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.