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Shell Loses Dutch Court Case Over Nigeria Oil Spills

  • Local Nigerian unit liable for pipeline leaks in Oruma, Goi
  • Oil well leak in another village determined to be sabotage
Friends of the Earth supporters unfold a banner outside the district court in The Hague, Jan. 29. 

Friends of the Earth supporters unfold a banner outside the district court in The Hague, Jan. 29. 

Photographer: Mike Corder/AP
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A Dutch court has ordered Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Nigerian unit to compensate for oil spills in two villages over 13 years ago.

Shell Nigeria is liable for damages from pipeline leaks in the villages of Oruma and Goi, the Hague Court of Appeals said in a ruling Friday. The amount of compensation will be decided later. The court also ordered the Nigerian unit and its Hague-headquartered parent company to build better warning systems so future leaks can be quickly detected.