Nigerian women protest against Shell

This video, recorded in Nigeria, is called The Case Against Shell: ‘The Hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa Showed the True Cost of Oil‘.

From AFP news agency today:

Shell shuts plant in Nigeria after women’s protest

LAGOS — Shell has shut down an oil facility in southern Nigeria due to protests by a group of local women, a company spokesman said Wednesday, after a similar demonstration targeted a Chevron pipeline.

“We were forced to shut down the Otumara-Escravos flowstation in Delta State because of a siege by some women from Ugborodo community,” Shell spokesman Precious Okolobo told AFP.

He said the Anglo-Dutch oil group had halted production at the facility, but refused to disclose the volume of oil affected.

Okolobo said the women claimed they were protesting against government’s neglect of their community. He said Shell had informed the government about the incident.

The incident came a week after a group of Ugborodo women blocked access to a Chevron natural gas pipeline to protest poor living conditions in their community.

They said they wanted Chevron to provide access to electricity and address damage to the environment, community leader Thomas Ereyitomi told AFP last week.

Oil and gas operations in Nigeria are often disrupted by communities demanding jobs and a fairer distribution of industry revenue, as well as protests against environmental degradation.

Shell, Nigeria’s biggest operator in the oil sector, produced an average of 629,000 barrels per day last year compared to 850,000 barrels in 2008.

Black Agenda Report on Nigeria and Oil Exploration: here.

UK banks ‘aided Nigeria corruption’: here.

AN ONGOING military offensive against militants in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta this week has killed as many as 150 people, a human rights activist charged today: here.

Nigerian soldiers stood accused today of launching a bloody offensive against civilians in the country’s oil-rich Niger Delta: here.

ICC Urged to Accept ‘Ecocide’ as an International Crime: here.

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    An outbreak in neighbouring Cameroon has killed 155 people out of 2,000 confirmed cases.


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    Thursday 18 November 2010

    Gunmen killed five soldiers and security contractors guarding an offshore oilfield in Cameroon on Tuesday night.

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