On 30 January 2013 in The Hague, a Dutch judge has ruled that Shell is responsible for oil pollution in one (Ikot Ada Udo) of three Nigerian villages that are the focus of court cases jointly brought against Shell by Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) and four Nigerian farmers in 2008. Appeals were filed on 1 May 2013 on behalf of the victims in the two other villages (Goi and Oruma) and Milieudefensie and in the case of Ikot Ada Udo solely on behalf of Milieudefensie, concerning the responsibility of Shell Headquarters in The Hague.
Milieudefensie has instituted a legal case against Shell, jointly with four residents of the Niger Delta, with the aim of repairing the damage done to the area’s nature, fish ponds and agricultural lands, and to provide compensation for the damages. More information on this court case can be found in the FAQs here.
My father's life’s work has been lost and all my efforts have come to nothing. Shell has taken everything away from us. If it weren’t for me, he wouldn’t even have had any clothing or food. Chief Eric Dooh talks about the leaks in Goi and how the oil has influenced his life.
The leak occurred in a forest named Olumogbogbo, in a type of creek that is actually swamp. I saw raw oil coming up where the Shell pipelines were. Oil floated on the water of the creek and covered our fish ponds, fields and crops.
Shell always comes just to plug the leak. Afterwards, they leave the village without cleaning up the pollution, restoring the area or paying compensation for the damages suffered. I am angry, very angry.
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