Energy and Extractives

  • Monday, 21st December 2009

    Nnimmo Bassey, Executive Director, ERA and Chair, Friends of the Earth International sums up the last two weeks of climate talks in Copenhagen from the backroom deals to rise of the Climate Justice movement.

    Early on in the second week of COP15, the cordoned path created for long lines of NGOs seeking entry into the Bella Centre was a crowded mass of people. The cold was setting in, but the people pressed in.

    The story was different for the last two days of the COP. The path was desolate and taken over by a carpet of snow. Observers had been barred from entering the venue and the few with possibilities of entry had to contend with long waits as security officials thumbed through sheets with names of those cleared to enter.

  • Friday, 26th September 2008

    Washington, D.C., September 24, 2008 – The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law heard today from human rights and environmental activists, who described to Chairman Richard Durbin the abuses committed by security forces working for Chevron Corporation in Burma and Nigeria.

    “There is no doubt that American oil, gas, and mining companies operating in countries with poor human rights records face difficult challenges in protecting their employees and operations,” said Senator Durbin in his opening statement.  “However, when American companies choose to go into these countries, they assume a moral and legal obligation to ensure that security forces protecting their operations do not commit human rights abuses.”

    Nigerian activist Nnimmo Bassey, Executive Director of the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, testified about environmental degradation from oil development in Nigeria and the violent suppression of environmental protestors, including the 1998 attack on unarmed protestors from the Ilaje community at Chevron’s Parabe platform.  Chevron faces trial in a lawsuit brought by victims of the Parabe attack, Bowoto v. Chevron Corp., in San Francisco federal court in October.

    Watch the hearing here (Real Player required. Click here to download )
  • Wednesday, 24th September 2008
    Groups to Call for Responsibility of Oil Giant, Chevron, and other Extractive Industry Companies for Human Rights Abuses Abroad at Hearing before Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law

    Washington, D.C., September 22, 2008 - One month before it will appear before a federal jury in the landmark human rights case, Bowoto v. Chevron, facing charges of torture and wrongful death, Chevron, along with other leading extractive industry companies, will come under the scrutiny of the U.S. Senate’s Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law.  In the hearing, “Extracting Natural Resources: Corporate Responsibility and the Rule of Law,” witnesses will bring to light oil, mining and gas companies’ complicity in human rights abuses perpetrated by public or private security forces in Nigeria, Burma, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Indonesia.

    Nigerian activist Nnimmo Bassey, Executive Director of the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, will testify about Chevron’s repression of nonviolent environmental protestors, which gave rise to the Bowoto v. Chevron lawsuit.  Mr. Bassey will explain that use of the brutal Nigerian military forces by multinational oil companies, including Chevron, continues unabated today.  He will be joined by co-founder and Executive Director of EarthRights International (ERI), Ka Hsaw Wa, who will testify about the egregious human rights violations associated with gas pipeline projects in Burma, including Chevron’s Yadana project, drawing from ERI’s fourteen years of experience documenting human rights abuses in the Yadana pipeline region.

    (Related Links: Earth Rights International, Nnimmo Bassey's Testimony )

  • Friday, 9th May 2008

    Business Day

    Shell says it requires an additional $3 billion (N375 billion) and the resolution of the Niger Delta crisis to be able to end gas flaring in the country, insisting that it will be unable to meet the December 2008 deadline due to insecurity in the oil-rich region and funding shortfalls.

    The oil giant said in a report on “The elusive goal to stop flares” released during the week that its major challenge in the country was to gather gas from more than 1,000 wells scattered over the Niger Delta which, it said, is larger than Portugal.
    According to the company, this means building gas collection facilities at the oilfields and constructing an extensive pipeline network to carry the gas to an industrial facility where it is turned into a liquid for transport.

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