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Eni lawsuit (re oil spill in Nigeria)

In May 2017, the Ikebiri community in Nigeria filed a lawsuit in Italy against Eni for clean-up and compensation of nearly 2 million euros following a 2010 oil spill in the Niger Delta that affected local waterways. The community alleges that the company has insufficiently remediated the damage. The case is ongoing.

In May 2017, the Ikebiri community of Nigeria filed a lawsuit against Eni in Italy for clean-up and compensation of nearly 690 million naira (around 2 million euros) following an oil spill in the Niger Delta on 5 April 2010.  The community alleges that its sources of livelihoods such as a creek, fishing ponds and trees were damaged as a result of the oil spill which was caused by the bursting of a pipeline operated Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC); Eni is the majority owner of NAOC.  They also claim that NAOC has insufficiently remediated the damage by burning the spilt oil in the area, a practice the community alleges is inappropriate in itself, and taking no further clean-up measures to address the pollution.

According to Eni, NAOC fully cooperated with the authorities in Nigeria which were satisfied with the clean-up in the aftermath of the oil spill and is providing all necessary information in order to settle the dispute. 

A first hearing was held on 9 January 2018 at a Milan tribunal, and a second one is scheduled for April 18th.