In a potentially precedent-setting ruling, a Dutch court said Friday that Royal Dutch Shell may be held liable for oil spills at its subsidiary in Nigeria—a win for farmers and environmentalists attempting to hold the oil giant accountable for leaks, spills, and widespread pollution.
Royal Dutch Shell was guilty of vast pollution in their exploitation of the Niger Delta region of Nigeria and directly complicit/responsible in/for the assassination/murder of Ken Saro-Wiwa, a renowned Ogoni activist trying to protect the delta and his Ogoni tribal people.
RDS is an example of a criminal corporate enterprise that will use any and all means to continue the rape and pollution of Mother Earth and destruction of native peoples and places!
Ken Saro-Wiwa, Steve Biko, Martin Luther King Jr. all murdered fighting for justice and truth!
When we consider our Oil and Gas barons in Canada and the United States, we should not forget the inherent racism that has allowed them to do what they do in third world countries. The Nigerian story is horrific, but its one planet, so we turn our heads away at our own peril.
What we wouldn't want in our own backyard, we should stand up against in anyone's back yard. Sounds simple enough. We all know however, that is companies like Shell had to be good corporate citizens, our fossil fuels would have cost us much more than they have. So environmental degradation, in some far away black farmer's field, barely raises an eyebrow.
Nevertheless, the courage of farming people the world over, is what we need to encourage and support now. You can't eat oil.
Let's call it a "landslime victory."
Thank you, thank you for writing this up! Will look for link to the decision.
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OH? Horrors for Shell??? Even if these guys win, exactly how much will they be able to collect from Shell for farmland in Nigeria?
These farmers know that what ever they get awarded, the Nigerian government will find some excuse to make sure that they get the money before the farmers do.
And who else can sue? How many could actually mount a effective lawsuit in a European country after earning, saving when everything today is still too little, and sheltering from corruption what little assets a Nigerian farm produces?
If the government decides to file suit, would not a counter-suit make a worthwhile settlement unlikely?
What would make news is if the farmers were to sue Shell in a Dutch court, and then the Nigerian government would have to pay, because they failed to provide security for pipelines, consequences for spills, or transparency as to who was getting paid, spill or not.