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Shell pays out USD 52.9m of compensation to Bodo community in Nigeria following 2008 oil spills

07th January 2015

Shell warns of ‘the scourge of oil theft’ after dishing out USD 52.9m to Nigerian community affected by spills in 2008

Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary, The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), has today announced a USD 83.2m (GBP 55.0m) settlement agreement with the Bodo community in respect of the two operational spills in 2008
Shell has taken full responsibility for the spills but warns of the dangers of oil theft

Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary, The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), has today announced a USD 83.2m (GBP 55.0m) settlement agreement with the Bodo community in respect of the two operational spills in 2008.

The settlement provides for an individual payment to each claimant who accepts the settlement agreement in compensation for losses arising from the spills, amounting to up to USD 52.9m (GBP 35.0m) in total.

The remaining payment will be made for the benefit of the Bodo community generally.

“From the outset, we’ve accepted responsibility for the two deeply regrettable operational spills in Bodo. We’ve always wanted to compensate the community fairly and we are pleased to have reached agreement,” said Mutiu Sunmonu, managing director of SPDC.

“We are fully committed to the clean-up process being overseen by the former Netherlands’ ambassador to Nigeria. Despite delays caused by divisions within the community, we are pleased that clean-up work will soon begin now that a plan has been agreed with the community.

“However, unless real action is taken to end the scourge of oil theft and illegal refining, which remains the main cause of environmental pollution and is the real tragedy of the Niger Delta, areas that are cleaned up will simply become re-impacted through these illegal activities.

“SPDC has made great efforts to raise awareness of the issue with the government of Nigeria, international bodies like the United Nations, the media, civil society and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and we will continue to play an active role in the search for solutions. We urge all those with influence, including Bodo community leaders and NGO groups, to support this effort.”

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