On Tuesday an indigenous delegation from Canada and Alaska presented Shell’s Chairman and Board with a report detailing the human and ecological rights violations they say the company’s operations have brought to their communities. Shell’s Chairman was provided with a copy of “Risking Ruin: Shell’s dangerous developments in the Tar Sands, Arctic and Nigeria,” a report that looks at how Shell’s operations in Canada’s Alberta Tar Sands, Alaska’s Arctic Ocean, Ontario’s Aamjiwnaang First Nation and Africa’s Niger Delta are “destructive.”
The indigenous representatives presented the human and ecological rights violations report to Shell’s Chairman but he declined to address the issue.
“Shell has failed to address our concerns in Canada’s tar sands by not meeting environmental standards, past agreements and refusing to address their impacts to our constitutionally protected treaty rights,” Eriel Deranger, spokesperson and member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, said in a statement. “Shell’s current projects are contributing to the destruction of our traditional territory including vital watersheds and eco-systems. Now they propose to expand projects further degrading our lands and impairing our ability to practice our constitutionally protected rights to hunt, fish, trap and gather in the region.”
Shell has been operating in Alberta’s tar sands since 2003 and now accounts for approximately 20% of overall operations in the region.
arguing that the impacts of Shell’s destructive activities outweigh the benefits and exposes the company to both reputational damage and political risk, including litigation.