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stop gas flaring in nigeria

Call on Shell's new CEO to comply with Nigerian law and stop gas flaring in the Niger Delta.

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gas-flare-4Children in the Niger Delta look on at a Shell gas flare. © Elaine Gilligan / Friends of the Earth

In January 2009 we launched a cyberaction against the government of Nigeria urging them to put a stop to the illegal and harmful practice of “gas flaring”. Gas flares are open-air fires that burn the natural gas that is released when oil is extracted from the ground. The practice endangers human health, harms local ecosystems, emits large amounts of greenhouse gases, wastes vast quantities of natural gas, and is against Nigerian law.

 

Nevertheless, major oil producers have been allowed to continue this practice for decades.

 

10,000 of you petitioned the Nigerian government to invoke the law criminalising gas flaring. This campaign is far from over and we now need your help once more.

 

shell on trial

shellguilty logoAfter legal battles lasting nearly fourteen years, oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has been forced to pay a $15.5 million out-of-court settlement. Plaintiffs from the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta have successfully held Shell accountable for complicity in human rights atrocities committed against the Ogoni people in the 1990s, including the execution of writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa.

 

This settlement though will not put an end to the daily struggles people throughout the Niger Delta face as a result of Shell's activities in the region. Despite this victory, justice will not be served in Ogoni and throughout the Delta until the gas flares are put out, the spills cleaned up, and the military stops protecting the oil companies and starts serving the people.

 

Keep the pressure on Shell and sign our petition to urge the Shell CEO to make the right choice and end gas flaring in Nigeria once and for all.

 

Update: Shell have been responding to some of you who have taken this action. Read our response to their claims here.

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