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Monthly blog archive May, 2010

Chevron AGM Bars Nigeria Activists As Complicity Case Nears Court

In a blunt display of corporate censorship, Chevron officials denied respected human rights activist and Niger Delta women’s leader Emem Okon and a global delegation including Justice In Nigeria Now from its annual Shareholder Meeting in Houston yesterday (picture credit: Rainforest Action Network’s Change Chevron campaign).  The company, which is facing multiple lawsuits regarding its...

BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill – A Drop in the Bucket?

As BP’s Deepwater Horizon continues to exceed the company’s efforts to control it, the arrogance and irresponsibility of the oil major’s chief executive, Tony Hayward and his team has never been as clear. The consequences of BP’s mismanagement of the rig loom large, with estimated legal costs currently pegged at $60bn, and rising. Since the quantity of oil...

“Summer of Tears” in Louisiana’s Bayous

Frontline waterkeepers from Louisiana’s bayous have begun to tell of the devastation caused by the Macondo rupture in the sea floor. Tracy Kuhns, is the Louisiana Bayoukeeper as well as running the Fishing Community Family Support Center. Her husband, Michael Roberts, is a fisherman and they live on Bayou Barataria where fishing is down for multiple reasons, one being...

PLATFORM reveals Congo oil contracts that threaten resource wars and $10 billion rip-off

Tullow & British Embassy push disputed deal that could cut Congo’s revenues by $10 billion Confidential oil contracts held by UK companies Tullow and Heritage in the Democratic Republic of Congo were leaked today, revealing the danger of economic rip-off and rights abuses in one of Africa’s most unstable countries. The Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs) are...

RBS AGM – the aftermath and the follow up

On the 28th of April, RBS held its Annual General Meeting in Edinburgh. Amidst the various motions relating to executive bonuses and a report back on the rocky road to recovery, two people raised concerns over the impact that RBS’ investments were having on indigenous communities in very different parts of the world. Eriel Tchekwie...

FT folds to Shell pressure before AGM

The Financial Times pulled an Amnesty advert challenging Shell’s pollution in the Niger Delta today. The full page ad was due to appear the morning of Shell’s AGM, to contrast the company’s $9.8 billion profit with its role in causing Nigerian communities to drink polluted water, eat contaminated fish, farm on spoiled land, and breathe in air...

Cleaning up Museveni’s oil mess in Uganda

Taimour Lay envisions the potential for a new government in 2011 to renegotiate and restructure Uganda’s oil contracts with Tullow, Total and CNOOC: “Faced with the mess Museveni has bequeathed, the new president will find that the most important thing he ever does in power is to mobilise support for renegotiation of the oil agreements....

NEW REPORT: A Lake of Oil – Congo’s Controversial Contracts

Cross posted from the PLATFORM blog, here is a new report exposing how British oil companies are making huge profits from oil in the Congo. PLATFORM reveals Congo oil contracts that threaten resource wars and $10 billion rip-off Tullow & British Embassy push disputed deal that could cut Congo’s revenues by $10 billion Confidential oil...

Skytruth challenges BP attempts to downplay spill

Tiny Skytruth have been challenging BP’s estimates on how much crude is spilling out of the Macondo well into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The organisation began analysing satellite & radar data soon after the Deepwater Horizon rig sank on April 22nd. BP initially claimed 1,000 barrels were spilling daily – after Skytruth pointed...