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Shell admits funding Niger Delta "warlords"

BenAmunwa of Platform writing an article for Greenpeace

A guest blog from Ben Amunwa, campaigner with oil industry watchdog Platform. 

A recent video published online shows a Shell executive admitting that the oil giant could easily be funding what he describes as “warlords” and militants in Nigeria. You can watch the video here, (see 57mins - 1hr). The admission comes soon after the announcement that 11,000 Nigerians are due to take Shell to court in London over two major oil spills in the town of Bodo in 2008 to 2009. Shell has refused to pay adequate compensation for the destruction caused to the environment and livelihoods of local residents.

Posted Date: 
2 May 2012

Sullivan: Ombudsman investigation 'about protecting Gardaí'

Irish Examiner

Jerrie Ann Sullivan, one of the women who made a recording public in the Garda "rape tape" controversy, has said that the Garda Ombudsman investigation into the incident has been "about protecting An Garda Síochána".

Ms Sullivan released a statement through the Dublin Shell to Sea group reacting to the Garda Ombudsman's recommendation of disciplinary action against one Garda over the incident.

But James Gill, the sergeant found to have made remarks about two female protesters arrested at a controversial Shell gas project at Erris, Co Mayo will escape any action because he recently retired.

Posted Date: 
24 April 2012

Shell’s wildly inaccurate reporting of Niger Delta oil spill exposed

Amnesty International

A major oil spill in the Niger Delta was far worse than Shell previously admitted, according to an independent assessment obtained by Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD), which exposes how the oil giant dramatically under-estimated the quantities involved.

The spill in 2008, caused by a fault in a Shell pipeline, resulted in tens of thousands of barrels of oil polluting the land and creek surrounding Bodo, a Niger Delta town of some 69,000 people. 

The previously unpublished assessment, carried out by US firm Accufacts Inc. found that between 1,440 and 4,320 barrels of oil were flooding the Bodo area each day following the leak. The Nigerian regulators have confirmed that the spill lasted for 72 days.

Shell’s official investigation report claims only 1,640 barrels of oil were spilt in total. But based on the independent assessment the total amount of oil spilt over the 72 day period is between 103,000 barrels and 311,000 barrels.

Posted Date: 
23 April 2012

'Rape Tape’ investigation criticised

Áine Ryan - Mayo News

Handling of ‘Rape Tape’ criticised

Academics complain to Garda Ombudsman about ‘aggressive’ procedures used

A group of academics from National University of Maynooth (NUIM) have sent a statement to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) strongly criticising the handling of the ongoing investigation into the so-called Corrib garda rape-tape incident, which occurred just over a year ago.
The academics, who are members of staff at the Adult and Community Education and the Sociology departments at NUIM, argued that “from the outset” the commission treated their student, Ms Jerrie Ann Sullivan, one of the women at the centre of the rape-tape, as “the perpetrator rather than the victim” in the situation.

Posted Date: 
17 April 2012

News release: Garda Ombudsman's bias & spin in 'rape tape' investigation revealed

News release - Issued by Dublin Shell to Sea - April 5th, 2012

-- People who made recording public were threatened with criminal prosecution --

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) engaged in spin and misinformation that misled the public over the Corrib ‘rape’ recording incident of March 2011 and undermined the case against Gardaí.

A document published today – one year after the story broke – details GSOC’s attempts to serve the interests of An Garda Síochána by undermining the women who made the recording public, while deflecting attention from the behaviour of Gardaí.

One year after GSOC launched its investigation (April 5th, 2011), there is no word yet of any disciplinary action being recommended against the Gardaí involved. However, GSOC threatened several civilians affected by the incident with criminal prosecution.

The document – prepared by one of the women about whom the ‘rape’ comments were made; by seven academics at NUI Maynooth; and by Dublin Shell to Sea – is available as a PDF at the Shell to Sea website

The 22 page report on Garda Ombudsman spin is available here

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