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Amnesty International reports on the devastating oil spills in Nigeria

Two major international oil companies operating in Nigeria have been accused of failing to control oil spills which damage the environment and the health of locals. In a report released on Thursday, Amnesty International criticised the multinational company, Shell, for too quickly attributing oil spills to sabotage and theft by outsiders. It also accused the Italian group Agip, a subsidiary of Eni, of not properly controlling its activities. Amnesty says oil companies often blame oil spills on sabotage in order to get out of paying compensation when in fact corroded pipes are the cause. The report says the process of cleaning up the oil spills is completely discredited.
The future of farmers and fishermen whose livelihoods are destroyed by such spills depends on reports that can be ``very subjective, misleading and downright false,'' according to an independent U.S. industry expert hired by Amnesty International to review documents recently obtained under Nigeria's freedom of information law.
Read the full report by following this link: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AFR44/028/2013/en


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