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Shell did not threaten to leave NL, executives tell MPs

December 15, 2017

Unilever and Shell did not directly threaten to move their head offices out of the Netherlands if the dividend tax was not abolished, senior officials told a parliamentary hearing on Friday, the Financieele Dagblad reported.

However, officials did make it clear they had warned about the possible consequences if the tax was not abolished, the paper said.

Both companies have split headquarter operations between the Netherlands and UK and are thought to have lobbied hard to get the new government to abolish the 15% tax.  The UK does not charge a tax on dividends. read more

Kazakhstan, Shell-Eni group continue talks over tax dispute

January 26, 2017

ASTANA (Reuters) – Kazakhstan has agreed to continue talks about a tax dispute with the Karachaganak consortium of oil majors led by Shell (RDSa.L) and Eni (ENI.MI) despite beginning arbitration proceedings, the Kazakh Energy Ministry said on Thursday.

Quoting minister Kanat Bozumbayev, a ministry spokesman said the sides had agreed in December to extend talks by nine months and Kazakhstan might stop the arbitration if it was satisfied with the consortium’s offer. read more

Shell, Philippines’ $1.2B Tax Dispute Heads To World Bank

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By Bryan Koenig

Law360, Washington (July 21, 2016, 6:30 PM ET) — A Royal Dutch Shell PLC unit on Wednesday took its $1.2 billion tax recalculation dispute with the Philippines’ Commission on Audit over the gas-to-power Malampaya project the company operates to a World Bank arbitration dispute body.

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes records show that Shell Philippines Exploration BV initiated the arbitration proceedings, registered Wednesday, against the Republic of the Philippines over the taxation of a hydrocarbon concession. read more

Multinationals already working the angles on ‘Google Tax’

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“We are aware of taxpayers seeking to use artificial and contrived interim arrangements with the sole aim of avoiding a potential MAAL liability from January 1, 2016,” the ATO said in a taxpayer alert.

In 2014 Shell Australia paid $534 million in finance costs on $12.7 billion of debt owed to offshore Shell companies. But its submission to the Senate tax inquiry showed that while it paid that $169 million interest to a Bermuda associate, the biggest cost was $260.7 million paid to a Shell company in Luxembourg for cross-currency interest rate swap costs. read more

Shell, Agip, Chevron tax evaders, Gov Dickson writes Buhari

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Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt: 21 April 2016

The face-off between Bayelsa State government and multinational oil companies deepened on Thursday with Governor Henry Seriake Dickson, seeking the intervention of the Presidency over tax evasion, flagrant disregard of laws and non-compliance with the rules and regulations of the country.

A press statement from Bayelsa Govt House named the companies that evade tax as Shell Petroleum Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC); Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited (NAOC); Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL); Consolidated Oil (CL); Conoil Producing; Brass LNG and Aiteo Energy. read more


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Looks like Marvin Odum was stripped of key responsibilities and placed in a lame Role. Ironically he will have to clean up the messes he left in Alaska and Unconventionals. A bit of Karma, but he should no longer be on the payroll after all his major mistakes.


The merger of Shell T&T and Royal Dutch in 2004 resulted in a major loss to the UK exchequer, as the taxes previously paid by Shell T&T went to the Dutch government instead. Presumably the taxes previously paid by BG will now go to the Dutch government too? read more

Six British multinationals ‘did not pay any UK corporation tax in 2014’

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Lloyds, brewer SABMiller and drugs company AstraZeneca were also among the six multinationals not to have paid any corporation tax in 2014, reports the Sunday Times

The same year, the six British companies made a combined global profit of £30bn. 

Shell used a complex corporate structure, a company branch in Switzerland, with hardly any tax rates, and tax havens such as Bermuda to reduced its tax payments. 

In 2014, it paid no UK corporation tax but made a global profit of £19.87bn writes the Sunday paper.  read more

Zero tax bill for UK big six

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AT LEAST six of Britain’s 10 biggest multinationals — including Shell, British American Tobacco (BAT) and Lloyds Banking Group — paid no UK corporation tax in 2014 despite combined global profits of more than £30bn.

The oil giant Shell is just one of the multinationals with an outpost in Zug, a Swiss canton with rock bottom rates. From there, it licenses its trademarks around the world.


Shell Philippines says will exhaustively challenge 53.14 billion peso tax claim

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The Philippine unit of Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) will exhaust all legal means, including international arbitration, to challenge a 53.14 billion peso (£751.8 million) tax claim against its Malampaya natural gas project, a company official said on Friday.

