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Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by Rgp92: 6:19pm On Aug 03, 2011
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14391015?OCID=fbwin

[size=18pt]Ogoniland oil spills: Shell admits Nigeria liability[/size]


Oil giant Shell has accepted responsibility for two devastating oil spills in Nigeria's Ogoniland region.

The Bodo fishing community sued Shell in the UK, alleging that spills in 2008 and 2009 had destroyed the environment and ruined their livelihoods.

Their lawyer said they would seek hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for one of the world's "most devastating oil spills".

Shell told the BBC it would settle the case under Nigerian law.

Experts who studied video footage of the spills say they could be as large as the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, when 10m gallons of oil destroyed the remote coastline, the UK's Guardian newspaper reports.

Until now, Shell has claimed that less than 40,000 gallons were spilt in Nigeria, it reports.

[size=14pt]'Severe poverty'[/size]
Correspondents say the spillage was caused by pipelines which ran through the village.

Shell stopped pumping oil from Ogoniland in 1993 after the writer Ken Saro-Wiwa - who was later hanged - led a campaign against it for allegedly destroying the environment.

Martyn Day, representing the 69,000-strong community, said they would demand "adequate compensation immediately".

"This is one of the most devastating oil spills the world has ever seen and yet it had gone almost unnoticed until we received instructions to bring about a claim against Shell in this country [UK]," he said.

He said the community had three sets of claims.

The first claim - for at least $100m (£61m) - was for to clean up the area.

The second one was for damages to the community land and the final one was for losses suffered by individual families, Mr Day said.

"The Bodo people are a fishing community surrounded by water. What was the source of their livelihood now cannot sustain even the smallest of fish. The spills have caused severe poverty amongst the community.

"Marine life has been devastated within the 2,000 hectares of the creek and the mangroves have been, without exception, destroyed," Mr Day said.

Shell said it accepted the spills were caused by equipment failure and not by sabotage or theft, which it said cause most of the spills in the oil-producing Niger Delta region.

It said it would pay compensation in accordance with Nigerian law but warned it "could take several months to reach a conclusion".

Mr Day said the settlement could set a precedent for other communities in the Niger Delta to seek compensation in British courts.

Communities have repeatedly claimed that international oil firms fail to respect their rights and contaminate their land with oil spills, though the companies dispute this.
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by Rgp92: 6:19pm On Aug 03, 2011
lol How do i post everything here and not just the link?
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by Nobody: 6:27pm On Aug 03, 2011
Rgp92:

lol How do i post everything here and not just the link?

Ogoniland oil spills: Shell admits Nigeria liability
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Oil giant Shell has accepted responsibility for two devastating oil spills in Nigeria's Ogoniland region.

The Bodo fishing community sued Shell in the UK, alleging that spills in 2008 and 2009 had destroyed the environment and ruined their livelihoods.

Their lawyer said they would seek hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for one of the world's "most devastating oil spills".

Shell told the BBC it would settle the case under Nigerian law.

Experts who studied video footage of the spills say they could be as large as the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, when 10m gallons of oil destroyed the remote coastline, the UK's Guardian newspaper reports.

Until now, Shell has claimed that less than 40,000 gallons were spilt in Nigeria, it reports.
'Severe poverty'

Correspondents say the spillage was caused by pipelines which ran through the village.

Shell stopped pumping oil from Ogoniland in 1993 after the writer Ken Saro-Wiwa - who was later hanged - led a campaign against it for allegedly destroying the environment.
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    Marine life has been devastated within the 2,000 hectares of the creek and the mangroves have been, without exception, destroyed”

Martin Day Lawyer for claimants

Martyn Day, representing the 69,000-strong community, said they would demand "adequate compensation immediately".

"This is one of the most devastating oil spills the world has ever seen and yet it had gone almost unnoticed until we received instructions to bring about a claim against Shell in this country [UK]," he said.

He said the community had three sets of claims.

The first claim - for at least $100m (£61m) - was for to clean up the area.

