Shell Denies Claims of Pipeline Attack by Nigerian Militants
February 8, 2010
According to the Associated Foreign Press, Shell oil company denies a claim by Nigerian militants that they attacked a major Shell pipeline in the volatile Niger Delta, a company spokesman said. A group called the Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC) said in a statement that it had attacked and "successfully disabled the trunk line belonging to Shell in the swamp of Obunoma" in oil-rich Rivers State. The JRC also said in its statement it was "reinvigorated as a result of series of consultations with patriotic groups in our territory." Recently, the main militant Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta announced it was calling off a three-month-old truce with the government. A key demand of the militants is that local communities benefit from the region''s oil wealth. Oil is Nigeria''s economic mainstay, raking in some 95 percent of export earnings and accounting for about 85 percent of budget requirements for the OPEC member country.