03 Jan '12, 4pm

Nigerian officials have suspended fishing following the area's worst oil spill in over a decade.

ENS reports that Nigerian officials have suspended fishing off the southern coast of Nigeria as oil washes ashore following an offshore oil spill in late December . The spill from Shell's 200,000-barrel-a-day Bonga facility is said to be the worst in the area in 13 years. The company estimated the spill at less than 40,000 barrels (1.7 million gallons), but satellite images from U.S.-based environmental group SkyTruth suggest the spill may have involved up to 2.4 million gallons . Days after the December 20 spill, Shell said the oil had been dispersed while fishing villages along the shore were saying otherwise. Shell Nigeria's, Country Chair, Mutiu Sunmonu, said in a statement on Christmas day, "I am very sorry the leak from Bonga happened in the first place, but am now happy to confirm the oil has dispersed." Not only are local residents not convinced, but now their live...

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