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Brazil Court Fines Shell, Basf for Making Workers Sick

The plant was built in 1977 by Shell… Dozens of former employees of the plant have been diagnosed with prostate, thyroid and other types of cancer, circulatory, liver and intestinal illnesses, as well as infertility and sexual impotence, the statement added.

Caracas, Saturday August 21,2010

SAO PAULO – A Brazilian court has ordered the local units of Basf SE and Royal Dutch Shell Plc to pay 1.1 billion reais ($628 million) to cover the cost of medical treatment and compensation for former workers made ill by toxic substances.

The sentence, which can be appealed, was handed down by Judge Maria Ines Correa de Cerqueira Cesar of the labor court in Paulinia, Sao Paulo state, where a pesticide plant operated between 1977-2002.

The judge ordered the companies to pay the cost of medical treatment for all of plant’s former workers, as well as for the children of employees or contractors who were born during or after the time their parents worked at the factory. read more and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

Brazil Court Fines Shell, BASF $654M For Toxic Leaks- Report

BASF said the ruling was “absurd,” as the contamination was “caused and acknowledged by Shell,” according to the report.


AUGUST 21, 2010

A Brazilian court has fined the local units of Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA, RDSA.LN) and BASF SE (BASFY, BAS.XE) a total of BRL1.1 billion ($654 million) in compensation and medical costs to workers who were harmed by contamination at an agricultural chemicals plant in Paulinia, Sao Paulo, the O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper reported on Saturday.

Studies in the area around the Paulinia unit showed the presence of heavy metals in soil and subterranean water, according to Estado. read more and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

Twister BV warns Shell of false Corrib Gas Project evidence

Below is another leaked email supplied to John Donovan by the *Celtic Tiger 5. It relates to the ill-fated Shell Corrib Gas Project in Ireland which, for over 5 years, has been beset by serious protests by the local population. Some protesters, including Maura Harrington (right), have been jailed for standing up to Shell and its hired security guards (thugs).

The email was sent to Shell by the Hugh Epsom, the Sales Director of Twister BV, which offers advanced process solutions and associated services based around its supersonic gas processing technology for gas treatment to the Oil & Gas Industry worldwide.

Mr Epsom said that he was “extremely worried” about factually incorrect information (which may have found its way into a witness statement) that could have a negative impact of Shell’s reputation.

We are trying to obtain a date for the leaked email, the content of which is likely to be embarrassing and possibly incriminating  for Shell.
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Shell Pesticide Revelations

Shell knew early on what a potential long term and persistent environmental and health menace these pesticides were. Yet they kept producing them and moving production to new locations even as one country after another banned their use. This is a very ugly story of corporate greed and utter contempt for the welfare of their employees and the consuming public in general.

Comments from a former employee of Shell Oil USA on the article…

Roll call of Shell toxic brands deadly to insects, crop pests AND humans

These are my thoughts and observations about your revelations so far.

I found out that Shell has a fairly large petrochemical complex at Pernis, in the Netherlands. I also found out they mfg’d the ‘drins’ at this location for a long time. I am going to guess that Shell’s long term medical study was conducted on plant workers who were exposed to the ‘drins’ as part of their normal work duties. I am also going to guess these workers had no idea how toxic the ‘drins’ could be, or how potentially carcinogenic, or the kind of nervous system damage they could suffer. It would be interesting to find out how Shell conducted their ‘long term study’, and whether they did follow up studies after an employee left the company. They could have also done a study of the workers at the Rocky Mtn. Arsenal plant as well and kept the results secret. read more and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.
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