Shell Nigeria ordered to compensate farmer

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
  • The court dismissed four of the five allegations in the case.

A court in the Netherlands has ruled that Royal Dutch Shell's Nigerian subsidiary was responsible for a case of oil pollution in the Niger Delta. Shell has been ordered to pay unspecified damages to one farmer in Nigeria for loss of income.

The court dismissed four of the five allegations in the case, brought by campaign group Friends of the Earth and four Nigerian farmers.

The Nigerian farmers claimed environmental damage from the oil spills by the country's largest oil and gas producer meant they could not feed their families.

Shell said the case would not set a precedent because its parent company was not held responsible.

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