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Offshore Nigeria spill came amid tanker-loading


LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- A faulty pipe from an offshore oil field run by Royal Dutch Shell PLC near Nigeria's coast spewed crude oil into the ocean for as much as 25 hours as workers loaded a waiting tanker.

While Shell continues to investigate the cause of what likely is the worst offshore spill in more than a decade near oil-rich Nigeria, the nation's beleaguered government remains largely reliant on the oil firm to clean up the spill.

While the huge slick remained offshore Friday, it still poses a danger to wildlife and plants in a region where spills already stain the environment.

Shell operates in partnership with Italy's Eni SpA, Exxon Mobil Corp., France's Total SA and the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corp.

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