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Swiss Role in Aggressive Tax Avoidance by Royal Dutch Shell

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The lead article in The Sunday Times Business section today (authored by Simon Duke and David Smith) says that Britain is at the forefront of a crackdown on corporate tax avoidance – a blitz on tax avoidance by multinationals.

The UK Treasury  is planning a consultation on forcing multinationals like Royal Dutch Shell to declare how much tax they pay in every country in which they operate.


Country by Country reporting would introduce greater transparency into the complex structures used by big companies to minimise their tax liabilities… read more

CEO Ben van Beurden too honest to sign Shell’s Business Principles?

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It is a year since Peter Voser left his job as Chief Executive of Royal Dutch Shell Plc to allegedly spend more time with his family. Soon after his surprise early exit, Shell announced a profits warning. 

Leaving that contentious issue to one side, I am puzzled that his replacement Ben van Beurden has still not put his name and signature  to the Shell General Business Principles document.

As can be seen, as of todays date, it is still displayed on signed by Peter Voser in his capacity as Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Officer. read more

Repercussions Of Lower Oil Prices On Energy Sector

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Published: November 29, 2014 at 11:11 am EST
By: Micheal Kaufman

The decision by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to maintain production at 30 million barrels of oil per day came as a shock for most oil companies. As a result crude oil prices fell drastically and West Intermediate Texas (WTI) was down 10% yesterday, to $66.15.

The fall in oil prices has severely affected numerous economies and companies. It was far more than what was expected by experts. Last month, before deciding to take on investment projects, BP plc. (ADR) (NYSE:BP) assumed Brent crude oil prices would be at $80. Goldman Sachs had predicted the price of WTI would hover around $75 for the first three months of next year. Russia had expected average crude oil prices to remain at $100 and had planned its budget accordingly. read more

Nigerian Parliament Fines Shell 3.96 Billion For Bonga Oil Spill

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Published: November 29, 2014 at 6:55 am EST
By: Micheal Kaufman

Nigeria is a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting countries and is the largest crude oil producer in Africa. At one point, the country had a great demand for its oil exports in the US and enjoyed high profit margins. However, the US shale oil boom has taken this advantageaway from Nigeria. The hydraulic fracturing techniques have allowed the US to produce oil that is quite similar in composition to the oil produced in Nigeria, reducing its reliability on Nigeria for oil imports. read more

Oil company shares slumped

OPEC’s decision on Thursday not to cut production in order to prop up oil prices sent markets reeling. Oil company shares slumped, wiping billions off firms’ market value… As they come to terms with the new oil regime, companies will cut spending by up to 10 percent in 2015… and delay new project approvals.

LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – With oil company revenues set to drop on the back of a rout in prices, boards will have to cut investments and increase borrowing to maintain their cherished dividend payouts.

OPEC’s decision on Thursday not to cut production in order to prop up oil prices sent markets reeling. Oil company shares slumped, wiping billions off firms’ market value and leaving dividend payouts as the only solace for shareholders.

The world’s top oil companies, or majors, including BP , Royal Dutch Shell, Total, ExxonMobil and Chevron are already in the midst of a painful belt-tightening process. read more

Falling oil prices hit Africa more than Ebola

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JOHANNESBURG, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Plunging world oil prices have dealt a blow to Africa far greater – in purely economic terms – than Ebola, setting back investment in exploration and plans to industrialise.

The highest profile victim so far has been Africa’s top producer, Nigeria, which was forced to devalue its naira currency by 8 percent this week after the central bank admitted dwindling reserves were making it hard to defend it.

In dollar terms, the devaluation knocked $40 billion off the value of Nigeria’s economy – considerably more than the $32 billion worst-case scenario the World Bank projected in October for Ebola’s economic impact on the entire sub-Saharan region. read more

Big Oil Optimistic On Gulf Of Mexico Projects

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After the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil spill disaster, it seems that economic activity in the Gulf of Mexico has picked up again as big oil companies, like BP and Shell, have started to undertake major projects in the region

Published: November 25, 2014 at 7:13 am EST

By: Micheal Kaufman

The Gulf of Mexico used to be the hub of US crude oil and natural gas industry, before the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in 2010. BP plc (ADR) (NYSE:BP) along with Transocean Ltd (NYSE:RIG) and Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL) got involved in a massive oil spill in 2010, which killed 11 people and caused major environmental damages. The 2010 oil spill is estimated to be 8-31% larger than Ixtoc 1, which has now become the second-largest oil spill to have occurred in the region. read more

Shell admits fracking failure in Ukraine

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The Russian News Agency Tass is reporting that Graham Tiley, the country manager of Shell Ukraine has admitted in a meeting with a local high-ranking official that Royal Dutch Shell has failed to achieve the desired progress in the Yuzovka gas field in Ukraine’s east.  Tiley blamed the fracking failure on the situation in the neighbouring Donetsk region.


