Dutch supermajor Shell said it was disappointed that a national court in The Hague has assumed jurisdiction over claims tied to oil spills in Nigeria.
Nigerian farmers said Royal Dutch Shell and the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria are liable for damages caused by leaking oil pipelines during a three-year period ending in 2007. The parent company said it has no liability for the actions of its subsidiary and that the Dutch court system holds no authority over the case.
Shell said the spills were caused by saboteurs in the region, noting much of the damage has already been cleaned. With Shell headquartered in the Netherlands, a Dutch appeals court ruled it now has jurisdiction over the case.
“Both the Dutch parent company of the Shell group and the Nigerian subsidiary have been sued,” a court statement read. “The proceedings are pending in the Netherlands, because the parent company holds an office in The Hague.” Read more