Shell Philippines Exploration B.V, is the operator of Malampaya in the southwestern Philippines, along with partners, Chevron Malampaya LLC, a unit of the U.S. energy firm (CVX.N) and the Philippines’ state-owned PNOC Exploration Corp. read more


Outspoken articles about Shell

Outspoken articles about Shell


Shell’s litigation in the U.S. courts over misappropriated $1.4bn Nigerian oil: 18 April 2017

Ben van Beurden distracted by a wiretapping incident: 18 April 2017

Neal Katyal, the best justice money can buy: 17 April 2017

The world’s biggest ship originally with a Nazi name, now named Pioneering Spirit: 16 April 2017

Keith Ruddock and the OPL 245 scandal: 16 April 2017

Unsubstantiated allegations against Shell CEO Ben van Beurden: 16 April 2017

Shell’s Nigerian Nightmare Continues: 16 April 2017

Spectacular falling out of ‘Security Professionals’ at the top of Shell: 12 April 2017

How Shell fell out with former FBI Special Agent Crockett Oaks III: 12 April 2017

Can Shell CEO Ben van Beurden Survive OPL 245?: 11 April 2017

OPL 245: Shell admits it knew payments would go to convicted money launderer: 10 April 2017

Key role of Shell Chairman Malcolm Brinded in OPL 245 Scandal: 10 April 2017

OPL 245: I think Shell may be in a spot of bother: 10 April 2017

New leaked emails put Shell at centre of billion dollar bribery scheme…: 10 April 2017

OPL 245 Scandal: Wiretapped phone call between Ben van Beurden and Simon Henry: 9 April 2017


Shell’s Nigerian Quagmire: 25 March 2017

Benzene exposure risks and the Norwegian Oil and Gas Industry: 23 March 2017

A/S Norske Shell Secret Meeting With Whistleblower : 22 March 2017

Shell’s tacit acknowledgement of a ‘culture of fear’: 20 March 2017

Shell Upstream Director Admits Culture of Fear Among Shell Employees: 20 March 2017

OPL 245: A falling out of thieves: 19 March 2017

Disillusioned Shell Whistleblower Runar Kjoersvik:  17 March 2017

Shell Sinking in OPL 245 Quicksand: 17 March 2017


Web Attack on Whistleblower by Shell Upstream Director: 13 March 2017

Employees Exposed to Benzene Contamination at Shell Nyhamna Gas Plant: 11 March 2017

Shell Multimillionaire CFO Simon Henry Departs Today: 10 March 2017

Shell confirms several countries investigating OPL 245 scandal: 10 March 2017


MI6 Spy Network Inside Shell: 9 March 2017


Shell Prelude FLNG project relegated to backburner: 6 March 2017

OPL 245 scandal and Shell’s former MI6 spies: 5 March 2017

Informers regime at Shell Nyhamna Gas Plant: 4 March 2017

Kiobel vs Shell discovery doc battle continues in US Courts: 4 March 2017


Financial tremors for Shell/Exxon (NAM) triggered by Dutch earthquakes: 2 March 2017

Shell trying to ignore media firestorm in Norway: 1 March 2017

Shell Nigerian corruption, lunch and lots of iced champagne: 28 Feb 2017

Shell, the oil giant run by unscrupulous hypocrites: 28 Feb 2017

Climate of fear at Shell Nyhamna Gas Plant in Norway: 27 Feb 2017

Dysfunction Crisis and Scandal at Shell Norway: 26 Feb 2017

Oil Resumption in Ogoni: Does Our Society Still Have Any Conscience?: 25 Feb 2017

Fake news naming Shell as an animal testing company?: 23 Feb 2017

Shell’s Role in Irish Police Corruption Scandal: 23 Feb 2017

Simon Henry sells another £1m worth of Shell shares: 17 Feb 2017

Trials and Tribulations of Royal Dutch Shell Plc: 16 Feb 2017

US Legal Battle over 100,000 Shell Internal Docs: 16 Feb 2017

US appeal against order to hand over Shell docs for Dutch case: 14 Feb 2017

Shell Charged With Corruption In OPL 245 Nigerian Oil Deal: 13 Feb 2017

Brexit, Trump, Populism and Royal Dutch Shell Plc: 12 Feb 2017

Which Members of the Royal Dutch Shell Executive Committee Approved the OPL 245 Scam?: 10 Feb 2017

Italian prosecutors seek trial of Shell Foundation Chairman Malcolm Brinded on OPL 245 Corruption Charges: 8 Feb 2017

Royal Dutch Shell CEO: Dividends No Longer No.1 Priority: 8 Feb 2017

€8.5 million Shell slush fund mishandled in Ireland: 5 Feb 2017

Reflecting on the anti-Leigh Day verdict in Shell Nigerian oil spill case: 31 Jan 2017


