There is a great deal of oil in the green wetlands of the Niger Delta in Nigeria. For decades oil has been Nigeria’s leading export product. Nearly one-half of that oil production has been carried out under Shell’s supervision. Ever since oil was first discovered in the Niger Delta, many problems – such as oil leaks and gas flaring – have surrounded its extraction. One hundred gas flares burn day and night, and the once so fertile wetlands of the Niger Delta have been transformed by the oil leaks into the world’s largest oil disaster. Milieudefensie wants to reduce the environmental problems that Shell causes in Nigeria.
Victims of Shell\u2019s oil pollution from the Nigerian villages of Oruma, Goi and Ikot Ada Udo, in conjunction with Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie), have started a lawsuit against Shell Nigeria and Shell\u2019s parent company in the Netherlands. Three cases have been brought before the court. This is the first time in history that a Dutch corporation has been called to account in a Dutch court for damage done abroad.
In Nigeria, Shell keeps 110 gas flares burning, day and night. Together, these gas flares produce as much CO2 as four million cars. But this gas could be used for other purposes, such as electricity generation. Tells the harsh truth.
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