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October 8th, 2006:

nuos-ogoni.org: National Union of Ogoni Students advises Shell to leave Ogoni immediately

PRESS RELEASE BY The National Union of Ogoni Students: 8 October 2006

The National Union of Ogoni Students in her meeting in St. Louis, Missouri on September 30th 2006 deliberated on the state of affairs in Ogoni and Nigeria.

We resolved as follows: That:

1. We noticed there was an oil spillage followed by ravaging fire outbreak in Yorla flow station, Kpean, Nigeria in July 2006.  For more than two months the fire continued, releasing poisonous gases (soot) to the Ogoni environment. This incidence has added to the already destroyed Ogoni environment, traditional holy places, farmlands, crops and lives of the people. There is also an outbreak of epidemic (cancer of the skin, respiratory and lung disorder). We view the lack of attention to the incidence as an attempt by Shell oil/Nigerian government to extinct the Ogoni race for oil.

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Los Angeles Times: Oil Giants Put Energy Into Other Resources

By Elizabeth Douglass

Inside two half-million-gallon tanks built in the 1950s, a team of microorganisms is preparing to munch its way into the annals of energy innovation. Late this month, the microbes will start transforming truckloads of restaurant grease into electricity for a water pollution control plant in Millbrae, Calif. The one-of-a-kind setup relieves the city and area eateries of a fatty disposal headache while saving energy. And it has come with the help of a surprising backer: Chevron Corp.

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China Post: Capturing carbon may save climate

2006/10/8
By Gerard Wynn and Alister Doyle LONDON/OSLO, Reuters

Burying greenhouse gases underground is emerging as humanity’s number one weapon to fight global warming, hailed by the oil and coal industry and even cautiously welcomed by environmentalists.

It sounds simple: capture the heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the power plants and factories that burn fossil fuels, pipe it away and entomb it in porous rocks several kilometers below ground.

But technological breakthroughs are needed to axe high costs that would push up household electricity bills before anyone can talk about “clean coal”. And there are problems in preventing and monitoring leaks and sorting out liability for any seepage.

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Green Left Weekly: Peak oil: Is the oil running out?

Zoe Kenny

“Dear reader, civilisation as we know it is coming to an end soon.” This is how the Peak Oil: Life After the Oil Crash website introduces itself. Peak oil is the theory that the world’s oil supplies will soon reach their highest output, their peak, after which there will be a rapid decline in output. The website argues that “the consequences (if true) would be unimaginable. Permanent fuel shortages would tip the world into a generations-long economic depression. Millions would lose their jobs as industry implodes. Farm tractors would be idled for lack of fuel, triggering massive famines. Energy wars would flare.”

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Kuwait Times: Inept govt compounds $29bn Kashagan oil project woes

KUWAIT: Italian energy company ENI and its partners in developing the Kashagan oilfield in Kazakhstan said the project will run over its original $29 billion budget and will be delayed by two to three years beyond its 2008 completion deadline. It was inevitable that the Kashagan project would run over budget and into delays, because it is one of the most technically difficult energy projects ever attempted. However, these difficulties are being worsened by a demanding Kazakh government and an inept state-run project partner. Yet despite all the angst, agony and project complexities, this project will still happen.

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