Nigerian village sues Eni for damages from pipe explosion

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A Nigerian village has filed a lawsuit in Milan against Italian oil company Eni demanding compensation for damage caused by an oil pipeline explosion in 2010, an Italian lawyer representing the village said on Thursday, Reuters reports.

The village of Ikebiri in the Niger Delta is asking Eni for 2 million euros ($2.2 million) in damages along with a commitment to clean up the area covering more than 43 acres (17 hectares), Luca Saltalamacchia told a news conference. He said a first hearing had been set for Dec. 11 at the Milan civil court.

“The explosion that happened near a river caused an environmental disaster that polluted water and land,” Saltalamacchia said. According to Saltalamacchia, Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited (NAOC), which is controlled by Eni, has however claimed it has already carried out cleaning up operations in the area.