* First posted 6/12/2018
There is a fire in me
Burns all night and day
Flares at injustice
Leaps at oppression
Glows warmly in beauty.
*Ken Saro-Wiwa : President of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, led a non-violent campaign against the disaster that caused the activities of multinational oil companies, especially Shell, to the Niger Delta and its people. Ken Saro-Wiwa hanged in 1995 by the military dictatorship.
Αn honest and conscientious man in the petroleum industry is so rare that he is considered a museum species.
Harold L. Ickes, US Secretary of State, 1936
Oil is not just a dirty form of energy. The oil buisness is usually accompanied by very dirty buisness practices. Many years now, the oil companies commit serial crimes against nature and local communities in most parts of the world.
In the website savegreekseas.com, in the category #SerialDrillers, we gathered just some of the crimes commited by oil companies, from Patagonia to Indonesia and from Nigeria to Alaska. The list is big and continues to grow.
And because a lot of people believe that these crimes only happen in third world countries...
In our neighbouring Italy, region of Basilicata, in the area Val d'Agri, 80% of italian oil is produced with very serious concequences for the environment but also for the social and urban web. Approximately 47 oil rigs emit intense fumes of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and hydrogen sulfide, that destroy the environment and biodiversity.Not only was there no real increase in the living standards of the inhabitants, on the contrary they were forced to leave their place.