Shell, Nigerian villagers agree to $83.5 million compensation for massive oil spill

January 6, 2015 11:30 PM

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JOHANNESBURG – Oil giant Shell has agreed to pay a Nigerian fishing community 55 million pounds ($83.5 million) for the worst oil spill ever suffered in that country.

Wednesday's agreement ends a three-year legal battle in Britain over two spills in 2008 that destroyed thousands of hectares (acres) of mangroves and the fish that sustained villagers of Bodo, in southern Nigeria.

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