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The UN released a report yesterday calling for oil companies and the Nigerian government to set up a $1 billion trust to clean up oil spilled in the Niger Delta’s Ogoniland. It would be the largest clean up in history, reports France 24.Royal Dutch Shell operated Ogoniland until 1993, when residents forced the company out saying that it was polluting drinking and fishing water. Shell still owns infrastructure in the area, however, which are often the targets of attacks by Nigerian terrorist groups. This week Shell took responsibility for two leaks, one in 2008 and another in 2009.
Shell has said that it will cooperate with any clean-up efforts. It even helped finance this study.
“This report proves Shell has had a terrible impact in Nigeria, but has got away with denying it for decades, falsely claiming they work to best international standards,” said Amnesty International Global Issues Director, Audrey Gaughran. “Shell must put its hands up, and face the fact that it has to deal with the damage it has caused. Trying to hide behind the actions of others, when Shell is the most powerful actor on the scene, simply won’t wash.”
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