4 August 2011
The environmental restoration of a region in
’s southern delta which has been affected by more than 50 years of oil operations could prove to be the world’s “most wide-ranging and long-term oil clean-up exercise ever undertaken,” a landmark study by the UN has warned. Nigeria
The report, released by the UN’s Environment Programme on Thursday, also suggested the Nigerian government and the oil industry establish an initial $1bn trust fund to help pay for the clean-up in the Ogoniland area within the Niger Delta.
The assessment, which took place over a 14-month period, showed that “pollution from over 50 years of oil operations in the region has penetrated further and deeper than many may have supposed”, said the report, which was commissioned by the Nigerian government and funded by Royal Dutch Shell.
+++Mutiu Sunmonu, managing director of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of