Oil prices continue to fall

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LONDON — Oil companies saw their shares take a beating Thursday as crude prices slid to their lowest in more than four years after OPEC’s decision to maintain production levels even though prices have fallen sharply in recent weeks.

Unsurprisingly, the stocks of major oil producers were in the firing line as their profits are hugely dependent on the price of oil they extract. Royal Dutch Shell, for example, fell 4.3 percent while Total SA dropped 4.1 percent.


Oil prices have fallen 30 per cent this year, as a glut in supply was exacerbated by a boom in shale gas in the US. read more

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden audience with corrupt despot, the Sultan of Brunei

By John Donovan

Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden had “an audience” on Tuesday with the head of the corrupt, seedy Brunei Royal Family, the Sultan of Brunei, who once accepted a $500,000 wedding gift (bribe) from Royal Dutch Shell.

In April he went ahead, despite international opposition, with his plans to introduce a tough Islamic penal code that under Sharia law will include amputations.

Shell has always been willing to deal with dictators including Adolf Hitler, Muammar Gaddafi and General Sani Abacha. Profits first, ethics last. Shell remains willing to deal with the devil. read more


Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 18.34.00Major Opec nations, Russia and US shale oil drillers now appear on the brink of a price war as these three giant producing blocs fight for a greater share of global demand. (Potentially disastrous news for Big Oil – ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, Chevron and Total)

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The Telegraph: World on brink of oil price war as Opec set to keep pumping


Oil slumped on Wednesday as expectations that Opec will cut production faded following dovish remarks by cartel kingpin Saudi Arabia, which could signal the beginning of a price war. Crude traded in the US fell to as low as $74 per barrel as traders bet that Opec will allow the price to fall further amid growing signs of a global price war amid producers.

Major Opec nations, Russia and US shale oil drillers now appear on the brink of a price war as these three giant producing blocs fight for a greater share of global demand. read more

Shell Lied to Dutch Court About Oil Spills in Nigeria

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 18.50.09The significance of the Newsweek article is therefore threefold: firstly Shell appears to have misled the court in the Hague which from a reputational perspective is extremely damaging (hence the headline of the article), secondly the case will now return to court for a retrial, and thirdly the lawyers and witnesses in the original case may be subject to legal action by the Dutch authorities.

COMMENT ON NEWSWEEK ARTICLE: Shell Lied to Dutch Court About Oil Spills in Nigeria, Say Friends of the Earth


I’m not a lawyer, but the following is my understanding of the significance of the Newsweek article and the case brought by the “Friends of the Earth”.

The two Nigerian cases are actually very significant to anyone forced to confront Shell in a Dutch court.

Unlike the UK or US, there is no “discovery” in Holland and no opportunity to request documents from the other side to support a case.

The system works when everyone is honest, but fails dismally when US or UK lawyers see their role as “misleading the court” to the advantage of their client. For many lawyers, this is of course the basis of hearings in the US and the UK. read more



The fall OPEC meeting is under way right now in Vienna, and all eyes are on the Saudis, to see whether they will lead a strategy to stop the fall in oil prices, which is putting the crimp on Iran, Russia, and Venezuela, among other worthies. We’ve commented previously about what the Saudis may be up to (here and here), and today Business Insider reports that the Saudis show no interest in curtailing production to shore up the price, and in fact may be willing to go for two years or more with falling prices, with some Saudi insiders saying the real objective is to retard the shale oil revolution in the United States and elsewhere… read more

Nigeria Suffers After Closure Of Shell‘s Pipeline

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Nigeria was already under pressure from lower US oil imports due to the US shale boom but the closure of Shell‘s pipeline due to leakage and theft has worsened conditions for the economy

Published: November 25, 2014 at 3:23 pm EST
By: Micheal Kaufman

Nigeria is amongst those members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) which have suffered the most due to the US shale boom. The oil boom has allowed the US to reduce its dependability on the OPEC for oil imports. Higher oil production coupled with lower demand has led to a fall in the oil price. Since June, crude price has plummeted over 32%.

