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Abadoned Shell pipeline Spills crude in K-Dere Community, Nigeria


K-Dere community in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State is no stranger to oil spills from Shell Petroleum Development Corporation (SPDC). The community is home to about 64 oil wells out of the about 96 littered all over Ogoni land. Some of the key investigations in the assessment of Ogoniland carried out by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) were carried out in K-Dere.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Abadoned Shell pipeline Spills crude in K-Dere Community, Nigeria
State or province:Rivers State
Location of conflict:Gokana Local Government Area
Accuracy of locationLOW (Country level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Oil and gas exploration and extraction
Oil and gas refining
Pollution related to transport (spills, dust, emissions)
Specific commodities:Crude oil
Project Details and Actors
Project details


Project area:Uknown
Type of populationSemi-urban
Affected Population:Unknown
Company names or state enterprises:Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) from Netherlands
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:ERA/FOEN
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stageMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups mobilizing:International ejos
Local ejos
Forms of mobilization:Involvement of national and international NGOs
Official complaint letters and petitions
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage), Oil spills, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment
Project StatusUnknown
Conflict outcome / response:Under negotiation
Proposal and development of alternatives:ERAs demands are:
Shell should commence immediate decommissioning of their abandoned and obsolete equipments in Ogoniland
The Federal Government mandate Shell to start the immediate cleanup of Ogoniland as recommended by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in its assessment.
The Environmental Restoration Fund be set up immediately and deployed for the cleanup
Shell leave Ogoni oil in the soil
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:Shell has refused to decommission their facility. People still suffer from the spill.
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Contributor:Afoke Ohwojeheri
Last update18/08/2019
Conflict ID:609
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