Shell in High Court over Nigeria Claims

Shell in High Court over Nigeria Claims

The High Court in London will begin to hear arguments during a four-day hearing starting November 21 on whether it may hear two legal claims on behalf of over 40,000 Nigerians against Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary SPDC over environmental damage caused by oil pollution to two Niger Delta communities, according to a statement by lawyers at Leigh Day who are representing them.

The first claim is being brought on behalf of 2,335 individuals from the Bille kingdom of Nigeria, mostly fishermen, who say their environment has been devastated by oil spills over the past five years.

The second claim is brought on behalf of the Ogale Community in Ogoniland which consists of roughly 40,000 people, which claims that repeated oil spills from Shell’s pipelines have still not been cleaned up. Oil spills in the area were documented by the UN Environment Programme in its 2011 report.

Shell in a statement said that both the Bille and Ogale areas have been heavily impacted by crude oil theft, pipeline sabotage and illegal refining. More:

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