Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) yesterday stated that the court judgment on 3.6 billion dollars fine for the Dec. 20, 2011 oil spill in parts of Niger Delta is not binding.
Shell, operator of the Bonga oil field where the spill occurred, had approached the courts to challenge the powers of National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) to impose fines on it. Mr Bamidele Odugbesan, Media Relations Manager at Shell in a chat with newsmen disclosed that the judgment merely clarified that NOSDRA had no powers to impose fine but did not compel it to pay the fine.
“The Dec. 20, 2011 Bonga spill was a regrettable operational incident that was effectively contained and cleaned up as a result of efforts by SNEPCo, regulators and other industry resources from within and outside Nigeria. There is no decision of any court requiring SNEPCo to make any monetary payment,’’ he said. Odugbesan said that SNEPCo had appealed against the judgments.