24 January – LONDON–Shell spilled about 26,000 barrels of oil in the Niger Delta in 2012, up 70% from the previous year, according to data released this month from Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of Nigeria.
Last year’s 198 spills were due to bunkering or operational incidents, the data showed. Spills and pipeline sabotage can lead to force measures and loading delays.
SPDC has publicly reported oil spills annually since 1995, the company said on its website.
Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA.LN) will Jan. 30 hear the verdict on a suit by environmental group Friends of the Earth Netherlands and four Nigerian farmers over spills that took place between 2004 and 2007.
*Dow Jones Newswires, Jenny Gross