Shell Oil and the Barbados BLP Government – Together, THIS Is What They Achieved…

Hello,

Here are the pics I promised. The shed is one that Shell put a pump to draw oil off the well which is situated just behind. Everyday, a tanker would collect it. This well is situated approximately 60 yards from the major spill in 1994. This well which was connected to the rural irrigation system was disconnected as it was too contaminated with oil. The crops you see are pigeon peas which I was forced to plant as I discontinued the use of the water, and used natural rainfall.

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Look Closely And Observe The Brute Force Of Shell

They just drove their way over the ground which I am leasing, Those drums were all filled , and after a fire broke out one evening, they just dumped the oil all out over the land. I spoke to the guys in Oistins, and was not met with the slightest apology . Notice all the trees which were singed. They all died eventually, and I did a replant.

This is how our country allow corporate giants to treat our country.

Thanks for your concern.
Bryan King.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Barbados Underground has posted the full set of these disgusting photos (link here)

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16 responses to “Shell Oil and the Barbados BLP Government – Together, THIS Is What They Achieved…

  1. Adrian Loveridge

    According to Fortune Magazine, Royal Dutch Shell plc is the world’s second most profitable firm with net income of US$25.44 billion in 2006.

  2. Bimbro

    Considering how they’ve decimated parts of africa, why should we be surprised?!!!!

  3. fool me once

    This has been going on for years. Farmers lands destroyed, our food chain polluted by leaking oil from the pipeline, Kyffin Simpson promising to make Shell fix up when he bought the gas stations, hush money paid to government officials to ignore, no laws in Barbados to make Shell pay the enormous clean up costs and no will here to make them do it.

    Similar situation with Mobil who walked away from their pollution mess around the Hilton by paying hush money.

    Do we all have to be poisoned before something is done?

    This is how corruption eats away at a country.

  4. fool me once

    Just read BFPE comments over at BU- what they do- nothing?

    They obviously government lackey types since they could not get in their cars and drive to the site not to mention many other polluted oil sites just sitting back home cussing out anybody and saying it all a lie. Next we will see minister in Nation spouting it all fixed up now but never visited once.

    Send out the CBC cameras spot on now.

  5. Barbados the Beautiful

    Put all these pictures in the tourist ads make the world know what is really going on.

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  7. iisnoone

    The purpose of big businesses is to make money for shareholders. They will spend the minimum on non-productive expenses such as environmental protection.
    The purpose of government is to serve the people.
    It is the duty of the government to protect the health of the people.
    The government must protect our environment and our drinking water supply, even if it requires enacting additional legislation.

  8. Sargeant

    Whatever happened to the Louis Lynch report?

  9. centipede

    What’s Sir Kyffin got to say about this debacle?

  10. Green Monkey

    Survey shows most think corporations more powerful than governments (see Globe and Mail article below), now what on earth could have given people that idea?

    Poor public image something to worry about?
    Madelaine Drohan
    Globe and Mail Update

    OTTAWA — It’s no secret that corporations as a group suffer from a poor public image. This was true even before a string of U.S. executives traded their pinstripes for prison garb at the turn of the century, accelerating the downward slide.

    Even so, the depth of public animosity towards major corporations revealed in a global poll by Ipsos-Reid comes as a bit of a shock.

    The pollster surveyed 22,000 people in 22 countries, so the results cannot be dismissed as some statistical aberration. Globally, 45 per cent believe that corporations have a bad influence on events in their country. In Canada, the number was 51 per cent and in the United States it soared to 61 per cent.

    The fact that people don’t like them may seem of little consequence to individual corporations, just as long as they are still able to sell their goods and services and make a profit. Business was never meant to be a popularity contest. However, the corollary to this low standing in public esteem is that people want something to be done about it. And the possibility that governments may feel pressured to do just that should make executives sit up and take notice.

    Before looking at what governments might do, it is worth examining what the survey respondents were worried about. The influence that large corporations have on government was a big concern, with 74 per cent saying that large companies have too much. Given a series of moves made by successive Canadian governments to drastically reduce the role of corporations in political financing, it would seem natural that Canadians would be less concerned on this point. Far from it. In Canada, 80 per cent said this was a problem. In the U.S., the number sharing this view was 82 per cent.

    Of course, companies do not necessarily need cold hard cash to help sway future government decisions. Lobbying is an alternative route to the same goal. But here again, successive Canadian governments have placed restrictions on lobbying, limits that were decried as excessive by some critics when the legislation was introduced. The survey gives no indication that Canadians are any less worried about corporate influence despite such measures.

    The other related concern revealed in the poll was the belief that large companies are more powerful than governments. Globally, 69 per cent believed this was true. In Canada, the number was 77 per cent. It was even higher in Germany, France and Argentina, but somewhat lower in the U.S., where 70 per cent shared this view.

