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  • Don Bain
    For your information ... Subject: Media Release - Will Royal Dutch Shell Turn B.C. into Nigeria North? Date: 08 Jun 2007 10:04:28 PDT From:
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      Subject: Media Release - Will Royal Dutch Shell Turn B.C. into Nigeria
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      Date: 08 Jun 2007 10:04:28 PDT
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      Media Release
      June 8, 2007

      For immediate release.

      Nigeria North

      Will Royal Dutch Shell Turn B.C. into Nigeria North?

      June 7, 2007 (Victoria, BC) - A video released today draws attention to
      the takeover this month of Shell Canada by Royal Dutch Shell and its
      implications for a northern BC First Nation.

      View Nigeria North video online: www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2RUhJGbjDM
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      The five-minute documentary by the Victoria-based Dogwood Initiative
      focuses on Royal Dutch Shell's poor human rights track record in
      Nigeria. It draws parallels to Shell's proposed coalbed methane project
      in northern BC, which has been opposed by indigenous elders of the
      Tahltan First Nation.

      "Royal Dutch Shell admits to exploiting existing community conflicts in
      its quest for oil and gas," said Will Horter, Executive Director of the
      Dogwood Initiative. "What does this mean for the Tahltan, who are
      struggling with BC's northern resource boom?"

      Shell is attempting to develop a coalbed methane gas field at the shared
      headwaters of the Nass, Skeena and Stikine Rivers - an area known as the
      Sacred Headwaters. Many Tahltan oppose the project, and in 2005 evicted
      Shell from their territory.

      "If this project goes ahead, it will mean thousands of gas wells in an
      alpine basin that has been used by the indigenous people for hunting and
      trapping for generations," said Horter. "They must be given the time
      necessary to plan their future and decide whether this project is in the
      best interests of their people."

      Shell hopes to continue its exploratory drilling program in the area
      this summer. If they push ahead despite indigenous opposition, elders in
      the community have indicated they will protest by blockading access roads.

      Royal Dutch Shell is the world's second largest corporation behind Exxon
      Mobil. Its head offices are in London and The Hague.

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      Contact:
      Will Horter, Dogwood Initiative:
      (250) 370-9930, ext. 23 or (250) 418-1672 (cell),
      whorter@...

      View the video online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2RUhJGbjDM
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