26 Mar '12, 12pm

Nigerian Villages Take Shell to Court Over Oil Spills in Groundbreaking Case

Shell has an abysmal history in Nigeria , and operations continue despite spill after record-breaking spill . People who live there are tired of the mess (think the Gulf Coast after the BP spill, but worse), which the company has yet to clean up. So 35 Nigerian villages are taking a unit of Royal Dutch Shell to court, claiming that 560,000 barrels of oil spilled over a period of weeks before Shell finally stopped the flow from its pipelines—and that the company's slow response has destroyed the environment and devastated local livelihoods. AP has more : The spills, estimated by experts from video footage of the damage at the time, came before any other spills or damage occurred in the communities, said lawyer Martyn Day, a senior partner of Leigh Day & Co., which is representing the villages. Lawyers for the communities filed the suit in London, where the transnational cor...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/energy-disasters/nigerian-villa...

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