4 November 2013

Nigeria: 2011 Oil Spill - Reps Investigate Shell Over Host Communities

The House of Representatives Committee on Environment has promised to investigate Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) for its failure to honour its agreement to provide relief materials to some communities affected by 2011 crude oil spill.

The affected communities located within the shorelines of Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers states while appealing for further intervention of local authorities have however taken their case to the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU)

A member of the committee, who pleaded anonymity said he was saddened on sighting the latest petition by the victims again. He said, "We have actually intervened on this matter and it is surprising and sad that Shell has not deemed it fit to provide relief materials for these people.

"Why this latest development saddened me is because we are all living witnesses to a spill in the Gulf of Mexico and we all knew how both the US and the oil company reacted.

"So, why should it be different when it is happening to us? We are going to take it up again and I assure you the committee would do its best to ascertain the fact.

"We have to investigate to even know if the claims of the these communities are frivolous or not, we have to find out to know the fact, then we make our recommendations accordingly."

The communities said that previous discussions between them, Shell/SNEPCo and regulatory agencies affirmed that the said pollutants "affected our fishing areas, disturbed our fishing activities and loss of income among other things".

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