Environ- Shell, Oganiland, etc

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Environment 12/9/10 Shell and Oganiland Confusion of facts and opinions Niger River delta- massive oil and natural gas deposits Shell Oil disgcovered in 1956- since then has pumped over 600 million   barrels, $30 billion worth Money has largely gone to Shell and to the government which was a ruling   military junta (Sani Abacha) . . didn’t go to the people Oil exploration done with little environmental concern Ken Saro- Wiwa Founded political opposition party Used American civil rights movement and nonviolent action as a model Followed the martin luther king movement in terms of non-violent protest Demanded reparations to Ogoni ppl for oil damages and also political   autonoy Arrested in 1994 as plotting to ovethrow the government He and 8 other leaders in his organization were hanged in 1995 Shell may have bribed people to testify against him Shell Oil Extraction Between 1975 and 1995, claims of 800 spills and more than 210 million   liters spilled Some of this driven by the ogani ppl themselves, since they couldn’t use   the oil, they often sabotaged the pipelines, or stole oil and sold on black   market (not all oil was leaking cuz Shell did a bad job with it) Natural gas burned because there was no market Meanwhile, Ogani ppl have few roads, no hospitals or schools, and poor   quality of life Shell Oil Boycott Organized after Ogoni situation became clear Shell denies responsibility, and now supports local education and hospitals   in Ogoniland Shell abandoned oil developmend in Ogoniland in ind 1990s due to all the   terrorism and because of public outcry about the hanging of Ken Saro- Wiwa
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This note was uploaded on 02/03/2011 for the course ENVIRON 201 taught by Professor Jimdiana during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.

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