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Nigeria: Oil Spill – Era/FoEN Accuses Shell of Denying Communities JIV Reports

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“THE NIGER DELTA, Nigeria—Oil is so cheap these days that for people around here, it isn’t even worth stealing anymore.”

An article by Igoniko Oduma published 24 March 2015 by AllAfrica.com/Daily Independent (Lagos):

Nigeria: Oil Spill – Era/FoEN Accuses Shell of Denying Communities JIV Reports

Yenagoa — The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth (ERA/FoEN) has raised the alarm that Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria has been denying host communities in the Niger Delta access to Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) reports indicting the company over oil spill incidents.

The group, in a statement on Monday by Alagoa Morris, Project Officer and Head, Niger Delta Resource Centre,Yenagoa, also accused Shell of deploying security operatives “to intimidate and deny communities of the JIV reports”.

It listed Ikarama and Biseni communities of Bayelsa State and Joinkrama 4 (Edagberi/Betterland communities) of River State as some of the communities the company had denied JIV reports.

“Specific reference should be made here to the spill incidents from SPDC facilities in Ikarama, JK4 [Edagberi/Betterland communities] and Biseni.

“SPDC often deny the communities of the JIV reports; many of which are equipment failure-related oil spills. Shell has continued to deny the people of JK4, Ikarama and Biseni JIV reports craftily and, this is unacceptable.

“While they (Shell) deny the communities and fail to post some of such incidents on the company website; the particular spill incident numbers are often quoted when giving out clean-up or related contracts. One such incident number is 900866 and relates to a 2012 spill which occurred at Shell’s Okordia Manifold at Ikarama.

“After signing the JIV, Shell refused to give the community copy to the community on the pretext that they need to photocopy the report. They agreed that someone from the community accompany them to pick up the photocopy but they pushed the person down from the car as they were going.

“Another ugly incident of craftiness by Shell was after signing the JIV report partaining to the major spill from Shell’s 6 inches Adibawa North pipeline in Kilama,Biseni in May, 2013. That spill flooded the Taylor Creek with crude oil,impacting several communities.”

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