Ms. Siloko, on the other hand, explained her concerns over the spil, describing it as "strange and worrisome"

Published By: Myrna Salomon on January 30, 2017 10:23 am EST

Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) and Nigeria are two words that make headlines in the news quite often. However, they never attribute each other. The Anglo Dutch energy giant’s presence in the southern Delta created a lot of havoc resulting in bombings and attacks on the company’s utilities and pipelines from the militants that demand the foreign big oil in the Niger Delta to make an urgent exit over unfair distribution of oil wealth.

Adding further to the trouble profile of Shell in the region, the latest updates hold that Ms. Benita Siloko, an environmental scientist at an NGO named CODE, failed to agree with Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC on the aftermath of a massive oil spill in the Ogboinbiri river in January, two years back.

Around 550 barrels of crude was released in the river, the company informed a couple of months after the leakage took place. However, as per the latest updates from Shell on January 25, no substantial or material damage has been caused by the spill and thus there arises no need for warranting a compensation for the crude release.

Ms. Siloko, on the other hand, explained her concerns over the spill describing it as “strange and worrisome.” She added that the matter should not be ignored as the amount released is massive. Furthermore, she stated that Shell’s statement is scientifically baseless and fails to be termed as factual or realistic.

"We at CODE, an NGO, see the statement as a fallacy that must have been based on a false premise because it is well established that crude oil is toxic," she added. On the other hand, Mr. Joseph Obari, spokesperson for SPDC stated that the company adhered to all clean up guidelines post the spill while also obtaining a certificate from National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) for its compliance.