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2 Jun 2020

Corporate Responsibility (CORE) Coalition

UK: NGOs submit evidence to Supreme Court in case concerning Shell’s alleged responsibility for Niger Delta oil spills

"UK Supreme Court should recognise Shell’s responsibilities for devastating rights impacts of Niger Delta oil spills," 

The CORE Coalition and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) have jointly submitted evidence…in a landmark case before the UK Supreme Court brought by some 40,000 people from the Ogale and Bille communities of the Niger Delta (Nigeria) against oil major Royal Dutch Shell (Okpabi et al vs Royal Dutch Shell et al) for serious harm to their human rights and well-being.

On 23 June, the Supreme Court will consider whether Shell can arguably be held liable for pollution caused by its Nigerian subsidiary, which destroyed farming land, wiped out fish stocks and poisoned drinking water. In 2018 the Court of Appeal ruled that Shell did not exercise enough control over the subsidiary to hold it responsible for the well-being of those affected by the oil spills.

This is the latest stage in a four-year legal action brought by communities seeking compensation for the catastrophic environmental damage caused by widespread oil spills.

[Also refers to: Vedanta]

Part of the following timelines

UK: Court hears appeal in Okpabi Shell case brought by Nigerian plaintiffs for environmental damage

Shell lawsuit (re oil spills & Ogale & Bille communities in Nigeria - Okpabi v Shell)