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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.

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....
BREAKING: Shell to face grilling from Nigerian House of Reps over human rights abuses

BREAKING: Shell to face grilling from Nigerian House of Reps over human rights abuses

The House of Representatives, part of Nigeria's legislative body has ordered an official investigation into the allegations that Shell fuelled violence in the Niger Delta by paying armed militant gangs. As John Ameh reports from Punch, in Abuja: The House of Representatives on Wednesday ordered an investigation into the allegation that Shell Petroleum Development Company funded...
Report ties Shell to human rights abuse, environmental destruction in Niger Delta

Report ties Shell to human rights abuse, environmental destruction in Niger Delta

US radio station Free Speech Radio News interviews Platform's Ben Amunwa on the new report, Counting the Cost, which implicates Shell in new human rights abuses in Nigeria.

Shell fuelled conflict in the Niger Delta

BBC Business Daily interviewed Platform in detail about its new report on Shell’s human rights abuses in the Niger Delta. Shell were invited to the interview but refused. The BBC World Service broadcast the report to hundred millions of listeners worldwide. The report, titled ‘Counting the Cost’ implicates Shell in cases of serious violence in...

Shell funds militant clashes in Nigeria

CBC Radio Canada broadcast an interview with the author of Platform’s new report, Counting the Cost, on Shell’s human rights abuses in Nigeria.
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...