A woman, surrounded by oil, retrieves cassava that she buried in the mud before a Shell pipeline spilled crude oil in the area. October 15, 2004, Goi, Nigeria. Jacob Silberberg / Getty Images Between 2004 and 2007, oil spilled out from pipelines owned by a Shell subsidiary, polluting the fields and fish ponds in three Nigerian villages. So four Nigerians teamed up with Milieudefensie/Friends of the Earth Netherlands to sue Shell over the leaks in 2008. Now, nearly 13 years later, a Dutch court has largely ruled in their favor. “Finally, there is some justice for the Nigerian people suffering the consequences of Shell’s oil,” plaintiff Eric Dooh said in a press release . “It is a bittersweet victory, since two of the plaintiffs, including my father, did not live to see the end of this trial. But this verdict brings hope for the future of the people in the Niger Delta.” The case involved three leaks: two from pipelines near the villages of Oruma and Goi and one from a well near the village of Ikot Ada Udo. The Court of Appeal in the Hague issued its decision on the first two spills January 29, ruling that Shell […]


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