Shell oil spill off Nigeria likely worst in decade

2011-12-22 13:10

An offshore oil spill from a Royal Dutch Shell PLC field in Nigeria is likely the worst in a decade according to the head of the country’s oil spill management agency.

Peter Idabor of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency told The Associated Press today that oil from the spill in Shell’s Bonga field has spread to roughly 100 nautical miles. Idabor said he expects oil to begin washing ashore on Nigeria’s southern coast later today.

Shell announced yesterday it had closed its Bonga field after a leak of less than 40 000 barrels of oil.

That’s about the amount of a 1998 Mobil spill that saw oil slicks extend down Nigeria’s coast to Lagos.

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