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Letter to the Boards of Royal Dutch Shell and Shell Companies in Nigeria

Letter to the Boards of Royal Dutch Shell and Shell Companies in Nigeria

A global coalition of NGOs, human rights monitors, academics and analysts have joined Platform in sending a letter to the Board members of Royal Dutch Shell and Shell Nigeria which holds Shell to account for its role in recent human rights abuses in Nigeria. The letter is available to download or read online below.

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....
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...

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...
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...

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...

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter – August 2010

remember saro-wiwa UNEP REPORT: ANALYSIS & ACTION Dear RSW supporters, Following coverage in The Guardian today of UNEP’s outrageous decision to “exonerate” Shell over oil spills in Nigeria, we present analysis of this controversial issue. Read on and take action below. Global Outrage at UN Report The UNEP’s report is in direct conflict with local environmentalists and communities who have witnessed...

Oil firms must compensate the people of Nigeria

Platform coordinated this letter in the Observer newspaper, originally published on 4 July 2010. Oil firms must compensate the people of Nigeria Grilled in Congress, shares down to £3 and forced to pledge billions of dollars in compensation, BP is paying the price for the damage it has caused in the Gulf of Mexico –...

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter – June 2010

remember saro-wiwa DEEPWATER HORIZON: COMMENT & ANALYSIS Dear RSW supporters, We present fresh analysis of what the BP disaster could mean for the Niger Delta. You can add your opinion here. Media enquiries: Ben Amunwa on +44207 357 0055, [email protected]   The $20 Billion Question On day 57, the US government forced BP to allocate $20 billion...