Egypt detects 841 new coronavirus cases; 42 deaths on Friday    'Once-in-a-lifetime' Maradona World Cup jersey hits auction block    Egypt coach admits Trezeguet's injury is 'big loss'    Man City's Foden dumps social media company over Mbappe tweet    Kremlin to expel 10 US diplomats in response to US sanctions    Iran nuclear chief Salehi says 60% enrichment has started at Natanz site    At least 21 African migrants die as boat sinks off Tunisia    Finland to open restaurants, give more COVID-19 vaccine to heavily hit areas    WHO chief says COVID-19 infection rate approaching highest of pandemic so far    Sisi stresses to Djibouti president importance of reaching GERD settlement to avoid regional instability    We will resort to international community after all GERD negotiations finish: Egypt FM    President Sisi supports Eni expanding operations in Egypt    10 emerging writers receive $50,000 Whiting Awards    J.K. Rowling children's story 'The Christmas Pig' out in October    2 crew members of impounded Ever Given allowed to return home for personal emergencies: Suez Canal Authority    15 injured as Minya Al-Qamh train derails    Skyway Development launches EGP 700bn Bayadega project at Egypt's New Capital    Turkey to send delegation to Egypt in May, its foreign minister says    Egypt condemns continued attacks by Yemen's Houthi militias towards Saudi territory    SODIC hires Hermes to study acquisition offer by Aldar Properties    Egyptian President approves €1.88bn loan for monorail lines    Veteran Egyptian journalist Makram Mohamed Ahmed passes away at 86    EFG Hermes determines fair value of Arab Investment Bank at EGP1.1bln    Al Ahly get ready for fierce league clash against Zamalek    Fans allowed at opening match of UEFA EURO 2020: Italy    Egypt halts traditional amateur football tournaments during Ramadan    Egypt Press Syndicate condemns Health Ministry's alleged media obstruction    EU, EIB, MSMEDA inspect Community Development Programme projects in Port Said    Egypt tourism minister discusses preparations for upcoming Arabian Travel Market with UAE    Egypt PM follows up on progress of Decent Life rural development initiative    Egypt, Turkey eye new phase of bilateral relations    Claims that Ancient Egyptians were African untrue: Zahi Hawass    New evidence suggests gender-based labour division as farming spread in Europe    Egyptian Armed Forces continue sterilisation at major mosques during Ramadan    Iftar Cannon: History behind special Ramadan tradition in Egypt    Egypt, Arab League, UN discuss developments in Libya    Sudan invites Egypt, Ethiopia to closed meeting on GERD    Egyptian farmers fearful as Ethiopia goes for 2nd Blue Nile dam filling    Nile tensions spill over    Party consensus    Russian FM says Egypt is main partner in Middle East, Africa    Egypt sees an uptick in new coronavirus infections registers 801 new cases on Saturday    PMI moves towards a smoke-free transformation, takes part in a webinar on e-cigarettes    Allianz Egypt partners with IGNITE to equip brand ambassadors for 2021 Olympics    Hassan Allam consortium wins contract to manage, operate Grand Egyptian Museum    Enhanced Labs signs Mr. Olympia 2020 "Big Ramy" And His Trainer Dennis James    King Tutankhamun funerary mask is must-see tourist icon: The Telegraph    Seasoned Egyptian screenwriter Wahid Hamed dies at 76    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Nigerians win UK court OK to sue Shell over oil spills
Published in Ahram Online on 12 - 02 - 2021

The UK Supreme Court on Friday allowed a group of 42,500 Nigerian farmers and fishermen to sue Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) in English courts after years of oil spills in the Niger Delta contaminated land and groundwater.
Senior judges said there was an arguable case that UK-domiciled Shell, one of the world's biggest energy companies, is responsible, in the latest test of whether multinationals can be held to account for the acts of overseas subsidiaries.
Represented by law firm Leigh Day, the group of Nigerians have argued that the parent company Shell owed them a duty of care because it either had significant control of, and was responsible for, its subsidiary SPDC. Shell countered that the court had no jurisdiction to try the claims.
“(The ruling) also represents a watershed moment in the accountability of multinational companies. Increasingly impoverished communities are seeking to hold powerful corporate actors to account and this judgment will significantly increase their ability to do so," Daniel Leader, partner at Leigh Day, said.
“UK common law is also used in countries like Canada, Australia and New Zealand so this is a very helpful precedent.”
The decision comes almost two years after a seminal ruling by the Supreme Court in a case involving mining firm Vedanta. The judgment allowed nearly 2,000 Zambian villagers to sue Vedanta in England for alleged pollution in Africa.
That move was seen as a victory for rural communities seeking to hold parent companies accountable for environmental disasters. Vedanta ultimately settled out of court in January.
Nigeria's Ogale and Bille communities allege their lives and health have suffered because repeated oil spills have contaminated the land, swamps, groundwater and waterways and that there has been no adequate cleaning or remediation.
SPDC is the operator of oil pipelines in a joint venture between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation which holds a 55% stake, Shell which holds 30%, France's Total with 10%, Italy's Eni with 5%.
A Shell spokesman said the decision was disappointing.
"Regardless of the cause of a spill, SPDC cleans up and remediates. It also works hard to prevent these sabotage spills, by using technology, increasing surveillance and by promoting alternative livelihoods for those who might damage pipes and equipment,” Shell said.
Shell has blamed sabotage for oil spills. It said in its annual report published last March that SPDC, which produces around 1 million barrels of oil per day, saw crude oil spills caused by theft or pipeline sabotage surge by 41% in 2019.
Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said last week that the firm would take "another hard look at its onshore oil operations" in the west African country.
The ruling is the second judgement against Shell this year regarding claims against its Nigerian operations. In a landmark Dutch ruling two weeks ago, an appeals court held Shell responsible for multiple oil pipeline leaks in the Niger Delta and ordered it to pay unspecified damages to farmers, in a victory for environmentalists.
Leigh Day said that the amount of compensation sought would be quantified as the case enters the trial stage. Shell could however try to settle the matter out of court.
In 2015, Shell agreed to pay out 55 million pounds ($83.4 million) to the Bodo community in Nigeria in compensation for two oil spills, which was the largest ever out-of-court settlement relating to Nigerian oil spills.


Clic here to read the story from its source.