grassroots highlights - oil and gas
“Shell will be dragged from the boardroom to the courthouse, time and again, until the company addresses the injustices at the root of the Niger Delta crisis and put an end to its environmental devastation,” says Anne van Schaik from Friends of the Earth Netherlands.
Photo: Boys playing football near gas flare in Akaloa-Lu, Niger Delta, Nigeria.
Although oil and gas exploration have been central to the Nigerian economy for over fifty years, the people living in the Niger Delta have only pain and anguish to show for it. New oil fields have now been discovered off the coast of neighbouring Ghana, and it is claimed that this will boost Ghana’s economy. But little consideration seems to have been given to its potential impacts on people living close to distribution pipes and refineries.
Witnessing the waning momentum in communities which have struggled for years to hold gas pipeline actors accountable our groups in Nigeria, Togo and Ghana coordinated a regional community exchange. It inspired insights, confidence and cohesion.
The Bagyieli people are indigenous forest-based communities in Cameroon. However, due to the construction of the Chad-Cameroon pipeline, the Bagyieli have been forced to leave their territories.
Possibly the Amazon’s most damaging fossil fuel development, the $1.6 billion Camisea Gas Project has pushed two pipelines through a globally-significant Amazon biodiversity hotspot.
The 1999 Erika oil spill was one of France’s worst environmental disasters, caused when an oil tanker carrying 30,000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil ran aground off the Brittany coast.
Since 2006, Britain’s most prestigious wildlife photography exhibit, the “Wildlife Photographer of the Year,” has been sponsored by Shell.