Saturday, January 10, 2015

Some reprieve for Nigerian Oil spill victims

Gates of Oil reifnery in Port Harcourt
Shell finally did what it supposed to do years back. They could have done it voluntarily without going through long court cases and all. After all, isn’t it their responsibility to clean up the mess created by them? Two oil spills in 2008 destroyed thousands of acres of mangroves and seafood which sustained a large community.

“Of the total settlement, $53.1 million will go to 15,600 fishermen and farmers, and $30.4 million to the Bodo community. A local chief said the community money would be used for basic services.” - NYT

I hope the money will reach its intended destination and there will be some restoration work. Or will it end up in numbered accounts


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