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Originally posted by Zion Mainframe
The US is getting more and more dependant on West-african oil. Very few people in those very poor countries actually benefit from the Oil Industry, just look at Saudi Arabia for instance.
BBC: Nigeria hostages 'in good health'
17 January 2006
The four foreign oil workers kidnapped by Nigerian militants have told Reuters news agency they are in good health. The four - from the UK, US, Bulgaria and Honduras - were taken hostage by armed men on speedboats a week ago while in the Niger Delta region. There was a further gunboat attack on a pumping station over the weekend, prompting oil giant Royal Dutch Shell to withdraw some 330 workers.
A man who said he was Briton Nigel Watson-Clark said that the Nigerian military should not try to use force to rescue them. He also read out five demands, which the kidnappers said should be met within 48 hours:
Local control of the region's oil wealth
The payment of $1.5bn by Shell to Bayelsa State to compensate for pollution
The release of separatist leader Mujahid Dokubu Asari, being held on treason charges
The release of former Bayelsa State governor Diepreye Alamieyaseigha, accused of corruption and money-laundering
The release of another ethnic Ijaw militant.
Nigeria is Africa's leading oil exporter and the fifth-biggest source of US oil imports.
Originally posted by BitRaiser
Originally posted by mrsdudara
We have major towers running from BC to the US??
Yup. BC exports major amounts of Hydro Electricity.
How massive of a power disruption?
Umm... that remains to be seen.
Best case; Washington state to California goes dark.
Worst case; Overloads and old lines fry cause the whole damned country to go dark.
Does that count as massive?
I know this might seem a little extream, but remember (ah, was it last year?) when a single overload caused a big chunk of Eastern US and Canada to blackout?
That was a minor glitch.
Originally posted by marg6043
after all they do not get anything for having them in their backyards polluting their soil.
IOL: Kidnapped workers read out captors' demands
January 17 2006
The four hostages - an American, a Briton, a Bulgarian and a Honduran - said in what appeared to be prepared statements that they were being treated well, but that any attempted military intervention or rescue could cost them their lives.
"I'd like to contact my family and let them know that I am alright and everything with us is good," said a man who identified himself as Harry Ebanks from Honduras. "The only thing (is) the environment is not good with us because there is a lot of mosquitoes and it is dangerous for us."
The Briton, who identified himself as Nigel Watson-Clark, read out a list of five demands by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, with a 48 hour deadline.
"The Nigerian government should not make any military intervention. Okay? They should not make any attempt to rescue us as it has been made clear that it may result in the loss of our lives," he said.
A man identifying himself as Patrick Landry, a US citizen, said: "No military intervention is a must. This climate in the conditions we're in is not conducive to us, especially as I am an older man and my health is not good."
He added: "I'd like y'all to contact my family and let them know that I'm alright, these people are treating me good, but the climate is not what it should be."
AllAfrica.com: Militants Kill 9 in Fresh Attacks
January 25, 2006
MILITANTS operating guns, mounted on speedboats, yesterday stormed the industrial facility of a subsidiary of the Italian oil giant, Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC)
Local resident, Damka Pueba, said she heard gunfire from a site known as the Agip Industrial Area in the Mgboshimini area of the city, a large complex of offices, workshops and jetties run by the Italian energy giant. "One of the staff came out, she was crying. She said some boys came in speedboats and got into the company and just started shooting," Pueba said, adding that the witness saw dead policemen being loaded onto a jeep.
The attackers came over the water and attacked the section of the base which houses a bank," said Maurizio Bungaro, Italy's consul-general in Nigeria. "The attackers killed nine people in all, eight police officers and a Nigerian employee ... there were no dead among the assailants. The attack was well organised and they were able to take their loot and go," he said.
Obasanjo: Terrorists Behind Attacks On Oil Firms (AllAfrica.com)
Daily Champion (Lagos)
January 27, 2006
"There is an element of terrorism in this and you cannot say we should give in to terrorism", President Obasanjo said.
"The captives will be freed only in return for the release of militia chief, Dokubo-Asari and former Bayelsa State governor, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, who was impeached for money laundering last month", the group said. "The hostages are in good health... and are going nowhere for as long as our demands are not met," said the group, which also demands more local control over the Delta's huge oil wealth.
Nigeria: Oil-Rich Niger Delta Faces 'Shocking' New Wave of Violence (AllAfrica.com)
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks
January 27, 2006
One new militant group has said it has now resolved to take control of the region's oil resources by force. "We're certainly facing a more intense level of violence and it's very disruptive to our operations," one industry source said on condition of anonymity. "We're really shocked by the amount of violence unleashed on Benisede [a facility recently attacked]. It was quite ugly."
Armed groups frequently take oil workers hostage, but up to now have usually freed them after payment of a ransom. But gunmen who seized four foreign oil workers from the offshore EA oil platform run by Royal Dutch Shell more than two weeks ago are insisting on the release of regional militants and political leaders detained by the Nigerian government.
The hostages are US citizen Patrick Landry, the boat's captain; his two ship engineers - Harry Ebanks from Honduras and Nilko Michev from Bulgaria; and Nigel Watson-Clark, a retired British paratrooper working as a security expert.
In November 1999, months after taking office as elected president after more than 15 years of military rule, Obasanjo sent troops after a group of armed militants that had killed 12 policemen. Government troops levelled the town of Odi where the killings had taken place and killed more than 1,000 people, according to human rights groups. "Almost everyone in my town has fled," said Enitowari Inengi, a resident of Ozobo, a fishing community near Shell's Benisede facility. "Everyone one is afraid the military will do to us what they did at Odi."
``It could be that it shuts down all of Shell's onshore operations in Nigeria,'' Simon Wardell, an analyst in London at Global Insight, said in an interview today. ``The markets are going to discount Nigerian production in the price of oil.''
Originally posted by Hellmutt
Nigerian President Obasanio uses the word "terrorists" against the "popular peoples front", or whatever they´re called... MEND was the name... MEND.
Then you wonder why so many complain that the US support dictatorship governments as long as they allowed US interest deal in their lands and with their resources.
Rigzone: Niger Delta Militants Plan 'Massive Attacks' on Oil Industry
July 27, 2006
Oil prices in the international market might shoot beyond the current US$75 a barrel if the militant Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) executes its planned attacks on oil installations from August.
Jomo Gbomo, MEND spokesman, told Deutsche Press-Agentur in an e-mail message Thursday that "we shall begin massive attacks on the oil industry from August."