Total oil, polluters, Saudi regime accomplices

This 2014 propaganda video by French oil corporation Total says about itself:

Jubail, a Colossal Project in Saudi Arabia

Total and Saudi Aramco have built the world’s biggest refining and petrochemical complex out in the Saudi desert through their joint venture SATORP. We take you behind the scenes of a colossal project.

Dutch NOS TV reports today that Total boss Patrick Pouyanné is attending Saudi crown prince Mohamad bin Salman‘s ‘Davos in the desert’ conference for big businessmen and politicians. Though quite some other corporate and political fat cats, until recently chummy with His Royal Highness ‘Crown Prince bonesaw’ Mohamad bin Salman, decided not to attend at the last moment because of the bad public relations generated by His Royal Highness death squad’s murder of journalist Khashoggi.

According to CNN today:

Earlier this month, Total signed a deal to start working on a $5 billion petrochemical complex in Saudi Arabia with Saudi Aramco, the state oil behemoth. Pouyanné cited that investment as another factor in his decision.

Total also played a big role in inciting the French then Sarkozy government and other NATO governments into regime change oil war on Libya. A war which made Libya a hell of armed gangs killing each other and civilians, of torture and slavery.

Total has a history of threatening wildlife in Congo. Of a North Sea gas leak scandal.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

French cities and environmental organizations want to sue the French oil company Total. If the company will not have changed its climate policy within a half year, then they will go to court.

According to the 13 cities and four organizations, France can only achieve the climate goals of Paris when Total adjusts its environmental policy. The climate agreement of Paris agreed to keep global warming below 2 degrees, preferably near 1.5 degrees. As it now stands, the goal can only be achieved if CO2 emissions are drastically reduced.

Total is responsible for two-thirds of France’s total CO2 emissions. The company is the nineteenth largest polluter in the world.

New law

The cities and organizations rely on a French law that was introduced last year. It stipulates that multinational corporations must identify what risks they are for, eg, human rights, health and the environment. In addition, companies must take action to minimize these risks.

Because Total produces a significant share of France’s CO2 emissions, cities and organizations think that the company must take responsibility for environmental damage. The company must come up with measures in 2019, otherwise they will go to court.

Save Amazon reef from BP and Total

This 7 January 2017 video is about a unique beautiful ecosystem recently discovered in Brazil: the Amazon reef, where the Amazon river flows into the Atlantic ocean. Mangrove and coral reefs are home there to many vulnerable animal species.

Now, in a few months’ time BP and Total want to drill oil there, threatening this ecosystem.

Greenpeace is waging opposition to that.

A petition to defend the Amazon reef is here.

A SEA of inflatable marine creatures descended outside BP’s international headquarters in London yesterday to protest against a “catastrophic” drilling project near a newly discovered South American reef. Greenpeace activists marched along The Mall and past Trafalgar Square holding placards reading: “BP, Back off the Amazon reef” before arriving at the oil giant’s headquarters: here.

‘Total oil, G4S mercenaries killl Yemeni workers’

This video says about itself:

Extraordinary Brutality Inflicted on Civilians in Yemen

30 August 2015

As Saudi ground troops enter Northern Yemen with US backing, Amnesty International charges Saudis with alleged war crimes.

As if the bloody Saudi war on Yemen is not bad enough already …



Three employees found killed, as workers demand unpaid wages


Solidarity with workers and their families! Justice for the slain employees!

We recently received the following letter from a representative of 200 workers in Sana’a, Yemen, detailing how they have been abused and left unpaid for their work by the highly profitable oil company TOTAL and its then subcontractor, the security firm G4S. The letter further states that in early December, three workers were killed by an armed gang allegedly on the payroll of these companies. Several multinational companies have halted their operations in Yemen in 2015, the outbreak of the war being used as an excuse to leave many workers deprived of months of overdue income. The CWI calls upon its supporters to help these workers bring their case out and to denounce these scandalous practices by writing protest letters to the companies concerned as well as to the Yemeni authorities, to assist these workers in obtaining justice.

