Nigeria: Environmental group urges Shell to fix old oil pipelines to prevent pollution
‘Stop being cosmetic, fix oil pipelines, rights group tells Shell’ 19 September 2019
The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has described Shell Petroleum Development Company’s (SPDC) claim of deploying aerial cameras to track oil spills as a plot to distract Nigerians from their demand on the firm to fix its pipelines as a measure to check pollution in the Niger Delta. The oil major’s General Manager, External Relations, Igo Weli, was quoted on Monday at a workshop in Warri to have said that the Dutch firm had deployed state-of-the-art high definition cameras for quick detection of and response to spills from its facilities.
But in a statement yesterday, the rights group described the claim as a “mere spin intended to divert attention from the company’s unwillingness to address its old and leaky pipes and other infrastructure across the Niger Delta.”ERA/FoEN’s Executive Director, Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo, said: “We are petrified that at a time the people of the Niger Delta and the world are clamouring for Shell’s leaky pipelines that criss-cross communities to be replaced, the company is talking of aerial detection of what every eye can see.”He pointed out that daily helicopter flights cannot be a solution to the corrosive pipelines that were leaking oil due to equipment failure.