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Sweet (Crude) Lies: is the game up for Shell?

Sweet (Crude) Lies: is the game up for Shell?

Last week, Shell was forced to reveal documents as part of an ongoing legal case against them in the UK High Court brought by 15,000 community members in Bodo in the Niger Delta. The documents expose the fact that Shell has repeatedly made false claims about the size and impact of two major oil spills at...
Decolonising Energy: An excerpt from 'Energy beyond Neoliberalism'

Decolonising Energy: An excerpt from ‘Energy beyond Neoliberalism’

Back in Spring, the Kilburn Manifesto team asked whether we’d like to submit a chapter on energy to their project. Edited by Soundings founding editors Stuart Hall, Doreen Massey, and Mike Rustin, After Neoliberalism seeks to open up space to debate alternatives to current dominant neoliberal systems. Most of our campaigning on oil focuses on...
Today is the 19th anniversary of the executions of Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 Ogoni colleagues

Today is the 19th anniversary of the executions of Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 Ogoni colleagues

It is genocide. I accuse the oil companies of practising racism because they do in Ogoni what they do not do in other parts of the world. Ken Saro-Wiwa, 1993 On November 10th 1995, Nigerian writer and campaigner Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight colleagues were executed by the then military government for protesting against oil companies’...
On the Oil Patrol in Russia

On the Oil Patrol in Russia

 This is a guest blog by Asti Roesle from Greenpeace. I have just been in the Republic of Komi, Northern Russian, taking part in an oil spill patrol by Greenpeace Russia and the local NGO Save the Pechora Committee which is run by local volunteers. Sadly, I am discovering many parallels between the situation caused by Shell...
Possess the Bay! Taking control of the Oil Road in Falmouth

Possess the Bay! Taking control of the Oil Road in Falmouth

Platform was invited to present to the Geohack workshops that are part of the Fascinatecon conference in Falmouth this week. A version of the following was given via skype by James Marriott to an audience of ‘artists, gamers, historians, performance-makers, seafarers, landlubbers, the flooded and the landlocked’ in the Performance Centre, Penryn Campus, University of...

Nigeria and Shell ‘not cleaning pollution’

Nigeria: Govt, Shell Not Cleaning Oil Pollution

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Nigerian Government and Shell continue to ignore horrendous pollution in Niger Delta

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL; CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT, HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS ACTION; FRIENDS OF THE EARTH EUROPE; PLATFORM Abuja/Amsterdam/Brussels/London, August 4, 2014 – The systemic failure of the Nigerian government and oil giant Shell to clean up the horrendous oil pollution in the Niger Delta has been branded “shameful” by a group of Nigerian and...
No Progress - an evaluation of the implementation of UNEP's assessment of Ogoniland 3 years on

No Progress – an evaluation of the implementation of UNEP’s assessment of Ogoniland 3 years on

Download the report.  This report by Platform and Friends of Earth Europe, Amnesty International, Environmental Rights Action and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) charts the systemic failure of the Nigerian Government and Shell to clean up horrendous oil pollution in the Niger Delta despite a major UN study 3 years ago....