Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:44 AM
dipsydoodle (42,239 posts)
Dutch court says Shell partly responsible for Nigeria spills
(Reuters) - A Dutch court ruled on Wednesday that Royal Dutch Shell can be held partially responsible for pollution in the Niger Delta in southern Nigeria, saying the company should have prevented sabotage at one of its facilities.
The district court in The Hague ordered Shell to pay unspecified damages to one farmer, but dismissed four other claims filed against the Dutch parent company.
The case was seen by activists as a test for holding multinational companies responsible for alleged offences at foreign subsidiaries.
Four Nigerians and interest group Friends of the Earth filed the suit in 2008 in the Netherlands, where Shell has its global headquarters, seeking reparations for lost income from contaminated land and waterways in the Niger Delta region.
Read more: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/01/30/uk-shell-nigeria-lawsuit-idUKBRE90T0DC20130130
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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #5)
Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:17 PM
pampango (24,201 posts)
7. Shell is only paying damages to one Nigerian farmer. No amount has been determined yet, but
it is doubtful that it will make much difference to a multinational oil company or have much impact on the price of our gas.
The good news is that the Dutch court established the precedent that Shell can be sued for environmental damage in other countries which, hopefully, will motivate the company to upgrade its environmental standards. If they don't they run the risk of much larger court rulings in the future, because it causes plenty of damage to Nigeria's environment.
Response to jwirr (Reply #1)
Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:09 PM
pampango (24,201 posts)
6. The headline must have changed. Now: Dutch court says Shell responsible for Nigeria spills
They got rid of the 'partially' in the headline.
Dutch court says Shell responsible for Nigeria spills
Sounds like good news. It's impressive that a court in the Netherlands would rule against a Netherlands-based multinational oil company for abuses in a far-away country. Hope this leads to good things in the future.