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  • Niger Delta: Shell’s manifestly false claims about oil pollution exposed, again | Amnesty International Canada
    at four oil spill sites that Shell said it had cleaned up years ago The report is being published to mark the 20th anniversary of the execution on 10 November 1995 of the environmental activist and writer Ken Saro Wiwa who campaigned tirelessly against the damage caused by the oil industry in the Niger Delta By inadequately cleaning up the pollution from its pipelines and wells Shell is leaving thousands of women men and children exposed to contaminated land water and air in some cases for years or even decades said Mark Dummett Business and Human Rights researcher at Amnesty International Oil spills have a devastating impact on the fields forests and fisheries that the people of the Niger Delta depend on for their food and livelihood Anyone who visits these spill sites can see and smell for themselves how the pollution has spread across the land The report also documents the failure of the Nigerian government to regulate the oil industry Its watchdog the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency NOSDRA is under resourced and continues to certify areas as clean that are visibly polluted with crude oil As people in Nigeria and around the world remember Ken Saro Wiwa and the eight other Ogoni leaders who were executed in 1995 Shell and the government of Nigeria cannot ignore the terrible legacy of the oil industry in the Niger Delta For many people of the region oil has brought nothing but misery said Stevyn Obodoekwe CEHRD s Director of Programmes The quality of life of people living surrounded by oil fumes oil encrusted soil and rivers awash with crude oil is appalling and has been for decades Investigation finds visible pollution at sites Shell says it cleaned The Niger Delta is the biggest oil producing region in Africa The largest international oil company there is Shell It operates around 50 oil fields and 5 000 km of pipelines much of them ageing and poorly maintained The oil giant s own figures admit to 1 693 oil spills since 2007 though the real number is probably higher In 2011 the United Nations Environmental Programme UNEP exposed massive levels of pollution caused by oil spills from Shell pipelines in the Ogoniland region of the Niger Delta UNEP also exposed how the damage done to the environment and people was exacerbated by the company s failure to clean up the spills properly In response Shell promised to clean up sites identified by UNEP and improve its response to future spills Yet in field investigations at four of the spill sites UNEP identified as highly polluted in 2011 Amnesty International and CEHRD found all four remain visibly contaminated in 2015 even though Shell says it has cleaned them The investigation demonstrates this is due to inadequate clean up and not new oil spills At one of the locations Shell s Bomu Well 11 researchers found blackened soil and layers of oil on the water 45 years after an oil spill took place

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/niger-delta-shell%E2%80%99s-manifestly-false-claims-about-oil-pollution-exposed-again (2016-02-13)
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  • Lifesaver for ages 9 and up -- Nigeria: Shell Oil, Clean up your mess! | Amnesty International Canada
    Donate Come and join us Sign Up Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Our Work Get Involved Donate About Us Lifesaver for ages 9 and up Nigeria Shell Oil Clean up your mess Wednesday October 14 2015 09 43 DOWNLOAD PDF HERE We breathe polluted air We drink polluted water We farm in contaminated land and eat contaminated crops We live in a contaminated environment All because of oil pollution Community activist Niger Delta Many people in the Niger Delta live with sticky black pollution Where does it come from Well the area is rich in oil The Shell Oil company has been extracting it for over 50 years and sometimes there are massive spills In fact there are hundreds of spills in the region every year Chief Emadee Roberts Kpai is an 80 year old farmer and fisherman He lives in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria in a village called Kegbara Dere K Dere for short He has 14 children and has lived in K Dere all his life For over 30 years he and his family have witnessed several oil spills in their community The oil has destroyed the farmland swamps fish ponds and water wells No proper clean up has been done in the area and Chief Kpai his family and his community have had to live in the polluted environment Chief Kpai is still waiting for Shell to clean up its mess He hopes the company will do so during his lifetime Like many in the Niger Delta the people of K Dere have not given up They have continued their demand for proper clean up and for a safer future for their children They want the world to know that Shell s lack of action has left much of their community destroyed And they are calling on Shell to clean up

