Archbishop of York condemns oil companies for sparking ‘environmental genocide’

Posted Nov 8, 2019

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Archbishop of York John Sentamu has called for urgent action to stop the oil spills that are devastating communities in Nigeria’s Bayelsa state.

Following the release of an interim report of the Bayelsa State Oil and Environmental Commission, which he chairs, Sentamu called the actions of oil companies operating in the Niger Delta as “nothing less than environmental genocide.”

Sentamu said that oil companies needed to end a culture of double standards in Nigeria. Launching the report, he accused Shell, AGIP and other oil companies of reaping environmental devastation upon the people of Bayelsa and of ignoring their pleas for assistance.

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