Environmentalists threaten to sue polluting Chinese firm
Publish date: 07 August 2017
Issue Number: 737
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Gambian conservationists are suing a Chinese firm they say polluted a lagoon by dumping waste into the sea. This after a government agency settled out of court with the company. A report on the News24 site notes that the residents of Gunjur, a Gambian village near the capital Banjul, complain that toxic waste dumped into the sea has killed fish and affected the health of their community since the Golden Lead fish meal factory opened in September 2016. 'We have filed a civil suit against Golden Lead and are seeking a perpetual injunction against the factory from polluting the atmosphere,' said Ebrima Jaiteh, the lawyer representing two environmental groups. The groups are also seeking an injunction against the factory polluting the sea and nearby lagoon, and the removal of a pipeline into the sea.