Contents

  1. Praise for Oil Politics

  2. List of Abbreviations

  3. Foreword by Ogaga Ifowodo

  4. Preface

  5. I. ECHOES OF AN ECOLOGICAL WAR

    1. 1. I will not dance to your beat

    2. 2. Echoes of an ecological war

    3. 3. Human rights and the multiple environmental changes

    4. 4. Africa in the vice-grip of the climate crisis

    5. 5. Where are the 50-year-old trees?

    6. 6. To stop the Sahara

    7. 7. Of floods, dams and the damned

    8. 8. Flaring gas: Profiting from illegalities in Nigeria

    9. 9. How would you fly to the UK?

    10. 10. Can Cancún?

    11. 11. The betrayal of Cancún

    12. 12. A red card for California REDD

    13. 13. Ambition, selfishness and climate action

  6. II. VIOLENCE IN THE LAND

    1. 14. As Kogi fights over refinery location

    2. 15. Violence in the land

    3. 16. A nation split by oil

    4. 17. The 'milking' of oil workers

    5. 18. The tragedy of Ayakoromo

    6. 19. Mending MEND

    7. 20. The amnesty worked

  7. III. EXTRACTIVES AND TRANSPARENCY

    1. 21. When oil companies volunteer

    2. 22. Environmental issues in extractive industries transparency

    3. 23. Drilling in the dark

    4. 24. So Shell is everywhere

    5. 25. Shell’s fracking moves in the Karoo

    6. 26. The coming belt of fire

    7. 27. Gas flaring, hot air and fertilisers

    8. 28. The bush refineries of the Niger Delta

    9. 29. Seekers of selective transparency

    10. 30. Charge them with manslaughter

  8. IV. IMPACTS OF EXTRACTIVE ACTIVITIES

    1. 31. Death and the kids of Zamfara

    2. 32. Resurrection in Chile

    3. 33. Caught in the Amazon

    4. 34. The cemetery of mangroves

    5. 35. The emperor with no clothes

    6. 36. Chasing tar balls in the Gulf of Mexico

  9. V. OIL, DESPOTISM AND PHILANTHROPIC TOKENISM

    1. 37. The price of a vote

    2. 38. Running from the senate

    3. 39. Serving the nation in hostile times

    4. 40. Oil, despotism and philanthropic tokenism

  10. VI. SLIPPING ON OIL AND GAS LAWS

    1. 41. Nigeria’s unacceptable biofuels policy

    2. 42. Slipping on oil and gas laws

    3. 43. How about the Petroleum Industry Bill?

    4. 44. The petroleum bill and last minute legislative contortion

    5. 45. Many blind spots

    6. 46. Nigerian draft Petroleum Industry Bill criminalises communities

  11. VII. RESISTANCE AS ADVOCACY

    1. 47. Resistance as advocacy in the oil fields of Nigeria

    2. 48. Shell shrugs off Bonga fine

    3. 49. Decades of destruction: Shell in Nigeria

    4. 50. Between four farmers and Shell

    5. 51. Walking on caves of fire

    6. 52. Ogoni and the agony of a delayed clean up

    7. 53. Two years after the UNEP report: Ogoni still groans

  12. VIII. AFTERWORD

    1. 54. Afterword

  13. About the author