AMSTERDAM, 3 May 2013 – Milieudefensie [Friends of the Earth Netherlands] has been surprised to learn that this Wednesday, Shell filed an appeal against the decision of the court in The Hague in a case on a leaking oil well in the Nigerian village of Ikot Ada Udo. The case is part of the lawsuit of Milieudefensie and four Nigerian farmers based on three separate cases of oil pollution from Shell installations.
AMSTERDAM/PORT HARCOURT, 1 May 2013 – Today, the Nigerian farmers from two villages who lost their case against Shell, together with Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie), have submitted an appeal to the 30 January decision by the court in The Hague. Milieudefensie is also filing an appeal in a third case. All the cases are centred around oil pollution due to spills from Shell pipelines and oil wells.
Geert Ritsema: ‘This verdict is great news for the people in lkot Ada Udo who started this case together with Milieudefensie [Friends of the Earth Netherlands]. But the verdict also offers hope to other victims of environmental pollution caused by multinationals. At the same time, the verdict is a bitter disappointment for the people in the villages of Oruma and Goi – where the court did not rule to hold Shell liable for the damage. Fortunately, this can still change in an appeal.’ This is the first time that Shell has been ordered by a Dutch court to pay compensation for the damage in Nigeria.
Amsterdam, 25 May 2012 – Shell has had Milieudefensie’s (Friends of the Earth Netherlands') campaign video clip 'Shell CEO, Uncensored' removed from YouTube. The environmental organisation’s 'Worse than Bad' campaign team was informed of this via an email sent by YouTube. In the popular satirical clip, Milieudefensie ridicules Shell CEO Peter Voser regarding the oil disaster that the company has caused in Nigeria. The clip has been viewed more than 25,000 times and can now only be viewed on Dumpert.nl, which copied and pasted the video to http://www.dumpert.nl/mediabase/2122561/ec187493/videofuck_.html on 4 May. Milieudefensie is considering a counteraction on YouTube by having the clip reposted.