Health, Safety & Environment

Shell helped Nigeria’s military to commit human rights abuses – Amnesty

November 28, 2017 | Health, Safety & Environment, Nigeria, Politics & Social Unrest

London, UK | – Oil giant Shell should be investigated for alleged complicity in” horrific crimes” committed by the military in Nigeria in the 1990s, Amnesty International has said. Shell encouraged a crackdown, which led to killings and the burning of villages in the oil-producing Ogoniland region of Nigeria’s restive Niger Delta, the rights group added. The Anglo-Dutch oil supermajor said the allegations were “without merit”. The region was hit by protests over oil pollution and poverty in the 1990s. It led to a massive …

Shell taken to court over complicity in 1995 execution of 9 Nigerians

June 29, 2017 | Health, Safety & Environment, Legal, Politics & Social Unrest

London, UK | – Royal Dutch Shell Plc has been accused of complicity in the executions of nine activists in Nigeria in 1995 following the launch of a legal case filed in the Netherlands by widows of four of the “Ogoni Nine,” a prominent human rights watchdog said Thursday The so-called Ogoni Nine were activists from the Ogoni region of Nigeria, who were hanged in 1995 for allegations that were later proven false. The activists were led by Ken Saro-Wiwa and protested both Shell and the Nigerian government, accusing them …

Trump dismays, angers allies by abandoning global climate pact

June 02, 2017 | Health, Safety & Environment, Renewable Energy, United States & Canada

London, UK | – President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change, drawing anger and condemnation from world leaders and heads of industry. Trump, tapping into the “America First” message he used when he was elected president last year, said the Paris accord would undermine the U.S. economy, cost U.S. jobs, weaken American national sovereignty and put the country at a permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world. “We’re …

UK court hears case against Shell on behalf of 40,000 Nigerians

November 23, 2016 | Company Operations, Health, Safety & Environment, Nigeria

London, UK | – A legal case on behalf of more than 40,000 Nigerians against multinational oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell has started in the High Court in London. Lawyers for the Nigerian claimants want the High Court to rule that a compensation hearing can be conducted in London. Royal Dutch Shell maintains the case should be heard in Nigerian courts. The hearing before Justice Fraser, expected to finish on Thursday, is hearing legal arguments on whether the British courts can hear two …

Helicopter crashes en route to Chevron Angola oil platform, at least four dead

September 27, 2016 | Angola, Health, Safety & Environment

Luanda, Angola | –  Four people died and two were missing after a helicopter crashed en route to a Chevron oil platform off the Angolan coast, the U.S. oil company said on Tuesday. The helicopter left Malongo port in Angola’s Cabinda province on Monday at 1523 local time to make the short journey to the Tombua-Landana offshore oil platform but never arrived. “The helicopter did not reach its intended destination. It was carrying five passengers and one pilot,” Chevron said in a statement, adding that …

Shell Nigeria investigates oil spill at Forcados Terminal

February 16, 2016 | Health, Safety & Environment, Nigeria

Port Harcourt, Nigeria | – The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC), a subsidiary of Anglo-Dutch Shell is investigating the source of a crude oil spill which was observed on water around Forcados Terminal on Sunday February 14,2016. Media Relations Manager of SPDC, Mr Precious Okolobo said in a press release that the initial investigation will enable the company to quickly determine what suitable response was further needed. According to him,SPDC JV and third party production into the terminal is being suspended as …

Shell to be held accountable for Nigeria oil spills – says Dutch Court

December 21, 2015 | Health, Safety & Environment, Nigeria

London, UK | – A Dutch appeals court ruled on Friday that Royal Dutch Shell can be held liable for oil spills at its Nigerian subsidiary, in a landmark decision Friday. In a five minute hearing at The Hague, judges said that the Dutch legal system has the authority to rule on any forthcoming cases launched by those seeking compensation from the multinational oil company Shell. Judges also ordered the oil giant to hand over company documents relating to the 2008 oil spills in the …

Shell accused of lying over Nigerian oil spill cleanup

November 04, 2015 | Health, Safety & Environment, Nigeria

London, UK | – Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) have charged Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell with failing to implement recommendations from a critical 2011 United Nations report. Amnesty and the CEHRD’s claims come in a new report, titled Clean It Up: Shell’s False Claims About Oil Spill Response in the Niger Delta. The 38-page document says most of the recommendations of a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report had not been implemented since its publication five years ago. Of the 15 areas visited …