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Showdown at Shell! Extreme Energy Development vs Indigenous Peoples

19 Apr
 Help a delegation of First Nations and Alaska Natives to attend Shell AGM in the Hague, Netherlands to stop extreme energy development on their homelands


Help a delegation of First Nations and Alaska Natives to attend Shell AGM in the Hague, Netherlands to stop extreme energy development on their homelands

Help send an Indigenous delegation to the Shell AGM

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation has joined forces with the UK Tar Sands Network and the Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign to attend the Shell Annual General Shareholder Meeting in the Hague, Netherlands this May to send a message to Shell executives and shareholders that enough is enough.

Shell’s Extreme Energy projects are the “bottom of the barrel” kind of oil and gas projects. Many of the last pristine areas on earth are within Indigenous lands. Extreme energy includes fracking, tar sands, and deep sea off-shore drilling. Indigenous Peoples bear the brunt of extreme energy development through loss of land, clean water, and clean air. Many still live sustainably off the land. Continue reading

Third Major Oil Spill in a Week: Shell Pipeline Breaks in Texas

5 Apr


Thousands of gallons of oil have spilled from a pipeline in Texas, the third accident of its kind in only a week.

Shell Pipeline, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, shut down their West Columbia, Texas, pipeline last Friday after electronic calculations conducted by the US National Response Center showed that upwards of 700 barrels had been lost, amounting to almost 30,000 gallons of crude oil.

By Monday, Shell spokespeople said inspectors found “no evidence” of an oil leak, but days later it was revealed that a breach did occur. Representatives with the US Coast Guard confirmed to Dow Jones on Thursday that roughly 50 barrels of oil spilled from a pipe near Houston, Texas and entered a waterway that connects to the Gulf of Mexico.
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Ogoni Establish Their Own Environmental Protection Agency

28 Dec

from Intercontinental Cry

Photo Credit: Friends of the Earth

The Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), an Ogoni-based non-governmental, non-political organization for the Ogoni people of South-Eastern Nigeria, have announced the creation of a new Environmental Protection Agency to make sure that oil companies operating in Ogoniland, like Chevron and Royal Dutch Shell, are held accountable for their ‘environmental crimes’.

Click here to read the full press release from MOSOP.

Greek revolutionaries stand trial for attacks on state and corporate targets

4 Oct

Hearing slated to begin amidst general strike in Athens

[Update: Trial postponed to October 24 due to strike]

Today, October 5th, has been set as the day that the trial of Epanastatikos Agonas (Revolutionary Struggle) will take place in the court room of Koridallos prison, Athens. According to a recent order of the Council of Appeals, eight individuals will be tried for participation in the organization.

Accused in the case of the Revolutionary Struggle are: N. Maziotis, P. Roupa, K. Gournas, Ch. Kortesis, V. Stathopoulos,S. Nikitopoulos, K. K. (currently on the run) and M. Beraha (K.Gournas wife).

The first three accused, Maziotis, Roupa and Gournas have taken responsibility for the organization and remain imprisoned, but in mid October the 18-month detention period expires. The rest of the accused are currently free.

The charges of each individual concern the felonies of constitution and participation in a terrorist organization, supply manufacture and possession of explosive materials, explosions and attempted homicides.

The three members of the underground resistance group that have taken responsibility for their actions claim participation in dozens of attacks on government and corporate targets, including Shell, Athens Stock Exchange and Citibank; they are suspected in many more.

While many of the group’s actions have been focused on challenging social and economic situations in Greece, the group has also expressed its solidarity with ecological and land-based struggles internationally.

In the most specific example, October 2008, the Greek police announced that they defused a powerful homemade bomb placed outside the headquarters of oil giant Royal Dutch Shell in Athens. Police officials had discovered the bomb, which was made up of several kilograms of dynamite and a timing device placed in a plastic container, on a tip-off.

One of the people facing trial, Nikos Maziotis, is also a former political prisoner from an attempted bombing of a government agency which had approved a contentious gold mining operation by the Canadian company TVX, in the village of Strymonikos in 1997.

Its is speculated that today’s trial may result in heavy sentences intended to make examples of these individuals in effort to intimidate the growing sentiment in Greece against the global economic order and its servants in the government—a sentiment that is spreading broadly across the world [even in South Florida, where the EF! Newswire is based] as financial institutions lose stability.

Meanwhile, police and security forces also appear to be cracking down on the movement-at-large in Athens, with a constant presence of riot cops surrounding Syntagma Square, in attempt to repress one of the global strongholds of resistance.

Rossport Solidarity Camp celebrating a decade of resistance to Shell in Ireland

25 May

By Earth First! Journal

Shell's bog road torn up at Rossport Solidarity Camp earlier this month.

For a decade, local residents of Rossport and international solidarity activists have been fighting and organizing against a disastrous proposal by Shell, the Corrib gas project (Irish: Ghás Aiceanta na Coiribe), which entails the extraction of a natural gas deposit off the northwest coast of Ireland. The project includes a development of the Corrib gas field, and constructions of the natural gas pipeline through Rossport and a nearby gas processing plant.

To mark a decade of opposition, The Party against The Pipe, is being held over the June 4-6th weekend. The festival will take place at Aughoose and will feature an eclectic mix of music, circus performance, children’s activities and free camping.

At an international solidarity event in County Mayo yesterday, May 24, 2011, entitled From Bhopal to Rossport, local Mary Corduff said residents were made criminals in their own land. “The struggle in Rossport goes on, with the section of the project left to be completed the hardest for Shell, but also the hardest for us. The struggle has had some successes however, as originally Shell had planned to have gas in the pipeline by 2003.”

Gary Whitedear of the Choctaw Nation spoke, reminding the community event of the solidarity between the Choctaw and the people of Ireland, which began in 1847 when the Choctaw Nation sent $170 in famine relief to Ireland, and was renewed in 2008 when they sent a small monetary donation to the struggle against Shell. The event also heard from activists in Guatemala and from the campaign for justice in Bhopal, India.

The actions against Shell in Rossport show no sign of letting up. On May 17, protesters who have been involved in a series of actions in northwest Mayo, blocked access to the Corrib Natural Gas building in Belmullet to mark the Royal Dutch Shell Annual General meeting in The Hague and London. They also damaged Shell fencing at the Aughoose site on the previous Saturday, where preparatory work has started for the sub-sea tunnel under the Sruwaddacon estuary.

Earlier this month, Shell’s bog road was torn up at Rossport Solidarity Camp. A full report, with video can be seen here.

Resistance in Rossport hits the big screen

A new film, The Pipe, has been touring the world, and has thus far won the Irish Film and Television Awards, the Celtic Media Festival, CIRCOM (association of European Regional Broadcasters, Galway International Film Fleadh (best doc), Foyle film Festival (best doc), Boston Irish Film Festival (best doc), Wurzburg Film Festival & Arizona Film Festival (best doc), International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (honorable mention)

Another recent film on the Rossport struggle, Pipe Down, is available for free streaming on line. Pipe Down, won Best Feature Documentary at the Waterford Film Festival 2009.

Both films tell the story of the rural community in County Mayo, who have been battling the oil giant Shell over their plans to put a  raw gas pipeline through the community and complete construction of a gas processing terminal that is a threat to their delicate environment.

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