Shell Nigerian Litigation: Win in UK. Loss in USA: 26 Jan 2017

A deserved shitstorm of Shell Nigerian litigation: 25 Jan 2017

A poisoned chalice for Shell’s Ceri Powell: 24 Jan 2017

New Boss of Shell Exploration: 23 Jan 2017

Discrepancy in Shell’s Corrib Gas Project financial filings?: 22 Jan 2017

Royal Dutch Shell in Chapter 11: 21 Jan 2017

Hakluyt & Company Spying Missions For Shell: 20 Jan 2017

Royal Dutch Shell Motiva Blues: 19 Jan 2017

Royal Dutch Shell Hydrogen News: 18 Jan 2017

Think Twice Before Disclosing An Idea To Shell: 17 Jan 2017

Dramatic Breakup of Shell/Saudi Aramco jv Motiva: 16 Jan 2017

Shell a player in Iranian oil machinations: 16 Jan 2017

Esher Kiobel v Shell article published in Dutch FT: 15 Jan 2015

Resurrection of Kiobel v Royal Dutch Shell litigation: 11 Jan 2017

On 11 Jan 2017 will publish Court Orders involving Shell: 11 Jan 2017

Shell Chairman named in $1.3 billion OPL 245 fraud: 7 7 Jan 2017

Financial tremors for Shell and Exxon from Groningen earthquakes: 6 Jan 2017

Royal Dutch Shell hardline attitude to its employees: 5 Jan 2017

Royal Dutch Shell PLC saddled with a mountain of debt: 3 Jan 2017

OPL 245: Shell and Eni executives set to be arraigned: 1 Jan 2017


Dan Etete turns on his accomplices Eni and Shell: 30 Dec 2016

Alarm Bells – Shell Pearl GTL gasifiers crippled?: 28 Dec 2016

Shell’s complicity in human rights abuses in the Niger Delta: 27 Dec 2016


A devastating blow for Shell in U.S. Federal Court: 23 Dec 2016

Explosive allegations around Shell and Eni’s OPL 245 deal: 23 Dec 2016

Obama’s April Fool’s Joke Approving Shell Arctic Drilling: 22 Dec 2016 for Shell Breaking News:21 Dec 2016


Corruption of Police by Shell: 16 Dec 2016

Shell cost-cutting plan will undermine the welfare of its pensioners: 12 Dec 2016

Shell Canada President Michael Crothers says Canada should stick to its values: 29 Nov 2016

Pleased to assist Leigh Day in Suing Shell says John Donovan: 22 Nov 2016

21st Anniversary Commemoration of Ogoni Martyrs: 12 Nov 2016


The Uncensored History of the Shell Brent Oil and Gas Field: 9 Nov 2016

Award for deadly Corrib Gas Project: 8 Nov 2016

Irish Police, Shell, Corruption and Alcohol: 7 Nov 2016

No credibility in Shell Peak Oil Forecasts, says John Donovan: 3 Nov 2016

Hearing on Royal Dutch Shell: Committee Room 1, House of Commons Wednesday 2 November 2016: 1 Nov 2016

Lament for Royal Dutch Shell: 14 Oct 2016


Australian Government unconvinced about FLNG safety claims: 28 Sept 2016 read more

Shell pumped $20 billion a year from motorists but paid no company tax

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Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 19.22.09Michael West: 9 August 2015

For the third year on the trot, Shell service stations generated billions of dollars and revenue but not a cent in company tax. In fact the owners of the sunny yellow servos reported tax benefits in all three years despite total sales which may be in excess of $60 billion.

This is an incredible situation for a nationwide network of services stations as well as a large refinery which makes up the “downstream” division of the global oil brand.

Shell last year sold its downstream business in Australia including its Geelong refinery, a portfolio of 870 petrol stations and other assets to Dutch oil group Vitol.  read more

Federal Agency Dings Shell for Oil Rig Mishap in Arctic

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — May 28, 2015: By DAN JOLING Associated Press

As Royal Dutch Shell PLC seeks permits for exploratory oil drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast, a federal agency has concluded the company underestimated risk the last time it moved drill rigs to Arctic waters.

A National Transportation Safety Board report issued Thursday said the probable cause of the grounding of the company’s mobile drilling vessel, the Kulluk, in 2012 was “Shell’s inadequate assessment of the risk for its planned tow” across the Gulf of Alaska. read more

Shell has major hurdles to clear before Chukchi drilling resumes

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Shell has major hurdles to clear before Chukchi drilling resumes

Now that the Department of the Interior has, for the second time, affirmed the record-breaking Chukchi Sea lease sale it held seven years ago, is it smooth sailing for Royal Dutch Shell and its plans to drill this year on leases purchased in the sale?

Not so fast.

Shell, which spent over $2 billion on Chukchi leases, has already spent about $6 billion in total on its Alaska program and has ambitions for transforming the remote and undeveloped waters off Northwest Alaska into a major oil-producing region, still must clear several hurdles before it is given permission to sink a drill bit into hydrocarbons lying beneath the seafloor. read more

Incredibly, Shell Gets Another Go at Arctic Drilling

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Article by published 1 April 2015

Incredibly, Shell Gets Another Go at Arctic Drilling

Sadly, the Obama Administration has once again given Shell the go-ahead to drill in the Arctic.

“The Arctic is an important component of the Administration’s national energy strategy, and we remain committed to taking a thoughtful and balanced approach to oil and gas leasing and exploration offshore Alaska,” says Sally Jewell, Secretary of Interior, which made the decision.

The decision coincides with the 26th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez disaster. Decades later, the area has still not recovered, and the company continues to get away without paying reparations.  read more

HSBC Tax Scandal: Revelations pending about a major oil company

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By John Donovan

We know that Royal Dutch Shell has a long track record of tax dodging.

