Nigeria`s oil region hit by fresh spill
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Last Updated: Monday, August 22, 2011, 09:02
Abuja: Nigeria's main oil producing region has been hit by a fresh spill barely a month after the UN accused oil giant Shell of seriously polluting the zone during their activities.

Residents said the spill which came after a fire outbreak occurred several days ago along Shell-owned Okordia Rumuekpe trunkling in Bayelsa state.

While Shell issued a statement saying it was stopped from repairing the rupture by protesting community women, an environmentalist Morris Alagoa said the fire has been put out by the company.

According to him, the rupture which has spread into many farmlands and remains not cleaned must have been cause by saboteurs.

Last week, Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan set up a group to review the environmental report whereby Shell was accused of polluting the area that might necessitate the highest clean-up in history.

The clean-up would require USD 1 billion and take thirty years to undertake. Nigeria is Africa's largest crude exporter and a member of OPEC.


First Published: Monday, August 22, 2011, 09:02

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