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Shell Reopens Two Oil Flowstations in Nigeria


Oil giant Shell has resumed production at two flowstations after Nigerian authorities intervened to resolve a dispute with villagers.

Shell reopened the facilities Tuesday, nearly one month after a protest by members of the remote fishing village of Kula stopped the flow of some 100,000 barrels of crude a day.

On December 5, the villagers seized two Shell oil facilities and one from ChevronTexaco, demanding jobs and investment in the local community.

The protesters left the flowstations several days later but threatened to attack again unless their demands were met. Last week, ChevronTexaco struck a deal, allowing it to resume oil production in the village.

Multinational oil companies in Nigeria are routinely targeted by impoverished locals, who say their communities are deprived of the oil wealth pumped from their lands.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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