Shell must pay $1 billion in first step to clean up Niger Delta says new report by Amnesty Intl. & Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development

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10 November 2011

Amnesty urges Shell Nigeria to start $1 bln clean up

Author: Tim Cocks, Reuters [UK]

Royal Dutch Shell's failure to mop up two oil spills in the Niger Delta has caused huge suffering to locals whose fisheries and farmland were poisoned, and it must pay $1 billion to start cleaning up the region, Amnesty International said...A spokesman for Shell…said…"SPDC has publicly acknowledged that two oil spills that affected the Bodo community in 2008 were caused by operational issues,"…"The reality is that our efforts to undertake cleanup in Bodo have been hampered by the repeated impact of sabotage and bunkering spills," he added…"If Amnesty really wanted to make a difference ... it would join with us in calling for more action to address this criminal activity, which is responsible for the majority of spills." But Amnesty said even if some spills were caused by theft, "this does not justify a failure to clean up after an oil spill - all oil companies are required to do so, regardless of cause."

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Shell doit s'engager à verser 1 milliard de dollars afin d'amorcer le nettoyage du Delta du Niger, victime de deux fuites de pétrole dévastatrices en 2008, selon un rapport d'Amnesty International...Le groupe anglo-néerlandais a reconnu en août dernier sa responsabilité dans les déversements de pétrole qui ont profondément affecté la vie de la communauté de pêcheurs de Bodo, dans l'Ogoniland. Après avoir tenté d'obtenir compensation ainsi qu'un nettoyage adéquat pendant des années, la communauté Bodo (environ 69.000 personnes) a lancé une procédure devant les tribunaux britanniques...Shell a indiqué dans un communiqué être "déjà en train d'appliquer beaucoup des recommandations du rapport". La compagnie versera des "dédommagements adéquats dont le montant est actuellement l'objet de procédures légales au Royaume Uni". Elle attribue la lenteur du nettoyage à des problèmes de sécurité, y compris de "sabotage et de vol de pétrole", ce que conteste Amnesty.

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10 November 2011

[DOC] Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria responds

Author: Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria

SPDC has publically acknowledged that two oil spills...that affected the Bodo community in 2008 were caused by operational issues. We accepted responsibility for those spills, and in line with our commitment to cleaning up all spills that come from our facilities carried out cleanup operations in Bodo. In addition, SPDC will pay appropriate compensation...The reality is that our efforts to undertake cleanup in Bodo have been hampered by the repeated impact of sabotage and bunkering spills. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that over 150,000 barrels of oil a day are stolen in the Niger Delta – that cannot be ignored...SPDC is committed to working with the Nigerian government and other stakeholders to improve the environment in the Niger Delta by cleaning up spills, improving security to reduce illegal activity, and upgrading our infrastructure.

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9 November 2011

Shell must pay US$1 billion in first step to clean up Niger Delta [Nigeria]

Author: Amnesty Intl.

Shell must commit to pay an initial US$1 billion to begin the clean-up of pollution caused by oil spills in the Niger Delta, Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) said…A new report by the two groups…The true tragedy: delays and failures in tackling oil spills in the Niger Delta looks at the ongoing devastation caused by two major oil spills which took place at Bodo, Ogoniland, in 2008, and which have never been cleaned up…“Shell’s failure to promptly stop and clean up oil spills in Bodo has devastated the lives of tens of thousands of people. Bodo is a disaster that should not have happened, yet it is one that due to Shell’s inaction continues to this day. It is time this multi-billion dollar company owns up, cleans up and pays up,” said Aster van Kregten Amnesty International’s researcher for Nigeria...“Shell frequently says that most oil spills are caused by sabotage,” said Aster van Kregten, “This claim has been strongly disputed by the communities and NGOs..."

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Author: Amnesty Intl., Centre pour l'Environnement, les Droits Humains et le Développement (CEHRD)

En août et en décembre 2008, deux déversements majeurs d'hydrocarbures ont bouleversé la vie des quelque 69 000 habitants de la ville de Bodo, en pays ogoni, dans le delta du Niger. Dans les deux cas, le
pétrole a coulé pendant des semaines avant d'être stoppé. Trois ans après, l'incurie persistante de Shell Petroleum Development Company, filiale de la compagnie Royal Dutch Shell, est patente. Cette entreprise n’a pris aucune mesure pour nettoyer les dégâts faits par le pétrole, qui continue à avoir des conséquences dramatiques pour la population de Bodo...Les déversements d’hydrocarbures de Bodo sont dus à une défectuosité du matériel...Si Shell avait immédiatement stoppé les fuites et nettoyé tout le pétrole, l'impact sur la vie de la population et sur l'environnement n'aurait jamais atteint les proportions catastrophiques actuelles.

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1 November 2011

[PDF] The true tragedy: delays and failures in tackling oil spills in the Niger Delta

Author: Amnesty Intl. & Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD)

This report is based on ongoing research – including a visit to Bodo in May 2011 – by Amnesty International and…CEHRD…The True “Tragedy” details the human cost of the oil spills in Bodo three years on. It outlines Nigeria’s obligations to address this under human rights law and the company’s internationally recognised responsibility to respect human rights. It examines how the protracted delays in reacting to the spills – and subsequent failure to clean up the pollution – have exacerbated human suffering and environmental damage…This report argues that Shell’s failure to comply with Nigerian regulations for a timely and proper clean-up represents the true tragedy of the Bodo disaster. The company’s inaction and non-compliance, and the Nigerian government’s lack of regulatory enforcement, amount to a sustained assault on the economic, social and cultural rights of the people of Bodo. [also refers to Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Elf Petroleum Nigeria Ltd, Total, Agip, ENI]

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