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Shell denies having pending liability in Nembe community

24 March 2014, 12:25

Yenagoa - The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) says it has no pending oil spill and gas flare liabilities in the Nembe community of Bayelsa.

The SPDC’s spokesman, Joseph Obari, made the made the claim in a statement.

Obari said that the claim by the Nembe community that the company had a pending oil spill and gas flare liabilities to it were unfounded.

Obari further maintained that SPDC had conducted its businesses in the Nembe oil field according to the best industry practice.

“Our operations in Nembe community are within the limits of the applicable environmental legislation,” he said.

He said that there was no record of any liability arising from SPDC Joint Venture oil and gas exploration in Nembe.

He explained that there was abundant evidence of a beneficial relationship between SPDC and the people in the area, adding that the oil firm responded promptly to spill incidents during its operations in the area.

“As a standard practice, we clean up all spills emanating from our facilities irrespective of its cause. SPDC has never neglected to clean up and properly repair any oil spill in Nembe.

“When the cause of spill is not sabotage, SPDC provides relief materials and pays compensation to affected individuals and communities, where appropriate.

"Gas flaring from the exploration activities of SPDC within Nembe kingdom is well within the legally allowable limits with no negative impact on people and the environment,” he said.

The spokesman said that independently verified studies conducted on the health impact of gas flaring revealed no adverse health implications on communities.

-          NAN

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