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Nigeria: advocacy group tackles oil companies over spills

Published on : 11 November 2013 - 6:00am | By RNW Africa Desk (Photo: AFP Photo/Pius Utomi Ekpei)
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The Nigerian operations of two major international companies have been accused of failing to control oil spills which damage the environment and the health of Nigerians.

By our partner allAfrica

In a report released on Thursday, Amnesty International attacks the multinational company, Shell, for too quickly attributing oil spills to sabotage and theft by outsiders. It also accused Agip, a subsidiary of Eni, of not properly controlling its activities.

However, Shell is the main target of the report, which attacks the reliability of the company's investigations into oil spills.

The report says: "Shell has claimed that... oil spill investigations are sound when they are not, that sites are cleaned up when they are not, and that the company is transparent when, in reality, it maintains very tight control over every piece of information - deciding what to disclose and what to withhold." 

In a press release accompanying the report, Amnesty acknowledges Shell has improved its investigations since 2011, but says "serious flaws remain, including weaknesses in the underlying evidence used to attribute spills to sabotage."

Read the full article on allAfrica.

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