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Obelle Concern Citizens & FOCONE vs Shell

Case overview

Date filed 29 January 2018
Current status Filed
Issue Shell’s gas-fire eruption’s impacts to Obelle community
Summary of the case On 29 January 2018, the Obelle Concern Citizens in Nigeria filed a complaint with the Dutch NCP alleging that Shell Petroleum and Development Company (SPDC)’s breached the Guidelines in their operations of oil wells and its adverse impacts to people to Obelle, Nigeria, located in Rivers State Niger Delta.

The complainants state that impacts to their health and human rights began in in February 1998 there was an eruption at well 4 in Obelle, which caused a gas fire and SPDC added chemicals to the community’s aquifer in order to control the fire. Since then, SPDC has continued to cause impacts due to the non-stop gas flaring and occasional oil spills that are impacting the people’s land, natural resources and livelihoods. They also state that SPDC has never provided job opportunities for the indigenous people of Obelle.

They are asking the Dutch NCP for their assistance in resolving the issue, by seeking SPDC and Shell to carry out the following requests, amongst others:

---Commit to hiring indigenous people from Obelle
---To accept their recommended community liaison offers to the company
---To make public an EIA report that was conducted for the 1998 gas-fire eruption and its recommended mitigation measures
---To compensate the Obelle people who have been impacted by SPDC’s operations
Developments/Outcome
Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Health and safety, Extractives / mining sector, Human rights, Disclosure of information

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point Netherlands
NCP address Bezuidenhoutesweg 67 2594 AC The Hague, Netherlands
NCP website http://www.oesorichtlijnen.nl/
Other NCPs involved

Complainants

NGO

Company Information

Company responsible Shell International Ltd
Company address Carel van Bylandtlaan 16
2501 AN Den Haag
Netherlands
Company website
Company in violation Shell Petroleum and Development Company
Country of operations Nigeria
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

Date Actor Action Description Document
29 January 2018 Foundation for the Conservation of the Earth (FOCONE) file A specific instance was filed with the Dutch NCP download pdf (890Kb)  

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