Group Drags Shell To London Court Over 2011 Nigeria Oil Spill In The Niger Delta

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A Non-Governmental Organization has filed a suit in a London court against Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company, SNEPCO, over a 2011 oil spill in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.

The NGO, the Oil Spills Victims Vanguard, filed the case on September 21 at the TTC High Court of Justice, London, on behalf of the victims of the Bonga oil spill.

The spill, said to have been caused by an operational error on the part of SNEPCO, had about 40,000 barrels of crude oil discharged into the Atlantic Ocean, and affected at least 350 communities in Delta and Bayelsa states.

“The pollution from this discharge which covered a distance of 185 kilometers along the Nigeria coastline compelled fishermen to desert the sea and the polluted farmlands,” the group said.

About 168,000 people were said to have been affected directly by the spill.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC, which is a parent company…

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