The most recent example occurred during its Arctic Drilling debacle, when it recklessly sent a drilling ship to sea in the face of a storm, trying to avoid a tax bill. 

According to a BBC News article published today, based on information from the HSBC whistleblower Herve Falciani, a major oil company could be next to feel the effects of a major data leak about how it operates.

Could it be Royal Dutch Shell Plc? read more

Detoxifying Shell’s online image: Possible or Impossible? 

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Royal Dutch Shell has appointed Possible as its global digital agency, starting with corporate brand work.

Seems a safe assumption that one important aspect will be an attempt to detoxify the reputation of Shell, which has recently agreed to pay huge settlements of litigation arising from environmental pollution in Nigeria and the USA. Shell is said to be suffering from buyers remorse on the latter settlement deal.

Shell settles Nigerian oil spills claim for $83.5 million

Shell Halts $90-Million Payout for Toxic Neighborhood after Judge Says Deal Can’t Be Secret read more

Shell’s spectacular belly flop into the Arctic Ocean

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 17.18.55Even more troubling than Shell’s “Arctic-ready” armada problems is Shell’s spectacular failure of good judgment. To avoid an Alaska tax bill, company managers ordered its secondary drill rig towed south through the winter storm-lashed Gulf of Alaska despite the tug master’s prescient warning that: “the length of tow, at this time of the year, in this location, with our current routing, guarantees an ass-kicking.” The tug master was right.

Extracts from a letter dated 11 Dec 2014 by Kim Elton, who served four years as senior adviser to former US Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar. 

Here are some lowlights from Shell’s pratfall-ridden 2012 effort to drill exploration wells: A Coast Guard inspection of Shell’s 47-year-old primary drilling ship found 23 “deficiencies” (including engine problems) days before it was set to sail for the Arctic; that rig nearly beached dragging anchor in a calm Aleutian port en route to the Arctic; Shell’s required spill response barge initially flunked minimum seaworthiness tests after it was rescued from a barge boneyard in Southern California; Shell’s spill containment dome was “crushed like a beer can” in placid Puget Sound sea trials, never making it to the Arctic; the lead drilling rig finally punched its first drill bit into the Arctic Ocean floor in mid-September and, the next day, an ice floe the size of Manhattan forced it off; that same rig then suffered an explosion and fire leaving the Arctic; it later was detained by the Coast Guard in Alaska for major safety, propulsion and pollution “discrepancies” (CBS reported when Coast Guard criminal investigators arrived, the crew had been provided with lawyers and declined to be interviewed); Shell’s secondary drilling rig had 19 deficiencies in electrical and maintenance systems discovered when it arrived back in Dutch Harbor from the Arctic; and Shell incurred more than $1 million in fines for air-quality violations in the Arctic. read more

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

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

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

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 17.18.55By John Donovan

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 wins $3bn tax battle in Bombay High Court

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 09.22.43The Financial Times is reporting:

“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’s own goals in the Arctic: Over to you, Ann

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Extract from an article published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 November 2014

When Ann Pickard says how sorry she is to be leaving the Westpac board after its shareholder meeting next month – just three years after taking her seat – there is no doubting her sincerity.

Chairman Lindsay Maxsted says that following the former Shell Australia boss’s “executive relocation to the US and expectations that her commitments in North America (as head of Shell’s Arctic operations) will increase in 2015, Ms Pickard reluctantly chose to retire from the board”. read more

Shell’s Arctic Machinations

Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 09.25.26The environmental group Oceana has obtained a copy of a letter from Shell to the U.S. Dept of the Interior revealing that the oil giant is seeking to pause Shell’s leases for five years. Approval would effectively extend the current drilling deadlines.  Shell’s plans to drill off the Alaska coast have already been heavily delayed by a series of avoidable mishaps, initially caused by negligence and incompetence, and subsequently by a desire to evade tax.

Extracts from a related Bloomberg article:

Shell Seeks 5 More Years for Arctic Oil Drilling Drive

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) is asking the Obama administration for five more years to explore for oil off Alaska’s coast, saying set backs and legal delays may push the start of drilling past the 2017 expiration of some leases.

Shell, which has spent eight years and $6 billion to explore the Arctic’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas, said in letter to the Interior Department that “prudent” exploration before leases expire is now “severely challenged.”

“Despite Shell’s best efforts and demonstrated diligence, circumstances beyond Shell’s control have prevented, and are continuing to prevent, Shell from completing even the first exploration well in either area,” Peter Slaiby, vice president of Shell Alaska, wrote to the regional office of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. read more

Royal Dutch Shell News 15 Oct 2014

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By John Donovan


A former manager of Shell Production Development Company in Nigeria has accused Shell of massive tax evasion. He also alleges that the Nigeria Economic and Financial Crimes Commission demanded a bribe from him as part of a related cover-up plan for Shell. The whistleblower also claims that his safety is in jeopardy. All strangely reminiscent of allegations surrounding the Corrib gas project in Ireland. MORE INFORMATION HERE.


