Environmental devastation | Nigeria

Nigerian victims of Shell granted UK supreme court hearing

24 July 2019 For over thirty years, Nigerian Delta communities have suffered from oil spills from pipelines and equipment owned by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), a subsidiary of the UK-Netherlands based Royal Dutch Shell. Activists had long been frustrated by legal technicalities making it virtually impossible to hold the multinational to…

2010-2019 | Environmental devastation | United States

BP oil rig explodes causing the biggest ever maritime oil spill

20 April 2010 On 20 April 2010, a huge explosion at British Petroleum’s Deep Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico became the latest in a series of disasters due to the company’s reckless prioritisation of profits over safety.  The blast, kindled by the escape of high pressure methane gas, ripped through the rig,…

1970-1979 | Chemical weapons | Environmental devastation

Labour government approves using depleted uranium in ammunition

22 January 1979 On 22 January 1979, the Labour Cabinet almost unanimously approved the use of depleted uranium (DU) in anti-tank ammunition.  The only voice raised in opposition to the use of the toxic and radioactive material was the Secretary of State for Energy, Tony Benn. He warned ministers that every nuclear power station in…

1950-1959 | Chemical weapons | Environmental devastation | Malaysia | Starvation campaigns

Britain initiates first ever herbicidal war in Malaya

14 January 1951 On 14 January 1951, military commanders and Colonial Office staff held a meeting in London to discuss a request from General Sir Gerald Templer, the High Commissioner in Malaya, who wished to drench extensive areas of jungle with chemical defoliants as part of a strategy to crush a communist insurgency by depriving…

2010-2019 | Environmental devastation | Nigeria

24 JULY

NIGERIAN VICTIMS OF SHELL GRANTED UK SUPREME COURT HEARING [ 24 July 2019 ] For over thirty years, Nigerian Delta communities have suffered from oil spills from pipelines and equipment owned by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), a subsidiary of the UK-Netherlands based Royal Dutch Shell. Please feel welcome to post comments…