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Nigeria: Friends of the Earth says gas flaring continues; leaves intl. body in protest of Shell's "dirty track record"

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22 January 2009

Shell response re gas flaring in Nigeria

Author: Shell

Shell remains committed to ending the continuous flaring of gas in its operations in Nigeria...The...joint venture...has made considerable progress in reducing flaring. Total flaring dropped by more than 50% between 2002 and 2007...This is the equivalent of taking all passenger cars in the Netherlands off the road. Regrettably, security issues that prevent access to key construction sites - and lack of funding from our majority JV partner - are continuing to delay the gas gathering projects. The SPDC joint venture has invested approximately $3 billion to date to reduce continuous flaring. More than $3 billion of additional investment is needed to reduce flaring as low as is reasonably possible...Shell values our work with IUCN...

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12 January 2009

Nigeria to stop companies flaring gas

Author: Friends of the Earth International

While Europe faces gas shortages, Friends of the Earth International [FoEI] is putting the Nigerian government under pressure to ensure that oil companies stop flaring Nigerian gas. Following a December 31, 2008 deadline to end harmful gas flaring...[FoEI] started today a letter writing campaign...Shell is the largest producer of gas and oil in Nigeria...The cheapest way to deal with the gas is also the most environmentally destructive way: burning it. This practice costs the African country about US$2.5 billion annually, while more than 66% of the population is estimated to live in poverty. “Major oil companies are flaring gas in the oil-rich Niger Delta despite the fact that a Nigerian judge stated that flaring is illegal. Led by oil giant Shell...” said [FoEI]...[T]o draw attention to Shell's dirty track record, Friends of the Earth International decided to leave the IUCN [International Union for Conservation of Nature]...

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7 January 2009

Fighting for Nigeria's oil wealth

Author: Sue Lloyd-Roberts, BBC Newsnight

The Niger Delta, a region the size of England, is littered with violence and gas flares...The flares have become symbols of the region and the paradox that exists in an area where you find one of the world's richest oil regions alongside some of the poorest people. People here blame the fallout from the oil industry for their ruined environment, ill health and unemployment. [refers to Shell, Chevron]

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6 January 2009

[video] George Monbiot meets ... Jeroen van de Veer

Author: George Monbiot, Guardian [UK]

In the latest of his groundbreaking encounters with the figures whose decisions shape our environment, George Monbiot challenges Jeroen van de Veer, chief executive of oil and gas giant Shell, on ethics, greenwash advertising, renewable energy investments and gas-flaring in Nigeria.

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