The quality of Nigerian crude oil is quite similar to the shale oil that is now produced in the US region of North Dakota, and consequently has helped to lower US’ demand for oil imports from Nigeria. This has become a major source of concern for Nigeria as the nation is currently not exporting any oil to the US, compared to exports of 1.3 million barrels per day (bpd) since February 2006. read more

Shell Corrib Gas Field testing being carried out illegally?

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A 40m gas flare from the Ocean Guardian drilling rig during a well production test at the Corrib field, 80kms off Co Mayo. Photograph: Shell E&P Ireland Ltd

By John Donovan

Last Wednesday The Irish Times reported that Shell E&P Ireland has begun two months of testing at its north Mayo onshore refinery in preparation for next year’s scheduled production from the Corrib gas field.

I understand from a usually well informed source that the testing is being carried out without an Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Licence

According to my source, the licence expired on 14 November 2014.

Irish Citizens please take note: I further understand that there is provision under the Irish Environmental Protection Agency rules for any citizen to seek a High Court order where an activity is being carried out in contravention of licensing requirements. read more

Oil price slump

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Vladimir Putin has said that Russia could suffer “catastrophic consequences” from sanctions, the falling oil price and the sliding rouble, while claiming they would have knock-on effects for other countries.

Prices could plunge to $60 US a barrel if OPEC does not agree to a significant output cut this week, according to market players.

Lower oil prices, while good for the broader U.S. economy, are a threat to what has been a surprising and dramatic surge in oil production in the U.S., and to drilling communities that have come to depend on oil money.  read more

Shell corruption that led to blackmail

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The invoice for the alcohol has been the foundation of a two year blackmailing operation with OSSL bombarding money demands on Shell for alcohol Shell had already paid for in full. Consequently, the OSSL invoice is of huge significance in relation to alleged very serious corruption and associated blackmail on an unprecedented scale.


From: John Donovan <[email protected]

Date: 24 November 2014 22:07:25 GMT
Cc: [email protected]
To: INFO <[email protected]>Dear Justice Minster Frances Fitzgerald

I am writing as a follow-up to my email of 4 November 2014.

Your office acknowledged safe receipt in the response sent on your behalf on 19 November.

I believe you will find that a number of TD’s will be contacting you on this matter.

There is a key piece of evidence that I suspect has never received the scrutiny it deserves. read more


OSSL is demanding payment for over €30,000 worth of alcohol OSSL supplied to Irish cops on behalf of Shell, which says it entered into a full and final confidential settlement with OSSL in August 2012 and refuses to pay them off again. 

Desmond Kane of OSSL outside Shell office in Dublin

By John Donovan

On 16 November 2014 I informed a senior Garda officer about an apparent blackmail operation by an Irish company OSSL being carried out against the Corrib Gas Project, led by Shell.

I supplied details from the most recent blackmail note/email sent by OSSL dated 14 November 2014 to various people at Shell, Statoil and Vermilion.

The following day I received an email from OSSL containing an unspecified threat, which I assumed to be a threat to issue a defamation action.

By coincidence or otherwise, the bombardment of hundreds of money demands to Shell and associated parties over the past two years appear to have ceased on 14 November. read more

Why we love American lawyers

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 09.22.43Just eight months ago, prominent Los Angeles attorney Tom Girardi used words like ”disgusting” and “despicable” to describe Shell Oil Co. But Girardi’s tune has changed since the company offered $90 million earlier this month to settle the lawsuit…: “The Shell defendant has shown great honesty and integrity,” Girardi said last week.

Shell offers $90 million to residents of contaminated Carson neighborhood

By Sandy Mazza, Daily Breeze

Just eight months ago, prominent Los Angeles attorney Tom Girardi used words like ”disgusting” and “despicable” to describe Shell Oil Co.

He vowed at the time not to accept a financial settlement from Shell for Carson residents living with widespread petroleum contamination traced to the oil giant. “We want a jury to look at this,” he said in March.

But Girardi’s tune has changed since the company offered $90 million earlier this month to settle the lawsuit brought by Girardi & Keese on behalf of 1,491 current and former residents of the Carousel Tract in south Carson. read more

Crude Priced At $75

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Bidness Etc discusses the various crude prices experts feel will allow the US companies to break even and highlights the impact of lower oil price on US oil companies next year

Extracts from a Bidness Etc article Published: November 21, 2014 at 10:47 am EST

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By: Micheal Kaufman

The hydraulic fracturing techniques used by the US oil companies have revolutionized the US oil industry, leading to high crude oil production from the shale boom. These techniques have allowed the US to produce around nine million barrels of crude oil per day. This in turn contributed to the global supply glut of crude oil. Saudi Arabia has also increased oil production to safeguard its market share from the US producers. read more

Combustible pioneering behemoths – the Hindenburg and Shell Prelude

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By John Donovan

I am not sure that directly comparing the explosive potential arising from the Hindenburg and the Shell Prelude is strictly appropriate. However, what is beyond doubt is that these pioneering ventures both captured the attention of the worlds media and a loss of containment on the Prelude could potentially create another catastrophic event.

