Shell Company’s Nigerian Oil Spill, Worse Than Exxon Valdez?

posted by Maleekie Ambularie @ 9:04 AM
August 18, 2011

 URGENT MESSAGE to every news outlet and all the ships at sea:  This is IATTWJ reporter, Maleekie Amburlarie, bringing you news that the United Nation’s Environment Programme (UNEP) has finally issued its report condemning the horrendous devastation that Shell Oil Company’s drilling has brought to the African nation of Nigeria.  In 2008, Shell Oil foisted two massive oil spills on the regions of Bodo, Ogoniland, home to 69,000 Nigerians, who now struggle with contaminated drinking water, oil-glutted lands, useless agricultural areas and other badly damaged ecosystems.

 These ruptures of the Bodo-Bonny trans-Niger pipeline may well exceed the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska.  And they may take at least two or three decades to clean up.   But at least Shell has accepted responsibility for the spills which “should” eventually cost them hundreds of millions of dollars.  However, the U.N. report calls for the oil industry and the Nigerian government to give some one billion dollars to a clean-up fund for the Nigerian region.

 The UNEP report states, “In one community, at Nisisioken Ogale, in western Ogoniland, families are drinking water from wells that is contaminated with benzene––a known carcinogen––at levels over 900 times above World Health Organization guidelines.”  Alleging that Anglo-Dutch Shell has for multiple years poisoned Nigerian lives, Amnesty International insists Shell’s pollution in the huge Niger Delta for the last 50 years, is actually “on par with the Exxon Valdez every year over the last 50 years.”

 In 1993, continuing mass community demonstrations in Ogoniland against the poverty and environmental neglect that Shell’s drilling brought to the area finally forced the company to discontinue drilling in that region of Nigeria, but it maintained its pipelines.  Now activists demand that Shell’s entire license for drilling in Nigeria be withdrawn.  Fallaciously stating, “we clean up all spills from our facilities, whatever the cause, and restore the land to its original state,” Shell now asserts that Nigeria’s spills come from “sabotage, theft and illegal refining.”

 Greetings from my IATTWJ sisters in Africa.  Special blessings to Sister Jael and our president, Sandra Repriestly, who allow me to dispatch this message from Nigeria.  The IATTWJ (International Association of Truth Telling Women Journalists) teaches us Bible prophecies describing the lowest levels of hell.  These prophecies make clear that there is a special spot in hell for those who profit by robbing the poor. “ Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.  Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.  Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire.” (James 5: 1 – 3).  Let us pray that Shell Oil’s owners, stock holders and purchasers will repent before that time.

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