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Spilled crude oil in the Niger Delta near Bodo, a village in the Ogoniland region of Nigeria

Spilled crude oil in the Niger Delta near Bodo, a village in the Ogoniland region of Nigeria

Amnesty International News Release
April 23, 2012

A major oil spill in the Niger Delta was far worse than Shell previously admitted, according to an independent assessment obtained by Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD), which exposes how the oil giant dramatically under-estimated the quantities involved.

The spill in 2008, caused by a fault in a Shell pipeline, resulted in tens of thousands of barrels of oil polluting the land and creek surrounding Bodo, a Niger Delta town of some 69,000 people.

The previously unpublished assessment, carried out by US firm Accufacts, found that between 1,440 and 4,320 barrels of oil were flooding the Bodo area each day following the leak. The Nigerian regulators have confirmed that the spill lasted for 72 days.

Shell’s official investigation report claims only 1,640 barrels of oil were spilt in total. But based on the independent assessment the total amount of oil spilt over the 72 day period is between 103,000 barrels and 311,000 barrels.

Continue reading at Shell oil spill in Nigeria was over 60 times greater than claimed :: Climate & Capitalism.



gas flaringIf you think the US Gulf Coast disaster was bad, you should check out the Niger delta. The environment and health of the people in that region have been devastated by the petroleum and oil industries, and when residents speak up, they’re literally silenced by the government—with the support of oil companies like Shell and Chevron. One of the greatest sources of pollution from these industries is gas flaring. Via Justice In Nigeria Now » Gas Flaring:

What is gas flaring?

Gas flaring is the burning of natural gas that is associated with crude oil when it is pumped up from the ground. In petroleum-producing areas where insufficient investment was made in infrastructure to utilize natural gas, flaring is employed to dispose of this associated gas.

What do gas flares look like?

Watch this film to see and learn about health and environmental destruction of flaring in the Niger Delta:

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burning tire in Nigerian protest

Only  4 days into the new year and we’ve already got troubling enviro-political news. This post is from Time’s “Ecocentric” blog:

Africa’s most populous country is also a major oil exporter, producing some 2.4 million barrels of crude a day—and sending much of it to the U.S. You’d assume that all that oil would mean cheap gas for Nigeria’s 160 million residents, most of whom are desperately poor. But you’d be wrong—in part because of inefficiency and corruption, Nigeria lacks the infrastructure to actually refine much of its crude, so most of the oil is shipped abroad in its raw form, forcing the country to then import expensively refined oil and gasoline.

To keep petrol relatively affordable, the Nigerian government has provided expensive fuel subsidies for nearly four decades. But the $10-billion a year oil subsidies drain public money away from more important sectors and distorts the economy. So at the end of the year Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan made the politically bold decision to cut back on the subsidies, a move that could save the government $8 billion a year—four times the annual health budget.

Read the full story: A Cut in Fuel Subsidies Leads to a Rise in Gas Prices, and Anger and Protests in Nigeria | Ecocentric | TIME.com.

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