“Shortly after Tillerson resigned from ExxonMobil, wouldn’t you know it, ExxonMobil hit one of the biggest offshore oil and natural gas fields in the world. It so happens that the water it is in is claimed by Venezuela. ExxonMobil says that the water belongs to Venezuela’s neighbor Guyana.
Tillerson had his ExxonMobil bags all packed and ready to go visit Guyana’s president David Granger, when Trump called.”
“The possibility of civil war in Venezuela is real and growing every day. The country is badly divided between the wealthy haves and the millions of poor have-nots. The U.S. is egging on the conflict. Hugo Chavez brought social services, healthcare, education and housing to the poor. The U.S. Empire and ExxonMobil have declared war on democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro. He is in the Empire’s crosshairs. Trump has said that all options are on the table. Time is short.”
Now courtesy of the Popular Resistance newsletter, that the largest oil discoveries over the last decade, the offshore oilfields Liza I and II, came in 2015. Tiller-Driller (h/t lemoyne) had resigned as liege-lord of ExxonMobil in Jan. 2017. But yes, he would have packed his bags for Guyana, and would have set his not-firm’s battery of attorneys to work for Guyana’s case in the VZ/Guayana ‘land dispute’.
Now to be fair, misionverad.com really notes that ‘US Occupation Has Already Begun and Is Being Conducted by ExxonMobil’, June 27, 2017, but in this that’s a distinction without much difference given that Exxon (“We don’t care…cuz we don’t have to!” is the biggest of the Big Oil corporations on the planet, and is the world’s seventh largest by revenue…and we live in a corporatocracy under inverted totalitarianism rule, so the nation is ‘governed’by and for Exxon and other mega-corps and multinationals. On to Mision Verdad’s news:
“Exxon wants to topple Venezuela for geopolitical and geo-economic reasons
ExxonMobil awarded contracts to Guyana for infrastructure, drilling and storage with a view to extracting the huge oil and gas reserves from the so-called “Liza Project” located in maritime territory claimed by Venezuela as stipulated by the Geneva Agreement of 1966. In 2015 the first oil discovery in the area provoked a diplomatic conflict between the nations due to the activities of the oil company on the Atlantic front of the Essequibo river.
According to Gulf Oil & Gas, Dutch oil holding company SBM Offshore NV has been granted a contract awarded by ExxonMobil, a U.S. company that owns 45 percent of the Stabroek Block located on the Atlantic front of the Essequibo through its subsidiary Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited Atlantic, where the rich deposits of Liza-1 and Liza-2 were found.
The CEO of the Dutch holding company Bruno Chabas commented on the contract, “We are proud that ExxonMobil has awarded the Liza contracts to SBM Offshore. Liza, the offshore field in Guyana, is one of the major oil discoveries in the industry over the past decade.”
However, this contract is not the first by ExxonMobil to accelerate its plans for oil and gas extraction in the territory claimed by Venezuela. In May, a subsidiary of the Italian oil company ENI named Saipem, took over the rights to carry out “the engineering, acquisition, construction, installation of associated bands, structures and bridges” to Liza-1, according to the World Oil website.
Recently teleSUR, citing the U.S. Geological Survey, informed that the area concentrated in the “Liza Project” is the second largest untapped oil fields in the world.
With this latest contract awarded, ExxonMobil seeks to produce 120,000 barrels of oil and 170 million cubic feet of natural gas, with a storage capacity of 1.6 million barrels of crude oil. In total, the Stabroek Block occupies an area of 26 thousand 800 km2 and it is estimated that 1.4 billion barrels of high-quality oil is deposited in the Liza-1 field alone.
In 2015, Rex Tillerson, the current U.S. secretary of state and former general manager of ExxonMobil, commented with joy to his shareholders that this well (Liza-1) was the largest found anywhere in the world that year, thus giving a strategic character to future projects of the U.S. oil company.
The priority of this U.S. oil company to topple Venezuela is geopolitical and geo-economic, as a fundamental pillar of a new political, economic and financial configuration of the continent (with Russia and China as alternative strategic partners), which poses a threat to the strategic advantages and the almost absolute control of the energy resources of the region that these corporations boasted throughout the 20th century. Securing that source of supply not only enabled it to carry out its arms race and military campaigns in the Middle East, but to maintain a global superpower status which is challenged today by emerging rivals.” [snip]
“In the thick of it, Russian and Chinese oil companies (Rosneft and Cnooc) are ahead in investments and exploration projects that represent a serious threat to what the largest U.S. oil company sees as a strategic source of supply for their geopolitical global control plans.
Inescapable data. ExxonMobil’s awarding of contracts came just days after Venezuela and China signed four large-scale energy partnership projects, ranging from increased oil production to refining projects in the Asian giant.
The Coup Master
In an investigation presented by Mision Verdad a few weeks ago, ExxonMobil’s financing of Venezuelan opposition organizations to generate acts of violence was revealed, while at the same time diplomatic maneuvers were being carrying out by the U.S. State Department to revive the internal political conflict and to repudiate the Venezuelan government in international organizations such as the OAS.
The last meeting of foreign ministers of the OAS on Venezuela, prior to the organization’s general assembly in Mexico, served to illustrate how the oil corporation also manages the threads of the international siege against the country. The Guyanese government, subordinate to its investments and currently the chair of CARICOM, tried to impose a resolution not agreed upon by the Caribbean states and identical to the one presented by the U.S. at the last meeting, with the aim of condemning the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly. The “red line” drawn by the U.S. to camouflage rounds of much more aggressive sanctions against the Bolivarian nation.”
