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Originally posted by Merigold
reply to post by JohnPhoenix
We ( as in We, I mean Americans) should be worried about the Gulf spill and Not the Nigeria leak
That's nice. And yet you expect the rest of the world to give a damn about YOUR problem.
You do get your comment has yet again solidified the stereotype of uncaring, selfish, uncouth and greedy Americans, right?
Well done. But then I bet you don't care.
Originally posted by henriquefd
Originally posted by JohnPhoenix
We should be worried about the Gulf spill and Not the Nigeria leak. We need to fix our problems at home. It's not I don't feel for those people but Obama is Not in charge of Africa. Let the African officials deal with their problems.
We? We who? When I say "we" on ATS, I mean the ATS community, which is represented all over the globe. I don't mean to be harsh, but your post makes it sound that when you say "we", you mean "us citizens". I am not a US citizen and I will keep worrying for both Nigeria and the Gulf of Mexico oil spills.
But don't worry. Obama has nothing to do with the Nigeria spill. He can focus on Deepwater Horizon. This oil spill is not yet another job for the US to fix. It´s Shell and Exxon who are responsible and who should be working on fixing this. But since it´s been going on for over 50 years, I will conclude that Shell and Exxon just don't give a damn. They can't tell me they have been trying for 50 years and could fix it. They just never cared for it, which is the same as not caring for nature and for human life.
The effects of oil in the fragile Niger Delta communities and environment have been enormous. Local indigenous people have seen little if any improvement in their standard of living while suffering serious damage to their natural environment. Almost 7000 oil spills occurred between 1970 and 2000
Recently foreign employees of Shell, the primary corporation operating in the region, were taken hostage by outraged local people. Such activities have also resulted in greater governmental intervention in the area, and the mobilisation of the Nigerian army and State Security Service into the region, resulting in violence and human rights abuses.
Royal Dutch Shell plc, commonly known simply as Shell, is a multinational petroleum company of Dutch and British origins. One of the six "supermajors" (vertically integrated private sector oil exploration, natural gas, and petroleum product marketing companies), Shell was listed as the world's eighth largest corporation for 2010 by Forbes. The company's headquarters are in The Hague, Netherlands, with its registered office at the Shell Centre in London, United Kingdom.[
In April, 2006, a bomb exploded near an oil refinery in the Niger Delta region, a warning against Chinese expansion in the region. MEND stated: “We wish to warn the Chinese government and its oil companies to steer well clear of the Niger Delta. The Chinese government by investing in stolen crude places its citizens in our line of fire.”
The biggest gas flaring company is the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd, a joint venture that is majority owned by the Nigerian government. In Nigeria, “...despite regulations introduced 20 years ago to outlaw the practice, most associated gas is flared, causing local pollution and contributing to climate change.” The environmental devastation associated with the industry and the lack of distribution of oil wealth have been the source and/or key aggravating factors of numerous environmental movements and inter-ethnic conflicts in the region, including recent guerilla activity by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).
Originally posted by JBA2848
So the spills in Nigera are from Shell a London, United Kingdom based business.
[edit on 18-6-2010 by JBA2848]
Originally posted by MR BOB
I saw a documentery on this, making me the resident expert in all oil spill matters..
[edit on 18-6-2010 by MR BOB]
The oil corporation was accused of collaborating in the judicial killing of author and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, and eight colleagues from the Movement For The Survival Of The Ogoni People. As the plaintiffs declared victory, Shell described the settlement as "a humanitarian gesture" and denied involvement in the murders. For a company with $31 billion profits last year, the payout is small change.
Despite being resolved at the negotiating table, the case opens a new front in the ongoing struggle to bring corporations accused of human rights abuses to justice by establishing that the Alien Tort Statute can be used to sue overseas companies in the USA. Royal Dutch Shell is part British, with headquarters in the Netherlands, but a Court Of Appeals judge ruled that, as it has offices in New York, a civil case could be tried there.