The second one was for damages to the community land and the final one was for losses suffered by individual families, Mr Day said.

"The Bodo people are a fishing community surrounded by water. What was the source of their livelihood now cannot sustain even the smallest of fish. The spills have caused severe poverty amongst the community.

"Marine life has been devastated within the 2,000 hectares of the creek and the mangroves have been, without exception, destroyed," Mr Day said.

Shell said it accepted the spills were caused by equipment failure and not by sabotage or theft, which it said cause most of the spills in the oil-producing Niger Delta region.

It said it would pay compensation in accordance with Nigerian law but warned it "could take several months to reach a conclusion".

Mr Day said the settlement could set a precedent for other communities in the Niger Delta to seek compensation in British courts.

Communities have repeatedly claimed that international oil firms fail to respect their rights and contaminate their land with oil spills, though the companies dispute this.
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by Nobody: 6:28pm On Aug 03, 2011
Every Ogoni family must be settled and not through the state government but directly!!!!!!!!
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by Rgp92: 6:30pm On Aug 03, 2011
Aha, so you just copy everything? tongue
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by Nobody: 6:34pm On Aug 03, 2011
Rgp92:

Aha, so you just copy everything? tongue

Lol! yup!!!
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by ektbear: 9:58pm On Aug 03, 2011
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4209f536-bde8-11e0-ab9f-00144feabdc0.html?ftcamp=rss#axzz1U0AG3tjM


Royal Dutch Shell faces having to pay compensation of potentially more than £250m ($410m) after the Anglo-Dutch oil group admitted liability for two spills in Nigeria following a legal claim brought in the UK.

damn
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by Sicherheit(m): 1:24am On Aug 04, 2011
If the real victims see a penny of that money, it will be shocking undecided
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by Nobody: 2:19am On Aug 04, 2011
98% of oil spills in Nigeria are caused by vandalization/sabotage/oil thieves mostly by the locals themselves. An oil company will not cripple its own financial bottomline by vandalizing its own installations and pipelines and spill oil when it would mean massive losses to it in hundreds of millions of dollars!

Why would they spill oil they can sell for $$$ in the international market . It goes against every economic common sense. The other 2% is usually due to the government sometimes preventing the oil companies from performing periodic maintenance on their infrastructure since since it would mean a shutdown and revenue loss for the country.
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by YoruIgbo(m): 3:27am On Aug 04, 2011
Did Shell also vandalise all the electric transformers in Ogoni Land? I was in Bodo few years ago and I saw it with my eyes how the people stole their own electric cables and transformer and now they blame shell for oil spill, Poor Shell, they better run off from Nigeria because very soon they will be blamed for corruption and all the political stealing that is going on in Nigeria
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by phuckNL: 3:58am On Aug 04, 2011
kalokalo:

98% of oil spills in Nigeria are caused by vandalization/sabotage/oil thieves mostly by the locals themselves. An oil company will not cripple its own financial bottomline by vandalizing its own installations and pipelines and spill oil when it would mean massive losses to it in hundreds of millions of dollars!

Why would they spill oil they can sell for $$$ in the international market . It goes against every economic common sense. The other 2% is usually due to the government sometimes preventing the oil companies from performing periodic maintenance on their infrastructure since since it would mean a shutdown and revenue loss for the country.

Are you in primary school or something? So you don't know what they mean when they talk about oil spills? So the oil spill that happened in the gulf of mexico recently was intentional abi? Why didn't they just avoid the spill and sell the oil.
Oil spills happen. Either due to malpractice, sabottage, equipment failure or negligence.
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by YoruIgbo(m): 4:24am On Aug 04, 2011
In Nigeria, Oil bunkering is a big business and the easiest way to steal oil from the oil and gas operator is by simply blow off the oil pipeline and that will cause the affected oil company to shut in or stop flow through that pipeline. The moment the bunkerer confirm no flow, they will connect their own pipeline and bury it in the ground and eventually when the oil company resume production, some of the oil produced will flow to this bunkeres storage tank.
grin cheesy grin grin Cool business and if unexpected happen, people go roast like goat or better still it will cause oil spill and they will blame oil companies for it
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by udbyron1(m): 4:58am On Aug 04, 2011
[color=#990000][/color] grin
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by OmoLisabi(m): 5:07am On Aug 04, 2011
The money ends up in Politicians Pocket and the whining continues.
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by Beaf: 5:17am On Aug 04, 2011
kalokalo:

