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The integrity of Shell EP Ireland CEO Michael Crothers


Copy of correspondence between John Donovan and Michael Crothers Managing Director SEPIL / Venture Manager Corrib at Shell Exploration and Production Ireland which makes good reading.

What a tenacious man Donovan is I hope he keeps it up

At that point, when you send a letter in your name knowing that it designed to deceive, you have lost your integrity and join previous Shell senior executives, such as Jeroen van der Veer, who also gave in to the dark side of Shell. Bill Campbell, the retired HSE Group Auditor of Shell International has confirmed that the same internal investigation smokescreen was used in respect of the Brent Bravo deaths scandal.

From: John Donovan <johndonovan@me.com>

Subject: OSSL DEBACLE

Date: 10 June 2013 09:32:04 GMT+01:00

To: M.Crothers@shell.com

Cc: michiel.brandjes@shell.com, peter.p.voser@shell.com, “osslbangor@hotmail.com COMPANY” <osslbangor@hotmail.com>

Dear Mr Crothers

I am writing to you in connection with your response letter dated 28 May 2013 to Deputy Clare Daly TD, a member of the Dail, the Irish Parliament.

As you will recall, the subject of the correspondence was OSSL, the company formally employed as a “Mr Fixit” by Shell E&P Ireland Limited.

Clare Daly kindly contacted you on my behalf.

I passed a copy of your response on to the owners of OSSL because I knew they would be interested in what you have been saying behind their backs.

Basically you have fallen back on the same cover-up formula previously used in other Shell scandals – the allegations have been fully investigated on an independent basis internally by Shell and no evidence found to support them – in this case allegations that Shell has corrupted the Irish Police Force by plying hundreds of officers with free booze.

This cover-up formula is a disreputable devious device. Shell employees investigate allegations against Shell management and amazingly clear Shell management of any wrongdoing.  No independent party involved in the investigation and no genuinely independent oversight. How likely is it that any Shell employee would imperial their career at Shell by telling Shell management something it does not wish to hear?

There is no outright lie and no outright denial, but instead a statement that an independent internal investigation found no evidence to support the allegations. This whitewashing process allows a scandal to be covered up. To me, that degree of machination almost seems worse than an outright lie. The end result is a letter issued in your name, but no doubt drafted by sleazy lawyers that completely deceives the recipient into believing that Shell is innocent, when in fact Shell is guilty.

At that point, when you send a letter in your name knowing that it designed to deceive, you have lost your integrity and join previous Shell senior executives, such as Jeroen van der Veer, who also gave in to the dark side of Shell.

Bill Campbell, the retired HSE Group Auditor of Shell International has confirmed that the same internal investigation smokescreen was used in respect of the Brent Bravo deaths scandal.

I recall another example when Shell carried out an internal investigation of threats made against my family. Shell naturally cleared itself of any wrongdoing on that occasion, only to be subsequently caught red-handed in an undercover operation targeting my family and me. My lawyers cornered Shell UK into  a written admission at director level.

Hence my total lack of faith in any internal investigation carried out by Shell. It is nothing but a smoke and mirrors device to cover-up the truth. An absolute charade in which key witnesses/parties have no involvement and are not even approached.

You appear to be another victim of Shell’s corruption of the integrity of senior people within the company. When you first became aware of how OSSL had been disgracefully used to carry out underhand and probably criminal activities on behalf of Shell, not just corrupting the police, you appeared to be genuinely sympathetic.

You met personally with the owners of OSSL. You gave them a letter of endorsement.

You were the good cop, while others issued threats against OSSL on Shell’s behalf.

At 12.26 on 22 May 2012, OSSL sent you an email. It mentioned your alleged admittance that Shell had shut down OSSL abruptly, without notice and immorally. It detailed a threat OSSL had allegedly received from a party acting for Shell in relation to the supply of large amounts of alcohol to the Irish Police Force and related falsification of invoices.

22 Minutes later you personally sent a reply.

Extract

“I did not say that “Shell shut down your company immorally”. I was careful to say that I personally felt some moral obligation to try to find a way to find a settlement, hence the without prejudice offer that was made.”

