The head of Friends of the Earth, Nigeria, has warned that a recent oil spill off the country’s coast could have a severe environmental impact.
“We are concerned this will have a major impact on the ocean, on the coastline, as well as on fisheries,” Nnimmo Bassey told the BBC.
An estimated 40,000 barrels of crude oil have spilled into the Atlantic Ocean from the Shell oil field.
Shell maintains that the leak remains offshore, is thinning and breaking up. Read more…
Oil company rejects watchdog’s claims that its local contracts made it complicit in the in the killing of in the killing of civilians.
Militants of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta travelling between camps. Photograph: Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images
Shell has fuelled armed conflict in Nigeria by paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to feuding militant groups, according to an investigation by the oil industry watchdog Platform, and a coalition of non-government organisations.
The oil giant is implicated in a decade of human rights abuses in the Niger delta, the study says, claiming that its routine payments exacerbated local violence, in one case leading to the deaths of 60 people and the destruction of an entire town.