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Todd Monette departure: “William T. Purves Swings his Heavy Axe Once More”

It is apparent Mr. Purves… feels that his most valued contribution is to spend his time getting rid of people who are both smarter and more capable then him.

As most of you have seen the insider posting regarding the un-timely departure of Todd Monette from his Technology Manager role at Deer Park Refinery, the word “Perseverance” comes to mind.  It is amazing to this writer that a VP in the Down Stream Manufacturing sector of a large integrated oil company has had nothing better to do for the last year and a half then to sit on high and grind his petty axes.  Seriously, you would think he might be concerned with managing cost structures in refining, constructing a blue goose of a ill thought out refinery expansion that has no market value, or other things consistent with what these blow hards do to earn their colossal salaries.  It is apparent Mr. Purves is not concerned with these things, he feels that his most valued contribution is to spend his time getting rid of people who are both smarter and more capable then him.  As has been previously mentioned here, Mr. Purves does not value others opinions when they differ from his.  The sad thing in this latest revelation is that it begs to question where will Mr. Purves stop?  He has already disposed of most of the more notable people that Mr. Monette has sponsored in his time as a senior leader with Shell/Motiva, I wonder how many others will get caught in his cross hairs.  When you look at the additional departures of James Rhame, and **** ******* at Port Arthur that were carried out the same day it becomes even more surprising.  So lets talk about Mr. Rhame, James was believed by many to be heir apparent to Monette at Port Arthur, Apparently not even his flipping over to Purves’ side could save him.  **** ******* is even more of a shocker as he was reportedly very close to Mr. Purves, I guess Mr. Purves must have questioned his allegiance since by the end of the Monette reign at Port Arthur Mr. ******* was perceived as being tight with Monette.  If I was Forrest Lauher, Steve Sanders, or Jeff “the Funk” Funkouser, I would be concerned. Only so many people can pile into that king sized bed at the lake, and you never know who will be next when it comes to Mr. William T Purves! read more

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Sudden departure of Shell Motiva Deer Park Refinery Manager, Todd Monette

Something went down and very quickly as I have heard.

FROM A SHELL INSIDER

Todd Monette (right) has left Shell Deer Park as of yesterday, also as of 9:00 a.m. yesterday his name has even been removed from the Shell Global Address book. You should be able to confirm this with other resources if needed. An official email announcement came out this morning with the name of a lady that was taking his leadership role as the technical manager on a temporary basis at this time. Todd was even on the site leadership team prior to his leaving yesterday. Something went down and very quickly as I have heard. More information to come. read more

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Nigeria: Acting president sacks oil chief

By BASHIR ADIGUN (AP)

6 April 2010

ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigeria’s acting president has sacked the head of the nation’s national oil company.

A spokesman for Acting President Goodluck Jonathan gave no explanation for Tuesday’s decision to fire Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo from the Nigeria National Petroleum Corp. The move comes the same day that Jonathan appointed a former employee of Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s Nigerian subsidiary as the country’s petroleum minister.

The spokesman also said Jonathan directly will supervise the power ministry. The moves could wipe away years of corruption that saw the oil-rich nation struggle to produce power for its 150 million people. read more

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Friends of Earth Start Campaign Against Shell Flaring

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By Fred Pals

April 6 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s shareholders and employees as well as car owners are being called upon to back a campaign by the environmental group Friends of the Earth Netherlands to stop Shell from flaring gas in Nigeria.

The campaign to keep Shell from releasing gases in the air starts April 8, the group said today in an e-mailed statement. “This policy contributes substantially to the global climate problem and causes severe damage to the environment,” Geert Ritsema, spokesman for Friends of the Earth, said in Amsterdam. read more

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Shell considers selling Finnish operations

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Tue Apr 6, 2010 10:14am BST

HELSINKI, April 6 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) said on Tuesday it was planning to sell its operations in Finland, as it seeks to focus its operations on bigger markets.

“We believe that the possible selling of our Finnish operations is an attractive opportunity to investors,” Tony Patterson, the head of Shell’s operations in the Nordic countries, said in a statement.

Shell has a subsidiary in Finland, which imports, produces, sells and markets fuels and lubricants in the Nordic country. It has some 325 petrol stations and some 325 staff in Finland. read more

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Shell, PetroChina Still Await Approval for Arrow Deal

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By Ben Sharples

April 6 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc said the company’s joint A$3.5 billion ($3.2 billion) bid with PetroChina Co. to acquire Arrow Energy Ltd. is yet to be approved by the Australian government, denying a press report.

“We continue to work through the government approval process,” Phil Connole, Melbourne-based spokesman for Shell, said by telephone today. The Australian Financial Review reported earlier that backing from the nation’s Foreign Investment Review Board for the transaction had been secured. read more

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