Two massive oils spills in 2008 completely wiped out the mangrove and fishing in the southern part of the delta. The lawsuit was filed in 2012 and the debate began on Monday with Shell (Europe’s largest oil company) denying the damage done by the 40,000 barrels of crude oil, was sued in Britain by 11,000 Nigerians who say their land, rivers and devastated the fishing altogether.
Shell admits leaks, blames the people
Shell says the original spill was 40,000 but the Nigerians are claiming 500,000 barrels in oil spill, damage the people broke into and exaggerated to get more compensation. The lawyer for the people say the spill went on for two months before Shell even acknowledged the continuous damage being done.
Investigators for Shell and the Nigerian oil-spill regulator say the spill is more life 4,000 barrels
Nigerians say that Shell should have come in and turned off the leak immediately. Shell says they had people there to do just that, but the Nigerian people blocked them and wouldn’t let them in to do their job. The company stopped taking oil in 1994 but the Nigerian people of the town say oil still goes through the pipes.
The Bodo Waterway was already on the road to recovery from a spill in 2003, not to mention a larger spill in 1986.
The area was rich in wildlife and fauna until Shell came along and free of hydrocarbons
13,000 fishermen lost their livelihoods. Two massive spills sent 11 million gallons of crude oil into the Niger Delta. A class action lawsuit prompted them to admit 275 times the amount of oil they originally reported had been spilled. The UN has criticized the company up and down say it is the world’s worst disaster ever and oil spill cleanup will take 30 years and more than $1 billion.
No attempt was ever made to clean up the oil spill and that is the worst part of the story
For three years the black oil sheen slick has been the Niger Delta. The Nigerians laughed at the offer Shell bid the lawyer three days ago.
Activists have been trying to draw attention on the matter for decades
Oil began being pumped out in 1958 out of West Africa, its 5th in the world for oil production, and small spills have been a regular part of the industry not keeping up with their word to take care of the area and its people would gain financially. The people of Nigeria are devastatingly poor and the rich land resources and fishing for their livelihood and to eat was all they had. Big business from other countries has moved in and developed the area but the people still suffer because the business that moves in rapes and pillages the land for profit and keeps it to themselves, not sharing the profit with the people. A story which has been told so many times by big business to care of the land and the people when they move in for the kill of profit, the land doesn’t get cleaned up; the people never profit and suffer for the intrusion.
What’s worse The Niger Delta is the third largest wetland in the entire world
Shrimp, oysters and all sorts of crustaceans. Some animals and insects have disappeared al together. The Amazon rain forest provides the planet with 20% of it’s oxygen, some of the planet’s greatest natural resources, farms and farmland are wiped clean and the animals were chased so far away by the toxic air and water and by fires where the oil caught fire and spread. All of the houses close to the river are burnt, fishponds, mangroves, they say it looks like a battle zone of war, and not a single sign of cleanup.
July 15, 2010, after 87 days the oil spill was stopped
The pipeline since 1958 takes 120,000 barrels of oil a day high speed out of Nigeria. The fifty-year-old pipe Shell says only broke in September through November of 2008. The 69,000 residents say this is not true and as much as 2,000 barrels of oil a day was sent into the water. The pipeline was supposedly fixed in November, but in December the people noticed the oily sheen again and no one was sent until February 2009 to just examine it.
The cleanup is way below expected par
Because there have been so many spills and Shell has never cleaned up, The United National Environment Program analyzed the damage since 1989, saying the damage is so bad the oil has sunk into the towns water supply, and the drinking water is contaminated with benzene, a carcinogen, a 900 times the level the World Health Organization deems safe.
The Nigerians watch on television and hear on radios about the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater horizon Spill and how the president went to see and complained to BP and demanded immediate action and compensation. Not in Africa. According to a group of experts gallons of oil have been spilled into the Niger Delta since 1958, cleanup? Compensation has been paltry. The residents complain of sore eyes, breathing problems and lesions on their skin and the skin of their children. Basic human rights do not exist; clean water, clean food and the ability to work do not exist.
Everyone thinks the Gulf oil spill and Exxon Valdez oil spill was bad but Nigeria has lived with their children swimming in the oil filled estuaries, the women gathering water through oil slicked waters and the men have had to go farther and farther to get fish to work for 50 years now. The entire delta is home to more than 30 million people and one of the most important ecosystems. Dead fish are a part of everyday life, and the gas flares, some older Nigerian residents can’t remember ever having a night in total darkness.
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