Gem of the day

In Ogoniland, a small region in the Niger delta, there were two major oil spills in 2008 that essentially destroyed the ecosystems its habitants rely on to survive (via Guardian).

Shell hasn't tried to clean it up. After all, it's in a remote place that doesn't get much media coverage, right? Instead this is what they've done:

"In two years the company has only offered £3,500 together with 50 bags of rice, 50 bags of beans and a few cartons of sugar, tomatoes and groundnut oil. The offers were rejected as "insulting, provocative and beggarly" by the chiefs of Bodo, but later accepted on legal advice."

Did someone say corporate responsibility? Doesn't seem to fit with their "Let's Go" campaign, unless they're trying to get away from paying the costs for their environmental impact.

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