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Financial Post – Canada: Royal Dutch Shell appeals US$1.5B pollution fine imposed by Nigerian court

Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Europe's second-largest oil company, said it believes it has “strong grounds” to appeal a reported US$1.5-billion fine a Nigerian court has ordered it to pay the country's Ijaw people for environmental damage.
The court ordered Shell to make the payment following claims for compensation from the Ijaw dating back to 2000, the British Broadcasting Corp. said yesterday on its Web site. Nigerian militants calling themselves the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta have attacked oil facilities run by Shell's Nigeria venture and kidnapped foreign oil workers.
The group has previously called on Shell to pay the Ijaw the US$1.5-billion as compensation for environmental damage and the loss of life caused by company operations.

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