Throw out illegal leases for Arctic Ocean offshore drilling
Last Updated on 2009-06-09 09:28:34
June 1st, 2009
A federal court recently ruled that the Bush administration's five-year offshore drilling program in the Arctic Ocean off the coast of Alaska was approved illegally. Now it is up to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the Obama administration to follow the court's ruling and throw out all leases that are part of the program so that we can all move forward with a clean slate.
The 2007-2012 offshore drilling program, which took effect in July 2007, would open more than 80 million acres in the Beaufort, Chukchi and Bering Seas to unprecedented levels of environmentally risky oil and gas development. This includes the nearly 3 million acres of the Chukchi Sea already leased to the oil and gas industry in a February 2008 lease sale, and the 79 million acres slated to be leased in the Chukchi, Beaufort and Bering Seas in 2010-2012.
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Shell settles Nigeria deaths case
Last Updated on 2009-06-09 07:35:14
The execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa sparked a global outcry
Royal Dutch Shell has agreed a $15.5m (£9.7m) out-of-court settlement
in a case accusing it of complicity in human rights abuses in Nigeria.
It was brought by relatives of nine anti-oil campaigners, including
author Ken Saro-Wiwa, who were hanged in 1995 by Nigeria's then
The oil giant strongly denies any wrongdoing and says the payment is
part of a "process of reconciliation".
The case, initiated 13 years ago, had been due for trial in the US next week.
It was brought under a 1789 federal law which allows US courts to hear
human rights cases brought by foreign nationals over actions that take
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Shell settles Nigeria deaths case
Last Updated on 2009-06-09 00:00:00
Settlement Reached in Human Rights Cases Against Royal Dutch/Shell
On Eve of Trial, Settlement Agreements Provide $15.5 Million for
Compensation to Nigerian Human Rights Activists and to Establish
New York, June 8, 2009 - Today, the parties in Wiwa v. Shell agreed to
settle human rights claims charging the Royal Dutch/Shell company, its Nigerian subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC or Shell Nigeria), and the former head of its Nigerian operation, Brian Anderson, with complicity in the torture, killing, and other abuses of Ogoni leader Ken Saro-Wiwa and other non-violent Nigerian activists in the mid-1990s in the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta.
The settlement, whose terms are public, provides a total of $15.5 million. These funds will compensate the 10 plaintiffs, who include family members of the deceased victims; establish a Trust intended to benefit the... More »
Free Video of Wiwa v. Shell Lawsuit
Last Updated on 2009-05-18 11:32:46
Please go to this website to learn more about the Wiwa VS Shell lawsuit and to view the free video: http://wiwavshell.org/about/about-wiwa-v-shell/
They also have DVD's available of a longer film:
Host a Film Screening
Filmmaker Glenn Ellis has given us permission to make the documentary film ‘Delta Force’ available for non-commercial screenings for educational purposes. This gripping 50-minute film made in 1995 is an invaluable introduction to the issues at the heart of the Wiwa v. Shell case.
The film tells the story of Ken Saro-Wiwa, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Shell’s environmental devastation in Nigeria, and its partnership with the Nigerian military government to violently suppress the growing human rights and environmental justice movement in the Niger Delta.
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"Shell Guilty" Effort Kiks Off!
Last Updated on 2009-05-07 11:12:26
In November 1995, nine activists were hanged in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. They were innocent of any crime, and guilty only of demanding environmental and human rights for their people, the Ogoni.
Last week, I testified in Congress about the role of Shell oil in environmental and human rights violations in the Niger Delta. And in a few weeks, a landmark trial will open in federal court in New York City at which Shell will face charges for its role in the murder of Ken Saro-Wiwa, and the other Ogoni.
I knew Ken Saro-Wiwa. I've been to the Niger Delta.
Believe me, Shell is Guilty.
One of the abuses these activists died struggling to end was the practice of "gas flaring"-burning off gas released by oil extraction activities in massive fires that send plumes of toxic smoke, soot and vapors into the air.
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