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Calgary Herald: Shell charged with losing toxic tools

28 March 2007

Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell in Nigeria on Tuesday confirmed the federal government had charged it with the alleged loss of some “radioactive tools” belonging to one of its contractors.

And it denied reports that it had been involved in any dumping of toxic waste in Nigeria.

The company said in a statement it was “aware that the federal government has filed some charges at the Federal High Court in Abuja against SPDC and some other corporate organizations.”

Shell is officially known as the Shell Petroleum Development Corp. (SPDC).

“We wish to state for the avoidance of doubt that SPDC has not been involved or charged in connection with any dumping of toxic waste anywhere in Nigeria as alleged,” the statement said.

The main charge against the SPDC is that it allegedly stored, handled and transported radioactive sources from the jetty to the rig site without authorization from the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority, the company said.

The company said radioactive sources were routinely used to differentiate oil from gas in well formations.

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