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  • sushibn sushibn Nov 7, 2012 8:34 AM Flag

    Royal Dutch Shell is Trending: Here’s Why That’s Not a Good Thing


    Royal Dutch Shell is Trending: Here’s Why That’s Not a Good Thing
    By Meghan Foley | More Articles
    November 07, 2012
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    Worldwide concern regarding a 2011 leak at one of Royal Dutch Shell’s (NYSE:RDSA)(NYSE:RDSB) oil fields in Nigeria has gained critical mass; so far this week, the company has been trending on Twitter.
    Short phrases like “Payback time for Big Oil,” “Justice for the people,” and “Tell parliament to end oil impunity” have littered the company’s feed over the past few days.
    Many of the tweets include a link to a petition sponsored by the advocacy group Avaaz, urging the Nigerian Parliament to fine Shell $5 billion for the 2011 Bonga Oil Spill. In the petition, Avaaz describes Shell as a “giant oil polluter” responsible for a spill that “devastated the lives of millions of people.”
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    Nigeria’s oil regulator, the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, made a similar request the legislative body in July.
    Last December’s spill, which was caused by a failure in the company’s oil export hose, leaked 40,000 barrels into the Atlantic Ocean, covering approximately 950 square kilometers of water. While the oil company has maintained that no environmental damage occurred because the spill was contained before it reached the shore, National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency says otherwise.
    “It has a direct social impact on the livelihood of people in the river areas whose primary occupation is fishing,” the agency told the Telegraph.

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