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Battling Big Oil: How Four Nigerian Villagers Took Shell to Court


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Cal
- 541 days ago - spiegel.de
Four Nigerian villagers from the Niger River delta have challenged mighty Shell in a Dutch court. They complain that the oil giant has caused environmental devastation and ruined their homes. A verdict in the unprecedented case is expected on Wednesday.



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Christeen Anderson (476)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 7:07 pm
Kudos to them. Thank you for standing up to big oil.
 

Sheila S. (63)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 7:38 pm
One more reason why I don't/won't buy Shell oil! I second the kudos to those four - but it is an uphill battle that, even if won in court, will do little to restore the land already destroyed.
 

Vicky P. (462)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 9:27 pm
good for them
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 12:50 am
Good news , Those deserve appreciation . Noted ,Thanks Cal .
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (378)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 12:56 am
Good for them. Let's hope they win the fight!
 

Nimue P. (223)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 2:28 am
Noted.
 

ellen m. (233)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 2:51 am
Hopefully they win..
but they have just as big a problem with their government which unfortunately no court can likely help.

Shared, and posting this in Tree Nation, where we have a plantation in Dosso. Thanks Cal
 

Gysele van Santen (210)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 3:08 am
i hope the villagers along w/help from Friends of the Earth get the justice they deserve. they have been through enough.
 

Jaime A. (32)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 3:35 am
Noted.
 

paul m. (93)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 4:02 am

Nice one....
 

Ben Oscarsito (353)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 4:19 am
Right on! -I wonder if that bloody sHELL isn't the worst company ever on this Planet...???
 

Carol H. (229)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 4:26 am
good for them!!! I sure hope they win!! thanks Cal, noted
 

John S. (297)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 6:17 am
I believe that Friends Of The Earth brought the cases for them, they also had 5 cases, of which they were not guilty of. The fifth holds them liable to pay compensation because they had not done enough to prevent sabotage.
 

Melania Padilla (173)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 12:48 pm
Nice!!!
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 7:25 pm
Thanks for the update John--I saw someone had posted the results of the case earlier today
 

Christine Linley (11)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 2:53 pm
Thanks Cal, I have posted AVaaz's petition : Please sign
Avaaz - People Power Vs Big Oil............... PETITION
http://www.care2.com/news/member/708546038/3524008

In days, Nigeria's Parliament could approve a $5 billion fine against giant oil polluter Shell for a spill that devastated the lives of millions of people, and pass a law to hold all oil companies to account for polluting and plundering. This is a watershed moment, but unless we all speak out, oil giants will crush it.

Finally, Big Oil is having to pay for the wasteland and violence that they’ve created. President Jonathan supports the Shell fine, and progressive Senators are pushing for strong regulations, but oil companies are slick, and without huge international support MPs could buckle under the pressure.

Politicians are deciding their positions right now -- sign the urgent petition for the Nigerian Parliament to fine Shell and support the bill, and then forward this page to everyone -- when we hit a million signers we'll bring our unprecedented global call to the steps of Nigeria's Parliament.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Friday February 1, 2013, 10:28 am
Good for the villagers!
 
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