Oil and Gas Roots Dubbed the "Chaos Company" in an April 2014 Vanity Fair article, G4S is often brought into the stickiest
The attackers killed a driver and abducted at least seven people in the ambush.
A shadowy new militant group is blowing up the country's oil infrastructure.
While all operators, including ExxonMobil, Chevron, Total, ENI, and Agip, contribute to the problem, locals say that by far the worst actor is Shell. Asked why they don't clean up their mess or upgrade their infrastructure, Shell blames pushback from their Nigerian government partners, and security risks from militants.
The human development indicators that are beginning to improve in the Niger Delta appear to transcend short-term political cycles. Of course, there is still no room to be sanguine about Southeast Nigeria.
Oil companies are required to fund the clean-up of each spill and usually pay compensation to local communities affected
My first trip to Timbuktu occurred in 2003, long before this current conflict. I arrived in Timbuktu and the air emitted a certain respect for history. The architectural structure reminded me that I was in the midst of a city of knowledge that had existed for hundreds of years.
Nigeria suffers the equivalent of an Exxon Valdez oil spill every year, as it has each of the last 50 years of oil exploitation.
Only two years after the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, Shell is asking the same judges to accept that corporations are immune from prosecution for human rights violations because they are not people under the law.
I was born in the Niger Delta, and lived in the Niger Delta in Nigeria until I came to the U.S. In some ways, I can be considered a child of big oil -- Mobil Oil -- to be specific. But I own no oil fields and none of my family works in the oil sector.