Four Nigerian farmers and Friends of the Earth (Milieudefensie) are claiming compensation from Shell for damage they say they have suffered as a result of oil spills from underground pipelines and an oil well in Nigeria. These are pipe leaks in the Nigerian villages of Oruma and Goi and a well leak in the village of Ikot Ada Udo in the period 2004-2007. They also demand that Shell clean up the contamination better and take measures to prevent a recurrence.
Shell disclaims liability. According to Shell, the spills were caused by sabotage and in that case there is no liability under Nigerian law. Moreover, in Shell's opinion, the contamination has been cleaned up sufficiently. Shell says that cleaning up is done regardless of the cause of the leaks.
Earlier, in an interim judgment, the Court of Appeal of The Hague had already ruled that the Dutch court is competent to judge the claims of the farmers and Friends of the Earth.