Shell's Niger Delta settlement could bring more claims

Man standing next to Shell oil well in Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria

Oil multinational Shell has settled a spill claim for $83.2m with a community in Nigeria’s southern Delta region, in a case that lawyers believe could open up oil companies to further liability claims.

The settlement agreement, brokered as the case was moving through the British courts system, is the largest payout ever made to a community in the Niger Delta.

Each of the 15,600 claimants from the Bodo community in the Ogoniland district of the eastern Delta will receive $3,300 from the payout, with another $30.25m going into community projects.

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