Resisting mining, oil and gas
Results from a field study on the environmental and social impacts of oil exploration along the northern coast. Justiça Ambiental, by Daniel Ribeiro and Joshua Dimon, September 2011
Friends of the Earth International, January 2011: The Brazilian company Vale is the world’s second largest metals and mining company and one of the largest producers of raw materials globally. Keen to protect its extractive and energy interests, Vale has used its proximity to the Brazilian government (which owns part of the company) to push for industry-driven measures through the UN’s climate negotiations, urging greater financial incentives and less stringent regulations for carbon offsetting.
Amigos da Terra Internacional, Janeiro 2012: A empresa brasileira Vale é a segunda maior em metais e mineração e uma das maiores produtoras de matéria bruta no globo1. A empresa está se expandindo rapidamente2, inclusive na África, onde possui grande interesse em carvão mineral – um dos recursos energéticos mais intensos em carbono. Com o intuito de proteger seus interesses extrativistas e de energia, a Vale tem utilizado sua proximidade com o governo brasileiro (que detém parte da empresa) para pressionar, através das negociações climáticas da ONU, medidas dirigidas às indústrias – instigando maiores incentivos financeiros e medidas reguladoras mais brandas para compensações de emissões.
Friends of the Earth International, November 2011: This publication brings together stories from Africa, North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Central Asia and Eastern Europe on the heroism of those who have been killed and those whose rights had been violated, as well as those who are presently being repressed in their resistance against mining, oil and gas projects around the world.
Friends of the Earth International, May 2011: The Swiss transnational Holcim, one of the biggest cement producers in the world, has gradually expanded its presence in Latin America, which has also increased the environmental and social conflicts produced by its activities.
Friends of the Earth International, May 2011: This report provides the background information for another report: Erratum of Shell's Annual Report 2010.
Friends of the Earth International, May 2011: Friends of the Earth International have been following Shell and its activities for years now, worldwide. This Erratum is an account of their findings. It shows that across the globe, Shell’s activities are damaging the environment, human rights and biodiversity; it shows us how imperative it is to change the way Shell works.
Friends of the Earth Netherlands / Professor Richard Steiner Anchorage, Alaska USA, November 2010: Shell practices in Nigeria compared with international standards to prevent and control pipeline oil spills and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Friends of the Earth Europe and other organisations, May 2009: A review of the global steel giant's environmental and social impacts in 2008-2009.
Friends of the Earth Europe, September 2009: Insight into the world’s most carbon intensive oil company and the legacy of CEO Jeroen van der Veer.
Friends of the Earth Europe and Liberia, June 2010: This report takes a closer and more in depth look at Arcelor Mittal's activities in Liberia in terms of their contribution to the country's development. Time and again, ArcelorMittal has claimed that their Liberia operation is the successful example of their corporate social responsibility strategies and community engagement. This report looks into those claims and sees how far communities have benefited from their activities.
Friends of the Earth International, June 2008: While attention to climate change is growing globally, a climate policy contradiction is also growing: industrialized countries are trying to cap greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously financing fossil fuel extraction and infrastructur through multilateral development banks (MDBs) and Export Credit Agencies (ECAs).
Corpwatch, May 2007: This report, a profile of Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold mining company, is an illustration of what is wrong with the gold industry today. In these pages, you will find numerous examples in which Barrick’s interests and the interests of the communities within which it operates are pitted directly against each other. From avoiding responsibility for the destructive environmental legacy of their projects or aligning itself with corrupt politicians, to employing police who violently suppress (and sometimes kill) mine critics, Barrick’s power in these struggles creates a compelling case for intervention.
Friends of the Earth International, 2002: The Chad Cameroon Oil and Pipeline project shows that large scale projects financed by the World Bank, rather than bringing ‘development’, lead to disruption and misery for the very people that are supposed to benefit from it.
Friends of the Earth England Wales and Northern Ireland, 2002: This report is a testament to the people around the world who have suffered and continue to suffer from Shell’s operations. If Shell is serious about its aims to be an environmentally and socially responsible multinational it has nothing to fear from engaging with local communities. And it should have nothing to fear from our proposed changes to UK company law, that would allow communities to hold corporations to account for their impacts on people and the environment.