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Shell denies lying about Nigeria oil spills

22 November 2014, Lagos – Shell Petroleum and Development Company has denied that it lied to a Dutch court in The Hague about oil pollution in the Niger Delta.

Shell logoThe multinational company, half owned by Nigerian government and with significant Dutch shareholding, said sabotage, not company negligence, caused the spills in 2004 along the Trans-Niger pipeline that destroyed several hectares of mangrove forests and the livelihoods of the residents of Goi village.

SPDC, according to AFP, dismissed any suggestion that it knowingly continued to use a pipeline not safe to operate, a company spokesman said yesterday. Shell is preparing for the appeal hearing.

In a statement issued on Monday, Friends of the Earth Netherlands reported that Shell continued to pump oil through a corroded pipeline.



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