The construction of the controversial West Africa Gas Pipeline (WAGP) (see Update 43) has been delayed by instability in the Niger delta. Ghana announced that the supply of natural gas from Nigeria would not be available in March as anticipated. In April the World Bank board approved a full Inspection Panel investigation into a May 2006 complaint filed by residents of twelve Nigerian communities. The complainants raised concerns over: the inadequacy of compensation to farmers who lost land; the lack of a safety assessment of an upstream pipeline; and the failure of the project sponsors to demonstrate how they will maximise the use of flared gas as opposed to tapping new sources.
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EarthRights International examines how the Jam v. IFC case has helped to shift the landscape of accountability for international financial institutions by successfully challenging their claim to “absolute” immunity in US courts, potentially opening IFC up to further legal challenges in future.