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Shell’s ‘Not Our Mess’ Defense Faces Nigerian Justice Showdown”

Posted by John Donovan: 9 Dec 2023

In a courtroom drama that could rival any blockbuster movie, nearly 14,000 Nigerians from farming and fishing communities are squaring off against Shell, the oil titan with a talent for turning profits and, apparently, water sources into toxic sludge. These communities from the Niger Delta, where Shell has been cozying up for over 80 years, have had enough of their water being treated like an oil canvas.

Shell, in a move that might make Scrooge McDuck blush, announced record-breaking profits of over $32 billion for the first three quarters of 2022. Meanwhile, the people of Ogale and Bille are wondering why their water looks more like an oil painting than something you’d actually want to drink or fish in.

But here’s the kicker: Shell, in a display of corporate gymnastics, argues that they’re not responsible for cleaning up the Nigerian communities. Why? Because, according to them, those pesky oil spills from five years ago were the handiwork of criminal gangs. It’s like if someone robbed a bank and the bank said, “Not our problem.”

Lawyers for the fishing villages aren’t having any of it. They’re calling out the human tragedy hiding behind those oil spills, which is on an extraordinary scale. It’s like Shell’s been playing a high-stakes game of environmental Jenga, and now the tower’s about to come crashing down.

So, as Shell counts its billions, these Nigerian communities are counting the cost of living next to a company that seems to think oil is the new water. The court case in London is more than just a legal battle; it’s a David and Goliath story, with a Nigerian twist.

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