Oil pollution

epa04487961 (FILE) A file picture dated 31 December 2011 shows a man covers his hands in crude oil during a protest against Shell after a oil spill from a Shell oil field in Bonga, Nigeria. According to news reports on 13 November 2014, the Oil firm Royal Dutch Shell allegedly ignored internal advice to replace the outdated trans-Niger pipeline which eventually ruptured and caused two damaging oil spills, court documents obtained by Amnesty International revealed. The pipeline burst twice in November 2008, spilling thousands of barrels of oil on a large expanse of mangroves and ruining the livelihoods of almost 15,000 villagers near Bodo in Ogoniland in Rivers State. EPA/GEORGE ESIRI