Employees at Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigerian joint venture orchestrated damage to oil pipelines to profit from the money spent on clean-up operations, investigation by Dutch investigative TV programme Zembla has revealed.
Employees of Shell in Nigeria ordered the vandalization of oil pipelines for their own personal gain. Speaking to Zembla and the Dutch environmentalist organization Milieudefensie, multiple witnesses declared that SPDC, a subsidiary of Shell, caused the oil leaks.
According to sources, Shell employees profit from these intentional oil leaks by pocketing money from cleanup budgets. From the investigation conducted by Milieudefensie and verified by Zembla, it appears that Shell’s subsidiary SPDC is aware of these accusations but has done nothing about them.
The Dutch embassy had knowledge of these accusations at the time as well, but hadn’t approached the company regarding the matter.
The greatest oil disaster in the world is unfolding in the Niger Delta. Millions of liters of oil have leaked into the local environment since Shell began oil extraction there in 1958.
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Large areas have been transformed into a desolate moonscape where land cultivation and fishing are no longer possible. Local residents don’t know how they will continue to support themselves. The oil pollution has harmful consequences for their health as well.
According to Shell, 95% of the leaks are a result of sabotage. The oil company denies any responsibility for these. The perpetrators of these leaks are said to be local criminals and organized gangs.
Now, Shell employees themselves are accused of being a part of a perverse industry of deliberate leakage. Zembla verified all of this and interviewed the sources on camera.