Royal Dutch Shell has been ordered to pay unspecified damages to one farmer in Nigeria for loss of income.
The ruling comes after a court at the Hague found the oil company partially responsible for failing to prevent sabotage which led to pollution in the Niger Delta region from oil spills in 2004, 2005 and 2007.
However, four other claims against Royal Dutch Shell were dismissed.
Interest group Friends of the Earth joined the four Nigerian fishermen and farmers in also filing the suit against Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).
The Nigerians claimed environmental damage from the oil spills by the country’s largest oil and gas producer meant they could not feed their families.
The case is seen by activists as a test for holding multinational companies responsible for alleged offences at foreign subsidiaries.
Both sides have three months to appeal.
Copyright © 2013 euronewsMore about:
- 1Hollywood star Paul Walker dies in car crash
- 2Fans in shock at death of ‘Fast and Furious’ star Paul Walker
- 3Follow live the countdown to Comet ISON’s destiny with the sun
- 4Sex workers and prostitutes protest outside French parliament while sex bill is debated inside
- 5Thailand anti-government protesters seize state TV
- 02:20 CET World Bank envoy criticizes lack of transparency in Haiti oil…
- 01:46 CET Briton, German identified as Arizona skydiving fatalities
- 01:42 CET Mexico finds stolen radioactive material amid dirty bomb fear
- 01:37 CET U.S. says may seek dismantling part of Arak reactor in final Iran…
- 01:34 CET Special Report – Thailand secretly dumps Myanmar refugees into…
- 00:38 CET Delaying security deal a risk to Afghan forces – U.S. military…
- 00:27 CET U.S. spy agency gathers data on cellphone locations globally -…
- 00:26 CET Mexico lawmakers preparing to debate energy reform – top senator