Court Rules Shell Partially Responsible For Oil Pollution
A Dutch court has ruled that a subsidiary of Shell is partly accountable for the oil pollution in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, which also comprises oil spills in Ogoniland.
Below is an article published by the BBC News:
A Dutch court has ruled that a subsidiary of Shell is partially responsible for oil pollution in Nigeria's Niger Delta region.
The court dismissed four out of five allegations against the company but ordered it to pay compensation to one Nigerian farmer.
The landmark case against the Anglo-Dutch firm was brought by four Nigerian farmers and Friends of the Earth.
The judge said Shell Nigeria should have done more to prevent sabotage.
The level of damages in that case will be established at a later hearing.
The case is linked to spills in Goi, Ogoniland and Oruma in Bayelsa State and a third in Ikot Ada Udo, Akwa Ibom State.
The farmers had alleged that oil spills had poisoned their fish ponds and farmland with leaking pipelines.