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Shell debunks Amnesty allegations on Niger Delta’s spills management

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Shell debunks Amnesty allegations on Niger Delta’s spills management

●Deploys technology, best practice to curb crude theft

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) has denied allegations of environmental mismanagement in the Niger Delta leveled against it at the weekend by Amnesty International.
General Manager, External Relations for the company, Mr. Igo Weli, who said this, reiterated his company’s commitment to swift response to oil spill incidents as much as access and security conditions permit teams to mobilise and deploy to spill sites to investigate, clean up and remediate such areas.

This, he said, was in addition to deploying technology and best practice to make it more difficult for unauthorised persons to break pipelines and steal crude oil from its facilities.
“SPDC, in collaboration with government regulators, responds swiftly to spill incidents as quickly as it can and cleans up spills from its facilities regardless of the cause,” Weli said.

“We regularly test our emergency spill response procedures and capability to ensure staff and contractors can respond rapidly to an incident. However, response to spills, clean-up and remediation depend on access to the spill site and ultimately on the security of personnel and equipment while work is ongoing,” he added.

Claiming that Amnesty International’s allegations are false and are without merit, the SPDC’s spokeperson added that the allegations also “fail to recognise the complex environment in which the company operates where security, a sole prerogative of Government, remains a major concern with persisting incidents of criminality, kidnapping, vandalism, threats from self-described militant groups, etc.”

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