A consortium led by Aiteo Group has won the auction for Shell oil block OML 29 in Nigeria, with a bid of N434b. The total cost of the acquisition is said to be $2.7 billion, allowing for working capital. MORE INFORMATION read more

Arctic Drilling: a spectacular failure of good judgment by Shell

Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 09.25.26Kim Elton accuses Shell’s management of “a spectacular failure of good judgment” and points out that “Company managers ordered the Kulluk towed south through the winter-storm-lashed Gulf of Alaska before the 2013 new year — partly to avoid Alaska taxes.”

By John Donovan

Kim Elton, a former senior adviser to the U.S. Department of the Interior, who was involved in oversight of Shell’s 2012 Arctic drilling plans, has made some very blunt comments about the debacle. 

Kim admits that she “fell for Shell’s promise that their drill fleet was ready to tackle the Arctic.”

She says Shell’s “dive into the Arctic Ocean was a spectacular belly flop”and lists the disastrous chain of events, reminding us that “Shell incurred more than $1 million in fines for air quality violations.” read more

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL: Ice buckets, rust buckets and superbuckets

By John  Donovan

According to the the Vancouver Observer, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden, has accepted the ice bucket challenge from Leonardo DiCaprio to oil sands executives. 

The reputation of his predecessor as Shell CEO, Peter Voser, sunk after he faced and failed a challenge in the Arctic.

Voser came spectacularly unstuck as a result of sending a couple of refurbished old rust buckets into Alaskan waters in an ill-fated tax dodging scandal resulting in ship board fire, explosions, pollution, groundings and public humiliation. read more

Royal Dutch Shell Files Arctic Drilling Plans

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 00.00.49A Shell spokesperson claims that the company’s latest Arctic exploration plan takes into account lessons learned from the 2012 operation (which turned into a dangerous farce after Shell engaged in reckless machinations in an effort to evade tax).

By John Donovan

Royal Dutch Shell has filed a plan with US federal regulators that could result in a resumption of its Arctic drilling campaign in the summer of of 2015.

However, the oil giant still has significant regulatory and legal issues to deal with in the meantime.

A Shell spokesperson claims that the company’s latest Arctic exploration plan takes into account lessons learned from the 2012 operation (which turned into a dangerous farce after Shell engaged in reckless machinations in an effort to evade tax).  read more

Diminishing Shell in Australia

Screen Shot 2013-12-10 at 09.33.03Extracts from a Sydney Morning Herald article by Michael West published 2 June 2014 under the headline: “Is petrol producer an empty Shell?”

Suffice to say that Shell has contributed to the Australian economy in a big way over the years. Not quite so big any more, though. Shell Australia has become less an Australian company now than a figurine for its foreign parent. One corollary of this is that it is paying less tax. Shell, like other large corporations, is mimicking the aggressive tax practices of Google and the multinational new guard, and the implications for Australia’s tax base are menacing. If you look at Shell’s website, you will find that it calls itself Shell in Australia. It used to be Shell Australia. The word ‘‘in’’ is a small word but powerfully redolent of what has changed. This is no longer an Australian company in mind and management. read more

Political tussle over swearing-in of oil executives unfolds on Senate floor

Screen Shot 2012-09-19 at 09.13.48Extracts from an article by RICHARD MAUER published 9 April 2014 by Anchorage Daily News

JUNEAU — A request by a Democratic senator that a Republican committee chairwoman require oil industry officials to be sworn before testifying Wednesday about the effects of last year’s tax cut erupted into a sharp personal battle between the two. The verbal confrontation started in committee and moved to the Senate floor. French cited the Coast Guard investigation into the grounding of Shell’s drilling rig Kulluk as a reason for putting the company officials under oath. Referring to a recent Daily News story on the investigation, French noted that a Shell official once denied to a reporter that there was any connection between Shell’s decision to move the Kulluk in early winter and the property tax the company would have to pay if the rig remained safely in Dutch Harbor. But under oath to the Coast Guard, the Shell official admitted the pending tax payment was one of the considerations for beginning the rig’s tow into a fierce Gulf of Alaska storm. read more

Under oath admission of tax dodging in Alaska by Shell executive

Screen Shot 2013-06-19 at 17.10.39Extracts from an article published by Sit News on 9 April 2014 under the headline: ‘Under Oath’ Request Unprecedented

(SitNews – Ketchikan, Alaska) – Yesterday Senator Hollis French (D-Anchorage) sent a letter to Resources Chair Senator Cathy Giessel requesting that she use her statutory authority to swear in the oil industry witnesses who were scheduled to appear before the Resources Committee today (Wednesday, April 9, 2014). The investigation surrounding the grounding of Royal Dutch/Shell’s Arctic drilling rig, the Kulluk, had a role in French’s decision to make the request. Through a series of problems the Kulluk went aground. Questions arose about whether Shell took the risky move of a mid-winter tow to avoid paying millions in state property taxes. A Shell executive told the press that tax considerations had nothing to do with the move. The same executive later admitted under oath that Alaska tax laws influenced the move. read more

