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Nigeria parliament wants shell fined for oil spill

07-19-2012 02:25 BJT

Nigerian regulators have told parliament that Royal Dutch Shell should be fined 5 billion dollars for environmental damage caused by an oil spill at its offshore Bonga field.

Shell had said that there was no legal basis for the proposed fine. The National Oil Spill and Response Agency told a parliamentary committee that although last year's spill, estimated at around 40,000 barrels was contained offshore, there was a serious environmental threat.

The Agency said that the spill was caused by a failure in Shell's oil export hose and impacted approximately 950 square kilometers of water surface, affecting a great number of sensitive environmental resources.

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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