Shell pipeline leak spills thousands of barrels into Niger delta


www.sustainability.thomsonreuters.com | Published Wednesday 3 , December, 2014

By Tife Owolabi

(Reuters) – Niger Delta fishermen are no strangers to seeing oil spill into their waters from leaky pipelines, but even they were shocked by the scale of the slick stretching for miles from a Shell facility across the swamps and into the ocean.

Some 3,800 barrels spilled, according to an investigation by Shell and government officials. It ranks as one of the worst in Nigeria for years, local environmental activists said.

Shell said the spill was caused by a failed crude theft.

In a boat trip to the affected area, Reuters saw crude washing up in pools in front of beach shacks, coating the roots of palm trees and leaving a trail of dead sea life. In some areas, people scooped it up to fill drums and jerry cans… read more>


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