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/take-action-now/lifesaver-for-ages-9-and-up-nigeria-shell-oil-clean-up-your-mess (2016-02-13)
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  • Nigeria: Shell must match government’s commitment to clean oil spills | Amnesty International Canada
    Latest Urgent Actions Donate Come and join us Sign Up Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Media Awards Multimedia Nigeria Shell must match government s commitment to clean oil spills News releases August 06 2015 Shell must match the Nigerian government s new commitment to tackle oil pollution in the Niger Delta by dramatically improving how it cleans up spills Amnesty International said today President Muhammadu Buhari s announcement on Wednesday of a trust fund to pay for the clean up of the Ogoniland region in the Niger Delta is welcome but if Shell s ineffective clean up methods are not fully overhauled its impact will be limited It is scandalous that Shell which now wants the world to trust it to drill in the Arctic has failed to properly implement the UN s expert advice on oil spill response after so long said Mark Dummett Amnesty International s Researcher on Business and Human Rights who has just returned from the Niger Delta President Buhari s initiative will fail and the Ogoni people will continue to suffer as long as Shell fails to make significant changes to the way it approaches oil spill clean up The establishment of the trust fund was a key recommendation of the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP which published a study on oil pollution in Ogoniland four years ago The UNEP study also called for Shell s clean up methods to be urgently overhauled including reviewing its methodology and addressing serious delays in responding to spills But researchers from Amnesty International investigating spill sites in the region have this month found oil on the soil and in nearby water bodies in areas where Shell contractors are reported to have recently carried out remediation The fund will be overseen by representatives of the Ogoni people the United Nations the oil companies operating in

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/nigeria-shell-must-match-government%E2%80%99s-commitment-to-clean-oil-spills (2016-02-13)
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  • Long-awaited victory: Shell to pay out $83 million over Niger Delta oil spills | Amnesty International Canada
    2015 in Pictures Projects Syrian refugees Global Campaign to Stop Torture Focus on priority countries China Illegal Detention and Torture Europe Human Rights Migration Control Bringing the Arms Trade Treaty into Force Strategic Arms Controls Working Against the Death Penalty Treatment of Prisoners Setting and Upholding Standards Freedom of Expression and Assembly in Vietnam and Cambodia Individuals at Risk Focus on Asia Pacific Human Rights Defenders in the Americas North Korea Prison Camps Pakistan Attacks on Journalists Use of Blasphemy Laws Training and Capacity Building Get Involved Take Action Now Online Actions Petition Library Urgent Action Network Latest Urgent Actions Donate Come and join us Sign Up Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Long awaited victory Shell to pay out 83 million over Niger Delta oil spills January 21 2015 Legal action in the UK has driven Shell to make an out of court settlement of 55 million CAD 83 million to compensate the Bodo community of Nigeria after the livelihoods of thousands were destroyed by oil spills The 55 million will be split between 35 million for 15 600 individuals and 20 million for the community Shell s long overdue compensation payout is an important victory for the victims of corporate negligence What happened On August 28 2008 a fault in the Trans Niger pipeline caused a significant oil spill into Bodo Creek in Ogoniland Nigeria The pipeline is the responsibility of Shell The spill which was due to equipment failure resulted in tens of thousands of barrels of oil polluting the land and creek surrounding Bodo killing the fish that people depend on for food and livelihood A second major spill began on December 7 2008 How did Amnesty supporters make a difference Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment Human Rights and Development CEHRD have worked on the Bodo spills case since 2008 supporting