Dear comrades and friends,

We bring to your attention this complaint on behalf of two hundred employees against the French oil company TOTAL, as well as against the security company G4S Yemen.

On Saturday December 3, an armed gang killed 3 employees who were working as security guards in a TOTAL compound.

The two private companies unilaterally finished their contracts at the end of 2015 and pulled out of Yemen without paying their workers their wages or any redundancy compensation. As a result, the workers brought a case to the labor court in Sana’a against these companies. The court issued a decision on December 15, 2015 to provisionally seize all the money that G4S made with TOTAL as well as the property and buildings of TOTAL in Sana’a to ensure the rights and entitlements of the staff, and ordered the reimbursement of their wage arrears.

The Court of Appeal on June 13, 2016 also ordered G4S to pay all the workers’ wages from beginning of 2016 up to June, and to continue to pay them until the case came to an end and the workers got their rights.

When contacted, TOTAL said that “TOTAL E&P Yemen (TEPY) previously had a contract with G4S for the provision of guard services (the “Contract”). TEPY has fulfilled all of its obligations and made all payments due in relation to the Contract.”

G4S, on their side, argue that “We confirm that the entity trading in Yemen as ‘G4S Yemen’ is doing so without any right to use the G4S name or logo and that the entity is not trading as a G4S company, G4S has no involvement in the management or operation of this company.”

In short, both companies decline responsibility in the matter. Meanwhile, one year on, the workers’ families are suffering from hunger, disease and poverty. Some of them have lost children and some have lost their homes and became homeless because they could not pay their rent.

Because of the war and the bad security in Yemen, the representatives of TOTAL and G4S in Yemen have simply ignored the decisions of the court. To intimidate the workers protesting against these practices, we believe they hired armed gangs to rob the employees, who eventually killed three of them.

The workers’ families hope that you report this issue as widely as possible in order to build pressure seeking the arrest of the killers, and to demand that the rights of all these workers are fully satisfied.

Thank you for your support.

You can send letters of protest to:

– (Caroline Skinner, Regional General Counsel Middle-East of G4S – phone calls can also be made on +971 (0) 4 434 2130)

– (Philip Jordan, Chairman of the Ethics Committee of Total SA – phone calls can also be made on +33 1 4744 4215)

– (Yemen’s Ministry of Justice)

With copies to:



How G4S tolerated the homophobic hatred of Orlando’s gay bar murderer: here.

Total North Sea gas leak scandal

This video is called Animation of Total’s gas leak in North Sea.

By Robert Stevens:

North Sea gas leak threatens environmental disaster

29 March 2012

The gas leak at the Total oil conglomerate Elgin platform in the North Sea threatens an environmental disaster.

The platform is around 150 miles off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland. The leak was first detected at 12.15 p.m. on Sunday, after which Total evacuated all 238 workers. Although not classified as a deepwater well, the Elgin drilling rig is still very deep with gas being extracted at a depth of 6,000 meters, nearly four miles into the sea bed.

A flare is still alight on the main platform.

David Hainsworth, the health, safety and environment manager for Total E&P UK, speculated that the leak could have occurred as the result of Total engineers pumping in mud to piping on a gas reservoir that had been plugged about a year ago. He said, “We believe the leak is coming out of the outer casing of the well.”

Although the leak was discovered on Sunday afternoon, it wasn’t until 11 a.m. on Monday that an exclusion zone around the rig was set up. Ships are excluded within two miles of the site and aircraft no nearer than three miles if they fly lower than 4,000 feet. This affects helicopters but not commercial aircraft.

On Monday, surveillance flights were sent to investigate a large sheen in the water surrounding the platform, a massive cloud of between 2 and 26 tonnes of underwater gas condensate, around 6 nautical miles in length.

Following the leak, another oil giant, Shell, evacuated 120 oil workers from a nearby rig citing the danger of drifting gas. It moved nonessential staff from its Shearwater platform and Hans Deul drilling rig as a “precautionary measure”. This still leaves more than 100 workers at the Shell facility.

