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Unravelling the Carbon Web is a project by PLATFORM. We work to reduce the environmental and social impacts of oil corporations, to help citizens gain a say in decisions that affect them, and to support the transition to a more sustainable energy economy.

Notes from Gog & Magog I - Where are they now?

So finally after 14 long years it looks like Shell will be in the dock for the death of Ken Saro-Wiwa, in the Wiwa vs Shell trial set to be heard in a New York court from the end of May. The question is – where are the key actors now?

Mark Moody-Stuart - head of Shell Expro in November 1995, is undoubtedly enjoying his retirement at his home in Ditchling, West Sussex – after a glittering post-Shell career that included heading up Anglo-American and being Blair’s special envoy on Africa for the G8 in 2005. Sir Phil Watts – a senior executive in November 1995 – was last heard of pruning his roses in his garden in Berkshire. His ‘resignation’ from Shell after lying about Shell’s reserves has, not surprisingly, denied him a glorious post-Shell career.

Perhaps most interesting of all is Brian Anderson, head of Shell Nigeria in 1995 and indeed cited in the parallel case of Wiwa vs Anderson. Brian’s still ‘fighting the good fight’ – drilling holes in Africa, as Director of Addax Petroleum, an Expro company based in Geneva with substantial projects in Nigeria, Gabon and Cameroon – as well as Iraq. No doubt he’ll be doing his level best to keep himself out of the media throughout the trial, and his company will surely be helping him – ably assisted by their PR firm, Pelham Public Relations, based at the heart of The City of London on Arthur Street.

Notes from Gog & Magog wonders, will Shell help defend Brian Anderson, or will they cut him loose like they did with Phil Watts?