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Shell announces highest profit in 100yrs as Nigerians seek justice for environment damage due to Shell's oil spills

Nearly 14,000 people from 2 Nigerian communities are seeking justice in the high court in London against the fossil fuel giant Shell. They are accusing the oil giant of damaging the natural environment of the community due to oil spillage and other forms of pollution as a result of Shell’s activities

Oil and gas giant Shell has posted record profits in 2022, with the highest annual figures in the British firm’s 115-year history. The company reported adjusted earnings of $39.9 billion, which is just over £32 billion. This comes after energy firms have been making record profits due to rocketing oil and gas prices following the invasion of Ukraine. This has unfortunately caused a rise in energy bills, which has helped push UK inflation to a 40-year high.

Shell’s activities in the Niger Delta have been the subject of criticism for decades, with the company accused of failing to clean up its oil spills and of not properly compensating communities affected by its operations. Now, nearly 14,000 people from two Nigerian communities are taking on Shell in the High Court in London in a bid to seek justice for the devastating pollution of their water sources and destruction of their way of life.

The individuals from the Ogale farming community and Bille fishing community are asking the oil giant to clean up the pollution which they say has ruined their livelihoods and caused serious health impacts. They are also seeking compensation for the resulting loss of their way of life.

Shell, which reported profits of $30bn in the first three quarters of 2022, argues that the communities have no legal standing to force it to clean up. The company also claims that the individuals are barred from seeking compensation for spills which happened five years before they lodged their claims.

The case against Shell is taking place as the oil major prepares to leave the Niger delta after more than 80 years of operations. Lawyers argue that the scale of oil spills in the delta masks a human tragedy on an extraordinary scale, with the pollution ingested by local people causing serious health impacts and affecting mortality rates.

The individuals from the Ogale and Bille communities are hoping that the High Court in London will provide them with justice and the opportunity to reclaim their lives and livelihoods. If successful, their case could set an important precedent for other communities affected by the activities of fossil fuel companies.

The case against Shell is being closely watched as it could set an important precedent for other communities affected by the activities of fossil fuel companies. If successful, the individuals from the Ogale and Bille communities could reclaim their lives and livelihoods and receive justice for the devastation caused by Shell’s operations in the Niger Delta.

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