Report: "Corporate Liability in a New Setting: Shell & the Changing Legal Landscape for the Multinational Oil Industry in the Niger Delta"

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Company response
6 January 2013

Shell Response

Author: Shell

[Shell is]...studying this report with interest. We take our responsibilities in Nigeria...very seriously. We are committed to cleaning up all spills from our facilities...and to paying fair compensation to people affected...as required by...law. Legal action against Shell and its subsidiaries, far from helping the unfortunate people affected by oil spills in the Niger Delta, in many cases actually serves to delay both payment of compensation and cleanup...The vast majority of the oil spilt in Nigeria is caused by widespread criminality...which, alongside equally widespread illegal refining operations, blights the country and causes most of the terrible environmental damage. This is the real tragedy of the Niger Delta, and it is this which all organisations with an interest in Nigeria, from NGO and investors to the Nigerian authorities and energy companies, should be focusing on.

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Article
10 December 2012

[PDF] Corporate Liability in a New Setting: Shell & the Changing Legal Landscape for the Multinational Oil Industry in the Niger Delta

Author: Essex Business and Human Rights Project, Univ. of Essex [UK]

The purpose of this report is to analyse the law that is relevant to decisions about the management of the international oil companies that are operating in the Niger Delta. The focus is on the Shell Group, the largest company operating in the area, but the conclusions can have application to other companies in a similar position…This report…considers the possibility of…litigation against Shell in Europe and the United States. Further, it [aims to] enable investors to evaluate the significance of the Nigerian operations impacts on their holdings in the Group as a whole. Finally, apart from impacts on the environment and local communities, the report will consider two additional matters that should concern any oil company operating in the region: the treatment of employees in the Delta, as well as any potential liability for corrupt practices under US and European law. [also refers to Bridgestone-Firestone (part of Bridgestone), Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, Nigerian Agip Oil Company (joint venture Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Eni, ConocoPhillips), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Trafigura, Total E&P Nigeria].

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