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Agbara et al. v. Shell Petroleum et al.

Pays/Territoire
Nigéria
Type de cour
Nationale - cour supérieure
Date
Jui 14, 2010
Source
UNEP, InforMEA
Nom du tribunal
Federal High Court of Nigeria
Siège de la cour
Asaba
Juge
Buba, I.N.
Langue
Anglais
Sujet
Énergie, Environnement gén.
Mot clé
Droits de l'homme Pollution par les hydrocarbures
Résumé
The Ejama-Ebubu case was first filed in 2001, after Nigeria’s transition to a civilian government. There has been a longstanding war of words between Shell and Ogoni groups over the Ejama-Ebubu spill – communities claim that Shell’s negligence caused the rupture, while Shell blames retreating Biafran rebels, who supposedly blew up the pipeline as they withdrew during Nigeria’s civil war. Yet at trial, according to presiding Justice Ibrahim Buba, it declined to call any evidence to support any of its factual defenses. When Shell repaired its facilities and started pumping oil again after the civil war was over, it did nothing to patch the leak, which continued to gush crude onto farmlands and into waterways for at least fifteen years. At its worst, the Ejama-Ebubu spill inundated several square miles of land under literally yards of oil. The land remains uninhabitable and ravaged to this day. The Shell corporation has been ordered by the Nigerian court to pay out a large sum of compensation for the oil spill that severely damaged Ogoni lands 40 years ago. The court also ordered the oil giants to de-pollute the land and swamps to their states before the spill took place.