Blood, Oil, and Pollution In Niger Delta: Demand Accountability of Oil Corporations

Target: President Obama and the United Nations

Goal: Hold trans-national oil corporations accountable for their social, political and environmental degradation in the Niger Delta in Sub-Saharan Africa

Violence, pollution and oil all intersect the Niger Delta region in Sub-Saharan Africa as transnational oil corporations ravage the environment and communities in search of crude and profits.

With over 600 oilfields in production, the Niger Delta supplies 10 percent of all U.S. crude oil imports in addition to being the sixth largest oil exporter in the world. It is not surprising, yet at the same time still astonishing to learn that these oil producing states and communities suffer abominable poverty, environmental degradation, and destructive violence.

Culminating from over 50 years of oil extraction, nearly 7,000 oil spills have destroyed one of the richest areas of biodiversity in Africa. These oil spills, perpetrated by oil companies such as Exxon Mobil, Chevron, and largely by Royal Dutch Shell, have released a tidal wave of petroleum into the surrounding ecosystem on the order of nearly 2 million tons, which is 50 times the amount spilled by the Exxon Valdez and dwarfs the amount spilled by BP’s Deepwater Horizon in 2010.

In a region where almost 80 percent of the people depend upon the ecosystem for food and water, oil spills have helped reduce life expectancy to just over 40 years, one of the lowest in the world. In fact, a recent report conducted by the United Nations found that many communities were drinking from wells containing 900 times the internationally allowed limit of the carcinogen Benzene.

In response to this egregious degradation and loss of human life, violence erupted in 2006 between rebel forces and the government military in addition to non-violent protests speaking out against corporate malpractice. Claims have surfaced by communities in the Niger Delta and international organizations stating that oil corporations paid individuals to disrupt the protests as well as paid government authorities to violently repress any non-violent uprisings.

These transnational oil corporations must be held accountable for their past and present horrific behavior towards the people in and surrounding the Niger Delta as well as to the environment. Institute justice, prevent further corporate abuse, and implement international corporate transparency by demanding the U.S. and the international community hold oil corporations accountable for their pernicious behavior.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Obama and the United Nations,

As violence, tremendous pollution, and a large proportion of the world’s oil all intersect the Niger Delta region in Sub-Saharan Africa, transnational oil corporations must be held accountable for their ravaging of the surrounding communities and the ecosystem during their insatiable search for crude and profits.

From its over 600 oil fields, the Niger Delta supplies 10 percent of all U.S. oil imports in addition to providing nearly 1/6th of the world’s oil. Resulting from a weak regulatory system and massive corruption, nearly 7,000 oil spills have destroyed one of the richest areas of biodiversity in Africa. Perpetrated by oil corporations such as Exxon Mobil, Chevron, and largely by Royal Dutch Shell, these spills have amounted to over 2 million tons of oil, which is 50 times the amount spilled by the Exxon Valdez.

In a region where almost 80 percent of the people depend upon the ecosystem for food and water, oil spills have helped reduce life expectancy to just over 40 years, one of the lowest in the world. In fact, many communities continue to drink from wells containing 900 times the internationally allowed limit of the carcinogen Benzene, according to a recent report released by the United Nations.

Responding to this flagrant corporate behavior, the Niger Delta region has suffered from incredible violence as rebel groups vie for improved corporate accountability and conduct.

Institute justice, prevent further corporate abuse, and implement international corporate transparency by demanding the U.S. and international organizations hold these oil corporations responsible for their egregious malpractices.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Will Go Here]

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  1. Brendan Amland says:

    The complete disregard for human life and massive abuse of natural resources that that life depends upon is unconscionable. Oil corporations should pay for all of their externality cost including the environmental cost of polluting every barrel they sell.

  2. Peter Kelly says:

    Re: International Accounting Standard 16: Property Plant and Equipment. Reinstatement of Land to Original Condition and CSR. Can you lock the risers in a digital vault and cameras on a pole? Monitor pressure constantly at very short intervals, use preventative maintenance & benchmark practices, gather up contaminated soil/water then salvage what you can and ship the rest of contamination to a secure location. There are 1.04 billion years on energy requirements remaining so be more than careful careful. Peter Kelly Diploma in Health, Safety and Risk Management. Bachelor of Business in Accounting.

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