Nigeria probes Shell’s Trans Niger pipeline spill.


On Monday, Nigerian officials and Shell’s local affiliate investigated a Trans Niger pipeline incident that lasted several days.

Two pipelines export Bonny Light crude. Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) announced the Eleme disaster on June 14.

Environmental groups reported a week-long spill. According to the Youth and Environmental Advocacy Centre, which monitors Niger Delta spills, SPDC, Nigerian Oil Spill Detection,  Response Agency, and local communities were at the site on Monday to gather information, analyze data, examine physical evidence, and determine the leak’s cause.

Shell confirmed Monday’s visit. The oil spill will be measured.

Shell has been sued multiple times for oil spills in the Niger Delta, an area plagued by pollution, violence, and oil and gas industry corruption.

The oil giant blames most spills on pipeline sabotage and illegal crude tapping.

Greenpeace Africa climate and energy campaigner Thandile Chinyavanhu said the latest disaster worsened Shell’s record as Africa’s top oil producer.

“Shell must be held accountable and financially responsible for this spill and its neocolonial role in causing climate loss and damage,” Chinyavanhu added.


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