the reserve potential in northern Alaskan waters may be as high as 65 billion barrels of oil and 305 trillion … read more

Worker at Motiva Refinery in Norco dies after pumps fall on him

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Screen Shot 2013-03-05 at 15.42.20By Bob Warren, | The Times-Picayune: on March 14, 2013

A worker was killed at the Motiva Refinery in Norco Wednesday when two large cylinders fell on him, authorities and a company official said. Michael Louque, 56, of Grammercy, was pronounced dead at St. Charles Parish Hospital in Luling, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

The Sheriff’s Office said Louque, who worked for River Parish Maintenance, was loading the equipment onto a flatbed truck when the load shifted and the pumps fell on him. The Sheriff’s Office initially said he was loading pumps, but Roger Landry, president of River Parish Maintenance, said it was actually 16-foot-long cylinders that weigh more than 1,000 pounds. read more

Selection of links to Shell related articles 18 March 2013

Selection of links to Shell related articles kindly supplied by a regular contributor

Multiple contamination law suits against Shell in 2012: Breaking News Trinidad and Tobago-Shell Oil Company (including subsidiaries and affiliates, referred to collectively as SOC), along with numerous other defendants, has been …

Russia adopts Texas drilling to revive Soviet oil fields: FuelFix (blog)-So-called fracking, the process of blasting oil from rock by injecting a … Gazprom Neft (SIBN) and partner Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) will …

BG, Statoil, Exxon Further Boost East African Gas Resources: Wall Street Journal (India)-(APC). has also attracted interest from several companies including Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN), India’s state-run Oil … read more

Judge Fines Motiva $10M in Tank Explosion

Screen Shot 2012-12-05 at 22.49.02FROM OUR 2005 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE:“Motiva, a joint supply venture between Shell and Saudi Refining…”: “…pleaded no contest to state charges of criminally negligent homicide…”: “The company… has paid more than $60 million to settle lawsuits”: “It is still the subject of a federal lawsuit…”

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Judge Fines Motiva $10M in Tank Explosion

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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: Posted 18 March 2005

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Refineries operator Motiva Enterprises LLC was fined $10 million Thursday after the company pleaded guilty to criminal charges relating to a fatal tank collapse and explosion at a refinery in 2001.

Motiva, a joint supply venture between Shell and Saudi Refining, pleaded guilty to negligently endangering workers at its former refinery in Delaware City as well as discharging pollutants into the Delaware River and negligently releasing sulfuric acid into the air, both in violation of the Clean Air Act. read more

The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility challenges Shell AGM

Screen Shot 2013-03-18 at 13.56.48Press Release 15 March 2013: The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) challenges Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) to have greater transparency in its forthcoming AGM arrangements and increased commitment to ensuring the voices of UK shareholders are heard.

UK investor coalition ECCR has expressed deep dissatisfaction with Shell over its plan to restrict access to its 2013 AGM to shareholders who are present in The Hague and the ramifications this decision has for British shareholders in the company. In previous years’ AGMs the company has allowed British shareholders to participate from London via a live audio-visual link.

ECCR has voiced concern for how the new arrangements – made without consultation with ECCR or other regular UK AGM attendees – will limit the ability of British shareholders to fully exercise their rights as owners of the company. A proposed replacement event – a presentation in London by the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer – is inadequate as non-executive directors such as the Chair of the Remuneration Committee will not be present therefore drastically limiting the range of questions that can be asked and adequately answered. read more

Shell buys Brinded’s silence in golden good riddance

Screen Shot 2013-03-17 at 16.08.38In addition to the £2.9m for his Netherlands home, “Brinded, 60 tomorrow, pocketed £2.7 in salary and severance for the four months he worked last year. He also walked away with £9.7m in shares and a £19m pension pot.” So, with wonderful timing, Brinded received a package worth £34.3 million as a spectacular birthday present.

