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Taming the Dirty Oil Giants November 17, 2012

Posted by rogerhollander in Africa, Energy, Environment, Nigeria.
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In days, Nigeria’s Parliament could approve a $5 billion fine against giant
oil polluter Shell for a spill that devastated the lives of millions of
people
, and pass a law to hold all oil companies to account for polluting and plundering.

This is a watershed moment,
but unless we all speak out, oil giants will crush it.

Finally, Big
Oil is having to pay for the wasteland and violence
that they’ve created.
President Jonathan supports the Shell fine
, and progressive Senators are
pushing for strong regulations, but oil companies are slick, and without huge
international support MPs could buckle under the pressure.

Politicians
are deciding their positions right now — sign the urgent petition for the
Nigerian Parliament to fine Shell and support the bill, and then forward this to
everyone
— when we hit a million signers we’ll bring our unprecedented
global call to the steps of Nigeria’s Parliament:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/make_shell_pay_rb/?bVyDaab&v=19293

Experts say that every year Big Oil spills as much crude into the
Niger Delta as an Exxon Valdez
, but as it is Africa, it gets little media
play. After a leak occurred at Shell’s Bonga oil facility last December,
millions of gallons poured into the ocean and washed up on the densely populated
coast — resulting in one of the largest African oil spills ever. The fine
and bill on the table are a once in a lifetime chance to stand up to Big
Oil.

Oil companies have made $600 billion in the last 50 years in
Nigeria, but locals don’t see the benefits. Their land, drinking water and
fishing grounds are ruined. And Shell has spent hundreds of millions of
dollars a year on security forces,
repressing protest against its harmful
practices.

The oil industry is crucial to the economy, but companies have
never been held to account for the devastation of drilling. Now, the Nigerian
President and a few brave MPs are speaking out and they could finally slam the
oil giants with tough fines and give fair pay outs to the victims. If we show
MPs that the world supports these crucial steps, we can literally change the
lives of millions.
Click below to sign the urgent petition:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/make_shell_pay_rb/?bVyDaab&v=19293

Avaazers have stood up to Big Oil all over the world, from Chevron in
Ecuador, to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, to ending fossil fuel subsidies
at the Rio Summit. Now let’s do it for Nigeria too. Make sure the politicians
send a message to Big Oil: your days of impunity are over.

With hope and
determination,

Pascal, Patricia, Alex, Ricken, David, Rewan, and the
Avaaz team

Shell Faces $5 Billion Nigeria Fine (Wall Street
Journal)
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303933704577532723563488122.html

Shell urged to pay Nigeria $5bn over Bonga oil spill (BBC)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18875731

Shell’s grip on Nigerian state revealed (The Guardian)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/dec/08/wikileaks-cables-shell-nigeria-spying

U.N. slams Shell as Nigeria needs biggest ever oil clean-up
(Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/04/us-nigeria-ogoniland-idUSTRE7734MQ20110804

Nigeria: Oil spill investigations ‘a fiasco’ in the Niger Delta (Amnesty
International)
http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/nigeria-oil-spill-investigations-fiasco-niger-delta-2012-08-02

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