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11,000 Nigerians sue Shell in London Courts today, Friday 23 March 2012

“It is hard to believe that Shell would have acted in this way if a spill had occurred in any of their other pipelines on other continents. I have little doubt that in the minds of the Shell executives there is one law for Africa and another law for the rest of the world.”

By John Donovan

On 3 August 2011, The Guardian newspaper published an article announcing that: “Shell accepts liability for two oil spills in Nigeria

It said that Shell faces a potential payout running to several hundred millions of dollars as a result of a class action law suit brought on behalf of communities in Bodo, Ogoniland.

The magnitude of the oil spill was allegedly comparable with the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska.

If Leigh Day & Co – the lawyers acting for the plaintiffs – thought Shell’s admission meant that Shell intended to act honorably and that the case could therefore be settled quickly, they were sadly mistaken. read more and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.
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