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Vol 52 No 17

Published 26th August 2011


Nigeria

Who cleans up in the Delta?

A huge payout by Shell for spilling oil will not necessarily help those who suffered from the environmental damage

On 3 August, the oil giant Shell agreed in the London High Court to settle a compensation claim for oil spills in Bodo, in the Niger Delta. This is a district with about 70,000 residents in the Ogoni region, home to half a million of the Delta’s 30 million people. Shell had hoped to settle the case quietly out of court, for a sum believed to be well over £100 mn. (US$163 mn.).

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