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Shell confirms oil spill in southeastern Nigeria state

The Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell said that it has sent a clean-up team to try to contain an oil slick which had been coursing from a sabotaged pipeline in southern Nigeria for more than two weeks. The firm said in a statement received here that its engineers on June 1 had been prevented from getting to the scene of the disaster in Imo State by a violent demonstration by local youths. “The spill investigation … confirmed that the pipeline leak was caused by sabotage as a result of drilled hole and hacksaw cut,” Shell said in a statement signed by its spokesman, Don Boham. The spill in the 18 inch (45 centimetre) wide Assa-Rumuekpe trunkline was finally clamped on Wednesday, two weeks after the rupture, it said. Although the Shell statement did not indicate the extent of human and ecological damage caused by the spill, the Vanguard newspaper reported on its front page Friday that trees and property worth 750 million naira (5.6 million dollars) were destroyed as a result of the disaster. Full Story

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