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Uzere Community Protest against Shell, Nigeria


Uzere community is in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State. The community host Shell flow stations and 39 oil wells, with a daily production of over 56,000 barrels of oil.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Uzere Community Protest against Shell, Nigeria
State or province:Delta State
Location of conflict:Isoko South Local Government Area
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Oil and gas exploration and extraction
Gas flaring
Specific commodities:Crude oil
Project Details and Actors
Project details

According to the Nigerian National Bullentin 2010. Shell has oil fields in Uzere. Uzere East produce 623,180.36 Barrels of oil., 749,732.32 mscf of gas, and 1,572,873.09 Barrels of water.

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Type of populationSemi-urban
Start of the conflict:29/11/2012
Company names or state enterprises:Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) from Netherlands
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from Nigeria
Relevant government actors:Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation.
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Environmental Rights Action, Trade Unions, Nigerian Media
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Informal workers
Local ejos
Landless peasants
Social movements
Trade unions
Ethnically/racially discriminated groups
Religious groups
Fisher people
Forms of mobilization:Blockades
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Development of alternative proposals
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Land occupation
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Property damage/arson
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Oil spills, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems
Potential: Food insecurity (crop damage), Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Health ImpactsVisible: Infectious diseases
Potential: Other environmental related diseases
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Displacement, Increase in violence and crime, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Negotiated alternative solution
Strengthening of participation
Under negotiation
Proposal and development of alternatives:SPDC/JTF be compelled to redeploy soldiers from the community.
SPDC should respect and respond to the demands of Host Community by signing the GMoU.
SPDC/JTF must pay compensation for the properties damaged during the peaceful protest.
Delta State government be compelled to be transparent and responsive in the implementation of recommendations from the inquiry panel.
SPDC and the Nigerian Army should be compelled to take responsibility for the burial of the three dead community members.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:Shell has not signed any GMoU for the community,and refuse to provide basic amenities. Community people are faced with daily pollution from Shells oil facility.
Sources & Materials

Sahara reporters
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National Mirror online
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Compass Newspaper
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Meta information
Contributor:Godwin Uyi Ojo
Last update18/08/2019
Conflict ID:550
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