16 Apr '12, 12pm

Hopes Fade for Cleanup In Nigeria’s Oil-Rich Delta

Hopes Fade for Cleanup In Nigeria’s Oil-Rich Delta The Ogoniland region of Nigeria has long been badly polluted by decades of oil production that has fouled the delta and contaminated drinking water. A United Nations report last year recommended a massive recovery initiative, but so far the Nigerian government has shown few signs it will agree to the cleanup project. by fred pearce Over the past half century, oil companies have turned the Niger delta in West Africa, one of the world’s largest mangrove swamps, into a poisoned landscape. Twice the size of the Mississippi delta, it is today a desolate world of oil-encrusted creeks, dead fish, stinking swamps and charred soil, where villagers are exposed to dangerous levels of hydrocarbons in their drinking water. Last summer, hopes were raised when Royal Dutch Shell, the biggest operator there, appeared ready to sign up to a ...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/hopes_fade_for_cleanup_in_ni...

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