    The prospect of powerful corporations influencing government decisions leads naturally to a desire that something be done to change the situation. Fully 72 per cent of those surveyed wanted the government in their country to be more aggressive in regulating companies. In Canada, 77 per cent shared this view, compared with 67 per cent in the U.S.

    Continued here:
    http://ago.mobile.globeandmail.com/generated/archive/RTGAM/html/20080103/wdrohan0104.html

  11. Paradox

    Third World , Oh no! Developing World.
    The developed world has laws in placed to protect its citizens. Big businesses/conglomerates must abide by the laws of those countries. If one does business in a country without laws there are no laws broken. [The only recourse that is left is to shame the culprits into doing something to redressed the damage done].
    Christmas time 2006 and 2007,some of us learned that a number of people were killed in Nigeria while ‘stealing’ petrol/gasoline.
    A Nigerian friend told the reasons for the stealing, (1) petrol is not readily available and MANY cannot afford to buy it.(2) Pipes are laid over the ground and not buried under the ground like in Developed Countries.

    In Developed Countries the life of an individual is valued unlike the life of an individual from a Developing Nation, especially where that nation is ‘black’.
    When companies go to do business in Developed Countries, they are aware of the laws and if broken, there are penalties which fits the ‘deed’.
    Developed Countries have laws on accountability,integrity so Government Ministers cannot be EASILY bribed.
    Remember, a country like Nigeria is very wealthy, the world’s fifth oil producing nation.

    iisnoone, you ‘hit the nail on its head!’
    The company involved can only ignore this problem as long as Government allows it.

  12. John

    Adrian Loveridge
    January 5, 2008 at 9:35 am
    According to Fortune Magazine, Royal Dutch Shell plc is the world’s second most profitable firm with net income of US$25.44 billion in 2006.

    iisnoone
    January 5, 2008 at 8:59 pm
    The purpose of big businesses is to make money for shareholders.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Who

    Who paid for the jet fuel that went into the ground? This goes against common sense.

    … unless Royl Dutch Shell is price gouging and did not notice the loss.

    Luckily we have some politicians here who know just how to sort out private enterprises which go in for all of this this.

    No wonder the airline industry is losing money.

  13. Johnnie Too Bad

    All wonna too stupid.Do you not know that big business has bought out these politicians lock stock and barrel.
    What is the major problem here is that our political leaders don’t really know their history, and if you don’t know where you are coming from,you are doomed to repeat all the mistakes of the past.
    Osa is a man without a plan, he fly by the seat of his pants on the airline of expediency. Big business and the major corporations in Barbados have been able to convince our counterfeit politicos that what is good for big business is also good for Barbados. On that basis, not only is massa day not done but massa cutting our ass even more. All these heights and terraces folks are so busy showing off the new car that they have not yet work out that they are but one payday from broke; yet every of them living on enormous credit, and therefore cannot afford to even contemplate just how precarious their situations are.
    Therefore my friends why would we expect anything different from OSA or any of his androids. They have definitely sold us out for the interests of big business.
    Johnnietoobad.

  14. Green Monkey

    To shatter any illusions as to who and what we are dealing with in a trans-national corporation like Shell, just watch the documentary “The Corporation” ( http://www.thecorporation.com ).

    You can also view parts of it posted at google video if you have a high speed internet connection. Just go to http://video.google.com and type in “The Corporation” in the search bar.

  15. Royal and Dutch Shell is one of the most corrupt companies in the world, they single handedly funded the biafra near genocide to stop ibo independence in Nigeria and i think today they are so well locked into the petro-chemical military-industrial and nuclear complex, and the market mechanism to control nations, that they are literaraly the grease that fund British and american war profitering.

    The way is to shame them locally and hope they dont bring in someone to assassinate you like Ken Saro. And believe you me i have friends working for shell, one a teacher whose is paid astronomical sums to teach the children of their international workers, and a chap i went to school with and headed marketing a some years ago.

    This is the strategy get to the marketing manager and offer him the truth, he knows the truth, offer him the chance to make a gesture of reconcilation as a barbadian. And say you will judge him by his generosity. Dont create a scene first, create a scene after. And then bring in a good lawyer with enviromental law expertise and the one thing international shell needs now like the plague, believe you me they spent millions in britain this year to be the carbon friendly face of britain, is a well thought out defence of the pristine barbados environment that Simon Cowell and the other expats love so much and within 6 months it will be solved.

    I dont mean to be bombastic but i concentrate on getting the job done not in using to create controversy for controversy’s sake, and there is a danger of your judgement being clouded by this.

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