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gas flaring in nigeria

In a historic judgement in November 2005, the Federal High Court of Nigeria has ordered companies to stop gas flaring in the Niger Delta, as it violates guaranteed constitutional rights to life and dignity.

In a case brought against the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (Shell) by members of the Iwerekan community in Delta State, Justice C. V. Nwokorie ruled in Benin City that the damaging and wasteful practice of flaring by all the major companies, including ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, TotalFinaElf and Agip, as well as Shell, in joint ventures with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, cannot lawfully continue and must stop.

read the press release.


Communities from across the Niger Delta, with the support of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA), have filed on June 20 th a legal action against the Nigerian government, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Shell, Exxon, Chevron, Total and Agip joint venture companies to stop gas flaring. The filing of the case was accompanied by the publication today of a 36-page report entitled ‘Gas Flaring in Nigeria: A human rights, environmental and economic monstrosity', written by the Climate Justice Programme and Friends of the Earth Nigeria.

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Report: Gas Flaring in Nigeria: A human rights, environmental and economic monstrosity ( Climate Justice Programme and Environmental Rights Action/FOE Nigeria, June 2005)
Read the summary (in Italian)
Download the full report
Read the press release
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See the video Infernal Combustion A film by Janos Jersch for Friends of the Earth England Wales &Northern Ireland


The Shell gas flare at Rumuekpe, River State in the Niger Delta. Photo: Israel Aloja, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria

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