The oil industry is dirty business. From the Niger Delta to California, to the recent gulf coast oil spill, the legacy of contamination and human rights abuse goes back decades. But some folks are standing up to big oil.
On this edition, we take a look at how citizen groups around the world are holding oil businesses accountable, from courtroom battles to government regulation.
In recent years, communities worldwide have protested the presence of big oil. One of the longest-running and bloody oil conflicts in the world is with the Chevron Corporation in Nigeria. Freelance Producer Lynn Feinerman has more about the Niger Delta and how grassroots groups and non-profits are taking the oil business to the courtroom.
The Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, California is one of the oldest and largest in the United States. Locals have welcomed the company’s boost to employment – some three thousand jobs – and sizable tax contributions. But Chevron is also the number one greenhouse gas emitter in California; and has contributed to the degradation of water, soil and air quality in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the past decade, the city and residents of Richmond, have forced the company to curb its impact. Making Contact producer Kyung Jin Lee has more about the ongoing efforts to make the company serve the community.
Nigerian women’s rights advocate Emem Okon, speaking at the 2010 United States Social Forum in Detroit, Michigan.
Mundey Omoshaye, activist and member of Ilaje tribe in Nigeria; Suwanu Bere, Ogoni villager, Nigeria; Scott Gilmore, law student and journalist; Patti Goldman, Vice President of Litigation, Earthjustice; Sandy Saeturn, organizer, Asian Pacific Environmental Network; Jessica Tovar, organizer, Communities for a Better Environment; Gayle McLaughlin, Mayor of Richmond, California; Greg Karras, senior scientist, Communities for a Better Environment; Reverend Ken Davis, resident of Richmond, California
For More Information
Asian-Pacific Environmental Network
Communities for a Better Environment
Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People
Niger Delta, Nigeria
Articles, Blogs, Film Reports and Other:
‘Chevron in Richmond’ in the Race, Poverty and the Environment Journal
By Ellen Choy and Ana Orozco
‘Rain in the Dust’ – Robert Tree Cody and Will Clipman
‘Suffering’ – Hossam Ramzy
‘Abudeo’ – Calinambe
‘Yoky’ – Fatala
‘Sorry Sorry’ – Femi Kuti