The other oil spill – the one in Nigeria
Contrary to Nigeria’s new finance Olusegun Aganga [aka Minister of Financial Double Speak] who claimed in a recent BBC Business interview that there was no problem with oil spills in Nigeria and the country was ready if and when one did occur; that the oil companies were fully aware of their responsibilities in Nigeria; that the Nigerian people were fully aware of their rights; and implied that since we have a Minister of the Environment there was really nothing to worry about. For more economic speak see here. As Sowore writes, the Nigerian government does not want us to know the truth about Exxon Mobil and the rest of the oil companies and clearly Aganga is either oblivious himself or does not care.
Here’s what ExxonMobil and the government in Nigeria don’t want you to know. They don’t want you to know this 30-year-old platform is still leaking at least five thousand of barrels of crude a day. They don’t want you to know that they can’t fix the leak (sounds familiar again doesn’t it?) They don’t want you to know that if the current pipes break further before they can fix the platform, it will release 60 to 100 thousand of barrels of oil a day.
This environmental catastrophe has been going on since December 2009, when I first broke the story. ExxonMobil repeatedly denied that anything had happened, but the pictures attached to this article tell a different story. It’s an eerily familiar story. There’s oil on the surface of the ocean, wildlife coated in crude, fishermen losing their businesses.
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