21 October 2011
The lawsuit alleges that Shell, long the dominant oil company over
Nigeria 's more than 50 years of production, acted willfully negligent in pursuing profits over protecting the nation 's Niger Delta.
The lawsuit filed by lawyers in
uses a recent United Nations report over widespread pollution in the delta Detroit 's Ogoniland area for much of its evidence. However, that report implied Nigeria 's state-run oil company, rather than Shell, was responsible for recent damage in village of Ogale in Nigeria 's Rivers state.
"It is not isolated or accidental, but part of a culture and ongoing pattern of conduct that consistently and repeatedly ignored risks to others in favor of financial advantage," the lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan reads.