Shell has been extracting oil in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria for over 50 years. They are the major operator there and have made billions and billions of dollars out of the country. And what have the people of the Niger Delta received in return? For the vast majority, they have been subjected to grinding poverty, little access to clean water, a polluted environment and ongoing violence and conflict.
Amnesty International believes leaks and spills from Shell’s pipelines have devastated the livelihoods of millions of people in the region. Amnesty research has revealed that the fish they catch, the water they drink and the air they breathe have all been ruined by oil pollution.
I support their campaign to end the needless suffering of the people of the Niger Delta:
Shell makes billions of pounds of profit each year. It is a profit that is being subsidised by the poverty and ill-health of the people of the Niger Delta.
For decades Shell has ignored repeated calls to clean-up the mess they have left behind: a mess that they are responsible for; a mess that has blighted the livelihoods and health of thousands upon thousands of people.
Shell needs to get around the table and put a proper cost next to the liabilities they are responsible for and fund new structures to ensure the life and health of the people of the Niger Delta are protected once and for all.
The Niger Delta is one of the most polluted areas on the face of the earth. Decades of oil pollution has seeped into the water, the soil and the burning of oil waste pollutes the air. Where once the people could fish and farm in order to support themselves, their families and their communities, now they are reduced to begging. Their government has abandoned them to the oil companies.
But they are fighting back. Communities in the Niger Delta have taken Shell to court in the US, UK and Netherlands. Shell is starting to be held to account for its devastation in Nigeria. You can add your voice too.
No more excuses, enough is enough, Shell needs to clean up its act.
Sign Amnesty’s global petition to Shell’s Chief Executive Peter Vosser at www.amnesty.org.uk/ownup.