Iraqi Opposition to BP’s Rumaila Contract

Iraqi oil workers have come out in strong opposition to BP’s new contract for the super-giant Rumaila oil field, saying they will not allow foreign oil companies Signed in early July as part of the first bidding round for Iraq’s oil, the 20-year contract gives BP and Chinese oil companyCNPC significant control over production from Rumaila, which holds reserves...

Romanian Nodding Donkeys

While the train passes through fields of shiny windturbines in Austria, after descending through the Hungarian mountains down towards the Black Sea, the Romanian plains are full of ‘nodding donkeys’, an ancient means of extracting crude from shallow fields in small quantities. As each ‘donkey’ can only extract so much, fields are littered with hundreds of these...

BP’s extraction operations in Brussels

Only in Brussels for 90 minutes, so not long enough to visit BP’s office on Rondpoint Schumann, adjacent to the European Commission. This provides the company’s easy access for major EU lobbying of various EU institutions. BP — Extracting Influence at the heart of the EU, a report published earlier in 2009 by Corporate Europe Observatory and PLATFORM unmasked BP’s attempts to harness EU foreign policy and legislative...

Waiting for the first train

I’m waiting at Kings Cross – St Pancras with my rucksack for the 12:57 Eurostar to Damascus. The train isn’t quite direct yet — need to change at Brussels, Munich, Belgrade, Istanbul and Adana. I’m leaving London – oil city and finance capital where BP and Shell extract knowledge, loans, social legitimacy and political power, where corporate executives sit...

Shell & British Government Shared Intelligence with Nigerian Military Regime

Disturbing evidence of collaboration between Shell and the British government emerged last week. Shell used its position of power to share British intelligence secrets with Nigeria’s notorious military dictator, General Sani Abacha, who ordered the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight of his colleagues in 1995. This article first appeared in the Private Eye on...

Update on Rossport: Resistance to Shell’s Onshore Gas Pipeline

From the village of Rossport, on the west coast of Ireland, the movement resisting Shell’s attempts to build a gas pipeline through the community is calling for international solidarity. The struggle is entering its most critical stage to date – this summer, years after the project was due to get underway, Shell will finally attempt...

Shell in the spotlight over ‘human rights tragedy’

Kate Allen of Amnesty International UK writes in The Guardian today, highlighting the human rights impacts of Shell’s pollution in the Niger Delta. If the oil giant truly wants reconciliation in the Niger Delta, its incoming CEO must take concrete action A new chief executive takes the helm at Shell today. Peter Voser will preside...

Two Reports + Amnesty’s Campaign on Shell

Shell’s polluting practises blasted by 2 reports: Take Action HERE As Peter Voser becomes Shell’s new CEO on 1st July, his inbox is already feeling the weight of a 143-page report from Amnesty International, and a critical report from the ShellGuilty coalition. The reports document Shell’s appalling impact on the human rights of oil-producing communities...

SHELL CLIMATE CRIMES EXPOSED IN NEW REPORT

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Environment groups criticize Shell CEO van der Veer for undermining Climate Policies Brussels, Amsterdam, London, Washington – 29th June 2009 Fresh evidence of oil giant Shell’s colossal contribution to global climate change and its continued investment in carbon intensive fossil fuels has been revealed today in a new report.[1] The...

Flawed logic of Nigeria’s response to insurgency

Is there any logic to the Nigerian Federal Government’s latest offer of amnesty to armed insurgents in the oil-rich Delta region? The offer follows one of the largest military offensives in the region, in which hundreds of innocent civilians have been killed and many thousands displaced. The government’s idea of winning the hearts and minds...

Scraping the Barrel: Shell’s Article in Guardian Comment

Shell’s Malcolm Brinded wrote an article recently in the Guardian’s Comment section, that was savaged for its patronising tone and ‘all-round offensiveness’. Brinded would like us all to believe that Shell are the nice guys in Nigeria, who settled out of court as a ‘humanitarian gesture’ to the Ogoni people. The very notion is an...

Evidence Against Shell Continues in Independent on Sunday

An article by on 14th June in the Independent on Sunday highlighted the damning evidence of Shell’s involvement in human rights abuses. Andy Rowell writes: Serious questions over Shell Oil’s alleged involvement in human rights abuses in Nigeria emerged last night after confidential internal documents and court statements revealed how the energy giant enlisted the...