Nigeria: Latest report by Amnesty says Shell, Eni negligent on Nigeria oil spills; includes company responses to Amnesty
In their latest report titled "Negligence in the Niger Delta: Decoding Shell and Eni's poor records on oil spills", Amnesty International (AI) has accused Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and Italian oil giant Eni of “serious negligence” in cases of oil spills in the Delta region. The evidence presented in the report alleges that Shell and Eni are failing to fulfill their responsibility to respect the human rights of communities living in the Niger Delta. Amnesty concludes, “Shell and Eni are failing to operate responsibly and in line with Nigerian law and international best practice standards. For these reasons, Amnesty International considers Shell and Eni to be deliberately reckless and therefore willfully negligent Their failures are resulting in worse pollution in the Niger Delta, which has a negative impact on the rights of the people living there”. When contacted for response, Shell described AI’s claims as false and “without merit”. The oil company accused the organisation of failing to recognise that security – a sole prerogative of government – “remains a major concern” in its working environment. Reacting to AI’s report, Eni said it aims to achieve “zero spills target” in its operations. It said it has put measures in place to prevent oil spills, including “replacing pipelines, removing old clamps and early detection through increased surveillance and community engagement.
Shell and Eni responses to Amnesty International are attached in Annex 3 of the report by Amnesty attached.