Royal Dutch Shell Group .com Shell under pressure over Ogoniland


A News item from Business Respect, Issue Number 9, dated 28 Jul 2001


Ron Van den Berg, the Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Co, has appeared before the Justice Chukwudifu Oputa Human Rights Commission to make the case for a conciliatory way forward.


He admitted that Shell is keen for a resolution so it can resume operations in what is an oil-rich area. The company pulled out in 1993 following attacks on installations by local people.


His position was attacked by the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) which suggested that affairs in the area were now as bad as they had ever been. Berg counters with the suggestion that he had received representations from various groups suggesting that MOSOP were not representing their views.


Berg said that while the company was committed to the development of the Niger Delta region, not much would be accomplished without government participation.


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