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Shell Drags Down B Corp Status of Havas Agencies: “Greenwashing Gone Wrong”

Posted by John Donovan: 18 July 2024

In a classic case of corporate hypocrisy, four Havas agencies—Havas London, Havas Lemz, Havas New York, and Havas Immerse—have been stripped of their B Corp status. Why? Because their sister agency, Havas Media, inked a deal with none other than Shell, the poster child for environmental destruction.

Havas Media snagged Shell’s media business last September after a three-month review and began handling B2C strategic media buying from GroupM in January. Shell, ever the environmental saint, spent about $240 million on measured media in 2022, according to COMvergence.

B Lab, the global nonprofit that hands out B Corp certifications to companies that supposedly balance profit with a commitment to people and the planet, decided this partnership was a bit too toxic. After a months-long investigation prompted by Clean Creatives and a coalition of 26 B Corp-certified firms, B Lab found Havas’ actions violated their core values. Surprise, surprise. read more

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Shell Offloads More Dirty Business: Tenaz Energy Buys Dutch Offshore Assets for $180 Million

Posted by John Donovan: 18 July 2024

In a move that’s as surprising as rain in the Netherlands, Shell and ExxonMobil, the environmental knights in shining armor, have decided to pawn off their offshore assets in the Dutch North Sea to Canada’s Tenaz Energy. For the low, low price of €165 million ($180.33 million), Tenaz Energy gets to inherit all the shiny shares of NAM Offshore B.V., a joint venture that also involves the Dutch government.

NAM operates the infamous Groningen gas field in the Netherlands. But wait, there’s more! This sweetheart deal, expected to close by mid-2025, includes all of NAM’s offshore exploration and production businesses, the pipeline infrastructure, and the onshore processing facilities—just not the assets in the Ameland area. Apparently, even Shell has to hold onto something. read more

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John Donovan is a notable figure associated with Royal Dutch Shell in the context of being a long-time critic of the company. He operates the website royaldutchshellplc.com, which serves as a platform for disaffected Shell employees to share information, company news, and gossip—often critical of Shell’s practices and policies. His relationship with Shell is deeply rooted, tracing back to the 1990s when he and his father, Alfred Donovan, became vocal critics following a business dispute with Shell, which was a client of their marketing promotion company. read more

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Shell’s Latest Feat: Quietly Ditching Its Eco-Friendly Recycling Pledge

Posted by John Donovan 17 July 2024

In the latest chapter of Shell’s never-ending saga of environmental hypocrisy, the oil giant has decided to backtrack on its grandiose promise to save the planet by recycling plastic waste. Back in 2022, Shell boldly claimed it would convert a whopping 1 million tonnes of plastic waste into oil every year through “advanced recycling.” Now, it turns out this pledge was about as solid as a politician’s promise.

“Advanced” or “chemical” recycling—just fancy terms for breaking down plastic with heat—was Shell’s supposed answer to the plastics pollution crisis. The company started investing in this pyrolysis process back in 2019, even using the resultant oil in a Louisiana plant and declaring its ambition to recycle 1 million tonnes of plastic by 2025. But as of their 2023 sustainability report, Shell quietly confessed: “[I]n 2023 we concluded that the scale of our ambition to turn 1m tonnes of plastic waste a year into pyrolysis oil by 2025 is unfeasible.” read more

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Shell’s New Puppet Master in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay

Shell’s New Puppet Master in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay: Another Greedy Exec to Oversee the Pollution Parade

Posted by John Donovan: 16 July 2024

In yet another move that proves Shell’s undying dedication to environmental devastation and corporate greed, the oil behemoth has appointed Germán Burmeister as the senior vice president and country chair for Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. Effective August 1, Burmeister will be the latest in a long line of executives tasked with ensuring Shell’s relentless pursuit of profits at the expense of our planet.

$3.5 billion over a decade wasn’t enough for Shell’s appetite in Argentina. So, they’re throwing another $500 million into the mix for 2024 to “sustain and expand” their operations in Vaca Muerta. Because, of course, nothing says sustainable like drilling deeper and more aggressively into one of the largest shale oil reserves. read more

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The Shell-Related High Court Spectacle That Puts Reality TV to Shame

Posted by John Donovan: 15 July 2024

In a high-stakes legal drama, a High Court judge just told Leigh Day, the law firm accused of playing fast and loose with £6 million from a Shell pollution settlement, to suck it up and get on with the show. The Nigerian claimants, reeling from Shell’s eco-destruction in the Niger Delta, argued they hadn’t received a formal heads-up about the trial date. But the judge wasn’t buying it.