Significantly, you did not take issue with or make any denial in respect of the statements about the threat to OSSL, the large amounts of alcohol showered on the Irish Police, nor on the related disguised invoices.

Why, because you and the party to which you were sending your reply – OSSL – knew they were true.

Your letter of 28 May 2013 also contains detailed disapproving and possibly defamatory comments about OSSL and its vigorous campaign seeking redress from Shell. I have been pleased to assist OSSL in that regard.

I believe that most independent people reading the content of your letter dated 28 May 2013 would conclude that OSSL has been demanding money on false grounds and in the process, has engaged in wide-scale distasteful harassment.

In fact, it is your letter that is disgrace because it is designed to convey a false impression that Shell is innocent of these serious charges, when the reverse is the case, and you know it.

What we have is a two page letter designed to deceive the reader, when, if Shell was honest and had been falsely accused, an unambiguous rebuttal could have been made in a single short paragraph.

e.g.

The allegations against Shell are completely false. OSSL has not distributed any alcohol to the Garda on our behalf. Shell has not made any threats directly or indirectly against OSSL. No invoices has been falsified on Shell’s instructions.

Sadly, you are now part of the cover-up of Shell’s large-scale corruption of the Irish Police Force.

I wonder where your auditors would stand on the matter of proper books of account on which they are legally obliged to express an opinion; were the auditors made aware of OSSL’s allegations of non-payment for the supply of goods and services and falsification of related invoices and in particular, where there is an allegation of tax fraud and corrupt inducement of the law enforcement arm of the state, did your auditors consider their reporting obligations in relation to such matters?

You make reference in your letter to ‘excessive tax withholding’ – what was the nature of the tax withheld?

Let me repeat without any protective legal preamble: Shell EP Ireland has engaged in widespread corruption of the Irish Police in relation to the controversial Corrib Gas Project, which is billions over budget and hopelessly delayed.

You have fallen far in accusing OSSL of activities tantamount to blackmail, harassment and lies, bearing in mind what you have not disclosed to Clare Daly about the current situation.

I was sympathetic to your predicament and made it plain in published articles that you had inherited a toxic mess. Unfortunately you have allowed yourself to become drawn into the mire.

I intend to publish this email tomorrow under the headline – “The integrity of Shell EP Ireland CEO Michael Crothers” – subject to any legal intervention by Shell.

I will happily publish on an unedited basis any comment you may wish to make.

One thing I know you will not provide is an outright denial along the lines suggested above.

Why not, for the sake of your own conscience, stop this cover-up dead in its tracks before it is too late?

There are too many people involved to keep the lid on this huge scandal that will likely rock the foundations of the Irish establishment.

Yours sincerely

John Donovan

EMAIL ENDS

ONLY AN AUTOMATED RESPONSE RECEIVED THUS FAR FROM MR CROTHERS – NOTHING FURTHER AS OF POSTING AT 2PM UK TIME ON 11 JUNE 2013. MR CROTHERS/SHELL WILL SURELY TAKE LEGAL ACTION UNLESS SHELL ACCEPTS, AS IT APPEARS TO DO, THAT WHAT I HAVE STATED ON THIS MATTER IS FACT.

via Royal Dutch Shell plc .com.

SHELL SPONSORED CORRUPTION OF THE IRISH POLICE


Under the circumstances, I wondered if a pilot scheme was underway in Ireland already, with Shell sponsoring the Garda? Was some foolish government official or department conned into believing that Royal Dutch Shell is reputable? If so, I would have thought the sponsorship should flow into state coffers, rather than down the throats of apparently very thirsty police officers.

EMAIL TO JUSTICE MINISTER OF IRELAND, MR ALAN SHATTER TD.

From: John Donovan <john@shellnews.net>
Subject: SHELL SPONSORED CORRUPTION OF THE IRISH POLICE
Date: 1 May 2013 19:55:39 GMT+01:00
To: INFO <info@justice.ie>
Cc: michiel.brandjes@shell.com

Dear Mr Shatter

As you may be aware, your private secretary has kindly acknowledged receipt on your behalf of three emails I have already sent to you regarding the above subject.

