Shell fined N800bn for Bonga oil spill

The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) has imposed five billion dollar fine (about N800bn) on Shell Petroleum and Development Company (SPDC) for the 2011 Bonga oil spill incident.
The director-general, Mr Peter Idabor, stated this in Abuja, where he also said that the agency had started studying the Post-Impact Assessment Report on Bonga oil spill.
“Compensation really derives after you have done a post-impact assessment.
“After you have done evaluation of the place and mapped out places affected by the spill, then you can now say this one take three naira; this one take N100; it is different from fine.
“So, just last week, they formally announced to us that the post-impact assessment report is ready; which we are studying now.
“The House of Representatives has asked NOSDRA as the lead agency in oil spill, to contact other stakeholders including the communities, to see how we can study the report.
“We will then recommend compensation based on the report of the post-impact assessment.’’
He said that NOSDRA faulted SPDC for not providing immediate relief to the affected communities, whose livelihoods were affected by the disaster.
The director-general said that the fine would serve as a deterrent to other firms that would treat activities which deplete the environment with levity.
“The kind of impunity Shell and its allies have demonstrated so far in the Niger Delta area in the past should be addressed if the future and people of Nigeria and the environment are to be protected.’’
He said that the oil spill, which spread over 100 nautical miles from the ocean, deprived fishermen in the affected areas of Bayelsa and Delta of their means of livelihood.

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