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Chevron oil rig explodes off coast of Nigeria; 2 killed

Chevron oil rig explodes off coast of Nigeria; 2 killed

On Monday 16 January at 4.30 to 5am, Chevron's KS Endeavour drilling rig burst into flames, approximately 6 miles off the coast of Nigeria. Two workers are reported missing. The gas rig is still said to be burning for the second day running and is reported to have partially collapsed into the ocean. The cause is...
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...

The price of oil: Shell in the Niger Delta

This blog first appeared on the Greenpeace UK blog on 7 October 2011. This time last year I was standing in a vast pool of oily water. It used to be a fish pond for local villagers, but now everywhere was coated with oil and the stench of petroleum was overpowering. A light rain was falling....
Counting the Cost: corporations and human rights abuses in the Niger Delta

Counting the Cost: corporations and human rights abuses in the Niger Delta

Counting the Cost implicates Shell in cases of serious violence in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta region from 2000 to 2010. The report uncovers how Shell’s routine payments to armed militants exacerbated conflicts, in one case leading to the destruction of Rumuekpe town where it is estimated that at least 60 people were killed. The report describes...
Fighting to keep fossil gas in the ground

Fighting to keep fossil gas in the ground

This project is part of Platform’s long-term commitment to support environmental justice struggles at the front lines of oil and gas drilling internationally. BP does not carry out fracking in the UK where it is headquartered, because “it would attract the wrong kind of attention”. But BP, Shell and a host of other companies are...

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter – August 2011

remember saro-wiwa SPECIAL UPDATE: SHELL OIL SPILLS IN OGONI Dear RSW supporters, In the last 48 hours, oil giant Shell’s appalling record of pollution in the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta has come under intense scrutiny. Below are some of the key stories, links and videos on this urgent issue. Please share them widely...

Shell has admitted liability but has a long way to go to make amends

This article first appeared in The Guardian, Comment is Free on 4 August 2011. by Patrick Naagbanton, as told to Ben Amunwa Oil spills destroyed my village in Nigeria and decades of environmental and social injustice are still to be addressed Shell’s admission of liability for two massive oil spills in 2008-09 in my village of...
Off The Deep End - Foreign Policy and the dash for offshore oil and gas

Off The Deep End – Foreign Policy and the dash for offshore oil and gas

This Platform report provides in-depth analysis of these trends and alerts policy makers to the environmental and safety concerns around present and planned offshore drilling in the UK North Sea and the Falkland Islands. It exposes significant capacity shortfalls in government inspection agencies and highlights key areas where better regulatory oversight is urgently required to...