98% of oil spills in Nigeria are caused by vandalization/sabotage/oil thieves mostly by the locals themselves. An oil company will not cripple its own financial bottomline by vandalizing its own installations and pipelines and spill oil when it would mean massive losses to it in hundreds of millions of dollars!

Why would they spill oil they can sell for $$$ in the international market . It goes against every economic common sense. The other 2% is usually due to the government sometimes preventing the oil companies from performing periodic maintenance on their infrastructure since since it would mean a shutdown and revenue loss for the country.

I don't know if this is illiteracy, stoopidity or just such low self esteem that you can sell your own people. This is an excerpt from the article:

Shell said it accepted the spills were caused by equipment failure and not by sabotage or theft

IMHO, $250 million is peanuts for a spill the size of the 1989 Exxon Valdez (one of the World record spills). Check how many billion it cost BP to fix the spill and clean up in the US. In the meantime, we have Nigerians like kalokalo with such low self esteem issues, that they even rush to Shells defence when Shell has made a full confession. What is wrong with some people? Is it because Shell is owned by whites?
Slavery and colonisation ended long ago.
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by gboye1999: 7:29am On Aug 04, 2011
@ Beaf

True shell must pay adequate enough compensation to this communities but let us also utilize the opportunity to examine ourselves. A host of times, sometimes up to 90% of the spills are caused by members of the communities themselves.
Bunkering, vandalization so as to claim some short-sighted economic gains are the major reasons aside shell's non-challant posture that cause spills in the Niger Delta.

The whole issue still boils down to lack of good governance to provide basic amenities that would have pipe breaching a non option.
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by zionic(m): 7:56am On Aug 04, 2011
, Why must good people die before the truth is REVEALED sad
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by Beaf: 8:27am On Aug 04, 2011
gboye_1999:

@ Beaf

True shell must pay adequate enough compensation to this communities but let us also utilize the opportunity to examine ourselves. A host of times, sometimes up to 90% of the spills are caused by members of the communities themselves.
Bunkering, vandalization so as to claim some short-sighted economic gains are the major reasons aside shell's non-challant posture that cause spills in the Niger Delta.

The whole issue still boils down to lack of good governance to provide basic amenities that would have pipe breaching a non option.

Where did you get that dubious figure, aside from being told by Shell? Are Nigerians crazy?
Shell is admiting that this single spill in Ogoni land is 250 times the figure for the spills they have caused in more than 50 damn years of exploitation. Yet here you are defending them.

Experts who studied video footage of the spills at Bodo in Ogoniland say they could together be as large as the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, when 10m gallons of oil destroyed the remote coastline.

Until now, Shell has claimed that less than 40,000 gallons were spilt in Nigeria.

All you need do is run a simple calculation that would allow Shell just a dozen spills a year (although we know there have been more than 7000) and the incredible wickedness of both Shell and past Nigerian govts stares you in the face.

Sometimes I wonder if it is hunger or ethnic bigotry that lowers the average Nigerian IQ to lizard level. What else would make any Nigerian defend Shell? No wonder Nigerians find it easier to get truth and justice abroad (as in this case).
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by jason2010(m): 8:38am On Aug 04, 2011
Rgp92:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14391015?OCID=fbwin

[size=18pt]Ogoniland oil spills: Shell admits Nigeria liability[/size]


Oil giant Shell has accepted responsibility for two devastating oil spills in Nigeria's Ogoniland region.

The Bodo fishing community sued Shell in the UK, alleging that spills in 2008 and 2009 had destroyed the environment and ruined their livelihoods.

