Shell Should be Guilty Again

February 28, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Although the BP / Deepwater Horizon trial maybe hogging the headlines, another courtroom battle is equally intriguing and important. It is almost 3 years since the trial of Wiwa versus Shell settled for $15.5 million on the eve of the trial. Along with the Wiwa action, there was a parallel legal case, Kiobel Versus Shell, … Read More

Nigeria: Shell’s New Human Rights Abuses

October 3, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Often the story of Shell’s atrocities in Nigeria has focused on its complicity in the death of the Ogoni Ken Saro-Wiwa, or the human rights abuses that were committed in the mid-nineties. But now a great new report from the oil industry watch-dog Platform, and published in coalition with a number of NGOs, has looked … Read More

Chevron in the Dock Again

April 23, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

Big Oil company Chevron may have hoped that its legal troubles as far as Nigeria were over. However, in a great victory for human rights campaigners, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has fixed June 14, 2010 to open appeal hearings in the case.

Burma’s $5 Billion Blood Money

September 10, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

A major two- year investigation by EarthRights International has found further, compelling evidence linking oil giants Total and Chevron to forced labour, killings, and high-level corruption in Burma. The important report, called Total Impact, documents how Total and Chevron’s highly controversial Yadana gas project has generated just under $5 billion for the ruthless military junta … Read More

The Struggle Continues…

November 10, 2007By Steve KretzmannBlog Post

“I’ll tell you this, I may be dead but my ideas will not die.” –Ken Saro-Wiwa 1995 Twelve years ago today, on November 10, 1995, after 17 months in custody, and a trial that was universally condemned as being a sham, Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni activists were hanged in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Their … Read More

BP: Back to Profit

July 13, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post

Well it was on the cards that with a change in leadership came a change in direction. Tony Hayward, chief executive of BP, is planning a cultural shift at BP by playing down Lord Browne’s emphasis on the environment and refocus BP on profit. Mr Hayward and other directors have discussed the corporate mantra “Beyond … Read More

More Oil Investment In Burma

March 13, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post

Although the United States and EU have imposed economic sanctions on Burma (Myanmar) in recent years as a result its appalling human rights record, this has not stopped oil companies investing in the country. Two little-known foreign companies have signed a deal for offshore oil and gas exploration with the state-owned Myanmar Oil and Gas … Read More