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Shell-Backed Cleanup in Niger Delta Is Worse Than Estimated: NGO

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Shell-Backed Cleanup in Niger Delta Is Worse Than Estimated: NGO

William ClowesBloomberg News

(Bloomberg) — Restoration work at a Shell Plc-financed cleanup of oil pollution in southern Nigeria may be of poorer quality than previously thought, an organization that monitors the effort said after it re-tested samples in an overseas laboratory.

The $1 billion restoration of Ogoniland – a small kingdom in the Niger Delta — began in 2019, on the advice of a 2011 UNEP report. The project was backed by promised funding from Shell and support from the UN agency.

Decades of oil spills have destroyed the area’s wetlands and farms. A joint venture operated by Shell pumped oil in the region from the late 1950s to 1993 when mass protests by Ogonis accusing the energy giant of polluting their land forced it to cease operations. Oil has continued to leak from wellheads and pipelines.

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