Leigh Day, the firm representing the Bodo community against the oil behemoth Shell, settled for a cool £55 million in 2014 after the delightful oil spills of 2008 and 2009. £25 million was for individual claims, while £20 million was set aside for the community. The firm is accused of sneaky disbursements, diverting £6 million to an NGO and four Nigerian legal practices without a green light. read more

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Shell Avoids Strike: Workers Score Wage Hike in Last-Minute Deal

Posted by John Donovan: 12 July 2024

In a rare turn of events, Shell has managed to pull its head out of the sand long enough to strike a deal with its workers in Alberta, Canada. The Unifor union announced on Wednesday that its members have ratified a new four-year agreement that includes a 16% wage increase. Because who knew that actually paying workers could prevent strikes?

Dodging a Bullet:

The agreement comes after Shell’s Scotford-based facility workers overwhelmingly voted in favor of a work stoppage in late June. It seems the threat of an actual strike was enough to get Shell to the negotiating table. Unifor also mentioned the possibility of further wage gains and improvements to time off for statutory holidays and various union-based leaves. Looks like Shell finally remembered that workers are people too. read more

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Shell’s Gas Gambit: Trading Green for Gas in the Name of Profit

Posted by John Donovan 12 July 2024

In another classic move from our favorite eco-villain, Shell has gone all-in on liquefied natural gas (LNG), trying to plug the gap left by its exit from Russia in 2022. With a series of deals, Shell’s CEO Wael Sawan is betting big on LNG, all while quietly stepping away from those pesky renewable energy projects.

Filling the Russian Void:

Shell’s new projects in the United Arab Emirates and Trinidad and Tobago, along with snapping up a hefty trading portfolio, are all part of Sawan’s master plan to boost LNG volumes by up to 20 million metric tons per year (mtpa) between 2023 and 2030. These moves help Shell recover from the 2.5 mtpa shortfall after ditching Russia’s Sakhalin LNG project, which led to a 5% dip in liquefaction volumes last year. Because nothing says resilience like swapping one geopolitical mess for another. read more

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Shell’s Latest Venture: Throwing Money at Abu Dhabi LNG Project to Maintain its Greedy Legacy

Posted by John Donovan 12 July 2024

In the latest installment of “Shell’s Quest for Global Domination,” the European energy behemoth has inked a deal to invest in Abu Dhabi’s Ruwais liquefied natural-gas (LNG) project. Alongside equally virtuous partners BP, TotalEnergies, and Japan’s Mitsui, Shell is securing its place in the race to expand the UAE’s LNG production capacity.

Shell’s Slice of the Pie:

Shell proudly announced it would grab a 10% stake in the Ruwais project, matching the stakes of BP, TotalEnergies, and Mitsui. Not to be outdone, Shell will also buy a cool 1 million metric tons of LNG annually, while Mitsui will settle for a mere 600,000 tons. Details of the financial arrangements? Oh, those remain as opaque as ever. read more

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Shell to Exploit Manatee Gas Field: Because the World Needs More Gas Giants

Posted by John Donovan 10 July 2024

Gas, Gas, and More Gas:

Shell announced on Tuesday that it’s moving forward with the Manatee gas field project in Trinidad, aiming to beef up its liquefied natural gas (LNG) empire. Nestled in the East Coast Marine Area, one of the Caribbean’s busiest gas-producing zones, the Manatee field is part of the cross-border Loran-Manatee discovery shared with Venezuela. This gem holds about 10 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas, with Trinidad sitting on a modest 2.7 tcf of that stash. read more

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Shell’s Newest Environmental Circus Act: Prelude FLNG in Western Australia

Posted by John Donovan: 9 July 2024

In the latest chapter of “Shell’s Ever-Expanding Environmental Impact,” John Wood Group PLC has snagged a massive engineering contract for Shell’s Prelude Floating Liquified Natural Gas (FLNG) facility in Western Australia. Because clearly, the world’s largest floating offshore gas facility is exactly what we need right now.

Brownfield Engineering Extravaganza:

This shiny new contract has Wood providing brownfield engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCm) solutions for Prelude. In other words, they’ll be making sure this gigantic floating gas factory operates smoothly while Shell continues its legacy of prioritizing profits over the planet. read more

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Shell Seeks to Drill Holes in South Africa’s Oceans: Because Why Not?

