11,000 Nigerians suing Shell

Lawyers representing more than 11,000 Nigerian fishermen, filed in London's High Court lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell. It is reported by Agence France-Presse. The company is accused of damaging the environment and, in particular, fishing in Nigeria as a result of the oil spill.

In August last year, Shell admitted that in 2008 due to the fault of the company in the Niger Delta have been two oil spills. Most of the incidents affected 35 villages, which are home to 49,000 Nigerians. Dutch-British company recognized the oil spill in the amount of 4 million barrels just after the spill have been established by independent organizations.

Shell has promised to remove all traces of contamination and to pay compensation in accordance with the laws of the African country. As previously reported, the company paid to local residents, a total of about 3.5 thousand pounds and gave food to compensate.

According to Leigh Day — one of the law firms representing the victims — a leak could reach 500 thousand barrels. Shell argues that even if the open space has got more than 4 million barrels of raw materials, the cause is damage caused by local residents who tried to illegally take away from the pipeline.

Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) Mutiu Sunmonu (Mutiu Sunmonu) told the "Bi-bi-si", which for the compensation you need to understand the "ambiguities in the Niger Delta." According to him, due to inter-tribal feuds oil companies can not figure out who really suffered and should receive the money. In addition, as noted Sunmonu, negotiations complicated by the fact that Nigerians are a number of different law firms.

Leigh Day has filed a class action in court to Shell in April last year, but the process was suspended, since the parties began negotiations. , Writes The Financial Times. Last week, the negotiations reached an impasse, and the lawyers have decided to give the cause of stroke.


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