Shell under fire over effect of Bonga oil spill on 170,000 fishermen, 350 communities
Shell under fire over effect of Bonga oil spill on 170,000 fishermen, 350 communities. The Royal Dutch Shell has come under criticism as a group, Oil Spill Victims Vanguard, OSPIVV, on Thursday said over 170,000 fisher-persons, as well as 350 communities along the coastlines between Bayelsa and Delta States, were negatively impacted by the 2011 Bonga oil spill in Nigeria. OSPIVV Executive Director, Harrison Jalla made the assertion at a press conference held in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area, disclosing that the communities were impacted when Royal Dutch Shell and its subsidiaries (Shell International Trading and Shipping Company, SNEPCO) out of alleged gross negligence in their Bonga Field operations discharged over 40,000 barrels of crude oil into the Atlantic Ocean. Jalla is praying the English Court to compel Royal Dutch Shell and its subsidiaries to do the clean-up, rectification, restoration, compensation and damages occasioned by the negative impact of the December 20th, 2011 and having adduced our evidence, said, “We are sure of victory”.