Legal Oil, Ethical Oil and Profiteering in the Niger Delta and the Canadian North

Legal Oil, Ethical Oil and Profiteering in the Niger Delta and the Canadian North

In this guest blog post, Professor Anna Zalik of York University Canada explores how governments and multinationals criminalise protest and gloss over the environmental injustices of oil extraction. Q: What does the Canadian Government’s fury at opponents of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline have to do with the Nigerian ‘legaloil’ campaign? A: Both positions are...
Climate scientists support Request Initiative’s appeal for GWPF to reveal funders

Climate scientists support Request Initiative’s appeal for GWPF to reveal funders

Below is a blog cross-posted from Request Initiative, who support charities and non-profit organisations to use freedom of information laws. This Friday, the group will ask the Information Rights Tribunal to expose the seed funder to a climate sceptic think-tank (GWPF) with suspected links to BP, Shell and other energy companies. For the original blog post,...
Shell's Bonga oil spill hits Nigerian communities

Shell’s Bonga oil spill hits Nigerian communities

Shell’s major oil spill at the offshore Bonga facility in Nigeria is threatening the livelihoods of at least 13 different coastal communities, reports Reuters. As thick crude oil continues washing up on Nigeria’s shoreline, Shell is denying responsibility and claims that “non-Bonga oil” from a third party spill is to blame. A local resident from...
UK government backs risky offshore drilling

UK government backs risky offshore drilling

Despite serious environmental concerns, the heightened risk of major accidents and inadequate regulatory oversight, the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change has awarded 46 new licences for oil and gas drilling in the North Sea, including in the ecologically sensitive West of Shetlands area. Speaking to BBC News, Adam Ma’anit of Platform condemned the move: “There...
Shell spill worst in a decade, says Nigerian regulator

Shell spill worst in a decade, says Nigerian regulator

Nigeria’s oil spill agency, NOSDRA, says that Shell’s Bonga oil spill “is likely the worst [offshore spill] in a decade.” Peter Idabor of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency told The Associated Press on Thursday that oil from the spill in Shell’s Bonga field has spread to roughly 100 nautical miles. Idabor said...
Satellite images of Shell's massive spill in Nigeria

Satellite images of Shell’s massive spill in Nigeria

The Bonga oil field, one of Shell’s largest offshore oil facilities was shut down on Tuesday 20 December after a massive oil spill. The cause? It appears to be a combination of human error and / or equipment failure. What the BBC describes as “leak during a transfer of oil to a tanker” led to...

Mass environmental justice uprising engulfs Damietta on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast

The popular movement against a Canadian petrochemical plant has forced the Egyptian government to shut down the Agrium-Mopco gas-fertiliser factory, after residents shut down highways, bridges and a deepwater port, and battled the Egyptian military in the street. Grainy photos and video-clips  tweeted out – especially by Al-Jazeera’s @Mansourtalk – show locals standing up to...
Own Up, Clean Up, Pay Up: Amnesty's new report on Shell

Own Up, Clean Up, Pay Up: Amnesty’s new report on Shell

Amnesty International today demanded that Shell immediately pay $1 billion towards an initial clean up fund for the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta, a scheme recommended by the UN this August. A new report today published by Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) has called on Shell to...
A quick plug for our new (and beautiful) printed reports

A quick plug for our new (and beautiful) printed reports

Counting the Cost, Platform’s new report on Shell Nigeria, is now available in print! Please buy your copy here. The report looks and feels incredible, thanks to our amazing designers at Ultimate Holding Company. Buying a copy of the report enables Platform to do more campaigning for human rights and corporate accountability in Nigeria. Your support...
TAKE ACTION: Demand corporate accountability

TAKE ACTION: Demand corporate accountability

The Global Greengrants Fund has set  up an online petition calling on Shell to immediately clean up its appalling pollution in the Niger Delta and end its daily human rights abuses. The action has collected over 9,900 signatures since Wednesday. Let’s see if we can hit 10,000 by the end of today! Please sign the...
Shell hit with $1bn US lawsuit over Nigeria pollution

Shell hit with $1bn US lawsuit over Nigeria pollution

Within a day of the US Supreme Court decision to hear the case of Kiobel v Shell, which accuses Shell of complicity in crimes against humanity and human rights abuses in Nigeria during the 1990s, the oil giant was hit by another class action lawsuit for 50 years of pollution in the Niger Delta. AFP...
Shell is abusing human rights in Nigeria. But who can stop them?

Shell is abusing human rights in Nigeria. But who can stop them?

This blog first appeared on Amnesty International UK’s new blog, Press Release Me, Let Me Go. We reproduce it here with these fantastic images from Environmental Rights Action, FoE Nigeria. Who can stop them? In the case of Shell in Nigeria this is a question well worth asking. Over the past few months, Shell’s appalling legacy of...