Environment - The Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology yesterday met with Shell Nigeria over the lingering oil spills and environmental degradation of Ogoni. The meeting, which was attended by the Managing Director/Country Chairman of Shell Mutiu O A Sunmonu and a team of Shell officials made a commitment to the committee to take immediate steps to remediate the oil spill in of Ejema Ebubu and Bomu Manifold communities before the end of 2013.
At the meeting, which was held at the National Assembly Complex, the Committee expressed its displeasure at the delays to remediate the oil spill sites and the ineffectiveness of many remediation methods so far adopted in the country.
The Committee also reiterated its discontent over Shell's handling of Ejema Ebubu, Bomu Manifold, Goi and Bodo spill sites among others and requested Shell to do full cleanup and remediate the sites before the end of this year.
In its response, Shell expressed its willingness to remediate the impacted sites within its right of way, but said where the spills are out of its right of way; their biggest challenge has been that of the communities not allowing access to such sites.
This it maintained, is the reason why it may not give definite commitment to the Committee on the remediation of Goi and Bodo oil spill sites within the year, but committed to the remediation of the Ejema Ebubu and Bomu Manifold communities as earlier stated.
By Amina Alhassan