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/good-news/long-awaited-victory-shell-to-pay-out-83-million-over-niger-delta-oil-spills-4 (2016-02-13)
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  • Court documents expose Shell’s false claims on Nigeria oil spills | Amnesty International Canada
    for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Media Awards Multimedia Court documents expose Shell s false claims on Nigeria oil spills News releases November 12 2014 Court documents revealed by Amnesty International today expose the fact that Shell has repeatedly made false claims about the size and impact of two major oil spills at Bodo in Nigeria in an attempt to minimize its compensation payments The documents also show that Shell has known for years that its pipelines in the Niger Delta were old and faulty The potential repercussions are that hundreds of thousands of people may have been denied or underpaid compensation based on similar underestimates of other spills The irrefutable evidence that Shell underestimated the Bodo spills emerged in a UK legal action brought by 15 000 people whose livelihoods were devastated by oil pollution in 2008 The court action has forced Shell to finally admit the company has underplayed the true magnitude of at least two spills and the extent of damage caused Amnesty International firmly believes Shell knew the Bodo data were wrong If it did not it was scandalously negligent we repeatedly gave them evidence showing they had dramatically underestimated the spills said Audrey Gaughran Director for Global Issues at Amnesty International Shell has refused to engage with us and only now that they find themselves in a UK court have they been forced to come clean Shell s joint investigation report for the first oil spill in the Bodo area of the Niger Delta claims only 1 640 barrels of oil were spilt in total However based on an independent assessment published by US firm Accufacts Inc Amnesty International calculated the total amount of oil spilt exceeded 100 000 barrels Shell denied this and repeatedly defended its far lower figure In the court documents Shell admits its figure is wrong in both this case and a second spill also in 2008 in the same area The admission throws Shell s assessment of hundreds of other Nigeria spills into doubt as all spill investigations are conducted in the same manner For years Shell has dictated the assessment of volume spilled and damage caused in spill investigation reports now these reports aren t worth the paper they re written on said Audrey Gaughran These spill investigation reports have cheated whole communities out of proper compensation The reports known as Joint Investigation Visit reports decide whether a community gets any compensation and the amount they receive They also determine the extent of the clean up required The people of Bodo have been able to take legal action in the UK However the vast majority of the hundreds of thousands of people in the Niger Delta who suffer oil spills from Shell s

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/court-documents-expose-shell%E2%80%99s-false-claims-on-nigeria-oil-spills (2016-02-13)
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  • Nigerian Government and Shell continue to ignore horrendous pollution in Niger Delta | Amnesty International Canada
    Come and join us Sign Up Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Media Awards Multimedia Nigerian Government and Shell continue to ignore horrendous pollution in Niger Delta Public statements Joint Press Release August 04 2014 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS ACTION FRIENDS OF THE EARTH EUROPE PLATFORM The systemic failure of the Nigerian government and oil giant Shell to clean up the horrendous oil pollution in the Niger Delta has been branded shameful by a group of Nigerian and international organisations today A damning report released today by Friends of Earth Europe Amnesty International Environmental Rights Action Platform and the Centre for Environment Human Rights and Development CEHRD exposes a shocking lack of action by Shell and the Nigerian Government to clean up pollution in Ogoniland despite recommendations made by a major UN study three years ago today The UN Environment Programme published a scientific study on the Ogoniland region of the Niger Delta in 2011 exposing widespread oil pollution severe health risks for the population including previously unacknowledged pollution of drinking water and fundamental failures in Shell s processes for cleaning up oil spills Godwin Ojo of Friends of the Earth Nigeria said Three years on and the government and Shell have done little more than set up processes that look like action but are just fig leafs for business as usual The lack of meaningful action in the face of incontrovertible scientific evidence is outrageous The Nigerian government and Shell are quite simply getting away with environmental and human rights abuses in the Niger Delta The UN study conducted at the request of the Nigerian government and paid for by Shell exposed the serious failure of the Nigerian government to regulate and control companies like Shell The report also revealed Shell s systemic failure to address oil spills going

