4 Nigerian farmers claim compensation from Shell for the damage they claim to have suffered because of oil leakages from two underground pipelines and an oil well in Nigeria in the period 2004-2007. They also demand that Shell puts more effort into cleaning the pollution and takes measures to prevent recurrence. Besides the farmers, Milieudefensie (the Dutch branch of Friends of the Earth International) acts as plaintiff.
Shell rejects liability. According to Shell the leaks have been caused by sabotage in which case, under Nigerian law, there is no liability. Furthermore, Shell believes that the pollution has been cleaned adequately.