If Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company (SNEPCO) fails to pay within 14 days a fine of $3,600,191,206 to victims of the 2011 Bonga oil spill disaster, Oil Spill Victims Vanguard (OSPIVV), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has threatened to shut down all SNEPCO facilities.
The spill polluted farmlands, vegetation, contaminated environments and forced fishermen out of business. It covered 185 kilometres along the coast of Ekeremo, Southern Ijaw and Brass local government areas of Bayelsa State and Warri Southwest, Warri North and Burutu local government areas of Delta State.
Mr Harrison Jalla, Executive Director of OSPIVV, said in a letter to SNEPCO that after Federal Government’s investigations, it imposed $3,600,191,206 on the company on December 19, 2014 with a 14-day ultimatum to pay the victims in about 350 communities along the Atlantic Ocean’s coastline in Delta and Bayelsa states.
The oil spill occurred at SNEPCO’s Bonga Oil Field on December 20, 2011, where 40,000 barrels of crude oil spilled into the Atlantic Ocean following the failure of the company’s equipment when it was loading.