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Dutch court orders Shell to pay Compensation to Niger delta communities over oil spill

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There seems to be justice in the pipeline for many communities in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria as a Dutch court has ordered oil giant Shell to pay compensation to various communities over oil spills in Nigeria’s Niger Delta.

The Court of Appeal in The Hague on Friday ruled that the British-Dutch company must issue payouts over a long-running civil case involving four Nigerian farmers seeking compensation, and a cleanup, from the company over pollution caused by leaking oil pipelines. This is welcoming news and the ruling could pave the way for more cases against the multinational oil firm.

“Shell Nigeria is sentenced to compensate farmers for damages,” the court said, adding that parent company Royal Dutch Shell was also liable to install equipment to prevent future damage.

The case was brought in 2008 by the farmers, fishermen in the Niger Delta communities, and the campaign group Friends of the Earth, who were seeking compensation for lost income from contaminated land and waterways in the Niger Delta region, the heart of the Nigerian oil industry. The spills concerned were between 2004 and 2007, but pollution from leaking oil pipelines remains a major problem in the Niger Delta.

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The problem of the oil spill in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria has rob many communities of arable land for farming, waterways are also polluted leading to loss of means of livelihood. Oil giant Shell has been at the heart of the cause of oil spill in the Niger delta

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