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Nigeria demands compensation from Shell for 2011 oil spill

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team - content@chemorbis.com
  • 04/12/2014 (11:56)
According to media sources, Nigeria’s National Assembly is asking for $3.96 billion from Shell as compensation for a 2011 spill at its offshore Bonga oilfield based on the latest assessment of damage to the environment.

The non-binding decision comes after years of analysis by various Nigerian state agencies, which have proposed a range of fines as high as $11.5 billion.

The Bonga field was producing 200,000 barrels per day at the time and Shell had previously said that they took responsibility for the spill and had cleaned the area. However, the United Nations Environment Programme has criticized Shell in the past for not doing enough to clean up spills and maintain infrastructure.

Nigeria is Africa’s largest oil exporter and an OPEC member.
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