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AMSTERDAM Nov 5 The environment group Friends
of the Earth Netherlands and four Nigerians said they plan to
sue Anglo-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) in a Dutch
court on charges of negligence related to oil spills in
"New investigation shows that the villages of the Nigerian
plaintiffs have been heavily polluted and that Shell has not
adhered to international standards for 'good oil field
practice' in Nigeria," the group said in a statement on
The group said Shell (RDSa.AS) had the authority and the
control to ensure oil spills are prevented and are cleaned up.
A Shell spokesman said the company was not in a position to
respond as it had not received any summons.
Friends of the Earth Nigeria said it hoped the intended
lawsuit would get some results.
"Shell hardly notices Nigerian court orders. We want a
Dutch court to ensure that justice is done against Royal Dutch
Shell," said Nnimmo Bassey, director of Environmental Rights
Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria.
The environmentalists said the Nigerian plaintiffs were
fishermen and farmers from the oil-rich Niger Delta area who
had suffered from the effects of oil spills related to Shell's
They will file the lawsuit on Friday.
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Richard Hubbard and