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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The previously unpublished assessment, carried out by US firm Accufacts Inc. found that between 1,440 and 4,320 barrels of oil were flooding the Bodo area each day following the leak.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

Resident Eamon Murphy speaking on Midwest Radio

Midwest Radio

Here is an audio clip from Midwest Radio where Glengad resident Eamon Murphy speaks on some of the disruption and problems the Corrib Gas Project is causing in the area.

Posted Date: 
3 April 2012

Press statement: Kilcommon Community complains to Mayo County Council about Corrib Gas Project construction and haulage works.

[Shell to Sea] The 7 page community complaint can be read here.

On Tuesday , 27th March 2011 a group of residents from the direct vicinity of the Shell construction sites in Glengad and Aughoose and the connecting rural road L1202 handed 104 letters of complaints,  signed by 112 persons into Mayo County Council’s Office in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

These letters and signatures were also sent to all political parties,  ministers , councillors, the Garda Siochana, the Private Security Authority, and several environmental and human rights organisations.

In 2008  a similar number of residents objected strongly to Mayo CountyCouncil’s plans to transform this small, scenic road into a haulage road for Shell’s  construction traffic. This represents the majority of directly affected households.

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