[anzac] NIGERIA OIL SPILLS Are WORSE! -Do We Care?

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Tue, 06 Jul 2010 09:46:23 -0700
NOTE: Is it possible that we are just reaping what we have sown
with the Oil crisis in the gulf? We have treated others this way. Are
we simply getting a dose of our own medicine? Have a read below-

-by John Vidal, The Guardian.

Nigeria's agony dwarfs the Gulf oil spill. The US and Europe ignore 
it. The Deepwater Horizon disaster caused headlines around the 
world, yet the people who live in the Niger delta have had to live 
with environmental catastrophes for decades...

In fact, more oil is spilled from the delta's network of terminals, 
pipes, pumping stations and oil platforms every year than has 
been lost in the Gulf of Mexico...

On 1 May this year a ruptured ExxonMobil pipeline in the state 
of Akwa Ibom spilled more than a million gallons into the delta 
over seven days before the leak was stopped. Local people 
demonstrated against the company but say they were attacked 
by security guards. Community leaders are now demanding $1bn 
in compensation for the illness and loss of livelihood they suffered. 
Few expect they will succeed. In the meantime, thick balls of tar 
are being washed up along the coast... "We are faced with 
incessant oil spills from rusty pipes, some of which are 40 years 
old," said Bonny Otavie, a Bayelsa MP.

This point was backed by Williams Mkpa, a community leader in 
Ibeno: "Oil companies do not value our life; they want us to all die. 
In the past two years, we have experienced 10 oil spills and 
fishermen can no longer sustain their families. It is not tolerable."

With 606 oilfields, the Niger delta supplies 40% of all the crude 
the United States imports and is the world capital of oil pollution. 
Life expectancy in its rural communities, half of which have no 
access to clean water, has fallen to little more than 40 years over 
the past two generations. Locals blame the oil that pollutes their 
land and can scarcely believe the contrast with the steps taken 
by BP and the US government to try to stop the Gulf oil leak and 
to protect the Louisiana shoreline from pollution.

"If this Gulf accident had happened in Nigeria, neither the government 
nor the company would have paid much attention," said the writer 
Ben Ikari, a member of the Ogoni people. "This kind of spill happens 
all the time in the delta."

"The oil companies just ignore it. The lawmakers do not care and 
people must live with pollution daily. The situation is now worse 
than it was 30 years ago. Nothing is changing. When I see the 
efforts that are being made in the US I feel a great sense of sadness 
at the double standards. What they do in the US or in Europe is 
very different."

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