Poison Fire is a grassroots documentary that brings together video testimonies and evidence on the impacts of oil spills and gas flaring in the Niger Delta.
The Niger Delta is an environmental disaster zone after fifty years of oil exploitation. One and a half million tons of crude oil has been spilled into the creeks, farms and forests, the equivalent to 50 Exxon Valdez disasters, one per year.
Natural gas contained in the crude oil is not being collected, but burnt off in gas flares, burning day and night for decades.
Royal Dutch Shell, one of the largest and most profitable companies on earth has announced it is closing its pension scheme for new UK employees. This is despite having record high share prices, a turnover of over £360 billion, and having much more money paid into the pension scheme than is taken out. Shell has one of the most financially sound schemes in the UK, with a £1.1 billion surplus. There needs to a be a genuine joining up of pension campaigns between the private and public sectors.
Processed World on Shell in Nigeria.
Oil tanker drivers supplying Shell petrol stations have called off a planned second round of industrial action after being offered a reported 14 per cent pay increase over two years.
The last minute offer was made to the drivers’ union, the ITF affiliated Unite, by Hoyer UK and Suckling Transport, who are contracted to distribute Shell supplies. It followed four days of peaceful industrial action in the UK, with more planned.
This article on the Shell to Sea campaign and on Rossport Solidarity Camp, was written in May 2006, for a publication which unfortunately did not see the light of day. It is a look at the campaign against the state and Shell’s “development” of a corner of the west of Ireland, situating it in an international context of environmental justice struggles.
This campaign against the plan to build an unprecedented high-pressure raw gas pipeline and refinery in Northwest Mayo is in its sixth year, but last spring took a turn towards popular protest and direct action and has shut down construction work.
Villagers in Nigeria have stormed and seized three Shell oil platforms in the Niger Delta.
A spokesman for Royal Dutch Shell PLC said the seizures have forced oil production to be shut down at the platforms.
Officials, however, declined to say how much oil had been cut off after the platforms were attacked.
Protests take place in Irish cities as state forces move in support of Shell.
Friday October the sixth saw protests in Galway, Cork, Belfast and at four locations in Dublin in response to the increased police presence at Shell’s refinery construction site in Mayo. At least two of the solidarity actions were visited by Special Branch. Several other protests have also taken place around the country in the last week.
Latest news from the struggle against Shell in the West of Ireland, as the state prepares to strike.
The month of September was the month Shell had chosen to re-take their refinery construction site in Ballinaboy, Mayo, in the west of Ireland. They failed.
The refinery has been shut down since July 2005 by pickets involving the local community and activists from Rossport Solidarity Camp.
Shell to Sea: the struggle against the gas pipeline and refinery in Ireland - background and updates
In Erris, a remote area on Ireland’s Western Atlantic coast a consortium of multinationals: Shell, Statoil and Marathon, supported by the Irish State, is proposing to build a dangerous, experimental raw gas pipeline and gas refinery. But they are being stopped...
This libcom.org news feature contains background information and updates on the struggle and related developments.
Pipeline and refinery