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Shell Oil Victims Seek Talks with Top Company Officials

New Book Exposes Abuses Around the Globe
Refinery Reform Campaign, et al.
November 14th, 2002

LONDON (November 12, 2002) -- Victims of Shell Oil environmental abuses in the South Africa and the United States will attempt at 11 a.m. on November 12th at Shell Centre, The Cut, Waterloo, near London to deliver a message to Shell Oil company officials about their readiness to negotiate on facility site issues. Also at Shell's world headquarters, the victims will attempt to deliver to top company officials copies of a new book, "Riding the Dragon: Royal Dutch Shell & The Fossil Fire."

Later in the same day, the victims and Shell environmental activists will be available for one-on-one media interviews from 1-2:30 p.m. at the London Action Resource Center (LARC), 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES (Whitechapel or Aldgate East tubes).

Advance copies of "Riding the Dragon" are available for review purposes on an embargoed basis by contacting Christine Kraly, 703/276-3258 (Washington, D.C.) or ckraly@hastingsgroup.com. The more than 300 page book focusing on the world's second largest oil company was written by noted researcher Jack Doyle, who earlier authored "Taken For a Ride," a highly regarded expose of the U.S. auto industry. The book will be available on the Web as of November 14th at www.shellfacts.com. Advance review copies of the book are embargoed until the morning of November 13th.

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NOTE TO THE MEDIA: "RIDING THE DRAGON" IS BEING RELEASED IN THE U.K. ON NOVEMBER 13TH -- A FULL DAY AHEAD OF ITS U.S. RELEASE.

Those available for interviews include:

  • Iris Carter, Shell neighbor in Louisiana that helped her community win relocation from their troubled facility.
  • Hilton Kelley, Shell neighbor in Texas campaigning for lower toxic pollution and reducing frequent chemical spills from their plant.
  • Bobby Peek, Goldman International Prize winner and Shell neighbor in Durban, South Africa, where the company has the world's largest underground oil spill.
  • Desmond D'Sa, Chairman, South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, campaigning for pollution reduction and clean up from Shell in Durban, South Africa.
  • Denny Larson, Coordinator, Refinery Reform Campaign, US-based campaign to clean up oil refinery pollution impacts on fenceline neighbors.

FOR MORE INFORMATION/INTERVIEW ARRANGEMENTS: Contact Christine Kraly, 703/276-3258 (Washington, D.C.) or ckraly@hastingsgroup.com