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Shell battles to clean up its act in the Niger Delta

This is Shell’s dirty laundry, an ecological stain on its character that predates BP’s despoliation of the Gulf of Mexico and will likely outlast it by many years… Given the reputational damage it has incurred from oil spills, not to mention the threat to staff of kidnap or murder, a huge question mark hangs over why Shell is here at all.


By Rob Davies 2 April 2012

Viewed from a  helicopter hovering above the Niger Delta, the traces of humanity’s thirst for oil are all too evident.

Far below, tell-tale streaks of oil pollution in vivid ochre and indigo mottle the placid waterways that wind through the verdant jungle.

This is Shell’s dirty laundry, an ecological stain on its character that predates BP’s despoliation of the Gulf of Mexico and will likely outlast it by many years. A UN report predicts a 30-year clean-up job just in Ogoniland – one of the Delta’s worst-affected areas – requiring an initial oil industry contribution of $1bn.
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Nigeria: Shell workers ‘blocked’ by protesters

3 April 2012

Hundreds of Nigerian protesters blocked waterways in the Niger Delta to prevent Shell workers from reaching oil rigs.

One protester said they wanted to remind Shell of its responsibilities to the local Nembe Island community, which needs electricity and other amenities.

Later in the afternoon, a local chief ordered the protest to end and the release of some workers on board three Shell boats blocked by the protesters.

The oil giant has denied to the BBC that anyone was kidnapped. read more

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