National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA, has issued a reminder to Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, SNEPCO, notifying the company of the sanction the agency imposed on the oil firm in 2014 for damage done to the natural resources and means of livelihood through the Bonga oil spill of December 20, 2011.
The reminder was contained in a recent letter signed by the director-general/chief executive of NOSDRA, Sir Peter Idabor in Abuja, which directed SNEPCO to pay the sum of $3,600,191,206 or its naira equivalent as compensation and administrative costs for failure to effect clean up on the impacted site within the stipulated period, as provided in the agency’s act and regulations.
He said, “Despite the fact that the incident was caused by equipment failure and the admission by the then Managing Director that 40,000 barrels of crude oil spilled into the Atlantic Ocean, no attempt was made by the oil company to provide relief materials for the shoreline fishing communities with respect to the acute and chronic impact of the crude oil on the environment.”
The agency’s boss recalled that NOSDRA in 2014 had issued a notification of sanction to the oil company with regards to the Bonga spill incident but it has yet neither paid compensation to the affected shoreline communities nor provided relief materials to them, as directed by the agency and the House Committee on Environment.
Meanwhile, by virtue of the latest reminder on the notification of sanction on the spill incident, NOSDRA has directed SNEPCO to pay the said fine and compensation or face the legal machinery available to the agency to ensure its compliance.


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