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Shell is leaving the Niger Delta... and all its dirty business behind

Shell's recent decision to sell its onshore business in Nigeria's Niger Delta, worth $2.4 billion is creating controversy. The fossil energy giant's move is portrayed as an effort to streamline operations, good for them! However, it coincides with increasing criticism regarding the impact of its oil exploration in Nigeria. Of course, this move also questions the """ethics""" of exploiting a region for profit and then disengaging without addressing the ecological and social consequences.
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For decades, Shell has faced local resistance to the environmental devastation caused by its oil operations in the Niger Delta. The region has endured oil spills that contaminated rivers, disrupted agriculture, and exacerbated tensions, contributing to years of militant activity. The sale of its onshore business appears as a convenient exit strategy for Shell, allowing it to limit exposure to the environmental and human rights concerns surrounding its operations in Nigeria.
The assets being sold, largely owned by the Nigerian government's national oil company NNPC, include 15 onshore mining leases and three shallow-water operations. The government's approval is essential to close the deal, and activists in the Niger Delta are urging officials to withhold it unless Shell addresses the environmental damage caused by its operations. For a taste of what these damages can look like, check out this video below 👇

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNaEmt0_bAs


Nigeria heavily relies on the Niger Delta's petroleum resources for its earnings but the pollution resulting from oil and natural gas production has deprived residents of clean water, harmed agriculture and fishing, and heightened tensions in the region. While Shell claims the sale has been designed to allow them to conduct remediation as the operator of the joint venture where spills may have occurred, activists are sceptical and demand a comprehensive plan for environmental restoration and community compensation.
Also good to know that Shell is not exiting Nigeria entirely and will continue to invest in the country, focusing on its deepwater oil operations and integrated gas business.
Shell's divestment, while framed as a business decision should be made an example. You can't use a country and throw it away like a dirty tissue once you decide you are done. If these legacy issues are left unaddressed they may disrupt even more the region, there is a need to hold big oil responsible for implementing ethical practices and reparations in the extraction industry.






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  • Kevin

    11 w

    The disengagement without proper address of the social and ecological ethics goes to show that shell really did exploit oil exploration in Nigeria

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    • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

      11 w

      Shell's decision to divest its onshore business in Nigeria's Niger Delta is undoubtedly a significant move, but it raises important questions about corporate responsibility and ethical practices. While the company frames it as a strategic effort to streamline operations, it cannot be divorced from the long-standing criticisms of the environmental and social impacts of its oil exploration in the region. For decades, the Niger Delta has borne the brunt of oil spills, ecological devastation, and social tensions caused by Shell's operations. The sale of onshore assets, though a business decision, brings to the forefront the ethical implications of profiting from a region and then disengaging without adequately addressing the ecological and social consequences.

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      • Sam Arnold

        11 w

        This is the problem with activists pushing big oil to get out of their core business. Those barrels will continue to flow so the world energy supply is not impacted, but will be sold to a smaller, less capable operator who does not have the vast resources of a Shell and therefore will be more likely to have ever more environmental problems. A carbon offset to leave producing barrels in the ground works. Plug the wells, production stops, and the oil left in the ground would not justify drilling new wells, so it stays there forever. That is one of the methodologies we developed at CarbonPath. It works! We convinced an operator in the Bakken shale to plug the wells for $100k each vs selling them for $20k and shedding the abandonment liability. They are out $120k per well so there has to be compensation or oil companies will not pursue this path.

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        • We Don't Have Time

          11 w

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          • Rotich Kim

            11 w

            This is encouraging we need all company that deals with Fossil to start innovation and look for environment friendly source of energy

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            • George Kariuki

              11 w

              Together, we can hold companies like Shell accountable, ensure environmental justice for the Niger Delta, and build a world where communities and ecosystems thrive, not suffer, at the hands of fossil fuel exploitation.

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              • Gorffly mokua

                11 w

                It's important that the fossil fuel industry prioritizes ethical conduct, transparency, and sustainability, and takes active measures to address the negative consequences of their operations.

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                • Joseph Githinji

                  11 w

                  Shell has done so much harm and must be held accountable for all this negative effect before they bid goodbye. However in the future they must prioritise production of clean and renewable energy.

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                  • Grace Njeri

                    11 w

                    @joseph_githinji Shell is always a big mess to the environs.

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                    • Gorffly mokua

                      11 w

                      @joseph_githinji Unfortunately no one to hold them accountable! And even if they were held accountable, they mighty easily buy their way out .

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                      • Jane Wangui

                        11 w

                        @joseph_githinji The number of climate warnings they have received is wanting.

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                        • CHRIS NGATIA

                          10 w

                          @gorffly_mokua they have the power to run their errands and go untouched

                        • Grace Njeri

                          11 w

                          Action that jeopardizes any related climate matter should be halted. For decades shell has been on the wrong-side doing illegal activities that affects our future substantially.

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                          • CHRIS NGATIA

                            10 w

                            @grace_njeri_804 they should consider the future for once

                          • Saustine Lusanzu

                            11 w

                            We must unite to ensure that the polluters must pay

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                          • walter lungayi

                            11 w

                            It's important for companies to prioritize clean energy and sustainable practices.

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                            • Saustine Lusanzu

                              11 w

                              @walter_lungayi exactly

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                              • Gorffly mokua

                                11 w

                                @walter_lungayi Yes it is crucial for all companies do so, but Shell has never been committed to any sustainable practices!!

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                              • johnte ndeto

                                11 w

                                Such big oil companies as shell should consider investing in clean energy and still make margins

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                                • Saustine Lusanzu

                                  11 w

                                  @johnte_ndeto I second that

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                                  • Jane Wangui

                                    11 w

                                    @johnte_ndeto they could still make loads of money by providing clean energy.

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                                    • CHRIS NGATIA

                                      10 w

                                      @johnte_ndeto they really should invest in clean energy 💚

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