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Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Nigeria: Oil Spills - Shell to Pay $410m to Ogoniland

In the first case of its kind, a British high court sitting in London has ordered oil major, Royal Dutch Shell to pay compensation of potentially more than £250m ($410m) to the Bodo community of Rivers State, after the Anglo-Dutch oil group admitted liability for two spills around the community, following a class-action lawsuit brought in England by the Niger Delta community.

Martyn Day of the London-based law firm Leigh Day & Co. represented the Bodo Community and brought the legal claim for damages against Royal Dutch Shell plc. (RDS) and its subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company (Nigeria) ltd. (SPDC).

It was the first time the companies faced claims in England for damages resulting from their operations in Nigeria. The lawsuit was filed in England in April this year over two oil leaks in 2008 and 2009 that caused devastating damage to the environment and the waterways in particular to the fishing community of Bodo.

Source: AllAfrica/Leadership Nigeria