I listened with interest to a segment broadcast on BBC Radio 4 “PM” programme this evening of possible brand sponsorship of the UK police.

The following are extracts from a related article published earlier this evening:

Martyn Underhill, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Dorset, has held talks with a possible sponsor about an arrangement involving all five PCCs in the south west region. Writing on his blog, Mr Underhill, a former detective chief inspector for Sussex Police, said he could see “huge potential benefit to forming appropriate sponsorship relationships with reputable organisations”.

Under the circumstances, I wondered if a pilot scheme was underway in Ireland already, with Shell sponsoring the Garda?

Was some foolish government official or department conned into believing that Royal Dutch Shell is reputable?

If so, I would have thought the sponsorship should flow into state coffers, rather than down the throats of apparently very thirsty police officers.

And I have not noticed any Shell logo’s displayed on uniforms or on police cars?

Is the Shell branding operation in the pipeline?

An amusing, but unlikely explanation for all the free booze.

Mr Shatter, I have raised legitimate questions, which you have thus far apparently ignored.

Unless you are able to confirm tomorrow that you are looking into this matter, I will bring the scandal (that has wider dimensions than we have thus far revealed), to the attention of every TD. I have their email addresses and will contact them all on Thursday unless I receive something more encouraging from you than a mere acknowledgement.

Note that I am no longer using terms such as “allegations”.

I am stating on the record that Shell has engaged in a major corruption of the Irish Police.

I am astonished that Irish citizens have not yet demanded an immediate independent investigation.

Yours sincerely
John Donovan

Acting on Shell’s instructions, OSSL has distributed gifts (bribes) on Shell’s behalf to parties connected with the controversial Corrib Gas Project. This includes the Irish police force (the Garda) who have been the subject of serious accusations of wrong doing by environmental activists protesting against the project. If this statement of fact, or any of the allegations we have published on this matter since September 2012 are untrue, why have no defamation proceedings been issued against OSSL, or against us? What is the Irish Justice Ministry doing? Why no action by Shell’s Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer? How long can this disgraceful state of affairs continue? The scope of the corruption of the Irish state by Shell has yet to be revealed.

EMAILS SENT BY OSSL ON 1 MAY 2013 TO SENIOR PEOPLE AT SHELL AND SENIOR IRISH POLICE OFFICERS

From: THE OSSL COMPANY <osslbangor@hotmail.com>
Date: 1 May 2013 07:51:37 BST
To: Michael Crothers <m.crothers@shell.com>, Peter Voser <peter.p.voser@shell.com>, Michiel Brandjes <michiel.brandjes@shell.com>, john.egan@shell.com, john.gilligan@garda.ie, patrick.diskin@garda.ie, denise.horan@shell.com, Ann Hamilton <a.hamilton@shell.com>
Subject: Shell threaten small vendor in a Dublin restaurant..

A senior Shell executive from the Corrib Gas project threatened two members of a small supply company in a Dublin restaurant that “if they revealed details of cash payments to householder and supply of alcohol to local police “that he would see to it that they would “never work in the industry again”

Michael Crothers has full details ..but others in Shell say they were not aware of this until now .. Has this information been suppressed ?

CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT JOHN GILLIGAN ARE YOU LISTENING? THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU COMPLY WITH SHELLS WISHES ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THIS SITUATION?

OSSL

Sent from my iPad

SECOND EMAIL – THE CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE

From: THE OSSL COMPANY <osslbangor@hotmail.com>
Date: 1 May 2013 08:22:24 BST
To: john.gilligan@garda.ie, patrick.diskin@garda.ie, Michael Crothers <m.crothers@shell.com>, john.egan@shell.com, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, linda.syzmanski@shell.com
Subject: It’s not the outstanding booze money that matters …

……it’s that the conspiracy of silence has cost decent people their jobs ….if you need to know more just ask …

OSSL

Sent from my iPad

(We have deleted the identity of one recipient)

Posted in: BriberyBusiness PrinciplesCorrib Gas ProjectCorruptionGas,GoogleNewsIrelandRoyal Dutch Shell Plc.
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Shell Corrib Gas Scandal: email to Detective Chief Superintendent John Gilligan

Apr 30th, 2013 

by John Donovan

No comments yet

 

(Video: Includes a warning by Superintendent John Gilligan at 4.40 on the dangers of alcohol – amusing presentation glitch at 4.15)

“If I do not receive a response on Monday 29 April, I will assume that you do not wish to comment and I will publish this email on Tuesday. If you need more time to consider the matter, please let me know tomorrow when I can expect a reply. If there is no denial, people will be entitled to draw their own conclusions.”

