Shell, Nigeria's government not cleaning oil pollution, report charges

Nigeria's government and Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) have taken little action to clean up pollution caused by oil production in the country’s Niger Delta region, Amnesty International and other groups say.

Oil production has contaminated the drinking water of at least 10 communities in the Ogoniland area but neither the Nigerian government nor Shell’s Nigeria subsidiary have taken effective steps to restore the environment, according to a new report.

The groups accuse Shell of putting the blame on rampant sabotage and oil theft rather than taking responsibility.

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  • 11146471
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    Another oil major showing true heart-breaking social responsibility and environmental friendliness.
    4 Aug 2014, 12:18 PM Reply Like
  • retired358
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    11.....71: Sounds like an emotional/not fully fact based response.


    Let's look more closely...


    Pollution and contaminated drinking water "caused by oil production." I am sure that some was caused by pipe leaks...and that should be cleaned-up by Shell. However, all reliable reporting (and in talking with those actually in-country) shows that the vast majority is caused by breaking into the pipelines to steal oil (and then refine/sell the crude or products)...and those responsible for that should be responsible for cleaning up that. And, I know for a fact that Shell has cleaned-up a lot of the pollution caused by the stealing of oil. And they even buried pipelines to lessen the break-ins...but that did not stop people from digging them up and breaking into them...


    Is there an issue between the gov. and the people living in the area...yes there is and the gov (or some/many in it) is (are) corrupt. I do not see this issue being resolved...A progressing country is slowly sinking and the major companies will eventually pull out of much/most of the onshore production...and I expect the situation to then worsen further...
    4 Aug 2014, 01:00 PM Reply Like
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