Adrian Loveridge Takes-Up The Fight Against Royal Dutch Shell PLC On Behalf Of Barbadian Farmers


Adrian Loveridge ups the ante by posting recent events on the plight of the Southern Farmers to anti-Royal Dutch Shell PLC website.

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Shell Oil Company Giving Barbadian Farmers Raw Deal

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Barbados Shell Pipeline Jet Fuel Leak – “Almost Pure Kerosene” Fills Domestic Water Well

As It Happens Report From Adrian Loveridge

Today, (Thursday 3rd January 2008), I visited Oistins at the Southern Farmers request and witnessed a bucket being lowered into a well close to the road and where an Urban Development project is taken place. The well was about 500 feet from the beach and when the bucket was lifted it contained what appeared to be almost pure kerosene.

Also there was Mr Lashley, Mr Boyce, Mr Jones and Senator Lowe of the DLP, The PEP candidate, several members of the media including the Advocate, Nation and CBC. I did not see any Government representative. I understand that Shell has admitted liability for the leaking pipes but the the settlement offered is simply not adequate. I call on Shell to settle and the Government which has allowed this matter to drag on for the entire duration their office.

Read the full story at Barbados Free Press

The long suffering Souther Farmers group have taken to increasing their lobby for a solution to the longstanding dispute with Shell Oil. Maybe it is not a bad idea with the General Election imminent. In case you have forgotten there is a pipe line owned by Shell which has leaked oil onto the lands of the Southern Farmers and which has negatively affected their ability to produce crops. We all can appreciate that land to a farmer can be likened to what a hammer is to a carpenter. We invite BU readers to read the extensive coverage on BFPsee pictures below of the barren lands owned by the Southern Farmers submitted to the blogs and the note from one of the concerned Southern Farmer:
Here are the pics I promised. The shed is one that Shell put a pump to draw oil off the well which is situated just behind. Everyday, a tanker would collect it. This well is situated approximately 60 yards from the major spill in 1994. This well which was connected to the rural irrigation system was disconnected as it was too contaminated with oil. The crops you see are pigeon peas which I was forced to plant as I discontinued the use of the water, and used natural rainfall.
Look closely and observe the brute force of shell. They just drove their way over the ground which I am leasing, Those drums were all filled , and after a fire broke out one evening, they just dumped the oil all out over the land. I spoke to the guys in Oistins, and was not met with the slightest apology . Notice all the trees which were singed. They all died eventually, and I did a replant.
This is how our country allow corporate giants to treat our country.
Thanks for your concern.
Bryan King.