From: John Donovan <john@shellnews.net>
Subject: Shell Corrib Gas Scandal: email to Detective Superintendent John Gilligan
Date: 28 April 2013 08:10:57 GMT+01:00
To: john.gilligan@garda.ie

Dear Detective Superintendent John Gilligan

As I am sure you are aware, we have over the past several several months published a series of articles (headlines below) relating to the supply by Shell E&P Ireland of free alcohol to the Irish police, on what we have described as being on an industrial scale. We understand that the legitimate retail cost in Ireland for the river of free booze could approach €100,000 euros. So it’s not small beer.

We have copies of related correspondence between Shell’s “Mr Fixit” company in Ireland – OSSL – and yourself. I refer to the letter from OSSL dated 28 February 2011 and a response letter from you dated 5 May, when you effectively declined to comment. You have been on the circulation list of a number of OSSL emails sent subsequently to Shell and other parties. As I am sure you are also well aware, I drew these matters to the attention of Alan Shatter TD, the Irish Minister of Justice early in April. Although I received acknowledgements for receipt of the information supplied, I have not heard anything further. Perhaps an investigation is underway?

The matter is obviously a serious one given the background circumstances, with allegations that the Garda has acted as an offshoot of Shell security in policing protests against the controversial Corrib Gas Project. You will be aware of the serious related accusations against the Garda made by some protestors.

Since OSSL claim that you have had a hand in these matters, and bearing in mind the articles we have published without receiving any comment from involved parties, other than OSSL, I thought it appropriate to offer you the right to reply?

If you wish to take up this invitation, anything you have to say will be published on an unedited basis.

If I do not receive a response on Monday 29 April, I will assume that you do not wish to comment and I will publish this email on Tuesday.

If you need more time to consider the matter, please let me know tomorrow when I can expect a reply.

If there is no denial, people will be entitled to draw their own conclusions.

Yours sincerely

John Donovan

HEADLINES THUS FAR

More allegations about Shell Corrib Gas Project: 19 April 2013

Irish Police corruption, booze and violence sponsored by Shell?: 16 April 2013

Alleged Shell Irish Bribes Scandal: 15 April 2013

Mystery surrounding OSSL alleged Shell Corruption Scandal: 12 April 2013

Shell corruption scheme operated in Ireland on an industrial scale?: 6 April 2013

Alleged Shell Irish Police Corruption Saga Rumbles On: 5 April 2013

Alleged Shell corruption surrounding Corrib Gas Project: 4 April 2013

ALLEGED CORRUPTION OF THE IRISH POLICE BY SHELL: 31 March 2013

The danger of getting into bed with Shell: 31 March 2013

OSSL, SHELL AND ALLEGED CORRUPTION: 29 March 2013

Shell Accused of Corrupting Irish Police Force: 28 March 2013

Beware of a man in a Shell Hat: 5 March 2013

Shell EP Ireland mired in corruption allegations: 22 February 2013

Shell Corrib Gas Project mired in corruption allegations: 22 Jan 2013

Corrib Gas Project Engulfed in Corruption Allegations: 12 November 2012

Shell Corrib Gas Project Corruption Scandal: 11 October 2012

Shell Corruption Conspiracy in Corrib Gas Project: 8 October 2012

Shell instructed Corrib Gas Project supplier to falsify invoices?: 18 Sept 2012

Irish Supplier Accuses Shell of Bribery, Cover-up and Sinister Threats: 10 Sept 2012

Shell Corrib Gas Project Corruption and Cover-up Allegations: 10 Sept 2012

via Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com.

via Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com.

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