November 13, 2014
by Emelina Perez
Amnesty International (AI) revealed court documents Thursday indicating Shell repeatedly underestimated the impact of two oil spills in Bodo, Nigeria. The documents were part of claims brought forth in a UK court by more than 15,000 people affected by oil pollution. In joint investigation reports, ...[read more]
March 11, 2014
by Neil Devlin
The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 passed both houses of Congress by large margins and was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in response to the Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. It mandates detailed clean-up plans from oil companies and requires monies to be set aside for ...[read more]
November 13, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
An Ecuadorian court on Wednesday ordered Chevron to pay USD $9.51 billion in fines and legal fees. This was a significant reduction from the previous $18 billion judgment. The lawsuit, brought by the Amazon Defense Front, arises out of Chevron's drilling for oil in Ecuador and the resulting ...[read more]
January 30, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
The Dutch District Court of The Hague ruled Wednesday that a subsidiary of Shell could be held liable to one farmer for damages resulting from polluting the Niger Delta region in southern Nigeria. However, the court dismissed four other claims brought by farmers and fishermen, along with Friends ...[read more]
October 11, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
Four Nigerian residents and an advocacy group told a Dutch court on Thursday that Shell should be held liable for damage from oil pollution in the Niger Delta. The suit, which was filed by the four villagers and Friends of the Earth Netherlands in 2008, is the first time a Dutch company has been ...[read more]
June 13, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On June 13, 2010, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission closed 23 miles of the state's coastline out of concerns for the health risks associated with oil-contaminated water and fish resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A federal ban on fishing in the same area had ...[read more]
January 21, 2012
by Jamie Davis
US oil company Chevron Corp announced Friday that it has filed an appeal with the National Court of Justice in Ecuador asking it to reconsider the decision rendered by an Ecuadorian judge that would require Chevron to pay $18 billion in damages from the pollution it has caused to the Amazon ...[read more]
October 23, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
A Nigerian village on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in US federal court against Royal Dutch Shell PLC alleging the oil company polluted a drinking water well with benzene at levels 900 times the limits set by the World Health Organization (WHO). The lawsuit is based on a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) ...[read more]
September 21, 2011
by Julia Zebley
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday ended an injunction on damages levied against US oil company Chevron, making the company potentially liable for $18 billion in damages to Ecuadorian citizens for an oil spill in the 1990s. The award will not be granted immediately, pending ...[read more]
July 30, 2011
by Julia Zebley
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced a proposal of new regulations on Thursday to reduce the air pollution left from gas and oil drilling operations. The new standards are updated to include wells that are hydraulically fractured as well as several other technological ...[read more]

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