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Royal Dutch Shell PLC
Violations of Nigerian Nuclear Regulations
Date: 03/01/2007 (Date of Charging - approximate)
Misconduct Type: Environment
Enforcement Agency: International
Contracting Party: None
Court Type: Criminal
Synopsis: In March 2007, the Nigerian government charged Royal Dutch Shell and three other foreign companies with illegally transporting and dumping radioactive material used in oil and gas exploration in the Niger Delta. Shell officials denied the allegations of any misbehavior on the part of Shell Petroleum Development Co. of Nigeria Ltd., known locally as SPDC, but did acknowledge that some equipment for drilling being transported through the region using radioactive material has gone missing and that the company was making a "concerted effort” to track it down. The government directed the police to keep several executives from the companies under strict surveillance until a hearing is scheduled.
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