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/public-statements/joint-press-release/nigerian-government-and-shell-continue-to-ignore (2016-02-13)
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  • Nigeria: Shell could face fresh compensation claims after landmark environmental ruling | Amnesty International Canada
    North Korea Prison Camps Pakistan Attacks on Journalists Use of Blasphemy Laws Training and Capacity Building Get Involved Take Action Now Online Actions Petition Library Urgent Action Network Latest Urgent Actions Donate Come and join us Sign Up Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Media Awards Multimedia Nigeria Shell could face fresh compensation claims after landmark environmental ruling News releases June 20 2014 A landmark UK court ruling paves the way for Shell to finally be held accountable for devastating oil pollution in the Niger Delta Amnesty International said today Today s ruling is a shot across the bows for Shell said Audrey Gaughran Amnesty International s Director of Global Issues The court s message is clear if you don t take adequate measures to protect your pipelines from tampering you could be liable for the damages caused In a judgment delivered by Mr Justice Akenhead the London Technological and Construction Court found that short of providing policing or military defence of its pipelines Shell was responsible for taking reasonable steps to protect them This would include measures such as installing leak detection systems surveillance equipment and anti tamper equipment The ruling has opened the door for Nigerian claimants to demand compensation if oil leaks were a result of sabotage or theft if the sabotage or theft was due to neglect on the part of the licence holder or his agents servants or workmen to protect maintain or repair any work structure or thing Yet within minutes of the judgment being delivered Shell fired off a press release claiming senior English judge rules in favour of Shell s Nigerian subsidiary Shell s representation of the facts in this case continues to beggar belief said Audrey Gaughran Their response is typical of a company desperate to avoid being held to account for years of failure Shell has consistently

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/nigeria-shell-could-face-fresh-compensation-claims-after-landmark-environmental (2016-02-13)
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  • Shell’s false claims on Niger Delta oil spills exposed | Amnesty International Canada
    Shell s false claims on Niger Delta oil spills exposed News releases November 07 2013 Shell has manipulated oil spill investigations in Nigeria with the company s claims on oil pollution in the region deeply suspect and often untrue said Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment Human Rights and Development CEHRD A new report published today uncovers specific cases in which Shell has wrongly reported the cause of oil spills the volume of oil spilt or the extent and adequacy of clean up measures Shell is being disingenuous about the devastation caused by its Niger Delta operations This new evidence shows that Shell s claims about the oil spills cannot be trusted said Audrey Gaughran Director of Global Issues at Amnesty International New analysis from an independent expert found that so called official investigation reports into the cause of oil spills in the Niger Delta can be very subjective misleading and downright false The report highlights systemic weaknesses in the way the cause of a spill and the volume are determined with some significant errors in the volumes that are recorded as spilt The consequences for the affected communities are devastating and can result in them receiving little or no compensation The oil companies do not have to back up the claims with full and independent evidence The evidence that does exist remains firmly under their control Shell looks to blame others based on investigation reports that in some cases amount to nothing more than dodgy dossiers said Styvn Obodoekwe Director of Programmes at CEHRD At Amnesty International and CEHRD s request the independent US oil pipeline specialist Accufacts assessed a number of oil spill investigation reports as well as responses from oil companies operating in the Niger Delta and Nigeria s national oil spill agency The expert found cases where the stated cause of an oil spill appears to be wrongly attributed to sabotage In many other cases sabotage was listed as the cause when there was little or no data recorded to back up the claim Overall Accufacts concluded that many official investigation reports were technically incomplete and others appear to be serving another agenda more driven by politics than pipeline forensic science Nigeria s under resourced regulatory agencies have little oversight or control of the process and are dependent on the oil companies to carry out investigations In one incident a regulator sent a student on work experience as their sole representative to an oil spill investigation This is a system that is wide open to abuse and abuse happens There is no one to challenge the oil companies and almost no way to independently verify what they say In effect it s trust us we re big oil said Gaughran Shell has made some improvements to its investigation reports since 2011 including the addition of images of oil spills on its corporate website But serious flaws remain including weaknesses in the underlying evidence used to attribute spills to sabotage Information listed in oil spill investigation

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/shell%E2%80%99s-false-claims-on-niger-delta-oil-spills-exposed (2016-02-13)
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