SHELL WILL NOT PAY FOR SPILLS DUE TO SABOTAGE
Royal Dutch Shell said at the Hague that it will not pay for thousands of oil spills in Nigeria caused by bandits, estimating that 70 percent of spills were caused by sabotage or theft. "When it comes to issues of the safety of people and crime, it's the responsibility of the government," said Peter de Wit, director of Shell Netherlands. "That's not happening. But you can't lay it on our doorstep." Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth International announced that they would file formal complaints against Shell with the British and Dutch governments for failing to take responsibility for the spills. Ian Craig, Shell’s executive vice president for sub-Saharan Africa, said that the company would continue to attempt to clean up spills, but that paying for spills caused by sabotage because it would create a “perverse incentive” for criminals. For the full story, see http://www.upi.com/Science_News/Resource-Wars/2011/01/27/Royal-Dutch-Shell-defends-Nigerian-work/UPI-61761296142263/ and http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/27/science/earth/27nigeria.html?_r=1&ref=shellroyaldutchplc.