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Amnesty International uses new evidence to accuse Shell Nigeria of false reports on oil spills

LAGOS, Nigeria - Amnesty International accuses Nigeria's biggest petroleum producer, Shell, of manipulating oil spill investigations and documents in cases where the rights group says the company has wrongly reported on the cause and volume of pollution devastating the Niger Delta and made false claims about cleanup measures.

Shell 'manipulates Nigeria oil spills probes'

Amnesty International alleged on Thursday that Shell has repeatedly misrepresented the cause of oil spills in Nigeria, blaming criminal sabotage to avoid liability, in a charge the Anglo-Dutch energy giant dismissed as "unsubstantiated". The number of spills in the southern Niger Delta region, home to Africa's largest oil industry, was "staggering", the London-based rights group said in a new report, "Bad Information. Oil Spill Investigations in the Niger Delta".

Shell-Nigeria: New leaks force another closure of oil pipeline carrying 150,000 barrels a day

LAGOS, Nigeria - Shell Nigeria says new leaks have forced it to close the Trans-Niger Pipeline that carries 150,000 barrels of crude daily, 10 days after the pipeline was reopened following repairs for leaks. Spokesman Precious Okolobo said in a statement Wednesday night that a team has been dispatched to repair leaks at three places in the southern Niger Delta's Ogoniland. A joint investigation including community leaders will determine the cause and impact of the spills.

Shell shuts Nigeria pipeline again, 150,000 bpd deferred

LAGOS (Reuters) - Shell Nigeria <RDSa.L> said on Wednesday it had shut down its Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) owing to reports of leaks, deferring 150,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil just 10 days after the pipeline was re-opened. "The latest leaks were reported at B-Dere, Nonwa-Tai, and Bodo West, all in Ogoniland. (Shell Nigeria) shut the line as a precautionary measure ... and has also mobilised a spill response team," Shell Nigeria spokesman Precious Okolobo said in an email to Reuters.

Nigerian residents reject Shell settlement over oil spills

Negotiations between Shell and Nigerian residents affected by two oil spills in 2008 failed to reach a compensation deal Friday, with residents' lawyers calling the oil giant's settlement offer "insulting." Talks began on Monday in Port Harcourt, the oil hub in southern Nigeria's Niger Delta region, with representatives of about 15,000 residents from Bodo, a cluster of fishing communities in Rivers state.

Shell Nigeria: Explosion forces closure of Trans Niger Pipeline carrying 150,000 barrels a day

LAGOS, Nigeria - Shell Nigeria says an explosion and fire caused by oil theft have forced it to shut down its Trans Niger Pipeline that carries 150,000 barrels of crude a day. Thursday's statement said the theft of oil, known as bunkering, caused the conflagration at Bodo West in Ogoniland. The area in southern Nigeria already has suffered decades of oil spills. Shell's Nigeria Director Mutiu Sunmonu described "another sad reminder of the tragic consequences of crude oil theft."

Shell shuts key Nigeria pipeline to repair oil theft damage

Shell has shut a key oil pipeline in southern Nigeria to repair damage caused by oil thieves, leading to a cut of around 150,000 barrels per day, the company said Wednesday in a statement. The Nembe Creek Trunkline in Nigeria, Africa's biggest oil producer with output at about two million barrels per day, will be closed for an undisclosed period. "The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) shut down the Nembe Creek Trunkline (NCTL) on Monday (15th April) to remove crude oil theft connections and investigate suspected oil theft leaks," it said.

Shell to shut key Nigeria pipeline to repair oil theft damage

Shell plans to temporarily shut a key oil pipeline in southern Nigeria later this month to repair damage caused by oil thieves, leading to a cut of around 150,000 barrels per day, the company said Tuesday. The Nembe Creek Trunkline in Nigeria, Africa's biggest oil producer with output at around two million barrels per day, will be closed for a nine-day period. The pipeline has been repeatedly hit by sabotage and theft. Oil theft has been estimated as costing Nigeria some $6 billion (4.7 billion euros) per year.

UPDATE 2-Shell Nigeria 'may shut down oil pipeline' due to thefts

* Nembe Creek pipeline carries around 150,000 bpd * Shell says oil thefts running at highest for three years * Nigeria military accuses Shell of failing to plug leaks By Joe Brock ABUJA, March 4 (Reuters) - Shell may be forced to completely shut down its 150,000 barrel per day Nembe Creek oil pipeline in Nigeria due to an "unprecedented" amount of oil theft, the company's local unit said on Monday.

UPDATE 3-Dutch court says Shell responsible for Nigeria spills

* Expert says ruling opens new legal avenues * Spills caused by sabotage not poor maintenance * One farmer to be compensated * Four other claims dismissed By Ivana Sekularac and Anthony Deutsch THE HAGUE, Jan 30 (Reuters) - A Dutch court ruled on Wednesday that Royal Dutch Shell's Nigerian subsidiary was responsible for a case of oil pollution in the Niger Delta and ordered it to pay damages in a decision that could open the door to further litigation.
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