Nigerian community sues Eni in Italy for clean-up & damages to livelihoods after 2010 oil spill

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4 May 2017

ENI and the Nigerian Ikebiri case

Author: Friends of the Earth Europe

[A]n oil pipeline operated by ENI’s Nigerian operation, the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) burst [in 2010]...The spill affected the creek, fishing ponds and trees essential to the local community, damaging the livelihoods of the local community...a joint inspection visit led by NAOC cited “equipment failure” as the cause...The leak was closed, and the surrounding polluted area of bush was burnt...an inadequate, dangerous and polluting method...No other clean-up has taken place since...An initial payment of...approximately €6,000...was made to the community for relief materials....An initial [compensation] offer of...approximately €14,000...was rejected by the community...[who] have now decided to take their case to Italy… seeking clean-up and...damages of...approximately € 2 million...

[also refers to Shell, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation]

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4 May 2017

Nigerian village sues Eni for damages from pipe explosion

Author: Manuela D'Alessandro, Stephen Jewkes & David Clarke, Reuters

A Nigerian village has filed a lawsuit in Milan against Italian oil company Eni demanding compensation for damage caused by an oil pipeline explosion in 2010...asking Eni for 2 million euros ($2.2 million) in damages along with a commitment to clean up the area covering more than 43 acres (17 hectares),.."The explosion that happened near a river caused an environmental disaster that polluted water and land," [the plaintiffs' lawyer] said...Eni said [Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), which is owned by Eni] had always acted responsibly and had cleaned up the area quickly and efficiently, adding an inspection by the relevant authorities had had a positive outcome...[and that] NAOC was providing details to clear up the dispute...[The plaintiffs' lawyer] said a first hearing had been set for Dec. 11 at the Milan civil court...

[also refers to Shell]

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