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Libya: Workers Shut Down Oil Terminals

21 Aug

From WW4 Report

Libyan oil production this month fell below 400,000 barrels per day—from 1.65 million bpd a year ago—as striking workers shut down export terminals. The Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) appealed to the Defense Ministry for military reinforcements after clashes at the Zueitina oil port Aug. 20. PFG chief Edris Abokhamada claimed that armed protesters at the facility “fired on civilians” after being asked to leave—apparently with no injuries. Clashes were also reported at the Brega terminal, and the Es Sider facility remains shut by worker occupations. The terminals are run by a partnership between Libya’s National Oil Corporation and majors Occidental Petroleum and Austria’s OMV.

On Aug. 19, Libya’s coast guard stopped a tanker from “illegally entering” the Es Sider terminal, amid accusations armed gangs are trying to market oil outside government control. According to Libyan oil officials, the vessel didn’t have any authorization to load from the port, which exports oil from concessions run by Libya’s NOC with Marathon Oil, ConocoPhillips and Hess Corp. Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has accused the striking guards at the terminals of trying to illegally market stored oil under their control. Global prices this week jumped above $110 a barrel in response to the loss of Libyan exports and unrest in Egypt. (Gulf Times, Aug. 21; WSJ, AFP, Libya Herald, Al Bawaba, Aug. 20; AP, Aug. 15; Libya Herald, Aug. 12)

Libyan oil production has been interrupted repeatedly since the fall of Qaddafi by striking workers, unemployed youth, and political protesters.

Flagstaff Community Members Begin Hunger Strike for Protection of the San Francisco Peaks

7 Jun

FLAGSTAFF, AZ – Two young Flagstaffians announced the beginning of a hunger strike to call attention to human rights violations sanctioned by the US Forest Service and perpetrated by Arizona Snowbowl and the City of Flagstaff on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at a Flagstaff City Council meeting. The announcement was made to current council members and mayor as well as incoming council members.

 “We will begin our hunger strike today and continue until we have justice,” stated Jessica Beasley. “We are calling for community members to join us in our struggle for freedom and equality. We will be attending Flagstaff City Council meetings and encourage others to attend as well, until our voices are meaningfully heard. We hope that other concerned individuals will also join us on the lawn at Flagstaff City Hall to publicly protest the aforementioned human rights violations.”
 The hunger strikers are also urging everyone who cares about the desecration and destruction of the San Francisco Peaks to call or write Flagstaff City Officials and the US Forest Service to make their complaints known.
 
The statement read at the city council meeting is presented below in its entirety: