Shell accepts liability for two oil spills in Nigeria

Aug 3rd, 2011 | By | Category: Top Story

Shell faces a bill of hundreds of millions of dollars after accepting full liability for two massive oil spills that devastated a Nigerian community of 69,000 people and may take at least 20 years to clean up.

The impact of an oil spill near Ikarama in the Niger delta. Photograph: Amnesty International UK

The impact of an oil spill near Ikarama in the Niger delta. Photograph: Amnesty International UK

Experts who studied video footage of the spills at Bodo in Ogoniland say they could together be as large as the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, when 10m gallons of oil destroyed the remote coastline.

Until now, Shell has claimed that less than 40,000 gallons were spilt in Nigeria.

Papers seen by the Guardian show that following a class action suit in London over the past four months, the company has accepted responsibility for the 2008 double rupture of the Bodo-Bonny trans-Niger pipeline that pumps 120,000 barrels of oil a day though the community.

Ogoniland is a small region of the Niger delta which threw out Shell in 1994 for its pollution but then saw eight of its leaders, including the writer Ken Saro-Wiwa, executed by the government.

Read more here: Shell accepts liability for two oil spills in Nigeria | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

 

Be Sociable, Share!
Tags: , ,

5 Comments to “Shell accepts liability for two oil spills in Nigeria”

  1. […] class action lawsuit originating in London forced the Dutch oil giant to accept full responsibility for the 2008 ruptures of the Bodo-Bonny trans-Niger pipeline. Together the Ivorian community and a […]

  2. [...] class action lawsuit originating in London forced the Dutch oil giant to accept full responsibility for the 2008 ruptures of the Bodo-Bonny trans-Niger pipeline. Together the Ivorian community and a [...]

  3. [...] class action lawsuit originating in London forced the Dutch oil giant to accept full responsibility for the 2008 ruptures of the Bodo-Bonny trans-Niger pipeline. Together the Ivorian community and a [...]

  4. Muyiwa Adigun says:

    That serves them right

  5. [...] of oil has been leaked.A class action lawsuit originating in London forced the Dutch oil giant to accept full responsibility for the 2008 ruptures of the Bodo-Bonny trans-Niger pipeline. Together the Ivorian community and a [...]

Leave a Comment