Gallery: Shell Finally Accepts Liability for Nigeria Oil Spills Requiri...

 

While the Gulf oil spill was no doubt horrific, it’s nothing compared to what’s been going on in Nigeria for decades. In 2008, two Shell oil spills wiped out the entire community of Bodo, and for nearly 50 years prior to that, oil spills occurred with shocking regularity. After long denying responsibility for the massive 2008 spills, which sent 11 million gallons of crude oil into a region of the Niger Delta, Shell has finally taken responsibility for the disaster. A class action lawsuit was filed against the company, prompting them to admit that more than 275 times the amount of oil they reported was actually spilled. The U.N. has harshly criticized the oil company, and says that the region requires the world’s largest ever oil spill clean up which will take up to 30 years and cost potentially more than $1 billion.

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