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Shell agrees to start cleaning polluted area

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Under a compensation deal hammered out in London in January, Shell’s Nigerian arm agreed to pay $55m to people in Bodo following a three-year legal battle over the 2008 spills that devastated their environment.

3 May 2015

Lagos – Shell has agreed with Nigerian fishing community of Bodo in the Niger Delta to start the clean-up of two devastating oil spills in 2008, activists and locals say.

Steven Obodekwe of the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development lobby said: “Shell officials met representatives of Bodo community in Port Harcourt and the meeting was attended by officials of the Dutch embassy, Unep (United Nations Environment Programme), Amnesty International and local activists. read more

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Shell returns to polluted Nigeria oil region

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LAGOS — Shell on Thursday said it had launched a review of its oil and gas assets in Nigeria’s massively polluted Ogoniland region, resuming work in the area two decades after unrest forced the company to pull out.

The Anglo-Dutch oil major said the move was not part of an attempt to restart oil production in Ogoniland, describing it instead as a bid to comply with a 2011 UN report that called for one of the world’s biggest ever environmental clean-ups.

“The intention is to determine the state of our facilities since we suspended operations in the area in 1993, and determine how best to decommission them,” the head of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), Mutiu Sunmonu, said in a statement. read more

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Shell win Public Eye ‘shame’ award at Davos from online voters

Shell won the public vote by a wide margin among 41,800 online voters, the two groups said, singling out its “highly risky search for fossil fuels in the fragile Arctic”.

MENAFN – AFP – 24/01/2013

(MENAFN – AFP) Campaigners at Davos on Thursday awarded their annual Public Eye shame awards to Goldman Sachs and Shell “for particularly glaring cases of companies’ greed for profit and environmental sins”.

At an “award ceremony” on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Swiss chapter of Greenpeace and the Berne Declaration said Goldman Sachs had won the jury prize, while Shell had been chosen by online voters for the public award. read more

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Shell cuts Nigeria production over pipeline damage

12 November 2012

LAGOS — Oil giant Shell said Sunday it had shut down a pipeline in southern Nigeria due to damage from oil thieves, causing a 25,000 barrel-per-day cut in crude production.

Shell’s Nigerian arm “has shut down the Imo River Trunkline in its eastern operations after it found several crude theft points on the facility. Production of some 25,000 barrels of oil per day is deferred,” a statement said.

The line was originally isolated on October 31 when the first set of leaking points was discovered, it said, adding that unknown persons installed more crude theft connections days later, bringing the total to six. read more

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Nigerian farmers sue Shell over oil pipe leaks

By Maude Brulard (AFP)11 October 2012

THE HAGUE — Shell broke the law by not repairing leaks that destroyed the lands of Niger Delta farmers, a Dutch court heard Thursday in a case that could set a precedent for global environmental responsibility.

The four Nigerian farmers, backed by lobby group Friends of the Earth, have brought the Anglo-Dutch oil giant into court thousands of miles away from their homes with a civil suit that could open the door for hundreds of similar cases.

“Shell knew for a long time that the pipeline was damaged but didn’t do anything: they could have stopped the leaks,” lawyer Channa Samkalden told the court, accusing Shell of having “violated its legal obligations”. read more

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Shell paid Nigeria millions to guard oil facilities: group

US diplomatic cables published by Wikileaks indicated some of the company’s funds were channelled to militant groups in the Delta, according to Platform’s report.

20 August 2012

LAGOS — An oil industry watchdog said Monday that Shell paid Nigeria’s military and police $65 million over two years to secure company facilities, alleging the firm had bankrolled forces widely accused of rights abuses.

Citing leaked company documents, London-based Platform said Shell spent a total of $383 million (310 million euros) on security in Nigeria between 2007 and 2009, when a rebel insurgency in the oil-rich Delta region was at its peak.

Those funds partly paid for the Anglo-Dutch company’s own 1,200-member force as well as the protection provided by some 1,300 government forces who guarded Shell’s facilities, Platform said. read more

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Investigations of Shell’s Nigeria spills a ‘fiasco’: Amnesty

2 August 2012

LAGOS — Rights group Amnesty International said Friday investigations into Shell oil spills in Nigeria were a “fiasco,” alleging the company repeatedly blamed sabotage in an effort to avoid responsibility.

