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1 May 2013

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Friends of the Earth Netherlands

Nigerians and Milieudefensie appeal in Shell case

Nigerian farmers from two villages who lost their case against Shell, together with Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie), have submitted an appeal to the 30 January decision by the court in The Hague…Shell was ordered to pay compensation to this farmer from the village of Ikot Ada Udo, because the company did not adequately protect its oil well from vandalism, and oil from the well streamed over Akpan’s land. In this case, however, the court ruled that Shell Headquarters in The Hague could not be held liable for the failures of its subsidiary, which is responsible for the daily management of Shell in Nigeria…[F]or Milieudefensie it is clear that the headquarters shares responsibility for the massive environmental damage in Nigeria…