Their lawyer said they would seek hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for one of the world's "most devastating oil spills".

Shell told the BBC it would settle the case under Nigerian law.
Experts who studied video footage of the spills say they could be as large as the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, when 10m gallons of oil destroyed the remote coastline, the UK's Guardian newspaper reports.

Until now, Shell has claimed that less than 40,000 gallons were spilt in Nigeria, it reports.

[size=14pt]'Severe poverty'[/size]
Correspondents say the spillage was caused by pipelines which ran through the village.

Shell stopped pumping oil from Ogoniland in 1993 after the writer Ken Saro-Wiwa - who was later hanged - led a campaign against it for allegedly destroying the environment.

Martyn Day, representing the 69,000-strong community, said they would demand "adequate compensation immediately".

"This is one of the most devastating oil spills the world has ever seen and yet it had gone almost unnoticed until we received instructions to bring about a claim against Shell in this country [UK]," he said.

He said the community had three sets of claims.

The first claim - for at least $100m (£61m) - was for to clean up the area.

The second one was for damages to the community land and the final one was for losses suffered by individual families, Mr Day said.

"The Bodo people are a fishing community surrounded by water. What was the source of their livelihood now cannot sustain even the smallest of fish. The spills have caused severe poverty amongst the community.

"Marine life has been devastated within the 2,000 hectares of the creek and the mangroves have been, without exception, destroyed," Mr Day said.

Shell said it accepted the spills were caused by equipment failure and not by sabotage or theft, which it said cause most of the spills in the oil-producing Niger Delta region.

It said it would pay compensation in accordance with Nigerian law but warned it "could take several months to reach a conclusion".

Mr Day said the settlement could set a precedent for other communities in the Niger Delta to seek compensation in British courts.

Communities have repeatedly claimed that international oil firms fail to respect their rights and contaminate their land with oil spills, though the companies dispute this.


The bolded italicized part is a big problem. Why don't the Ogoni community agitate for settlement under the dutch law (Neitherland law) since it is headquartered there? They will never get justice if they settle under 9grian law
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by Nobody: 8:59am On Aug 04, 2011
Possibly huge windfall coming their way

Problem is they might never get the full amount

with the hawks and vultures around i.e politicians,middlemen
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by menek(m): 9:09am On Aug 04, 2011
Some pockets gonna be fat soon, I bet u these farmers/fisher men won't receive kobo
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by jokingmary(m): 9:44am On Aug 04, 2011
menek:

Some pockets gonna be fat soon, I bet u these farmers/fisher men won't receive kobo
Your're right
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by thameamead(f): 11:25am On Aug 04, 2011
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Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by otokx(m): 11:43am On Aug 04, 2011
Our judiciary should wake up to their responsibilities and take a cue from the British.
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by ficoram(m): 1:14pm On Aug 04, 2011
This is an avenue for some criminals to enrich their pockets.i bet if those poor farmers and fishermen would get anything. lipsrsealed
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by daniellle(f): 1:24pm On Aug 04, 2011
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by Nobody: 4:27pm On Aug 04, 2011
@ Beaf

Stop playing the ostrich! What does acknowledging the role played by locals in oil spills have to do with 'low self esteem'? What is the percentage of time oil spills occur due to equipment failures or accidents compared to the total amount of oil spills that happens across the globe? Are the companies not the same companies that operate everywhere? Oil companies usually accept liability when they spill oil due to equipment failures or accidents. That is why spills on the magnitude of Exxon Valdez or Ogoni spill or BP Deepwater Horizon seldom occur.

These are multinationals that usually leverage global best practices anywhere they operate. Nigeria is a peculiar case though!
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by prettyG: 4:58pm On Aug 04, 2011
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by YoruIgbo(m): 9:26pm On Aug 04, 2011
It might just worth pointing out here that the Company we are talking about here is called SPDC grin grin and Not the Shell oil Giant. Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) is a joint venture between the Nigerian government (55%), Shell (30%) and Total E&P Nigeria Limited (10%) and the Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited (5%).

