Monday, January 11, 2010

Pipeline protection requires the crushing of human rights

The oil and gas industry cannot force governments to station a soldier at every 100 metres of pipeline. So they have to terrorize people into submission. As long as the autosprawl system continues, it will drive fossil-fuel demand and empower this industry. There will be no human rights or justice.

An attack on a crude-oil pipeline operated by U.S. oil giant Chevron Corp. is the latest in a series of political and security setbacks for this embattled West African nation.
...The attack could threaten an amnesty deal for militants that bound the government and Nigerian militants in a shaky four-month cease-fire. In October, thousands of suspected militants turned in their weapons to avoid arrest. During that time, Western oil companies, including Chevron, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC, were able to increase Nigeria's oil production to almost two million barrels a day from about 1.6 million barrels. Rigzone