The Hague Court of Appeal rules that the Anglo-Dutch multinational must pay for a 2008 case.
A Dutch court has ordered Shell to pay compensation for oil spills in Nigeria’s Niger Delta in a ruling that could pave the way for more lawsuits against the oil multinational.
The Hague Court of Appeal ruled on Friday that the Anglo-Dutch company, headquartered in the Netherlands, should make payments for a long-standing civil case involving four Nigerian farmers seeking compensation and a clean-up of the society due to pollution. caused by leaking oil pipelines.
“Shell Nigeria is ordered to compensate the farmers for the damage,” the court said, adding that parent company Royal Dutch Shell was also required to install equipment to prevent future damage.
The case was brought in 2008 by farmers and the Friends of the Earth campaign group, who sought redress for lost income due to contaminated land and waterways in the Niger Delta region, the heart of the country. Nigerian oil industry.
The spills concerned took place between 2004 and 2007, but pollution from leaking oil pipelines remains a major problem in the Niger Delta.
Shell argued that the saboteurs were responsible for leaks in underground oil lines that polluted the delta. The company also argued that it should not be held legally liable in the Netherlands for the actions of a foreign affiliate.
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