September 19, 2003

Sustainable Energy And Economy Network
September 18, 2003

"Severe environmental destruction is the legacy of 40-plus years of oil drilling by Shell Oil in an area of Nigeria known as the Niger Delta, home to over 14 indigenous ethnic nationalities, including the Ogoni people. Ogoni farmlands were expropriated without compensation, their environment polluted, their communities attacked by the military if they protested. The CIA reports that the Niger Delta has suffered the equivalent of 10 Exxon Valdez oil spills, without ever being cleaned up."...more
"On Monday, seven anti-privatization activists were arrested in Soweto for blocking the installation of prepaid water meters. The meters are a privatized answer to the fact that millions of poor South Africans cannot pay their water bills."
writes Naomi Klein

in The Nation