The ‘The Caribbean as a Strategic Objective’ section is worth reading (the geopolitics); it ends:
”ExxonMobil’s strategy is long-term, directed at the entire continent and has Venezuela as its primary objective. It is not in vain that a crew of business elites has assumed the reins of U.S. foreign policy today. There and not elsewhere you will find the reasons for the aggressive siege we face.”
Now the Wiki entry on the Geneva Agreement of 1966 scored C in all major categories in the Talk tab, so I can’t say how far its bias extends. Same for the related Guayana Esequiba entry. But some very cool maps are included in that one, and the Arbitration section is interesting in that it sounds as though the decision was…very political (VZ v. Great Britain. There’s a ‘Dispute renewed in 1899’ section as well.
Newsamericasnow.com asked in June of 2015: ‘Does Essequibo Belong To Guyana Or Venezuela?’ It seems to be a bit of a tabloid rag, totally unfamiliar to me, even though it’s coming from a story of Guyanans protesting at the VZ embassy.
“Tensions escalated Tuesday as Venezuela’s foreign minister took to the airwaves to demand Guyana halt oil exploration in the disputed offshore territory while a handful of protestors in Guyana urged for the sitting Venezuelan ambassador to be send packing.
Venezuela Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said Tuesday that “until there is a resolution of the issue of territorial reclamation… there can be no unilateral use of these waters.”
“The new government of Guyana shows a dangerous political provocation against a peaceful Venezuela, supported by the imperial power of an American transnational, ExxonMobil,” she added days after the May 27 claim to the Guyana territory by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.”
True or poetic license/revisionist history?
“Guyana’s new President David Granger for his part called Venezuela’s claim a “threat to regional peace and security” and a “flagrant violation of international law” even as Guyana’s Foreign Ministry warned that any attempt by Venezuela to enforce its claim would be “vigorously resisted.”
“It is international law that must reign supreme and not the ambitions of a larger State which wishes to trample upon the rights of a smaller country in order to obstruct the sovereign right of Guyana to develop its natural resources,” the statement said.
The Venezuelans insist the English-speaking nation is unfairly exploiting the disputed Essequibo territory that must be negotiated through a mechanism created via a 1966 treaty signed in Geneva.”
Well, yanno that Exxon will help Guyana’s oligarchs.
The author’s THE HISTORY section goes back to the beginning, but if you can make sense of it, you’re better men than I am, Gunga Dins. Claims, counter-claims, expired agreements, tra la la. But regardless, if there’s a permanent settlement made on the disputed territories, and Tillerson’s attorneys are workin’ it hard, as would be the US State Department plus Nikki (the shrieker) Haley at the UN…guess who’s gonna get it all?
“In September 2011, Guyana made an application before the United Nations’ Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in order to extend its continental shelf by a further 150 nautical miles. Since the Commission requests that the areas to be considered cannot be subject to any kind of territorial disputes, the Guyanese application disregarded the Venezuelan claim over Guayana Esequiba, by saying that “there are no disputes in the region relevant to this submission of data and information relating to the outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles.”
Venezuela sent an objection to the Commission, rejecting the Guyanese application and warning that Guyana had proposed a limit for its continental shelf including “the territory west of the Essequibo river, which is the subject of a territorial sovereignty dispute under the Geneva Agreement of 1966 and, within this framework, a matter for the good offices of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.”
Well, gosh, we can’t forget that the Director of the CIA recently admitted that his agents have been working with Mexico and Colombia to find…some sort of solution to a transition in Venezuela, either.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo Discussed Intervention In Venezuela With Mexico And Colombia
“Any time you have a country as large and with the economic capacity of a country like Venezuela, America has a deep interest in making sure it is as stable© and as democratic™ as possible so we’re working hard to do that. I’m always careful when we talk about South and Central America and the CIA – and there’s a lot of ♫stories♪ – so I want to be careful with what I say, but suffice to say we are very hopeful that there could be a *transition in Venezuela* and we, the CIA, is (sic) doing its best to understand the dynamic there so that we can communicate to our state department and to others.
I was just down in Mexico City and Bogotá the week before last, talking about this very issue, trying to help them understand the things they might do so that they can get a better outcome for their part of the world, and for our part of the world.” – Mike Pompeo, July 20th, 2017 Taken from the Aspen Security Forum Interview
And of course this holy hegemonic hardball hypocrisy from the OAS:
Above: that’s ‘OAS Appoints Former ICC Prosecutor Ocampo to Look Into Venezuela ‘Crimes Against Humanity‘; Telesur, July 25
photo: Luis Moreno Ocampo (L) discusses human rights with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof (R) at the CFR Symposium on International Law and Justice sponsored by the Pitt-Jolie Foundation.
“Ocampo has pursued the prosecution of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on charges of genocide while likewise charging deceased former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi with crimes against humanity for alleged massacres committed against anti-government protests that became increasingly violent before culminating in an open “regime change” campaign spearheaded by the U.S. with European and Gulf Arab allies.
Most recently, the former ICC prosecutor advised the Israelis on how to evade criminal charges for their perpetual expansion of illegal settlements. Ocampo noted that the settler-colonial state could successfully defend itself by manipulating international legal perceptions through arguments that the ongoing settlement construction is legal “once ratified by the country’s top court,” the Israeli High Court, which Ocampo argued “is highly respected internationally.”
Zo. Stay tuned for what actually happens between now and July 30, the date for the National Constituents Assembly. These folks mean to bring down Mauro, and put a stake through Bolivarism once and for all. My guess is that Bolivia will be next.
Bonus: William Blum (Anti-Empire Report), author of ‘America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy’, has compiled this ‘master list’ of governments the US has toppled or attempted to overthrow. Yes, it’s a long list; asterisks denote which were permanent.