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Shell’s declarations over Nigerian oil spills caused by sabotage are untrue, says Amnesty Intl.; company denies allegations

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1 January 2014

[PDF] Between activism and science: grassroots concepts for sustainability coined by Environmental Justice Organizations

Author: Joan Martinez-Alier (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) & others, Journal of Political Ecology

[Résumé aussi en Français / Resumen también en español] EJOs (environmental justice organizations) and their networks have introduced several concepts to political ecology that have also been taken up by academics and policy makers. In this paper, we explain the contexts in which such notions have arisen, providing definitions of a wide array of concepts and slogans related to environmental inequities and sustainability, and explore the connections and relations between them. These concepts include: environmental justice, ecological debt, popular epidemiology, environmental racism, climate justice, environmentalism of the poor, water justice, biopiracy, food sovereignty, "green deserts", "peasant agriculture cools downs the Earth", land grabbing, Ogonization and Yasunization, resource caps, corporate accountability, ecocide, and indigenous territorial rights...[refers to Chevron, Texaco, Keystone (part of Thor Industries), BP, Dole, Umicore, Bechtel, Edison, Abengoa, Vale, Eskom]

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Author: Luca Pisapia, Il Fatto Quotidiano (Italia)

Un...report di Amnesty International intitolato “Cattiva Informazione” accusa le compagnie petrolifere, in particolar modo Agip e Shell, di falsificare i documenti riguardanti le fuoriuscite di petrolio nel Delta del Niger...[S]crive Amnesty [che] queste compagnie attribuiscono le perdite dovute alla corrosione dei loro oleodotti a inesistenti sabotaggi o tentativi di furto da parte delle popolazioni indigene. Un modo per evitare di pagare risarcimenti alla popolazione locale in quello che è uno dei maggiori danni all’ecosistema perpetrati oggi sulla terra...Sia Shell che Eni (proprietaria di Agip) respingono le accuse..., sostengono non siano comprovate a sufficienza e invitano la...Ong a non intralciare il loro lavoro.

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Author: AFP

Amnesty International accuse le pétrolier Shell de nier ses responsabilités dans les fuites de pétrole au Nigeria, rejetant la faute sur les gangs criminels, dans un rapport publié jeudi. Le géant pétrolier anglo-néerlandais, a lui, rejeté l’accusation la considérant « sans fondement »…Les compagnies pétrolières, et Shell en particulier, manipulent les résultats des enquêtes sur ces fuites, accusant les voleurs de pétrole d’en être responsables alors que leurs propres infrastructures, souvent mal entretenues, sont aussi en cause, ajoute le rapport…Le sabotage ainsi provoqué cause d’importantes fuites de pétrole, « cause principale de pollution dans le Delta aujourd’hui » estime Precious Okolobo, porte-parole de la filliale nigériane de Shell, SPDC…[Fait aussi référence à Agip (filiale de Eni), Eni]

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7 November 2013

Shell made false claims about Niger delta oil pollution, says Amnesty

Author: John Vidal, Guardian (UK)

Amnesty International accuses Shell of false claims about its environmental impact in the Niger delta, saying that the oil company cannot be trusted and that there are "serious discrepancies" between the evidence of pollution and what Shell claims…According to official figures, there are several hundred oil spills a year in the delta, many of which involve Shell pipelines…"It is the communities that suffer…with their land and livelihoods destroyed by the pollution…” [says Amnesty Intl.]…The report argues that the investigations oil companies must conduct into spills are seriously flawed…The report…was shown to Shell before publication and includes the company's denials, refutations and explanations…A Shell spokesman in London said: "The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) firmly rejects unsubstantiated assertions that they have exaggerated the impact of crude oil theft and sabotage to distract attention from operational performance…”…

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