By John Donovan

The Sunday Times published an article today by Danny Fortson on the front page of its business section, under the headline: Shell buys chief’s £2.9m home in golden goodbye

I believe our headline is more accurate.

The sacked “Chief” who is the beneficiary of Shell’s immense generosity with shareholders money is Malcolm Brinded, forever associated with Shell’s notorious “Touch Fuck All” approach to its North Sea Platforms and the safety of its offshore workers. read more

Shell to invest $1 bln at big Iraq oilfield: official

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Arif Mohammed, Reuters: Saturday, 16 March 2013

Royal Dutch Shell will spend more than $1 billion this year developing one of Iraq major oilfields, where it will resume operations on May 1, officials said on Saturday.

“The figure for the budget will exceed one billion dollars,” said Mehdi Badi, the head of the joint management committee for the field.

The Majnoon field was shut down in June for maintenance and to bring new production facilities online.

When it comes back on stream, initial output will be 100,000barrels per day (bpd), which will quickly rise to 200,000, Oil Minister Abdul Kareem Luaibi said on Saturday. read more

Royal Dutch Shell Crimes Against Humanity

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Photograph of Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, personal friend of Royal Dutch Shell oil baron and ardent Nazi, Sir Henri Deterding, on trial at Nuremberg for war crimes.

Received from a former Shell USA employee

As you well know, there is great interest in the case against Royal Dutch Shell Plc., for complicity in torture, murder, and other crimes against humanity, and now pending before the US Supreme Court.

For those who are interested I would recommend the book: The Nuremberg Legacy, by Norbert Ehrenfreund, a retired California Superior Court Judge. This book discusses the legacy of the Nuremberg Trials and how they have influenced US law. He also discusses several of the cases being tried under the Alien Tort Statute and how the precedents set at the Nuremberg Trials have influenced the decisions of US Courts. Most importantly he makes note of the fact that although the Nuremberg Trials were foreign in nature, the US Supreme Court will recognize and use the precedents set by those trials so long ago. read more

Shell’s Shell Game

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Writer, CSRHub: Posted: 03/12/2013 3:51 pm

According to Shell’s New Lens Scenarios, we’re headed for a carbon-free future, where solar will be the dominant energy source by 2100. The report got almost universally upbeat press, praised in business and even environmental websites. Amory Lovins, Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute, endorses Shell’s study: “Shell is the most far-sighted and strategic of the majors, largely because the Scenarios informed the thinking of Shell leadership and many others in the energy ecosystem.” read more

Bumper £8m pay package for Shell boss Peter Voser

Shell boss Peter Voser bagged a pay and shares deal worth up to £8million for 2012, according to the oil giant’s annual report.

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By Rob Davies: PUBLISHED: 22:26, 14 March 2013

Shell boss Peter Voser bagged a pay and shares deal worth up to £8million for 2012, according to the oil giant’s annual report.

The pay deal, for a year which ended with an accident that forced Shell to put its Arctic drilling plans on ice, is slightly down on the previous year.

But Voser will still walk away with a bumper deal made up of basic pay, cash bonuses and share awards based on performance.

The Swiss boss will take home a basic salary up 2.5 per cent to £1.4million, as well as a £2.9million bonus, half of which will be in shares that cannot be sold for three years. read more

Royal Dutch Shell knocks Britain’s FTSE off 5-year high

Shell has been getting a bit of a kicking the last couple of days…

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Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:14am EDT

* FTSE 100 falls 0.5 percent

* Britain’s biggest company hit by analyst downgrade

* Index remains set for weekly gain

* IAG tops FTSE risers, up nearly 10 percent on the week

By Alistair Smout

LONDON, March 15 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index fell on Friday, hit by an analyst downgrade to the country’s biggest company, but was set for a fifth straight weekly gain having set a fresh five-year high in the previous session.

Royal Dutch Shell was the top FTSE 100 faller, taking 10 points off the index, after JPMorgan cut its rating on the stock to “underweight” from “neutral”. read more

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