The Shell Prelude, by far and away the biggest vessel the world has ever see, is nearing completion in South Korea. A well placed whistleblower says that Shell management has ignored his warnings over shoddy work in the construction and outfitting that puts safety at risk. read more

Shell Sells Off More Assets In Nigeria

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Due to the rise in incidents of oil theft in the Niger Delta Shell is looking to sell of its assets in the region

Published: November 20, 2014 at 2:56 pm EST

By: Micheal Kaufman

Nigeria’s Niger Delta has been see a lot of oil spills over the last 30 years. According to statistics the Niger Delta has experienced more than 400,000 tons of oil spills during this period, and 70% of the oil has not been recovered. While some of the spills have been attributed to ageing facilities and human error, oil theft has also contributed significantly. Oil theft has also led to violence in the region which has caused many foreign investors to quit the region. read more

Shell accused of stealing another idea

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Mark Brown, arts correspondent
The Guardian, Thursday 20 November 2014 16.14 GMT

A New York artist who has been placing giant red balls around cities for 13 years has accused the oil company Shell of using his idea for its latest billboard campaign.




Comment by John Donovan

Can only guess that Shell does not think Kurt Perschke will have the balls to sue the company.


Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 20.37.24The Dutch government Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kapm, is seeking to renegotiate deals with Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell on the extraction and sale of Dutch gas. It seems reasonable to speculate that it is not his intention for the renegotiation to benefit the oil giants, who are joint owners of the Dutch Petroleum Company (Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij – NAM), operators of the earthquake prone Groningen gas field.


UK Court Lifts Secrecy Order On Corrupt Nigerian Oil Deal Law Suit

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 23.20.44A High Court in the United Kingdom has lifted a secrecy order imposed on a 2013 legal challenge by The Corner House of a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) not to freeze some $215million alleged proceeds of crime from a corrupt Nigerian oil deal. Shell and ENI have denied paying any money to Malabu Oil and Gas. But they were aware and in agreement that the deal was for the benefit of Malabu.

By Edegbe Odemwingie: 7 November 2014

A High Court in the United Kingdom has lifted a secrecy order imposed on a 2013 legal challenge by The Corner House of a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) not to freeze some $215million alleged proceeds of crime from a corrupt Nigerian oil deal.

The fund arose from the sale of one of Nigeria’s largest offshore oil concessions, known as OPL 245 to subsidiaries of oil multinationals, Royal Dutch Shell and ENI.

Police in the UK and magistrates in Italy are now formally investigating the deal. read more

Oil price slump: fire sale of Shell assets gathers pace

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 15.07.17*Royal Dutch Shell Plc has sold a $600 million stake in a Nigerian oil lease as part of its plan to sell off $15bn worth of assets around the world. The fire sale no doubt has added momentum in view of the collapse in the price of oil. Shell has already disposed of under-performing assets in Australia, the USA and in the North Sea. Bloomberg News has reported that Shell may close its Draugen oil field in the Norwegian Sea a decade earlier than intended because of rising costs and the slump in oil prices. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Shell is claiming that it has sold its stake in a set of oil wells and processing plants in the Niger Delta because the company has struggled with oil theft and other security issues. Guess a fire sale is better than Nigerians ending up being hanged for protesting against decades of Shell’s plunder and pollution in Nigeria, exploiting a succession of corrupt regimes.
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Royal Dutch Shell Saves $2.5 billion In Transfer-Pricing Case

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Bidness Etc discusses the ruling by an Indian court in a transfer-pricing case against Shell and its impact on future foreign investment in the country

Published: November 19, 2014 at 12:26 pm EST

By: Micheal Kaufman

The Bombay High Court has ruled in favor of Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE:RDS.A) in a high-tax profile case, which could pose a hurdle to the Indian government’s plans on bringing in foreign investment and much-needed revenue.

The ruling was announced on Tuesday, after Indian authorities claimed tax money paid to transfer shares of Shell. The court has not released a written judgment yet.

