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Cashing in on Tar Sands: RBS, UK banks and Canada's "blood oil"

Cashing in on Tar Sands: RBS, UK banks and Canada’s “blood oil”

Tar sands extraction in Canada is devastating Indigenous communities, wildlife and vast areas of boreal forests, as well as being many times more carbon-intensive to produce than ‘conventional’ oil. The higher oil prices in recent years have meant that it’s become a more attractive prospect for oil companies to expand their operations in the costly...

Shell Must Clean Up Its Act in Nigeria

First published in The Guardian, by Chima Williams (Environmental Rights Action/FoE Nigeria) as told to Ben Amunwa. As Nigerian villagers take Shell to court over huge oil spills, it’s time for the group to take responsibility for polluting practices. A court in The Hague is considering whether Shell can be held liable for alleged pollution in Nigeria, and...

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter: December 2009

Today, a court in the Hague will consider for the first time whether Royal Dutch Shell can be held liable for destroying the livelihoods of four villagers in the Niger Delta. View original. Among the plaintiffs is Chief Barizaa, an Ogoni elder, who spoke of how oil spills from a Shell pipeline devastated his land in 2005...

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter: October 2009

This November, we bring you a full selection of music, poetry, art and debate in London and Bristol. Please join us to celebrate the life of artist-activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and to mark 14 years since 10th November 1995, as the struggle for justice in the Niger Delta continues. View original. Upcoming Events NNEKA Live + support act...
C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture

C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture

Newspaper-catalogue for Platform’s major exhibition and 50-day season of events at Arnolfini, Bristol, Oct/Nov 2009. Contains essays and schedule of events, workshops, courses, art-interventions, film screenings, courses and performances on issues of climate justice in the run-up to the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change – COP 15 – in Copenhagen. Download the C Words...

Wiwa v Shell: The day of reckoning

First published in Reuters. By Ben Amunwa When the news broke of a settlement in the Wiwa v Shell case, a cacophony of responses soon flooded my inbox. Hailed as a victory for human rights by some, others felt disappointed that Shell could throw money in the face of justice. In such a high profile and emotive legal...
Shell's Big Dirty Secret - insight into the world’s most carbon intensive oil company and the legacy of CEO Jeroen van der Veer

Shell’s Big Dirty Secret – insight into the world’s most carbon intensive oil company and the legacy of CEO Jeroen van der Veer

This report rates the carbon intensivity of the top international oil companies, revealing that Shell is the most carbon intensive oil company in the world based on its total resources. Research for the report was conducted by Platform, Greenpeace UK, Oil Change International and Friends of the Earth. Download the report (pdf) or read online below....

Remember Saro-Wiwa? Shell would rather you didn’t

The Guardian, full page advert. On November 10th 1995, the writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged by the Nigerian government. He was executed, alongside eight of his colleagues from the Ogoni people, for campaigning against the environmental devastation of the Niger Delta by Shell and other oil companies. The central abuse which Ken fought...

Sakhalin II Impacts

Shell's Sakhalin II gas & oil project in far eastern Russia has disrupted the social and economic fabric of local communities, including indigenous communities and local fishermen. Rare and endangered species are being threatened with extinction, including the Western Pacific Gray Whale and Stellar's Sea Eagle. Shell's pipeline stretches from the northern tip of Sakhalin...

Remember Saro-Wiwa, in ‘Land, Art – A Cultural Ecology Handbook’

In Land, Art, A Cultural Ecology Handbook, Ed. Max Andrews, RSA, Arts Council England, 2006 The Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed together with eight Ogoni colleagues by the Nigerian military on 10th November 1995 for his effective campaigning against the consistent despoilation of the oil-rich lands of the Niger Delta by oil...
Sakhalin II gas and oil project: Further Breaches of Equator Principles May 2004 – March 2005

Sakhalin II gas and oil project: Further Breaches of Equator Principles May 2004 – March 2005

In May 2004, 39 civil society groups, from 15 countries, warned commercial banks of extensive violations of the Equator Principles by the Shell-led Sakhalin II project. This update from 2005 finds that events over the past ten months show a deteriorating situation, constituting further violations.
Principal Objections: Analysis of Sakhalin II gas & oil project’s compliance with the Equator Principles

Principal Objections: Analysis of Sakhalin II gas & oil project’s compliance with the Equator Principles

Shell's Sakhalin II integrated oil and gas project fails to comply with the Equator Principles on responsible lending. The project on Sakhalin Island in Russia’s Far East will have severe environmental impacts, including threatening the critically endangered Western Gray Whale with extinction, damaging habitats of endangered bird and fish species, and polluting important fisheries.