Wednesday , 25 April 2018

Amnesty accuses Shell, Eni over Nigeria oil spills

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on December 20, 2017 shows the logo of a Shell petrol station in central London on January 17, 2014 and the logo of the Italian oil and gas company Eni in San Donato Milanese, near Milan on October 27, 2017. Italian giant Eni and fellow petroleum company Shell will stand trial in Italy over allegations of bribery and corruption in the 2011 purchase of an offshore oil block in Nigeria according to Italian media reports on December 20, 2017. A judge in Milan ordered Eni, Shell and key figures such as Eni chief Claudio Descalzi and his predecessor Paolo Scaroni to stand trial in proceedings to begin March 5. / AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT AND MARCO BERTORELLOCARL COURT,MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images

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’s response

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.”

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