Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hurricanes and Attacks Keep Spills Up for Shell

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hurricanes and Attacks Keep Spills Up for Shell

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Royal Dutch Shell has blamed attacks by separatists on pipelines in Nigeria and hurricanes in the United States for missing its goal of reducing oil spills in 2005.

Around 340 tonnes of oil flooded land in Nigeria during December after a key pipeline was blown up by rebels, an event that marked a series of attacks on assets owned by Shell in the country.

Shell said spillages totalling 3,900 tonnes of oil took place in the United States last summer because of damage caused by two major hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico.

The largest spills were at Nairn and Pilottown in Louisiana in September, prompting Shell to rethink designs and strengthen equipment so they can withstand hurricanes in future.

Unveiling its Sustainability Report for last year, Shell said spillages totalled 9,000 tonnes compared with 6,100 tonnes in 2004.

But the company said it was continuing to reduce spillages caused by corrosion or operational failures, and other aspects of its environmental record were improving.

Emissions of greenhouses gases, a key cause of global warming, fell in 2005 after rising for six years and it cut flaring in Nigeria by 13% to stay on target to end the practice by 2009. …

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