One of the multinational companies active in the oil extraction in Nigeria is the US corporation Chevron. Similar to Shell´s activities in the Niger Delta, the exploration repeatedly causes oil spills.
In December 2014, women and young people protested peacefully against two oil spills, one in 2008 and another in 2014, caused allegedly by Chevron’s subsidiary Chevron Nigeria Limited1, amounting to more the 100 people from four different communities from the Warri South West council of Delta State2. The group also occupied Chevron’s flow station in Abitiye.1 The women stopped operations at the flowstation by refusing entry and exit to employees2. The reason behind the protests are the non-fulfillment of compensation payments provision of relief materials in 2008 to affected communities. Furthermore, Chevron has been obliged by the National Assembly to clean up the area where oil had been spilled and to make another compensation payment. This is yet to happen.1
Apart from oil spills, Chevron and other oil companies are held responsible for gas flaring and thus contributing to climate change and serious environmental and health damages. Although gas flaring in Nigeria has been illegal since 19843, oil companies in Nigeria still flare the second highest volume of gas in the world4.
- Daily Independent (2014): Ijaw, Itsekiri communities protest oil spills in Escravos (accessed 07/01/2015) [↩] [↩] [↩]
- allAfrica (2014): Nigeria: Ijaw Women Shut Down Chevron’s Abiteye Flow Station (accessed 08/01/2015) [↩] [↩]
- Mark, M. (2012) Nigeria Penalty for gas flaring will not curb emissions say campaigners; The Guardian, 31 May (accessed 13.10.2014) [↩]
- Herz, R. (2014): Chevron settles with Nigerian villagers seeking information on gas flaring harms; Earthrights International,16 June (accessed 13.10.2014) [↩]