So when it comes to who is responsible for this Spill, it is the above named companies under the name SPDC with the Shell oil Giant having 30% Share
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by Akwafina: 10:57pm On Aug 04, 2011
kalokalo:

98% of oil spills in Nigeria are caused by vandalization/sabotage/oil thieves mostly by the locals themselves. An oil company will not cripple its own financial bottomline by vandalizing its own installations and pipelines and spill oil when it would mean massive losses to it in hundreds of millions of dollars!

Why would they spill oil they can sell for $$$ in the international market . It goes against every economic common sense. The other 2% is usually due to the government sometimes preventing the oil companies from performing periodic maintenance on their infrastructure since since it would mean a shutdown and revenue loss for the country.

Most likely you are one of those stupid Nigerians that have never seen an oil spill nor have you been affected by one. You just sit down somewhere and think the niger Delta people are fools and they love destroying their communities. People like you are the ones that paint Niger delta people as backward and illiterate. May disaster not befall you and people talk rubbish about you, then you will know how it feels.
Re: Shell Accepts Responsibility For Oil Spills In Ogoniland by YoruIgbo(m): 1:16am On Aug 05, 2011
Abuja - A United Nations report has criticised Shell and the Nigerian government for contributing to 50 years of pollution in a region of the Niger Delta which it says needs the world's largest ever oil clean-up, costing an initial $1-billion and taking up to 30 years.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) analysed the damage oil pollution has done in Ogoniland, a region in the oil-rich labyrinthine creeks, swamps and waterways of the Niger Delta, the heartland of Africa's largest oil and gas industry.

Royal Dutch Shell and the Nigerian state-oil firm own most of the oil infrastructure in Ogoniland, although the Anglo-Dutch giant was forced out of operating in the region by communities in 1993 who said it caused pollution that destroyed their fishing environment.

Shell stopped pumping oil from Ogoniland after a campaign led by writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, who was later hanged by the Nigerian military government, provoking international outrage.

“The environmental restoration of Ogoniland could prove to be the world's most wide-ranging and long term oil clean-up exercise ever undertaken,” a UNEP report released on Thursday said.

“Control and maintenance of oilfield infrastructure in Ogoniland has been and remains inadequate: the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) own procedures have not been applied, creating public health and safety issues.”

The UNEP report said 10 out of the 15 investigated sites which SPDC said they had completely remediated still had pollution exceeding the SPDC and government remediation values.

Shell, which on Wednesday agreed that an Ogoni community could seek compensation for oil spills in a British court, says most oil spills in the Niger Delta are caused by oil theft and sabotage attacks but says it cleans up whatever the cause.

“Oil spills in the Niger Delta are a tragedy, and SPDC takes them very seriously,” Mutiu Sunmonu, SPDC's Managing Director, said in a statement on its website.

“Concerted effort is needed on the part of the Nigerian government, working with oil companies and others, to end the blight of illegal refining and oil theft in the Niger Delta . This is the major cause of the environmental damage.”

A spokesperson for the company said it welcomed the report and would comment further after studying the details.

UNEP said Ogoniland communities are exposed to hydrocarbons every day as thick black oil floats around the creeks, while the impact on vegetation and fishing areas has been “disastrous”.

In one community, drinking water was contaminated with benzene, a substance known to cause cancer, at levels over 900 times above the World Health Organisation guidelines. The site was close to a pipeline owned by Nigeria's state-oil firm NNPC, the report said.

“We will undertake any clean-up. It doesn't mean we are culpable. Pipeline vandalism, by the very communities who are affected, is the major issue,” an NNPC spokesperson said. He said he had not read the report.

While Shell does not operate in Ogoniland anymore, its pipelines and other infrastructure remain and still suffer spillages and sabotage attacks.

UNEP's report is the most detailed scientific study on any area in the Niger Delta, UNEP and rights groups said. It was paid for partly by Shell after a request by the government. - Reuters

http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/un-slams-shell-for-nigeria-pollution-1.1112312

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