Friday, July 15, 2011

Youths protest at Shell Nigeria crude flow station

14 July 2011

* Protesters break into Kolo Creek flow station

* Shell says damage poses potential threat to environment (Adds comment from Shell)

IMIRINGI, Nigeria, July 14 (Reuters) - Nigerian youths broke into a Niger Delta crude oil flow station owned by Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) on Thursday in protest at what they said was the firm's failure to provide their communities with electricity.

Shell said it was engaging with the protesters who had tampered with its Kolo Creek oil installations in a manner that posed a serious threat to people and the environment but it did not state that any production was affected.

"We are protesting (because) Shell has failed to honour a Global Memorandum of Understanding that if they have electricity in their base, we also should enjoy the same," said a local community leader who was part of the protest.

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