Shell Sued in U.K. Over ’Massive’ 2008 Nigerian Oil Spills

Shell Sued in U.K. Over ’Massive’ 2008 Nigerian Oil Spills

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A man scoops spilled crude oil allegedly caused by Shell equipment failure floating at the bank of B-Dere waterways in Ogoniland, Rivers State, on Aug. 11, 2011. The Bodo community in the oil-producing Niger Delta region sued Shell oil company in the United Kingdom, alleging that spills in 2008 and 2009 had destroyed the environment and ruined their livelihoods.