What Shell was ‘discovered to be doing’ in Rivers community

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Multinational oil company, Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, has been accused by the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, of keeping a site in K-Dere community, Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State where it is dumping waste allegedly toxic to humans.

Publicity Secretary of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke, who disclosed this in Bori, headquarters of Khana LGA, said that samples from the site were sent to a laboratory in the United Kingdom and that the results obtained had confirmed the toxicity of the site.

He alleged that Shell had buried the wastes in the area for many years, noting that intense heat forced the buried substance to become exposed towards the end of 2017 prompting community investigation.

Nsuke revealed that Shell had attempted to cover up the impact, noting that the moves were prevented by local dwellers who insisted on an independent investigation.

“We have been briefed on the situation in K-Dere where a toxic dump belonging to Shell had been uncovered. We have also visited the site to see things for ourselves. Samples were taken to a U.K laboratory and the results confirmed the toxicity of the buried substance.”

Reacting however, SPDC spokesman, Joseph Obari said: “Allegations that the water-based bentonite mud with a mixture of drill cuttings and sand excavated by an SPDC remediation contractor in K-Dere community of Ogoni in November 2017 is toxic waste are untrue and unfounded.

“The material is essentially water-based mud with drill cuttings and sand with hydrocarbon content in some samples.”

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