Shell-Operated Pipeline Ruptures in Nigeria

A Shell-operated pipeline in the Niger Delta has ruptured causing a major oil slick in the area. Residents of Rumuekpe community, near Port Harcourt, said oil from a broken pipe, 20 inches diameter, was spreading through creeks and streams in the area, seeping into farmland and destroying plants and trees and contaminating drinking water. Shell officials confirmed the occurrence of a leak but said a team of spillage experts had been sent to deal with the problem. The spill was still confined to an area of about 40 square meters.