Shell remains committed to Alaskan arctic

Ann Pickard, Head of Shell's Arctic Adventures

Ann Pickard, Riding to the Rescue of Shell’s Arctic Fiasco

Extracts from an article by Daniel J. Graeber published 9 April 2014 by UPI

HOUSTON, April 9 (UPI) — The arctic waters off the Alaskan coast may be one of the more promising reserve basins in the nation, but exploration will have to wait, Shell said Wednesday. Ann Pickard, executive vice president for Shell’s arctic programs, said arctic nations have decided to open their waters to exploration and her company aims to develop those reserves responsibly. Last week, the U.S. Coast Guard published a 152-page report on Shell’s operations in Alaska. Shell’s drillship Kulluk struck ground off the Alaskan coast in 2012, and the Coast Guard blamed harsh winter conditions and the company’s efforts to escape Alaskan tax laws for the incident. read more

Shell’s UK corporation tax bill tumbles

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 00.19.29Extracts from an article by ROB DAVIES published 9 April 2014 by This is under the headline: “Shell’s UK corporation tax bill tumbles by nearly 90 per cent as company invests more in North Sea and production declines”

Shell’s UK corporation tax bill tumbled by nearly 90 per cent to just £55.5m last year, as the company invested more in the North Sea and production declined. Shell’s UK bill fell from £487m last year to £55.5m, less than it paid in Nigeria, Norway, Australia, Malaysia, Canada and Italy.

Shell’s public image was tarnished last week by a report from the US Coastguard which criticised readiness for Alaskan Arctic drilling. …the US Coastguard assessment of Shell’s preparedness was rather more cutting. The report criticised the plan for towing the Kulluk, saying Shell showed a ‘lack of respect’ for the conditions. It also said Shell’s decision to tow the Kulluk to Seattle amid rough winter seas was partly motivated by a desire to cut tax, something former boss Peter Voser denied. read more

Shell risked offshore workers lives to dodge Alaskan tax bill

Screen Shot 2013-07-15 at 07.03.50Despite all promises to the contrary, Shell is still putting monetary considerations before safety. Just read some of the recent articles about Shell’s reckless conduct in offshore Alaska. It put the lives of offshore workers and the environment at risk to avoid a potential multimillion dollar tax bill. Personally, I do not believe enough attention has been drawn to the ethical issue of Shell deliberately putting peoples lives at risk in a calculated gamble.

Royal Dutch Shell Safety Last, not First

By John Donovan

Despite all promises to the contrary, Shell is still putting monetary considerations before safety.

Just read some of the recent articles about Shell’s reckless conduct in offshore Alaska.

It put the lives of offshore workers and the environment at risk to avoid a potential multimillion dollar tax bill.

This extract from a US News & World Report article published yesterday is typical of the many comments published elsewhere:

Notably, in September 2012, a Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig ran aground in Alaska as workers attempted to tow it beyond the state’s waters. A Coast Guard report released Friday found that the Anglo-Dutch oil company decided to move the rig – and insisted on doing so through dangerous stormy weather – to avoid paying new Alaskan taxes. The report also detailed myriad safety issues. read more

Interior Dept. Preps for Arctic Oil Spills

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 09.49.25Extracts from an article by published 8 April 2014 by USNews & World Report

They’re preparing for the worst. Interior Department officials recently put out a call for “new and innovative mechanical technologies” to help clean up oil spills in the Arctic. Yet even as ice around the Arctic has melted amid rising global temperatures, potentially exposing rich oil and gas deposits, serious hazards remain. Notably, in September 2012, a Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig ran aground in Alaska as workers attempted to tow it beyond the state’s waters. A Coast Guard report released Friday found that the Anglo-Dutch oil company decided to move the rig – and insisted on doing so through dangerous stormy weather – to avoid paying new Alaskan taxes. The report also detailed myriad safety issues. read more

Kulluk report inspires no confidence for Arctic operations

Screen Shot 2013-11-01 at 09.31.18Extracts from an editorial published on 5 April 2014 by The Anchorage Daily News under the headline: “Our View: Kulluk report inspires no confidence for Arctic operations”

The United States Coast Guard didn’t mince words in its report of the grounding of Shell’s drilling rig, the Kulluk, in December 2012. The Coast Guard found Shell failed both in preparation and operations, and concluded that the company decided to move the vessel despite forecasts of worsening weather in part to avoid a state property tax obligation. None of this took place in the Arctic, where Shell did limited drilling program without incident in the summer of 2012. All of this gives evidence that Shell is not fully prepared for Arctic operations. A telling comment came from Rear Adm. Joseph A. Servidio, the Coast Guard’s assistant commander for prevention policy. Servidio said the most significant factor was the failure to assess and manage the extreme risks of the Gulf of Alaska. read more

Shell Rushed Rig to Arctic Sea to Avoid Alaska Tax: U.S.

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A desire to avoid millions of dollars in Alaska state taxes played a role in Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s decision to move a drilling rig, which later broke free from a tow boat and ran aground on an uninhabited island in Alaska, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a report.