The judgment can negatively impact India’s image, which might cause leading foreign companies to hesitate to invest in India. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi can intervene and reverse the ruling. read more

Long noses at Shell

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Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 09.22.43Worthy winners of France’s fiercely contested ‘Prix Pinocchio’ 2014 were selected last night, recognising corporate greed, hypocrisy and malfeasance, based on a record vote since the awards began. Shell won hands down for the Pinocchio award category ‘One for all and all for me!’, with 43% of the vote, for the development of shale gas projects across the entire world – except in Holland, its home country, which is subject to a fracking moratorium. read more

Sad faces at Shell?

Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 09.25.26Last month, the suits over at Shell put on their sad faces and went to the White House to ask for more time to burn through another billion or two. I tell ya, these guys are gluttons for punishment. After eight years and more than $6 billion, Shell has come up completely empty on its promise to bring a bounty of Arctic crude to market from the Chukchi Sea.

Jeff Siegel has authored an interesting article:

Shale Oil vs. Arctic Drilling

The extract below sets out his advice to Shell on Arctic drilling.

Last month, the suits over at Shell put on their sad faces and went to the White House to ask for more time to burn through another billion or two. I tell ya, these guys are gluttons for punishment. After eight years and more than $6 billion, Shell has come up completely empty on its promise to bring a bounty of Arctic crude to market from the Chukchi Sea. The plan to tap this Arctic flow was devised more than a decade ago — before the U.S. was swimming in shale oil and before consumption rates started falling. Certainly I don’t fault management for moving aggressively on black treasure in the Arctic. At the time, it made a lot of sense. But today, with $80 crude, a boom in domestic oil and gas production, and little chance of ever successfully producing anything more than losses in the Chukchi, Shell really should just chalk the whole adventure up to an unfortunate face-plant and move on. read more

Drilling in Alaskan Arctic relatively easy said Shell VP before being fired

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According to a recent article published by Bloomberg – Shell Seeks to Drill in Arctic in 2015, Defying Green Activists – Shell CFO Simon Henry, calling on all his vast experience as an accountant, voiced the opinion that it is not difficult to drill in the Arctic.

His assessment is surprisingly similar to that also expressed in optimistic terms in March 2012 by Shell EP senior Vice President David Lawrence, then in charge of Shell’s Arctic drilling plans.

The following is an extract from an article published on 9 March 2012. read more

Shell blocking Canadian transparency/anti-corruption initiative?

By John Donovan

The Globe and Mail newspaper in Canada has published an article by Alan Detheridge, a former Royal Dutch Shell senior executive. A Vice President of Shell Canada when he left the company after 30 years.

He must have known the company very well after all that time.

If I have not misunderstood the content of his article, he does not seem to trust Shell or for that matter, other members of the oil industry, as far as transparency/corruption is concerned.

His article is about the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act, which he says “will go a long way toward helping people in natural resource-rich countries hold their governments to account.” read more

What Royal Dutch Shell Has To Say About 675 Billion Barrels Of Oil In Its Deepwater Reserves

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In its latest monthly publication, Shell quoted the International Energy Agency as saying the oil giant has 675 billion barrels of oil in global deepwater reserves

Published: November 18, 2014 at 7:53 am EST

By: Micheal Kaufman

In its latest monthly publication “Shell World,” Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) has quoted the International Energy Agency as estimating the company’s global deepwater oil reserves to be around 675 billion barrels. The oil giant stated in the publication that it has enjoyed several successful projects over the decades and some breakthrough achievements regarding global deepwater during the current year.

Strategy For Improving Productivity

Shell stated that its Nigerian Bonga North West (BNW) field, which produced oil in August for the first time, shows the commitment of the company to conducting deepwater exploration activities in Nigeria. The Anglo-Dutch oil giant added that its subsidiary Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) has taken initiatives in the region to upgrade facilities for local contractors and hold specialized training for workers to improve productivity in the energy sector. read more

Shell wins $3bn tax battle in Bombay High Court

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“Royal Dutch Shell has won a significant victory in its long-running $3bn battle with India’s revenue authorities, in a judgment with implications for dozens of tax disputes involving multinational companies in Asia’s third-largest economy.”

The Narendra Modi government may appeal the decision to the supreme court of India.

Also Reuters Report: Shell wins India tax case

Shell Lied to Dutch Court

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“The walls are beginning to close in on Shell. The image that the company would like to present of itself, in the role of the victim instead of the perpetrator, is crumbling more and more,”

The oil company Shell lied to a Dutch court about steps taken to minimize the risk of oil spills during a court case brought against the multinational oil and gas company by four Nigerian farmers and Friends of the Earth, lawyers acting for the claimants alleged today.

