Niger Delta Villagers Vs. Oil Giant Shell’s Destruction of Their Land

OginisOnce again, unregulated Big Business makes everything better. John Vidal writes in the Guardian:

Goi is now a dead village. The two fish ponds, bakery and chicken farm that used to be the pride and joy of its chief deacon, Barrisa Tete Dooh, lie abandoned, covered in a thick black layer. The village’s fishing creek is contaminated; the school has been looted; the mangrove forests are coated in bitumen and everyone has left, refugees from a place blighted by the exploitation of the region’s most valuable asset: crude oil.

A long-awaited and comprehensive UN study exposed the full horror of the pollution that the production of oil has brought to Ogoniland over the last 50 years.

The UN report showed that oil companies and the Nigerian government had not just failed to meet their own standards, but that the process of investigation, reporting and clean-up was deeply flawed in favour of the firms and against the victims. Spills in the US are responded to in minutes; in the Niger delta, which suffers more pollution each year than the Gulf of Mexico, it can take companies weeks or more.

“Oil companies have been exploiting Nigeria’s weak regulatory system for too long,” said Audrey Gaughran of Amnesty International. “They do not adequately prevent environmental damage and they frequently fail to properly address the devastating impact that their bad practice has on people’s lives.”

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  • Okarin

    unfortunately social noise won’t be made unless they get a segment in prime time mainstream news

    • Anarchy Pony

      Which they won’t because the mainstream news is corporate.

      • Jin The Ninja

        On a side note: Democracy Now! has been  following this story for 10 years + and had a recentish show dedicated to it.

  • Okarin

    unfortunately social noise won’t be made unless they get a segment in prime time mainstream news

  • Okarin

    unfortunately social noise won’t be made unless they get a segment in prime time mainstream news

  • Wanooski

    Which they won’t because the mainstream news is corporate.

  • Wanooski

    Which they won’t because the mainstream news is corporate.

  • Anonymous

    On a side note: Democracy Now! has been  following this story for 10 years + and had a recentish show dedicated to it.

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