Mutiu Sunmonu, Managing Director of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) comments on the report and outlines how the company is taking action to prevent operational spills.
EMAIL SENT TO OGONI SCIENTISTS OKEKE UCHE AND ANASONYE BY SHELL VICE PRESIDENT ANDREW VICKERS, ON BEHALF OF ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC CEO PETER VOSER
WE RECEIVED THIS COPY FROM MR VICKERS
(ARTICLE CONTAINING INITIAL EMAIL: Nigerian Ogoniland oilspillage cleanup issue)
Subject: Nigerian Ogoniland oilspillage cleanup issue
Dear Okeke Uche and Anasonye Festus,
Thank you for your email to Peter Voser. He has requested that I reply to you. We welcome your approach to a multi-stakeholder dialogue and value your feedback.
We note your concerns and value your opinions regarding the UNEP report. We think this report is a valuable contribution towards improving understanding of the environmental impact of oil contamination in the region and the repercussions on human health, security and livelihoods.
SPDC has, and is, taking action where it can. Although SPDC hasnt produced oil in Ogoniland since 1993. It cleans up all spills and releases from SPDC JV facilities no matter what their cause and restores the land to its original state. And it has recently made tamper proof more than 100 SPDC wells no longer in use there to stop further oil releases caused by theft and sabotage.
For more information on Shells response to the UNEP Report please visit: http://www.shell.com/home/content/environment_society/society/nigeria/spills/unep_response/
You may have seen other press reports on Nigeria. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss further.
Vice President, NGO and Stakeholder Relations
Shell International B.V.
PO Box 162, 2501 AN The Hague, The Netherlands