5 August 2011
The Bodo fishing community had taken the Anglo-Dutch oil giant to court in the
, claiming oil pollution has left the environment, and their livelihood, in ruins. UK
Previously Shell has always maintained that oil spills in the Niger Delta were largely caused by sabotage by crude oil thieves and pipeline vandals. However the company finally admitted that two devastating spills in 2008 and 2009 were a result of equipment failure.
This marks a turning point in the chequered relationship between oil companies and their host communities in
- and opens the way to a huge compensation settlement expected to be around 280 million euros. Nigeria