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Background to the Bodo claim [UK/Nigeria]

Following two enormous oil spills that occurred in Bodo in late 2008, Leigh Day is bringing a claim in the High Court to ensure that members of the Bodo community receive adequate compensation for the damage caused by the oil spills and to ensure that the…area is properly cleaned up and remediated…Shell has accepted that it was responsible for both…spills but says that the volume of oil spilt was about 4,000 barrels and that only 36 hectares were impacted. [The] pipelines…are nearly 50 years old and have not been maintained or inspected properly…Both spills continued to pour oil out into the environment for weeks even after [Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC)] had been alerted to the oil spills… The Bodo community that has been devastated by these oil spills is one of the poorest in the world...SPDC has still not offered an acceptable amount of compensation to this impoverished community…

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