Message 4 – Oil in the Niger Delta: We are Dying Here!

Synopsis The Niger Delta is an environmental disaster zone after fifty years of oil exploitation.   One and a half million tons of crude oil has been spilled into the creeks, farms and forests, the equivalent to 50 Exxon Valdez disasters, one per year. Natural gas contained in the crude oil is not being collected, but… Read More

Oil pollution by Shell in Nigeria: the legal case

Source: WorsethanBad On 30 January 2013 in The Hague a Dutch judge will rule in a special court case that four Nigerian farmers and Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) jointly brought against Shell Nigeria and its parent company Royal Dutch Shell in 2008. Shell is held accountable for oil pollution in the Nigerian villages… Read More

Cary on and hope: oil companies and their ‘positive’ social impact

Insight: A year on, Nigeria’s oil still poisons Ogoniland 1 of 9. Children play near a borehole where a signboard is erected in Eleme community, outside Nigeria’s oil hub city of Port Harcourt August 1, 2012. A bright yellow sign above the well in this sleepy Nigerian village says ‘caution: not fit for use’, and… Read More

Hopes Fade for Cleanup In Nigeria’s Oil-Rich Delta

The Ogoniland region of Nigeria has long been badly polluted by decades of oil production that has fouled the delta and contaminated drinking water. A United Nations report has recommended a massive recovery initiative, but so far the Nigerian government has shown few signs it will agree to the cleanup project. by fred pearce Over… Read More