Friends of the Earth NL, along with four Nigerian farmers, have brought a lawsuit against Shell, due to oil pollution in three Nigerian villages. The case is unique because it is the first time that a Dutch company has been brought before a Dutch court to account for environmental damage caused abroad.
The legal case concerns the three villages of Goi, Oruma and Ikot Ada Udo. The spills took place years ago. Many people have since moved away. Life has become intolerable there due to the pollution of drinking water, fishing ponds and agricultural lands on which nothing can grow any longer.
The legal case was introduced in May 2008. The main court hearing was held on 11 October 2012 and the court’s decision followed on 30 January 2013, after which both parties filed appeals. The session in the appeal will be held on 12 March 2015.
Shell is appealing the court’s ruling that the company must pay the farmer named Akpan compensation for oil pollution on his land. Friends of the Earth NL and the farmers are appealing the court’s decision that Shell Nigeria’s liability in the other spills has not been proved.
Friends of the Earth NL has started a legal case against Shell, jointly with four residents of the Niger Delta, with the aim of restoration of the damage done to the area’s nature, fish ponds and agricultural lands, and to provide compensation. Answers to many questions on the case can be found here.
Here you can find the verdicts of the court and the most important legal documents produced by Milieudefensie c.s. and Shell, like subpoenas, responses and judgements.
In February 2015 the price winning Nigerian photographer Akintunde Akinleye visited the Niger Delta for us. He portrayed our plaintiffs and depicted the oil disaster.
The 500 Club is a group of 500 people who support us in our efforts to get the Nigerdelta free om oil pollution and support is in our legal case against the pollution by Shell. This legal battle is costly, but if we win the effects for Nigeria and possibly other parts of the world are huge.