North Sea Gas Leak: Experts Assess Climate Impact of Ongoing Accident. Elizabeth Grossman, InsideClimate News: “The French energy company Total estimates that its North Sea Elgin field gas well is leaking about 200,000 cubic meters of natural gas per day … If the gas continues escaping at that rate, and all of it reaches the atmosphere, it would approximate the annual global warming impact of 35,000 Americans. The gas is mostly methane, which is considered the second largest contributor to human-caused global warming after carbon dioxide”: here.

British oil workers fight Total sackings

This video about Lindsey, England, says about itself:

Sacked oil worker defiant

22 June 2009

Kenny Ward, who was sacked from his job at Lindsey oil terminal, gives a defiant speech to fellow workers.

From London daily The Morning Star:

Total war: Protests solid as 650 workers sacked

Friday 19 June 2009

by James Tweedie

Lindsey oil refinery workers have declared that “the gloves are off” in their dispute after employer Total sacked nearly 650 striking staff.

French oil giant Total wrote to 647 workers at its Lindsey oil refinery in Lincolnshire saying that they had until Monday to reapply for their jobs, while continuing to negotiate until the unofficial strike was called off.

Trade unions condemned the dramatic development which sparked further solidarity strikes amid warnings of a major industrial dispute. But the government backed Total, urging the sacked workers to end their “illegal” strike, reapply for their jobs and enter negotiations.

Around 1,100 construction workers building the Ensus bio-fuel plant on Teesside walked off the site in support of the sacked refinery workers.

Some 450 contract maintenance staff followed at the Stanlow oil refinery in Cheshire, 300 workers at Aberthaw power station in south Wales, 100 scaffolding contractors at Staythorpe power station in Nottinghamshire and others at Ferrybridge power station in Yorkshire.

Text messages being sent to workers across the country read: “If you’re not yet out just remember next time it could be you. We must fight this NOW.”

Some activists warned that power workers could now walk out, threatening electricity supplies. “The entire industry will shut down over this,” one warned.

The unofficial strike and factory gate protest by 1,200 workers began last week after the plant’s HDS-3 project subcontractor Shaw laid off 51 skilled contract workers while another subcontractor on the same project was hiring 60 staff.

Those who lost their jobs included many former shop-steward members of the strike committee involved in January and February’s unofficial action over jobs.

The strikers said that the redundancies were in breach of agreements between the employer and trade unions.

General union GMB general secretary Paul Kenny condemned what he called a management “lock-out,” saying: “Total have for a full week refused to meet the union to resolve the problems through ACAS.

“It seems pretty obvious that there is a mass case of victimisation taking place here. Locking out the workforce at Lindsey will not solve the problem, it will escalate it.”

Among the placards brandished at the refinery gates today was one which said: “900 sacked by greedy bosses. No to cheap labour. Yes to workers’ rights. Join the strike.”

Phil Whitehurst of GMB said the mood among the pickets was angry and predicted further action around Britain later.

“This is all about Total now. They have done this and they have to come to the table. We have been trying to get them to the table all this week. Now these men have been sacked, what can Total do now?”

Unite national officer Bernard McAulay arrived at the site just before a mass meeting of the strikers and said that he was going in to talk to the management of Total and its contractors.

He told hundreds of protesters in the refinery’s car park: “I have to say the actions of the employers and the methods they have used is nothing but despicable.”

It later emerged that the talks never got under way.

Also speaking outside the refinery, Lindsey shop steward Kenny Ward said he was among those who had lost their jobs at the site.

He said: “The gloves are off. It’s disgraceful what’s happened here.

“I’ve never walked away from a fight in my life. Total have to realise what they’ve unleashed.

“The lads have come out all over the place, Wales, Cheshire, power stations, refineries, everywhere. Even non-unionised sites are supporting us and walking out.”

See also here.

‘No more cuts! Sack Adam Crozier!’ shouted angry postal workers outside Royal Mail’s London headquarters yesterday, as 10,000 members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) walked out on strike across the capital: here.

An explosion at Total’s Carling plant during the manual re-ignition of a boiler killed 2 workers and injured 17 more: here.

Total bosses should be brought to account for the death of a worker at one of Britain’s largest oil refineries, GMB union reps demanded on Wednesday.