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
NameAbadoned Shell pipeline Spills crude in K-Dere Community, Nigeria
ProvinceRivers State
SiteGokana Local Government Area
Accuracy of LocationLOW country/state 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
Pollution related to transport (spills, dust, emissions)
Oil and gas refining
Specific Commodities
Crude oil
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsUnknown
Project Area (in hectares)Uknown
Type of PopulationSemi-urban
Potential Affected PopulationUnknown
Company Names or State EnterprisesRoyal Dutch Shell (Shell) from Netherlands
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersERA/FOEN
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups MobilizingInternational ejos
Local ejos
Forms of MobilizationInvolvement 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-economic ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment
Project StatusUnknown
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseUnder negotiation
Development of AlternativesERAs 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 as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.Shell has refused to decommission their facility. People still suffer from the spill.
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ContributorAfoke Ohwojeheri
Last update08/04/2014