Shell had decided to move the Kulluk drill rig to Seattle for repairs because it might have been subject to a state property tax had it remained in Alaska waters beyond Jan. 1, 2013, according to the report released yesterday that offered eight recommendations to improve safety. read more

Shell was underprepared for ill-fated tow across Gulf of Alaska

Extracts from an article by Suzanna Caldwell published April 3, 2014 by AlaskaDispatch under the Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 09.24.01headline: Coast Guard report shows Shell was underprepared for ill-fated tow across Gulf of Alaska

A Coast Guard report released Thursday shows that while a series of events ultimately led to the grounding of a drilling rig designed to drill in the Arctic, an “inadequate assessment and management of risks” was the biggest cause of the Kulluk grounding.

The findings in the 152-page report conclude that while bad weather in the Gulf of Alaska was the primary cause of the grounding, “ineffective” risk management and application of towing measures from Shell and Edison Chouest contributed to the grounding. read more

Poor Management and Tax Dodging Led to Kulluk Grounding

Screen Shot 2013-11-01 at 09.31.18Article by RACHEL D’ORO Associated Press published 4 April 2014 by ABC NEWS under the headline: “Report: Poor Management Led to Shell Grounding”

A Coast Guard report says poor risk assessment and management were factors that led to the grounding of a Shell oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Alaska in 2012.

The report released Thursday also says Alaska’s tax laws influenced the decision to tow the Kulluk to Seattle. Royal Dutch Shell PLC believed the drill vessel would have qualified as taxable property on Jan. 1, 2013, if it was still in Alaska waters.

The Kulluk broke away from its tow vessel in late December 2012 and ran aground four days later on Sitkalidak Island, near Kodiak. read more

Royal Dutch Shell Chairman Jorma Ollila failed to disclose ownership of Luxembourg company worth €8.2 million

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 12.56.28“It will be interesting to see what happens next. If Ollila (right) did not disclose his Luxembourg interests to the authorities, this was presumably because he did not declare them for tax purposes either. So when others within the companies that he leads commit breaches of inconvenient laws, they can presumably use the justification that they are only following the example of their chairman. Since Ollila does not have any oil industry specific skills to offer, the only reason for his role as chairman is to provide leadership and to set an example as a role model. As such, his conviction for breaking securities laws should be seen as gross or wilful negligence.  I presume that he will be resigning before the AGM.” It is almost exactly 10 years since another dishonest Royal Dutch Shell Chairman, Sir Phil Watts, resigned in disgrace.

By John Donovan

Jorma Ollila, the Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Plc has been fined by market regulators for failing to disclose his ownership and control of a company in Luxembourg worth 8.2 million euros. He has admitted breaking the law. He prefers to call it “neglecting the law.”

It is therefore interesting to reflect on his past comments about transparency and trust.

The following extracts are all taken from a speech he made as Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Plc on 1 November 2012.

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Shell’s disastrous tax dodge

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Photo Courtesy Mark Meyer / Greenpeace

Extracts from an article by Jim Paulin, Dutch Harbor Fisherman, published 23 March 2014 by AlaskaDispatch under the headline: Southwest Alaska municipalities want bigger share of oil royalties 

Impacts are already being felt from the arrival of Royal Dutch Shell in Alaska. The arctic-class oil rig Kulluk grounded in the Kodiak archipelago New Year’s Eve, as the rig left on a schedule designed to avoid a potential tax bill of $6 million in Unalaska, raising serious concerns of damage to the environment. None of those fears were realized in that incident, though it clearly showed the potential for harm. The cost to Shell in responding to the near-disaster makes $6 million seem small by comparison. In addition, Alaska’s government says the rig is exempt from local taxes because it wasn’t drilling in state waters, which extend up to three miles from shore. Shell has suspended exploration this year, to give it time to fix its drill rigs. read more

Vodafone, Shell asked to file replies in tax case by 10 October

Both firms have challenged tax demands through writ petitions in high court in an alleged transfer pricing case: Shell India is fighting a tax order accusing it of underpricing an intra-group share transfer by Rs.15,000 crore and consequently evading taxes.

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=&0=& The Bombay high court on Monday asked the Indian units of Vodafone Group Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc to file rejoinders by 10 October to the replies filed by the income tax department in an alleged transfer pricing case.

Shell India is fighting a tax order accusing it of underpricing an intra-group share transfer by Rs.15,000 crore and consequently evading taxes.


In the new Shell to lie is acceptable unless your found out

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Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 23.30.59The crisis in my book, and we are far from the endpoint in this, is that RDS officials lied in that the decision to move Kulluk was not related to tax avoidance when it was.  Perhaps that is why the RDS CEO has taken a closer interest in his family and the sustainability of his future.


In the new Shell, that which developed in the days of post transformation, group dancing in that nice hotel near the Het Loo Palace, with the dear leader Watts arriving from space etc around the same time, who can forget those heady days.  Is that when to lie and deceive became the norm in the head sheds of The Hague. Is that when the growth of VP’s started, not the Joe Biden variety, the Shell model, we currently appear to have more VP’s than indian meals sold in Bradford on a Friday night. read more

Listening sessions start process for Alaska-focused Arctic drilling rules

Screen Shot 2013-01-11 at 20.09.51Looking for lessons in Shell’s disastrous campaign to drill offshore in the Arctic, the Interior Department on Thursday launched an effort to create special rules for oil and gas activity in federal waters off Alaska’s coasts.