Friends of the Earth (FoE) Netherlands and a group of four farmers from villages in the Niger Delta were aiming to claim compensation from Shell for damages caused when a major oil pipeline burst, causing devastation to local communities. read more

US District Judge Adamant On Earlier Ruling Over BP’s Mexican Oil Spill

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US district judge Carl Barbier has refused to change his ruling over BP‘s Gulf of Mexico oil spill, claiming that BP got what it deserved

Published: November 15, 2014 at 8:43 am EST
By: Micheal Kaufman



David Lawrence, Shell Exec VP responsible for Arctic Exploration Fired?: 21 March 2013


BP fights to halt ‘bogus’ gulf claims: 7 July 2013

Shell dicing with disaster in US Arctic waters: 18 December 2013

Financial calamity could engulf Shell in event of an Arctic Disaster: 18 April 2014

Arctic Drilling: a spectacular failure of good judgment by Shell: 10 October 2014 read more

California Joins Natural Gas Lawsuit Against BP

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Published: November 14, 2014 at 8:52 am EST

By: Micheal Kaufman

BP plc (ADR) (NYSE:BP) along with its trading partners was accused of charging higher natural gas price in California. BP and the state of California had signed a contract earlier according to which the company will provide natural gas to the state and charge $250 million in annual payments. However, a lawsuit was passed against the company by a former employee, Christopher Schroen, who claimed that BP will be over-charging the state by $300 million over a period of eight years. read more

Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) Takes Responsibility For Nigeria Oil Spills

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Bidness Etc discusses how Amnesty International’s accusations helped the Nigerian community leverage its rights against the oil giant

Published: November 17, 2014 at 8:08 am EST

By: Micheal Kaufman

Royal Dutch Shellplc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) has accepted responsibility for the two oil spills in Bodo community in Nigeria that occurred in 2008, and has decided to compensate quickly and fairly to the villagers harmed by the spills.

The decision by the Anglo-Dutch oil giant came after Amnesty International accused the company of being negligent in fulfilling its duties and misquoting figures in a filing with the London High Court. The British-based human rights agency alleged that Shell had known for years that the pipelines were faulty and that it made false claims about the size and impact of the oil spills. read more


We at OSSL would like to caution you as the editor of your Shell Blog, about the use of the term blackmail in the matter headlined above.


From: THE OSSL COMPANY <[email protected]>
Date: 17 November 2014 08:54:38 GMT
To: John Shell News <[email protected]>, Michiel Brandjes <[email protected]>
Subject: Unfounded claims of Blackmail ..Shell / Police / alcohol gifting /OSSL

Mr Donovan ,

We at OSSL would like to caution you as the editor of your Shell Blog, about the use of the term blackmail in the matter headlined above.

There is no question of OSSL attempting to blackmail Shell, we would point you in the direction of this fact ….the monetary ingredient in this dispute is not a demand for cash from Shell ….which is Shells cash … is a demand for the return of our cash laid out on Shells behalf at their demand to satisfy purchases for covert items of which “police alcohol” and “tennis courts” are only part of the whole picture . read more


Screen Shot 2014-11-16 at 23.49.54To its credit Shell has not given in to the subsequent money demands, but neither has it apparently reported the matter to the Irish Police. One can see the difficulty. How do you go about asking the Irish police to investigate a blackmail plot over free alcohol worth over €35,000 given to the Irish Police accused of being “Shell’s Cops” and acting brutally towards people protesting against the controversial project?


From: John Donovan <[email protected]>

Date: 16 November 2014 20:43:08 GMT
Cc: [email protected], Ed Vulliamy <[email protected]>, Lorna Siggins <[email protected]>, Dan Griffin <[email protected]>, Áine Ryan <[email protected]>, Paul O’Donoghue <[email protected]>, “Boucher-Hayes, Philip” <[email protected]>, Olga Cronin <[email protected]>, Erlend Skarsaune <[email protected]>
To: [email protected] read more

Pending Vacancy for Company Secretary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc?



