Shell refuses to clean up devastating oil spills; cites “security”

5 Oct 2011 admin

Al Jazeera reports that since Shell admitted liability for 2 major oil spills in Bodo after a lawsuit was filed against the oil giant in the High Court in London, the company has done nothing to clean up the extensive damage in the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta.

While Shell cites ‘security issues’ as a convenient excuse for its appalling environmental record, it has also failed to take the necessary steps to resolve conflicts. In many cases, Shell’s activities have created insecurity. As Platform’s new report reveals, Shell continues to rely on Nigerian government forces who have perpetrated systematic human rights abuses against local residents in Ogoni and other areas, including unlawful killings, torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. Shell has also fuelled human rights abuses in Nigeria by paying huge contracts to armed militants. For more information, click here.

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