According to a survey by 4 NGOs, Shell cleaned 11% of sites it has contaminated with discharges in the Niger Delta. Also only 5% additional sites are planned to be processed, while no individual perimeters n ‘ has been fully decontaminated.

Almost 10 years after committing to clean up several areas where it spilled oil in the Niger Delta basin, the Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell has only started work on 11% of the sites. This is indicated by a survey by four NGOs, namely Amnesty International, Environmental Rights Action / Friends of the Earth Nigeria, Friends of the Earth Europe and Milieudefensie.

The report also indicates that only 5% of additional sites are included in the cleanup efforts, while no site has been fully decontaminated to date.

In 2011, after several years of spills and destruction of the marine environment of the Delta and the arable areas of the region via the discharges, the UN called on the company to major cleanup with a view to decontamination. The impact of the contamination had been documented, which revealed serious environmental problems in Ogoniland, specifically in Rivers State.

The new report comes three months after news reports that the Nigerian state-owned oil company and its partners Shell, Total and Eni have invested $ 360 million to clean up Ogoniland’s waterways and creeks, in the past two years. It should be noted that Shell is the biggest polluter in the region.

The investigation comes as Shell faces a series of legal battles in Europe over its business operations in Nigeria.


Source: Agence Ecofin