01 February 2012
Shell: Own up, Pay up, Clean up

Pastor Christian Lekoya Kpandei contemplates the damage done to his fish farm in Bodo, Nigeria, May 2011© AI

The failure by the oil industry to properly clean up oil spills and other pollution in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria exacerbates human suffering and environmental damage, and leaves people exposed to sustained violations of their economic, social and cultural rights.

The two major oil spills which occurred in 2008 in Bodo, in the Ogoniland region of the Niger Delta, continued for weeks before they were stopped – more than three years later Shell has still not cleaned up the pollution.

In August 2011, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) found that Shell has failed to effectively clean up oil pollution in Ogoniland for years. While significant responsibility for human rights abuses in the Niger Delta rests with the Nigerian Government, UNEP’s findings make clear that substantial responsibility also rests with Shell.

Sign the petition to Shell’s Chief Executive demanding that the company OWN UP, PAY UP and CLEAN UP the Niger Delta
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To Peter Voser, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Dutch Shell,

We the undersigned write to express our concern about the ongoing impact of oil pollution on economic, social and cultural rights in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

We urge you to acknowledge Shell’s responsibility for the impacts of oil pollution in the Niger Delta, and we call on the company to:

  • Contribute the full $1 billion identified by UNEP as the start-up amount needed to establish an independent fund to clean up pollution in Ogoniland.
  • Carry out a comprehensive clean-up of oil pollution and environmental damage in Bodo and all other affected sites, in consultation with local communities.
  • Support the need for further assessment of oil pollution across the wider oil-producing Niger Delta region. 
  • Pay fair and adequate compensation to all affected communities.
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