The Hague (AFP) Jan 26, 2011
Environmental groups accused Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell on Wednesday of destroying lives and the environment through its operations in the Niger Delta, and urged Dutch MPs to take action.
"When will you stop treating people in Nigeria differently than you treat people in the Netherlands? When will you stop applying double standards?" Veert Ritsema of the NGO Milieudefensie asked Shell at a parliamentary committee hearing in The Hague into oil spills in Nigeria.
He accused the company, which has been operating in the oil-rich Niger Delta for more than 50 years, of "systematic pollution and contempt for people's lives", and urged lawmakers not to accept Shell's excuses.
"Shell will try to argue here today that it is not these people (of the Niger Delta) who are the victims, but they themselves -- the victims of a corrupt government, victims of sabotage. This claim lacks any credibility," he said.
Sunny Ofehe Hope for Niger Delta Campaign, told the committee that Shell was welcomed to the area with open arms and local communities celebrated the discovery of the first oil.
"More than 50 years after, what we see today is a revolution that has galvanised the youth to take up arms against the same oil companies that made promises to us but couldn't deliver.
"We have seen our environment destroyed by the oil companies trying to make profit. What we have today in the Niger Delta are swamps, polluted. Our major occupation, fishing and farming, has been taken away from us," said Ofehe.
Many people suffered from lung diseases and leukemia linked to the pollution, he claimed.
Ritsema urged MPs to use their influence to make sure that Shell is made to "use its considerable profits from Nigeria to maintain the pipelines in a much better state than they are now, to secure the pipelines to prevent sabotage, to stop oil flares."
Nigeria, the eight largest oil exporter, recorded at least 3,000 oil spills between 2006 and June last year, Environment Minister John Odey has said.
Shell was to brief the committee later Wednesday.
Share This Article With Planet Earth
Powering The World in the 21st Century at Energy-Daily.com
OPEC inaction to blame for oil price spike
London (UPI) Jan 24, 2011
Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries inaction over recent oil price spikes is setting the stage for even higher prices for the energy commodity, London think tank Center for Global Energy Studies said Monday. CGES said in its Monthly Oil Report, "OPEC is once again denying that rising prices reflect market fundamentals, as it did in early 2008, setting the scene for higher pric ... read more
Pacific Rim nations mull energy sharing|
France sees transaction tax as best to raise climate funds
Green Touches Energize Kennedy's Newest Facility
China and the U.S. sign energy deals
China to increase oil, gas exploration
NGOs slam Shell over Nigerian oil spills
Heritage makes giant gas find in Iraqi Kurdistan
Iraq exported less oil but earned more in 2010
U.S. behind China in wind power energy
German wind sector hopes for 2011 comeback
Mortenson Construction And enXco Partnership Build Sister Wind Projects
Lucintel Benchmarks Wind With Solar Energy
Parent of Taiwan's Foxconn enters solar power
United Solar And Solar Integrated Provide Coca-Cola With Major PV Installations In Record Time
BrightSource Energy's LPT 550 Technology Selected For Solar Thermal Power Plant In Crete
Martifer Solar USA Moves North County Transit District Towards Greener Future
Nuclear cleanup plant questioned
Poland eyes EUR25 bln investments as it goes nuclear
Turkey sees political strings to France nuclear plant deal
Areva to begin US trial of cancer-fighting isotope
Energy Department backs biofuel plant
Biofuels Potential Harm To Biodiversity Claims European Report
Biofuels Production From Integrated Seawater Agriculture System
Bioplastics And Biofuels Partnership Opportunities Are Drying Up
China Builds Theme Park In Spaceport
Tiangong Space Station Plans Progessing
China-Made Satellite Keeps Remote Areas In Venezuela Connected
Optis Software To Optimize Chinese Satellite Design
China farmers to get $15 bn subsidies amid drought
Man, Volcanoes And The Sun Have Influenced Europe's Climate Over Recent Centuries
Climate change: Dogs of law are off the leash
2010 warmest ever year, says UN weather agency
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement|