Amnesty International has accused international oil majors Shell and Eni of negligence when addressing spills in Nigeria.
Describing their actions as “serious negligence”, Amnesty indicated that the companies were “taking weeks to respond to reports of spills and publishing misleading information about the cause and severity of spills, which may result in communities not receiving compensation”.
Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC has declared as false allegations against it by the Amnesty International.
In a statement sent to The Daily, www.thedaily-ng.com, the company indicated that the allegations lack merit and fail to recognise the complex environment which Shell operates.
A spokesperson for The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) said: “The allegations levelled by Amnesty International are false, without merit and fail to recognise the complex environment in which the company operates where security, a sole prerogative of Government, remains a major concern with persisting incidents of criminality, kidnapping, vandalism, threats from self-described militant groups.
‘’As operator of a joint venture, where the government-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has a majority interest, SPDC continues to work with federal and state government agencies, communities and civil society to create a safe operating environment.
“SPDC, in collaboration with government regulators, responds to spill incidents as quickly as it can and cleans up spills from its facilities regardless of the cause. We regularly test our emergency spill response procedures and capability to ensure staff and contractors can respond rapidly to an incident.
‘’However, response to spills, clean-up and remediation depend on access to the spill site and ultimately on the security of personnel and equipment while work is on-going.
“SPDC reiterates its commitment to carrying out operations in line with best practice in a responsible and environment-friendly manner.”