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Shell accepts liability for two oil spills in Nigeria

Author: John Vidal, Guardian [UK], Published on: 3 August 2011

Shell faces a bill of hundreds of millions of dollars after accepting full liability for two massive oil spills that have devastated a Nigerian community of 69,000 people and may take at least 20 years to clean up...Shell's acceptance of full liability for the spills follows a class action suit bought on behalf of communities by London law firm Leigh Day and Co...Many other impoverished communities in the delta are now expected to seek damages for oil pollution against Shell in the British courts...Last week Shell Nigeria said: "SPDC accepts responsibility under the Oil Pipelines Act for the two oil spills both of which were due to equipment failure. SPDC acknowledges that it is liable to pay compensation -to those who are entitled to receive such compensation." [also refers to Trafigura]

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