How Much Did It Cost Shell Oil To Buy Two Barbados Governments? Without Election Financing Laws, We’ll Never Know

So-Called "Clean-Up" By Shell Oil In Barbados

So-Called "Clean-Up" By Shell Oil In Barbados

Fifteen Years Of Shell Pollution + Fifteen Years Of Shell Campaign Donations = Environmental Rape

There is no question that Shell Oil bought and paid for two successive Barbados governments. How else can we explain the actions of both the BLP and DLP governments in allowing this negligent and abusive company to walk away free from a major pipeline leak that polluted the water table over hundreds of acres, ruined agricultural land and still threatens our beaches?

shell-oil-pollution.gifFor the last fifteen years, since 1994,  Shell Oil has been avoiding responsibility for a pipeline leak that spilled at least a half a million gallons of jet fuel into the water table. This jet fuel has not gone away and even last year water wells within a few hundred feet of a beach were still filled with almost pure kerosene jet fuel. Shell Oil’s response has been to offer Barbados farmers less than one hour of Shell’s profits. Barbados farmers were offered US$2 million in total to be spread among the victims. Shell makes approximately US$3 million per hour.

Both the BLP Government of Owen Arthur and Mia Motley and the current DLP government of David Thompson have failed to hold Shell Oil accountable. Besides the farmers who lost the use and value of their lands, there has been vast amounts of damage to Barbados as a country and our beaches are still at risk from the pipeline spill. But neither the DLP nor the BLP governments implemented any laws that would penalise polluters and make them pay to clean up their mess.

Neither the DLP nor the BLP government even passed a simple law compelling pipeline owners to make daily measurements and to report any leakage to the government!

Think about that, friends. In the 15 years since half a million gallons of jet fuel polluted wells and agricultural land on the south coast because the criminals at Shell Oil didn’t even realise the leakage was happening, your useless do-nothing governments haven’t even been able to pass a law requiring Shell Oil to monitor for leaks daily and to report leaks to the government.

How Much Money Did Shell Oil Contribute To Barbados Political Parties In The Last 15 Years?

bribery.jpgOne of the features of our so-called “democracy” is that Barbados has no laws regulating how much money corporations and individuals can contribute to “election campaigns”. We have no laws requiring public disclosure of large amounts of cash. And even when our former Prime Minister Owen Arthur was caught red-handed depositing so-called “election donations” into his personal bank account, David Thompson did not have the courage and integrity to prosecute him. This is because Thompson and his DLP party regularly engage in similar unethical activities with election funds and they don’t want to start that kind of a war with the BLP. Much too dangerous.

Prime Minister Thompson, we citizens want to know how much money the DLP received from Shell Oil or any of its associated companies or persons in the last 15 years. Opposition Leader Mia Motley, we citizens want to know how much money the BLP received from Shell Oil or any of its associated companies or persons in the last 15 years.

For 15 years our governments have allowed Shell oil to get away with environmental rape of our land, our water and our beaches. Is it any wonder that the majority of citizens have so little faith in our elected and appointed government officials?

Further Reading

BFP – Jan 5, 2008 – Shell Oil and the Barbados BLP Government – Together, THIS Is What They Achieved…

BFP – Feb 6, 2007 – Shell 2006 Profits: US$2.9 Million Dollars PER HOUR! – Offers Barbados Farmers Less Than One Hour’s Profits For A Decade Of Pollution And A Deadly Future

BFP – Aug 23, 2006 – Shell Barbados Pipeline Leaks Still Not Cleaned Up

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17 responses to “How Much Did It Cost Shell Oil To Buy Two Barbados Governments? Without Election Financing Laws, We’ll Never Know

  1. vn99

    Excellent piece BFP. Major points throughout. Arthur let them get away with it and the poor farmers are screwed to this day for 15 years.

  2. It may be time to boycott Sol. Although they had nothing to do with the leak in the pipeline and the events subsequent to that event, they still pay Shell tens of millions of dollars in royalties and pressure from Sol could lead to a quicker resolution.

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    BFP says,

    The government could pass a law tomorrow directing that the Shell royalties (or a portion of them) be paid into a fund to clean up the pollution. After 15 years, TO HELL WITH SHELL.

  3. Mutual Admiration Society

    TO HELL WITH SHELL

    I like that slogan, BFP. Can we get it going?

  4. Red Lake Lassie

    Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and the lot of them should be ashamed of themselves. Thompson isn’t much better because he’s done nothing in a year. Good luck trying to discover how much money Shell gave to both parties.

  5. Veggieman

    Seems to me the BLP was a well oiled machine.
    How soon can we take this fight international.

    TO HELL WITH SHELL.

    I gone Esso.

  6. Sargeant

    “To Hell with Shell”

    Pithy and to the point. The only way to get these Corporations’ attention is through their pocket book. Imagine a bumper sticker campaign with that slogan together with a boycott of their products, will it work? It won’t do any harm to try.

  7. Hants

    I saw a documentary on television about Shell in the Niger Delta. Sickening.

    “Shell’s now infamous exploits in the oil-rich Niger Delta have had drastic consequences for the region’s peoples. The aged and rusting Shell pipelines that criss-cross the nation explode and rupture, spewing oil and polluting water, soil and vegetation. Death and sickness are the result, while the livelihoods of farmers and fishers are destroyed with no adequate redress.”

  8. Green Monkey

    It may be time to boycott Sol. Although they had nothing to do with the leak in the pipeline and the events subsequent to that event, they still pay Shell tens of millions of dollars in royalties and pressure from Sol could lead to a quicker resolution.

    I have been doing this for over a year now. I avoid Shell branded stations like the plague. I make an effort to ensure I buy my gas and convenience store items from one of other branded stations. But I am sure that I am a minority in even doing this much. Most “couldn’t care less Bajans” don’t have any objection to giving their hard earned dollars to the people that polluted a good swath of our agricultural lands and then had nothing for our inconvenienced Bajan farmers but a kick in their ASSets.

  9. Fool me once

    What happend to Kifin Simpson when he got his knighting he said he would talk to his friends at Shell that he got when he bought all the stations?

    He maybe taking with one hand while pretending to do some good for Barbados while BIM people being poisoned.

  10. 86

    Thanks for the reminder.
    “To Hell With Shell” from tomorrow. I like um!

  11. 86

    Simpson Motors is “the company that cares” not SOL.
    To any lawyer on BFP, If company x had a dispute and accepted liability, is bought by company y, does company y assumes the liabilities of company x?

  12. Liability

    I don’t care about fancy company sales to avoid liability.

    TO HELL WITH SHELL

  13. JC

    Yeahhh I like i fah trut! Green Monkey Respect! I will past the word around fellow bloggers do the same (those who just read as well)!

    TO HELL WITH SHELL!

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  17. Watching

    How much did Shell give the DLP and the BLP in campaign donations? I think we should have the right to know that.