Posted by John Donovan: 9 July 2024

In today’s episode of “Shell’s Next Big Environmental Screw-Up,” the oil giant is seeking government permission to drill up to five offshore wells off the west coast of South Africa. That’s right, folks—because clearly, our oceans aren’t polluted enough, and the wildlife isn’t nearly as threatened as it could be.

Environmental Circus:

According to a draft scoping report from environmental consultancy SLR, Shell Offshore Upstream South Africa B.V. and its partners are eagerly awaiting the green light from the government to start wreaking havoc in the Northern Cape Ultra Deep Block (NCUD) in the Orange Basin. This region’s depths range from 2,500 to 3,200 meters—perfect for deep-sea drilling and even deeper levels of corporate irresponsibility. read more

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Shell’s $2 Billion “Oops!” Moment: How Not to Run an Oil Empire

Posted  by John Donovan: 9 July 2024

In the latest edition of “What the F***, Shell?”, our favourite oil behemoth is bracing for a second-quarter faceplant of up to $2 billion in impairments. Yes, that’s billion with a “B.” This colossal write-down is primarily due to Shell’s decision to hit the snooze button on a major biofuels project in Rotterdam and additional blunders in Singapore.

Dutch Disaster:

Let’s start with the Rotterdam fiasco. Shell had big dreams of producing 820,000 tonnes of “sustainable aviation fuel” and “renewable diesel” from waste. Sounds green and shiny, right? But instead of following through, Shell decided to put the project on ice, without bothering to mention when—or if—it might thaw. This brilliant move alone is costing them between $0.6 and $1 billion. Way to go, team! read more

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Shell Stumbles: Takes $2 Billion Hit, Whines About Weak Gas Trading

Posted by John Donovan: 5 July 2024

In the latest episode of “Shell Can’t Catch a Break,” the oil giant is poised to take a hit of up to $2 billion in post-tax impairments. Why? Because they’re pausing construction on their much-touted biofuels plant in Rotterdam and offloading their chemicals refinery in Singapore. All this drama while Europe’s largest energy company grapples with weak market conditions and a downturn in their golden goose: gas trading.

Apparently, Shell’s integrated-gas segment, usually the crown jewel of their profit empire, isn’t looking too hot this quarter. They predict results will be lower than the first quarter, where they enjoyed a cushy $3.68 billion in adjusted earnings. Seasonality, they say. But hey, at least it might match last year’s second quarter of $2.5 billion. Small victories, right? read more

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Shell’s Toxic Wonderland: Pennsylvania Plant Spews Chemicals, Residents Rightfully Freak Out

Growing Alarm over Shell’s Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex. For the folks living near this chemical nightmare, the situation is beyond frightening. Many of them are suing Shell, presumably between checking their Geiger counters and donning hazmat suits to walk the dog

Posted by John Donovan: 3 July 2024

Ever since Shell announced its multibillion-dollar ethane cracker plant in Beaver Court, Pennsylvania, we’ve been watching this environmental horror show unfold. 

Thanks to the Environmental Law Institute’s publication, “Ethane Trading in the Upper Ohio Valley: Potential Impacts, Regulatory Requirements, and Opportunities for Public Engagement,” we have a comprehensive rundown of the toxic cocktail Shell is generously pumping into the air. If you’ve ever wanted a full list of chemicals that sound like they belong in a supervillain’s lair, flip to pages 6 to 11. Benzene, toluene, and ethylbenzene are just a few of the nasties on the roster, guaranteed to make your hair curl – or worse, depending on your proximity to the plant. read more

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Shell Shocked! Ex-Employees Steal Millions in Gas Oil, Open Barber Shop and Sushi Joint

Posted by John Donovan 2 July 2024

In the latest saga of “How Shell Continues to Outdo Itself,” two former employees decided to play pirate and made off with millions in gas oil from Shell’s Pulau Bukom facility. Yes, you heard that right – these two masterminds, Muzaffar Ali Khan Muhamad Akram, 42, and Koh Choon Wei, 40, swindled Shell out of enough fuel to make Captain Jack Sparrow jealous.

Muzaffar, who managed to siphon off gas oil worth nearly $120 million, pocketed a cool $1.3 million. His partner-in-crime, Koh, snagged over $101 million worth of oil and walked away with at least $1 million. And what did they do with their ill-gotten gains? Opened a halal Japanese restaurant, invested in property, bought a Volkswagen, and even started a barbershop. Who knew crime could lead to such diverse business ventures? read more

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