For Shell or its local Shell Petroleum Development Co. (SPDC) to be held liable, “the court must be satisfied that there were no other significant causes which contributed to the claimants’ alleged losses such as spills by other operators or pollution as a result of illegal refining or sabotage”, the spokesperson said.
“It is high time that it addressed the ongoing pollution caused to these communities by its operations. The question must be asked whether Shell simply plans to leave the Niger Delta without addressing the environmental disaster which has unfolded under its watch?”
In the more than a quarter century since Shell Plc left Ogoniland in southern Nigeria, oil has continued to ooze from dormant wellheads and active pipelines, leaving the 386-square mile kingdom’s wetlands shimmering with a greasy rainbow sheen, its once-lush mangroves coated in crude, well-water smelling of benzene and farmlands charred and barren.
A case has begun this morning in the High Court as Friends of the Earth (FoE) challenges the UK government’s support for Mozambique LNG.
Communities considering legal action against majors are likely to accelerate their efforts amid the ongoing wave of divestitures.
The High Court will hear an application from Friends of the Earth (FoE) today to review the UK government’s support of the Mozambique LNG scheme.
Friends of the Earth (FoE) is asking for an oral hearing at the High Court in its bid to reverse the UK’s support for the Mozambique LNG project.
Friends of the Earth (FoE) has issued a legal challenge to the UK government’s decision to support Mozambique LNG.
Shell is heading to the UK Supreme Court today for another hearing on oil leaks in the Niger Delta.
Victims of a toxic waste scandal in Ivory Coast have won a High Court action against their British law firm.