“No matter what evidence is presented to Shell about oil spills, they constantly hide behind the ‘sabotage’ excuse and dodge their responsibility for massive pollution that is due to their failure to properly maintain their infrastructure,” Audrey Gaughran, director of global issues at Amnesty, said in a statement. read more

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Rush to clean major Shell oil spill off Nigeria

By Sophie Mongalvy (AFP) 22 December 2011

LAGOS — Authorities rushed to prevent one of Nigeria’s worst recent oil spills from reaching the West African nation’s shoreline on Thursday, with production from a major Shell field also shut due to the leak.

Shell, which said the leak has been stopped, has estimated that less than 40,000 barrels of crude have spilled into the sea and was deploying ships with dispersants to attack the slick. Planes were also being mobilised.

It was Nigeria’s worst offshore spill since a 1998 Mobil incident, officials said, though onshore leaks have been estimated at levels far worse since that time in the oil-producing Niger Delta. read more

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Iraq inks $17 bn gas joint venture deal

By Ammar Karim (AFP) Sunday, 27 November 2011

BAGHDAD — Iraq finalised a $17-billion joint venture deal with Shell and Mitsubishi to capture and process gas from its southern oil fields, at a ceremony at the oil ministry on Sunday.

The deal was signed by Shell CEO Peter Voser, Mitsubishi Vice President Tetsuro Kuwabara and Iraqi Oil Minister Abdelkarim al-Luaybi.

“Today’s event represents a big change in the oil industry,” Luaybi said, adding that the deal constitutes the best use of the gas in line with Iraq’s needs. read more

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Nigerians seek $1 billion from Shell for oil spills

CHICAGO — A Nigerian tribal king filed a lawsuit in a US court seeking $1 billion from Royal Dutch Shell to compensate for decades of pollution that sickened his people and damaged their lands, his lawyer said Thursday.

The suit was filed a day after the US Supreme Court said it will consider a lawsuit accusing Shell of human rights abuses in Nigeria in a landmark case that could make companies liable for torture or genocide committed overseas.

That case will assess the potential liability of corporations — including multinationals with a US presence — under the Alien Tort Statute, a US law dating back to 1789 that scholars say was meant to assure foreign governments that the United States would help prevent breaches of international law. read more

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Shell Nigeria hopes to resume normal production by November

12 October 2011

LAGOS — Oil giant Shell said Tuesday it hopes to resume normal production levels in Nigeria by early November a day after announcing that it may not meet contractual obligations on certain oil exports due to a pipeline attack.

Following the attack on the 50-kilometre (30 miles) Trans Forcados pipeline, the Shell Nigeria joint venture declared ‘force majeure’, freeing it of contractual obligations on certain exports from Nigeria through December.

But Shell said in a statement that repair on the pipeline had begun and that production may resume earlier than previously thought. read more

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Shell in Nigeria shuts in 25,000 bpd of oil


26 September 2011

LAGOS — Anglo-Dutch oil group Shell said Monday it has shut in 25,000 barrels per day of crude in a southern Nigerian oil field due to spills caused by sabotage and theft.

“The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) has shut in production from Imo River Field due to a recent upsurge of illegal bunkering and refining activities which have impacted the environment,” the company said in a statement.

“Some 25,000 barrels of oil per day is affected,” Shell said, adding it took the action on August 28 “to starve the illegal bunkerers of crude oil in order to prevent further environmental pollution.” read more

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Shell pipeline explodes in southern Nigeria: spokesman

LAGOS (AFP) — An oil pipeline operated by the Royal-Dutch oil giant Shell that feeds into the key export Escravos terminal in southern Nigeria has exploded, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.

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Niger Delta armed group claims Shell attack

LAGOS (AFP) — Niger Delta's most prominent armed group MEND claimed responsibility Sunday for an attack on Anglo-Dutch oil group Shell's facilities in southern Nigeria.

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