Do you remember the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico? At least two times more oil has been leaked in Nigeria. A UN report (UNEP, August 2011) revealed that the region is even more severely polluted than we feared. The consequences for local people are immense. As the largest foreign oil corporation in Nigeria, Shell is to a significant degree responsible for this. We therefore ask Shell to clean up the oil, compensate residents and maintain pipelines and installations properly to prevent new leaks.
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.
Read the personal stories of three Nigerian victims of Shell oil leaks: Chief Eric Dooh, Alali Efanga and Chief Fidels A. Oguru, and and Friday Alfred Akpan. Friday Alfred
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.
Fifty years of oil extraction in the Niger Delta has led to the most serious environmental damage in the history of the oil industry. You can do something about it here!
Read the news about oil related activities in Nigeria and the courtcase against Shell.