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This Time Its Closer to Home: Shell Spills Oil Near Scotland

posted by Jael Ever @ 16:59 PM
August 19, 2011

 In the last blog, IATTWJ reporter Maleekie Ambularie revealed the overwhelming destruction that Shell Oil Company’s drilling and pipeline operation has inflicted on Nigeria.  But, as that company now wrestles with a limitless oil spill off the coast of Scotland, today’s report hits closer to Shell’s home.  More properly called Royal Dutch Shell, that conglomeration is of Anglo Dutch origins, which reveals its vast historical roots of colonialism, including Scotland, a remaining part of the British Empire.  And, of course, Nigeria goes back to those centuries-old colonialist roots as well. 

 As, unlike Nigeria, Scotland is now supposedly a free and equal Western nation, it has not taken this oil spill in the North Sea in stride.   Of course, Shell has been reluctant to release information on the spill, insisting that leakage is minimal at best.  But Tony King, head of policy at the Scottish Wildlife Trust does not buy the stall:  “It seems clear that there has been a substantial oil spill in the North Sea, putting sea birds, whales and dolphins, fish and other wildlife at risk. Shell needs to come clean on exactly how much oil has entered the sea. This is an extremely serious matter and wildlife organizations need information in order to plan what, if anything, can be done to safeguard Scotland’s marine wildlife.” 

 Typically, both the governments of Britain and Scotland ridiculed such objections to this “small amount” of oil seeping into the North Sea.  The, says “Government advisers also played down the risk to bird life, as the oil is unlikely to reach shore from the rig––112 miles east of Aberdeen––and said the risk to fish was also small as most of the oil should be cleared by natural processes.”  But Scotland’s opposition political party would have none of these excuses.  Sarah Boyack, the Labour Party’s environmental spokeswoman, decried the cover-ups: “I want to know from Marine Scotland what contingency plans they put in place to deal with major oil spillages. I also want information on the lessons they learned from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in relation to wildlife protection, protection of public health and protection of the fishing industry.”

 Ahhh.  It seems that the Deepwater disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is now the “standard” of what a truly dangerous oil spill is all about!  Hmmm.  Everyone else in the world––except in the United States––seems to know this!  Why so little reporting on the American people and ocean wildlife still suffering from that spill?

 Of course, God’s eternal records span all the ages of time, and they reveal all hidden sins, whether of oil spills, colonialism or anything else!  The Book of Revelation says: “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. . . And . . . were cast into the lake of fire (20: 11-14).

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