“International Anti-Chevron Day”   
                                                                                         
May 21 has been set aside as “International Anti-Chevron Day", to be marked worldwide particularly in Nigeria, Ecuador, Argentina, Romania and the United States where Chevron’s operations have inflicted pain on locals, even as the company evades liability.

In Nigeria’s Niger Delta Chevron operations has devastated farmlands, forests and water bodies and resulting in human rights violations. On the 16th of January 2012 several massive explosions occurred at the Apoi North Gas wellhead belonging to Chevron. Pollutants and other toxic chemicals from the rig which is located at about 120 nautical miles off the Atlantic ocean bordering several communities led to massive environmental degradation and dislocation of communities. It resulted in the death and destruction of fishes and other aquatic life and ruined the local livelihoods of the typical fishing communities of Koluama 1 and 2, Ekeni, Ezetu, Foropa and Ekebiri in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Others are Fish town and around Akassa in Brass LGA and several other coastal communities. Chevron's oil extraction activities in the Niger delta communities is leading to environmental degradation and pollution of rivers and farmlands from frequent oil spills and gas flaring and resulting in the destruction of farming and fishing livelihood sources.

During the explosions the communities experienced massive vibrations in their houses leading to cracks in buildings and the total disruption of their lives. More than two years after that incident Chevron is yet to take responsibility by cleaning up the environment and compensating the locals.
The incident is one among several spill incidents traceable to Chevron’s negligence and complete disregard for the lives and environment of communities within and outside the perimeter of its operations.
Executive Director of the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Dr Godwin Uyi Ojo said, “it is time to end Chevron’s impunity in the Niger Delta. Up till now there has been no official assessment of the damage caused by the explosions nor any attempt to quantify the monetary and environmental loses”.
Ojo noted that the sum of about N300 million paid to selected communities is arbitrary and a complete rip off, and questioned the basis upon which such computation was made.
Not surprisingly, Chevron’s attempt to evade responsibility is to substitute operational costs for corporate social responsibility to mislead the people. The crime scene of economic ecocide must be accounted for by the Company and their CEOs".
To mark the event, we demand:
1.    Chevron end impunity in the Niger Delta and comply with the legal obligations imposed on it by judicial systems in the countries in which it operates.

2.    Chevron should conduct a comprehensive audit of the impact of their operations in the Niger Delta and in in particular, the Apoi North incident to ensure proper remediation of the environment and adequate compensation of impacted communities.
3. Chevron should respect the affected peoples' right to self-determination in rejecting all forms of extractive processes that endanger communities while the company’s shareholders laugh to the banks.

DAY OF ACTION
May 22, impacted communities, CSOs, academicians, journalists and government representatives gather to mark the ERA/FoEN-led event EndingChevronImpunity in the Niger Delta. Use this Hashtag to Join the campaign on twitter #ENDINGCHEVRONIMPUNITY




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ERA has recently received information that a group calling itself the "Niger Delta Coalition in the Diaspora" is still engaging itself in activities and communications giving the impression that it is linked with Environmental Rights Action (ERA).

This group issues out communications using ERA's headquarter address and mail box. We have never had any ties with this group and any views, comments or opinions expressed by them is not endorsed or authorized by any member of management or staff of ERA.

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