Series of explosions at chemical plant – 6 killed, dozens injured; 80km long toxic slick in Songhua River.
Oil prospecting activities suspended by Gabonese national parks council due to poor and environmentally damaging methods.
Impact assessment report suggests Shell downplayed environmental risks of Shakhalin II project, including possibility of Grey Whale extinction and destruction of salmon spawning areas.
‘Exxon Valdez’ oil spill occurs after oil tanker is struck by reef; considered the most devastating human-caused environmental disaster; leak of 11 million US galons of oil; immense wildlife death toll; local fishing industry irreparably damaged; Exxon widely criticized for its slow clean-up response – $500 million in punitive damages.
US government releases emails of Shell officials downplaying the significance of Russian environmental audit of Shakhalin II energy project by persuading the Atomic Energy Authority to disperse the findings through the report to receive vital bank funding. The project’s environmental projection is dire; 1.6m tonnes of carbon dioxide; threat to endangered species and other wildlife.
Cree aboriginals protest over tar sand project – destroying ancient boreal forest; spreading open-pit mining across local tribes’ territories; contaminating their food and water with toxins; producing heavy CO2 emissions; disrupting local wildlife and threatening their way of life.