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Shell oil spills reach new peak; Nigeria hit hard

Shell oil spills reach new peak; Nigeria hit hard

From Milieu Defensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands): Amsterdam – Shell has released its 2011 Sustainability Report. The figures reveal that the number of leaks (208 worldwide) has risen for the first time since 2003: globally, Shell has leaked a total of 6.7 million litres of oil. That is the second highest peak this millennium....
Oil conflict in the Niger Delta - the role of Shell: a Platform briefing for investors

Oil conflict in the Niger Delta – the role of Shell: a Platform briefing for investors

This investor briefing on Shell Nigeria was written by Ben Amunwa for Platform in April 2012. It provides an overview of the social, environmental and financial issues on Shell's operations in the Niger Delta region. It is recommended to investors who are concerned about economic risks, social responsibility issues and reputational damage. Download the briefing....
11,000 Nigerians sue Shell in London courts

11,000 Nigerians sue Shell in London courts

From Leigh Day & Co: Six months after Shell admitted liability following two massive oil spills in the Niger Delta, law firm Leigh Day & Co are serving formal legal proceedings tomorrow (Friday 23 March 2012) on the oil giant in the High Court in London for compensation on behalf of over 11,000 Nigerians after...
Film: Oil for Nothing

Film: Oil for Nothing

Oil for Nothing | ENG from Luca Tommasini on Vimeo. A new documentary by CRBM (Italy) examines the impact of multinational oil extraction in the Niger Delta today.    

El oscuro historial de Shell en Nigeria

This article was first published in the Spanish newspaper, Diagonal, NÚMERO 166 on 24 January 2012.  by Ben Amunwa El 20 de diciembre de 2011, una fuga en la plataforma petrolífera de mar abierto de Shell en Bonga, una de las mayores de esta multinacional en Nigeria, derramó 40.000 barriles de petróleo al océano Atlántico....
Submission on Libya to the Foreign Affairs Committee enquiry: "British foreign policy and the 'Arab Spring': the transition to democracy"

Submission on Libya to the Foreign Affairs Committee enquiry: “British foreign policy and the ‘Arab Spring’: the transition to democracy”

Platform made a submission on Libya to the Foreign Affairs Committee enquiry, “British foreign policy and the ‘Arab Spring’: the transition to democracy” on 30 November 2011. AS 15 Written evidence from PLATFORM SUMMARY 1. UK foreign policy on Libya focused excessively on improving relationships with the Gaddafi regime and promoting British business interests, at the expense...
The reality behind EU ‘energy security’

The reality behind EU ‘energy security’

      This report by CRBM, Corner House and FoE Nigeria and others condemns oil majors Eni, Total and Shell for their record of environmental and social devastation in Nigeria. It also dissects EU ‘energy security’, arguing that a policy that locks the EU into dependence on fossil fuels leads to increased conflict and climate chaos. The report recommends...

Eni misleads shareholders over end to gas flaring in Nigeria

15 November 2011 Italian oil major Eni is misleading shareholders over the company’s commitment to end gas flaring in Nigeria, according to a new report [1] by an international delegation of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), following a recent fact finding mission to the Niger Delta. Gas flaring is illegal in Nigeria. The report, entitled The reality behind EU ‘energy...

Canada’s Dirty and Dangerous Oil Sands

This article by Ben Amunwa first appeared in The Huffington Post on  19 October 2011. EthicalOil.org has a reputation for using just about anything to promote Canada's tar sands. The local mayor, Aboriginals and environmentalists have all been thrust into EthicalOil.org's narrative, some against their will. This Monday it was my turn to get 'tarred' as...

Can we stop Shell abusing human rights?

This article first appeared on the Amnesty International UK, Press Release Me, Set Me Free blog on 17 October 2011.  by Ben Amunwa Can we stop Shell abusing human rights? In the case of Shell in Nigeria this is a question well worth asking. Over the past few months, Shell’s appalling legacy of pollution and human rights abuses...

Economics of Extraction

by Ben Amunwa This article first appeared in Foto8 magazine, The Legacy of Oil edition, 14 October 2010. Outside the plane window at the Niger Delta, the oil region of Nigeria, I can see a solid bed of rainforest with wide ribbons of water the colour of coffee dregs coiling through it. I try to...

Network Africa interview with Platform on Shell’s human rights abuses

Network Africa, the BBC World Service’s flagship programme broadcasting across the continent, interviewed Platform’s Ben Amunwa about the new report which implicates Shell in a decade of new human rights abuses in Nigeria. Shell declined to attend the interview.