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Alex DeMarban: June 6, 2013

Looking for lessons in Shell’s disastrous campaign to drill offshore in the Arctic, the Interior Department on Thursday launched an effort to create special rules for oil and gas activity in federal waters off Alaska’s coasts.

Leading the hearing was a former Alaskan who’s risen into the top echelons of the department. Tommy Beaudreau, an assistant secretary at Interior who oversees energy development in the U.S. offshore, said his years in Alaska have left him mindful of the promise of resource development and the dangers it presents. read more

Shell Covered Up The Fact That They Moved Kulluk For Taxes

 Screen Shot 2013-06-01 at 15.31.58…the two Arctic drilling barges deployed by Shell were plagued with issues. The first was under criminal investigation for failing safety requirements, while the second was the Kulluk

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Rachel Maddow: Shell Covered Up The Fact That They Moved Kulluk For Taxes

Posted:   |  Updated: 05/31/2013 12:45 pm EDT

Rachel Maddow concluded earlier this week that “oil companies lie.”

Although this is not the first time the MSNBC host has criticized an oil giant, recent revelations about Shell’s Arctic drilling led Maddow to reiterate her stance.

In an investigation conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard, a Shell official admitted that the Kulluk, a drilling barge that ran aground on December 31, 2012, was being moved in an effort to avoid a possible $6 million tax. read more

Shell Admits Kulluk Rig was Moved to Avoid Taxes

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By Charles Kennedy | Mon, 27 May 2013 21:47

Screen Shot 2012-12-07 at 01.26.25On 7th December 2012 Shell decided to move the Kulluk floating drill platform from its berth in Dutch Harbour, south to a Seattle shipyard where it would receive major repairs and general maintenance during the off-season. Shell claimed that they had assessed the possibility of making the repairs in Alaska, but it was deemed that a larger shipyard was needed.

The Kulluk, under tow from the Aiviq, departed Dutch Harbour on 21st December. On 27th December the main towing gear failed, just as an Arctic storm approached and the seas began to pick up. Repeated attempts to connect the Kulluk to a number of different vessels that had come to help, all failed, and the rig finally drifted off and ran aground on New Year’s Eve. read more

Shell Admits Real Reason Coast Guard Had To Rescue Its Arctic Drilling Rig: Failed Tax Avoidance Scheme

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Screen Shot 2012-12-07 at 01.26.25By Ryan Koronowski on May 28, 2013 at 6:17 pm

The main reason an offshore oil rig ran aground off the coast of Alaska late last year was because oil company Royal Dutch Shell was trying to depart state waters to avoid paying millions in taxes.

Sean Churchfield, operations manager for Royal Dutch Shell in Alaska, testified to the Coast Guard over the weekend that the Kulluk, an Arctic offshore drilling rig, left Dutch Harbor in December “driven by the economic factors.” When the Coast Guard’s legal advisor Lt. Cmdr. Brian McNamara asked why leaving by the end of the year was such a concern, Churchfield said: read more

Shell challenges $1 billion tax demand in Bombay HC

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Mumbai: Global oil major Royal Dutch Shell Thursday said it has moved the Bombay High Court here, challenging the USD 1 billion demand made by the tax authorities on a four-year-old equity infusion.

“Shell confirms that it has filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court challenging the draft tax order,” the Anglo- Dutch oil major said in a statement. The company “will continue to evaluate all options for redress available to resolve this tax dispute”, it said. read more

Shell and ABN Amro ‘masters in tax avoidance’


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Shell and state bank ABN Amro are ‘masters in tax avoidance’: Volkskrant

Monday 01 April 2013

While the Netherlands has its own image as a tax haven, Dutch multinationals are masters at setting up their own companies in tax-free zones, the Volkskrant reported at the weekend.

The 26 biggest Dutch companies have at least 237 companies in tax-free places such as the Channel Islands, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, where they do no, or little, business, the Volkskrant says.

Shell has 85 subsidiaries in six tax-free zones, while ABN Amro has 54 in five. Privately-held oil trading group Vitol has 17. Most companies, including Vitol, are reluctant to give out much information about their activities in tax havens, the VK said. read more

Evidence Shell Tax Dodging was Behind Kulluk debacle

By John Donovan

The Alaska Dispatch has quoted from an email that Shell Alaska spokesperson Curtis Smith (right) sent on 27 December 2012.

Curtis said in his email:

“it’s fair to say the current tax structure related to vessels of this type influenced the timing of our departure.”

He also said it could cost “multiple millions” if the Kulluk was still in Alaska waters Jan. 1.

I think we can safely assume that Mr Curtis will have earned a big black mark against his name at Shell PR for telling the truth. That is not a quality that Shell management is looking for in a spokesperson. read more

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