More Oil Spilled in Nigeria Every Year than in Gulf of Mexico

Over the last 50 years, foreign oil companies have spilled over 1.5 million tons of oil in the Niger Delta, with absolutely no convictions or compensation payouts. The clip from al-Jazeera above is about the fight for their lives the local people are engaged in against, in this case, Royal Dutch Shell. Writing in The Guardian, John Vidal says:

With 606 oilfields, the Niger delta supplies 40% of all the crude the United States imports and is the world capital of oil pollution. Life expectancy in its rural communities, half of which have no access to clean water, has fallen to little more than 40 years over the past two generations. Locals blame the oil that pollutes their land and can scarcely believe the contrast with the steps taken by BP and the US government to try to stop the Gulf oil leak and to protect the Louisiana shoreline from pollution.

“If this Gulf accident had happened in Nigeria, neither the government nor the company would have paid much attention,” said the writer Ben Ikari, a member of the Ogoni people. “This kind of spill happens all the time in the delta.”

Nigeria’s Agony Dwarfs the Gulf Oil Spill. The US and Europe Ignore It. [The Guardian]

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