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Crude oil from a Shell pipeline spill accumulates along a river bank in the Oloma community in the Niger Delta, Nov. 27, 2014.
19 Mar
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Thousands of Barrels of Shell Oil Spill Into Niger Delta

Reuters December 03, 2014 3:14 PM BONNY ISLAND, NIGERIA— Niger Delta fishermen are no strangers to seeing oil spill into their waters from leaky pipelines, but even they were shocked by the scale of the slick stretching for miles from a Shell facility across the swamps and into the ocean. Some 3,800 barrels spilled recently, according to an investigation by Shell and government officials. It ranks as one of the worst in Nigeria for years, local environmental activists said. A Shell spokesman said that some 1,200 barrels had been recovered as of Tuesday, and "recovery efforts are continuing" at the…
Thousands of Barrels of Shell Oil Spill Into Niger Delta
19 Mar
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Thousands of Barrels of Shell Oil Spill Into Niger Delta

Reuters December 03, 2014 3:14 PM BONNY ISLAND, NIGERIA— Niger Delta fishermen are no strangers to seeing oil spill into their waters from leaky pipelines, but even they were shocked by the scale of the slick stretching for miles from a Shell facility across the swamps and into the ocean. Some 3,800 barrels spilled recently, according to an investigation by Shell and government officials. It ranks as one of the worst in Nigeria for years, local environmental activists said. A Shell spokesman said that some 1,200 barrels had been recovered as of Tuesday, and "recovery efforts are continuing" at the…
Oil industry has brought poverty and pollution to Niger Delta
16 Mar
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Oil industry has brought poverty and pollution to Niger Delta

Women next to an oil wellhead that has been spilling crude oil near the community of Ikot Ada Udo, the Niger Delta, since 2004 © Kadir van Lohuizen/NOOR The oil industry in the Niger Delta of Nigeria has brought impoverishment, conflict, human rights abuses and despair to the majority of the people in the oil-producing areas, according to a new Amnesty International report. Pollution and environmental damage caused by the oil industry have resulted in violations of the rights to health and a healthy environment, the right to an adequate standard of living (including the right to food and water)…
Oil & Poverty in the Niger Delta
16 Mar
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Oil & Poverty in the Niger Delta

...the oil boom has become, to the people of the Niger Delta region, a doom, and years of official neglect has resulted in the Niger Delta Region of today being the epitome of hunger, poverty and injustice.Rural & Remote Health Online - 2004 Today, as you read this, the Nigerian government and the oil companies operating in the Niger Delta will gross over US$120 million from pumping oil and gas in the Niger Delta. Tomorrow will be around the same. Every day, around 2 million barrels of oil are pumped from the Niger Delta. At $60 a barrel, that's $120…
Niger Delta: Earth’s most polluted place
16 Mar
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Niger Delta: Earth’s most polluted place

Oloibiri is a small community in Ogbia Local Government Area in Bayelsa State, in the eastern Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Oloibiri is a historic town to the oil and gas industry as the first commercial oil discovery was made there (at Otuabagi/Otuogadi) by Shell Darcy on Sunday, January 15th, 1956 after about 50 years of exploration. Indeed, Oloibiri has many firsts to its credit in the nation’s oil and gas industry: Oloibiri-1 well is the first commercial oil well in Nigeria; completed on June 1956, Oloibiri-1 well is the first completed commercial oil well in the country; Oloibiri oilfield …
Menace of Oil Spill In Niger Delta (By Innocent I. Edemhanria)
16 Mar
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Menace of Oil Spill In Niger Delta (By Innocent I. Edemhanria)

Oil spill is a common sight in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria and several communities have suffered the devastating effect of such spills. At the end it is the local communities located around such oil installations that bear the brunt. The spills are sometimes caused by several factors including poorly maintained infrastructure located around high pressure oil pipeline. When accidents occur, these pipelines get damaged and spill off its content. Activities of oil bunkers where local people break into pipelines and wells to steal the content have resulted to damaged pipelines there by leaving them to leak. In many…
Living on fire: How Delta communities make a living from gas flaring
16 Mar
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Living on fire: How Delta communities make a living from gas flaring

Gas flaring is a common phenomenon in the Niger Delta. Despite the December 31, 2012 ultimatum given to oil companies to end gas flaring in Nigeria by the Federal Government, the story has not changed as less than 50 per cent reduction has been achieved so far. With the attendant heat and other hazards emanating from indiscriminate flaring of gas in the region, lives of people there are being put at greater risk, reports EBENEZER ADUROKIYA. OTOR-JEREMI, in Ughelli South Local Government Area, is about 30 minutes drive from Warri, Delta State. The village is under Ughievwen kingdom. It plays…
Bonga Oil Spill: Shell ordered to pay N1.8 trillion fine
16 Mar
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Bonga Oil Spill: Shell ordered to pay N1.8 trillion fine

Shell Nigeria has been ordered to pay $11.5 billion (N1.8 trillion) fine for the 2011 Bonga Oil spill incident which devastated the communities in the Niger Delta area. Patrick Akpobolokemi, Director General, NIMASA said the agency calculated a total of $6.5 billion to be paid as compensation whilst the Director General of NOSREA, Mr. Peter Idabo calculated a fine of $5 billion. DG, NIMASA condemned the attitude of Shell towards the spill describing it as nonchalant and called on the organization to take responsibility. He said: “The kind of impunity Shell and its allies have demonstrated so far in the…
Nigeria: Ground-breaking judgment calls for punishing oil companies over pollution
16 Mar
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Nigeria: Ground-breaking judgment calls for punishing oil companies over pollution

Amnesty International and Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) have hailed last Friday’s ECOWAS Court of Justice ground-breaking judgment as a “key moment in holding governments and companies to account for pollution.” In the case, SERAP v. Nigeria, the Court unanimously found the Nigerian government responsible for abuses by oil companies and makes it clear that the government must hold the companies and other perpetrators to account.The Court also found that Nigeria violated articles 21 (on the right to natural wealth and resources) and 24 (on the right to a general satisfactory environment) of the African Charter on Human and…