  • Must have flexible integrity, a wiliness to bend rules and regulations, communicate in double Dutch, participate in cover-ups (e.g. the Brent Bravo scandal), mislead financial regulators and shareholders (reserves scandal), ignore emails, even from Shell shareholders; delay issuance of profit warnings; put the best interests of crooked Shell directors first, in the confident knowledge that they are insured against incompetence, negligence and dishonesty, and can still walk away with an $18.5 million payoff (Sir Philip) even if they ruin the company.
  • Be prepared to conspire with colleagues, anticipating potentially embarrassing questions that might be raised at the Shell AGM and devising deliberately evasive and misleading answers.
  • Willing to have tea and biscuits with Messrs Kane and Rooney when they make their annual OSSL blackmail pilgrimage to the Shell AGM,  demanding payment for alcohol used to bribe Irish cops on Shell’s behalf.
  • Vigorously defend Shell’s whitewash of its support for Hitler and the Nazi.
  • Fend off all claims that Shell has stolen Intellectual Property.
  • Be prepared to authorise private undercover spies to infiltrate and destroy/undermine perceived enemies, such as Greenpeace and anyone that sues Shell.

This assessment of ideal requirements is based on the current occupant of the office of Shell Company Secretary and his recent predecessors.


This is the link you need to use for all Shell job applications.

Note from John Donovan. The timing of this invitation is based on my information that Mr Brandjes is 60 years old in December and will be retiring from Shell. If this is wrong, then he only needs to let me know and it will be removed immediately. I would send him an email to double check but he never bothers to reply even though I am a Shell shareholder. Nonetheless, I hope that he has a long enjoyable retirement whenever that day arrives. read more

Shell also had a bad day in the US courts

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 15.57.16By John Donovan

Today’s headlines about Shell’s PR debacle arising from a case in UK courts about Shell’s lying, cheating, and related environmental crimes in Nigeria, have an echo in Shell’s failed machinations in the USA courts.

Shell lawsuit against environmental groups ruled unconstitutional: LA Times

On Wednesday, a federal appeals court called Shell’s legal strategy “novel” and ruled it unconstitutional.

“As multiple accidents have already shown, Shell’s drilling plans in the Arctic are severely flawed,” Clusen said. “Shell is not equipped to handle offshore drilling in some of the world’s most treacherous waters, and we’ll continue to do all we can to stop them from endangering the precious wildlife and local fishing economies that they’re putting at risk.” read more

Nigeria Oil Spill Scandal another devastating blow to Shell’s reputation

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 09.22.43By John Donovan

This selection from today’s headlines about Shell oil spills in Nigeria says it all about a company that has proved time and time again that it cannot be trusted.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Court documents expose Shell’s false claims on Nigeria oil spills

AllAfrica: Nigeria: Shell Lied About Amount, Impact of Bodo Oil Spills – Amnesty International

AllAfrica: Nigeria: Court Documents Expose Shell’s False Claims On Oil Spills

Guardian: Shell ignored internal warnings over Nigeria oil spills, documents suggest

The Independent: ‘Shell was told to replace pipeline six years before Nigeria oil spills’

BBC News: Shell ‘warned Nigeria pipeline could leak before spills’

BloombergBusinessweek: Shell Accused of Knowing Pipes Faulty Before Nigeria Spills

RT: Shell ignored ‘risk & hazard’ of Nigeria pipes, downplayed size of 2008 spills – court documents

UPI: Shell challenges Amnesty International oil spill report

London Evening Standard: Shell ‘ignored’ Nigerian oil pipeline warning’

SAHARA REPORTERS: Warnings Of Impending Pipeline Failure Ignored By Shell 2 Years Before Ogoniland Spills

EXTRACT: The court documents includes records that showed Shell’s senior management in Nigeria continued to warn the company that continued oil production in some areas were risky and posed dangers to surrounding ecosystems.


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Shell Underestimated Nigeria Oil Spills by Over 2,400%, Leaked Documents Reveal

BY AMELIA SMITH 11/13/14 AT 5:53 PM

The oil company Shell vastly underestimated the size of oil spills from its pipelines in the Niger Delta, and repeatedly ignored warnings from its own staff that the pipelines were in urgent need of maintenance, court documents exposed by human rights group Amnesty International have revealed. The failure of the company to replace the pipeline despite being told their lifespan was “non-existent or short”, eventually culminated in two devastating oil spills in 2008. read more

John Donovan unmasked as a Shell Spy

By John Donovan

In July of this year I published an article pointing out my listing on zoominfo as founder, owner and Group Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

My impressive employment history has since been updated and I am now also listed as being a Senior Lawyer and Alaska Vice President for Shell, a job Ann Pickard probably thought she had secured. 

It gets better.

A new book edited by two Associate Professors from the University of Ottawa  seems to identify me as a former employee of Shell Corporate Affairs Security. In other words, a Shell spy. read more

Damning Verdict on Shell’s Prelude FLNG Propaganda

These claims do not appear to be founded on fact but appear to be simply propaganda; …the Shell claims are fiction, wishful thinking. Royal Dutch Shell, bound by its general business principles of honesty and integrity, casts these principles aside by simply fabricating stories re the health and safety risks of FLNG, as a means to an end. 

