Nigerians storm US oil platform and capture it

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Nigerians storm US oil platform and capture it

Postby DrDebugDU » Fri Sep 23, 2005 3:32 pm

Bush and Condi are going to be pissed, a third world country has attacked US property and with a mere 120 people have taken over a US possession...<br><br><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Nigerians storm US oil platform and capture it</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/411319/613370">tvnz.co.nz/view/page/411319/613370</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br>More than 100 armed militants on Thursday stormed a US-operated oil platform in Nigeria, the world's eighth largest exporter, in response to the arrest of a militia leader.<br><br>Armed with assault rifles, fighters in speed boats invaded the Idama platform operated by Chevron in the southern Niger Delta, while in the capital a judge ordered Mujahid Dokubo-Asari to be held in jail for two weeks pending treason charges.<br><br>"Eight boats, each carrying 15 armed people, occupied the Idama flow station. Six government security forces had their weapons taken from them," a source close to Chevron said. <br> <br>"Apparently the militants are now heading for more stations. The situation can only get worse." <br> <br>Only 8,400 barrels per day were shut down at Idama, Chevron said, but industry officials said the impact could rise dramatically if the attacks spread. <br> <br>Commanders of Asari's Niger Delta People's Volunteer Force (NDPVF) threatened to blow up oil facilities across the delta, which accounts for almost all of Nigeria's 2.4 million barrels per day production, unless their leader was released. <br> <br>"We are going to blow up all flow stations and pipelines from Warri to Calabar if Asari is not back in 48 hours," said Dakuro Princewill, a NDPVF commander, in reference to the eastern and western extremities of the vast wetlands region. <br> <br>Militants loyal to Asari burned tyres in the streets of the delta's largest city, Port Harcourt, and blocked a major road artery. Police shot in the air to disperse them. <br> <br>Royal Dutch Shell withdrew about 50 non-essential staff from three oil and gas facilities, a senior industry source said, but its 950,000 barrels per day of oil output was unaffected. <br> <br>Italian oil company Agip, a unit of ENI, also withdrew some staff from Port Harcourt, the source said. Agip spokespeople were not available for comment. <br> <br>Oil prices are at near record highs due to hurricane damage in southern United States, and any disruption to exports of high quality crude from Nigeria, its fifth-largest supplier, would stretch supplies further. <br><hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--><br> <p></p><i>Edited by: <A HREF=http://p216.ezboard.com/brigorousintuition.showUserPublicProfile?gid=drdebugdu>DrDebugDU</A> at: 9/23/05 1:33 pm<br></i>
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Chevron will have to bribe a few ministers ...

Postby trachys » Fri Sep 23, 2005 3:57 pm

Most Igbo have no love for the rulers in Abuja. The people of the delta have received little of the wealth that's pulled up from under their feet so I doubt they'll have many qualms about scuttling a platform or two. <p></p><i></i>
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Chevron = Condi. That's the issue

Postby DrDebugDU » Fri Sep 23, 2005 4:01 pm

Indeed Nigeria is in total chaos and the people haven't seen a dime from all that oil money not to mention the outrageous behaviour of oil giants like Shell.<br><br>The worrying part is what the US will do, because it was US property and Condi is Bush's right hand...<br><br><!--EZCODE IMAGE START--><img src="http://xs35.xs.to/pics/05265/condoleezza_rice.jpg"/><!--EZCODE IMAGE END--> <p></p><i></i>
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In constitution 2.0 I want something to the effect that

Postby glubglubglub » Fri Sep 23, 2005 4:39 pm

the status of one's property not within our borders not a concern of the US government; viz, the government's interest in enforcing property rights is confined to within its borders.<br><br>If some megacorp's going to use the army as a protection service they should at least be paying full freight... <p></p><i></i>
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Re: reminds me of the Trovan experiments in Nigeria, Pfizer

Postby israelirealities » Fri Sep 23, 2005 5:45 pm

Reading about this brought back to my mind the law suit filed two or three ago by parents of a dozen kids from Nigeria who died as a result of unethical experiments by Pfizer during the Menengitis epidemic there. First is was thrown out of the NY Federal court, on technical (locus) issue and then, upon appeal, I think last year it was remanded and now pending ..something. Anyway, it was a terrible story of abuse and exploitation by corporate doctors...I suppose Nigerians hold some grudges on similar incidents we never heard of. <p></p><i></i>
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Postby thumper » Fri Sep 23, 2005 8:50 pm

this is gonna be as productive as when Mugabe 'liberated' the agricultural lands from white farmers. <p></p><i></i>
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Postby wintler » Sat Sep 24, 2005 2:30 am

Should the locals stand back and let it get shipped off to drive obese jnr to sport eh Thumper? Except of course for the oil that spills, destroying farms and fisheries. <br><br>The oil ain't going anywhere, if it becomes too much trouble to extract then hopefully Chevron/Shell et al will f*** off and leave it to the locals. <p></p><i></i>
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Postby thumper » Sat Sep 24, 2005 1:24 pm

Should the locals stand back and let it get shipped off to drive obese jnr to sport eh Thumper? Except of course for the oil that spills, destroying farms and fisheries. <br><br>The oil ain't going anywhere, if it becomes too much trouble to extract then hopefully Chevron/Shell et al will f*** off and leave it to the locals. <br><br>===========<br><br>Chevron will probably flex some military muscle, just as BP and DeBeers has done.<br><br>I'm just saying that these hostile take overs have a habit of doing more harm than good (Zimbabwe on the brink of starvation for example) and the two bit dictator backing the move probably has no idea how to refine oil. <p></p><i></i>
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