Thursday, July 15, 2010

Nigeria's Agony Dwarfs the Gulf Oil Spill

Nigeria seems to be facing a crisis of it's own. Shell and Exxon have leaked vast amounts of crude oil into the African nation's waterways. No matter if it's do to rusty pipes, illegal taping of the pipes, or from explosives planted by militants, action must be taken. Thanks to Jacob Turner for pointing out this article to us.

"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.

More oil is spilled from the delta's network of terminals, pipes, pumping stations and oil platforms every year than has been lost in the Gulf of Mexico, the site of a major ecological catastrophe caused by oil that has poured from a leak triggered by the explosion that wrecked BP's Deepwater Horizon rig last month.

It is impossible to know how much oil is spilled in the Niger delta each year because the companies and the government keep that secret. However, two major independent investigations over the past four years suggest that as much is spilled at sea, in the swamps and on land every year as has been lost in the Gulf of Mexico so far."

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1 comment:

  1. Haha...notice this come from a UK source. They are obviously trying to direct attention away from BP! Limey Bastatards!