An article by Mr Bill Campbell, retired HSE Group Auditor, Shell International.

By Bill Campbell

Is Shell prepared to stand by the public statements they make about FLNG risks? Not likely it appears 

In recent articles I challenged the unsubstantiated claims, with respect to the health and safety risks associated with FLNG, made by Shell on its websites. These claims do not appear to be founded on fact but appear to be simply propaganda. Shell would dearly wish that the risks of Prelude FLNG for example were quote on par with the risk levels of modern offshore installations, but this is a statement drawn from the ether, with no credible analysis to support it. 

The industry itself does not support the Shell euphoria with their more down to earth and sober assessment of the risks as we venture into the unknown by locating a hazardous substances plant on a vessel on the high sea for the first time.  read more

Shell Defamation Suit

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 09.22.43In 2007, the Department of Justice confronted Shell about its work in Nigeria, and at the time, investigators suspected that there may have been bribery of foreign officials that would allow Shell to get better access to various goods and services.

From a JD Supra Press Release

The Texas Supreme Court recently agreed to hear Shell Oil Co.’s pending defamation case. Robert Writt, a former Shell employee, sued the company for defamation after Shell submitted a report to the Department of Justice about his alleged involvement in committing numerous violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA).

It’s an interesting case — can internal investigation reports really be considered defamation? It’s just one question the court will have to consider as it makes its decision. It will depend largely on the truth of some of the allegations included in the DOJ report. read more

Sunday Times Article: Shell Prelude a potential white elephant

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 19.58.31By John Donovan

According to an article by Dominic O’Connell published in a whole page article in The Sunday Times on 9 November 2014, Prelude is in danger of becoming a white elephant. (See page 5 of the Business Section)

The article correctly describes Prelude as the brainchild of Royal Dutch Shell (unless it turns out that Shell pirated the technology).

Shell is described as a venerable oil and gas company said to have a history of making big plays that might not generate dividends for decades. read more

Prelude a giant production and processing barge masquerading as a ship

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By John Donovan

A parliamentary inquiry into the safety of floating LNG (FLNG) processing plants is underway in Western Australia this week.

On 28 December 2013, I published an article revealing that a whistleblower inside the Shell Prelude project – the first of these gigantic processing plants, had contacted me.  The person in question supplied me with internal information and photographic evidence supporting his anxiety about potentially dangerous, shoddy workmanship.

The whistleblower was intimately involved in the project at a high level and had deep concerns that warnings issued to Shell (and other parties) were ignored and financial considerations were taking priority over safety issues. He was particularly anxious about alleged use of totally unqualified personnel. read more

Shell gave Irish Cops enough alcohol to stock a pub

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Above item recently circulated by OSSL


From: John Donovan <[email protected]>
Subject: OSSL Shell
Date: 10 November 2014 16:17:03 GMT
Cc: [email protected]
To: [email protected]

Dear Justice Minster Frances Fitzgerald

I sent an email to you on 4 November 2014 regarding the corruption/blackmail allegations surrounding OSSL and Irish Shell.

The basic issue raised is whether OSSL has been blackmailing Shell in relation to alcohol improperly supplied to the Garda by OSSL on behalf of Shell.

In this connection, I supplied you with a covert recording of a consultation between OSSL directors and their then solicitor, Mr Marc Fitzgibbon of the Lavelle law firm in Dublin. I also supplied a transcript. Both are now accessible online. read more

BP a takeover target

Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 12.31.23Ben Levisohn has written an article for Barron’s stoking up further the persistent speculation about the prospect of a takeover bid for BP. He quotes from an expert assessment by Oppenheimer analysts Fadel Gheit and Luis Amadeo and points out that although they do not name names, the timing is right and the obvious contenders are Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron and Total.  A merger between BP and any one of these rivals would create the worlds biggest oil producer.  read more

Shell’s Soccer Field Greenwash

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 09.22.43From a Forbes article by Alex Epstein: Shell’s “Footstep-Powered” Soccer Field Will Never Work

Oil giant Shell claims in its #makethefuture campaign that it is promoting renewable energy and helping a poor community in Brazil by bringing it “the world’s first football pitch powered by footsteps.” It has told 1.6 million YouTube viewers and counting that this an idea “that could change the world.”

Don’t believe it.


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