Coastal Devastation We Don’t Hear About

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Oil spill at Goi Creek, Nigeria, August 2010. Photo source: ©© Friends Of The Earth


Big oil spills are no longer news in this vast, tropical land. The Niger Delta, where the wealth underground is out of all proportion with the poverty on the surface, has endured the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez spill every year for 50 years by some estimates. The oil pours out nearly every week, and some swamps are long since lifeless.

Perhaps no place on earth has been as battered by oil, experts say, leaving residents here astonished at the nonstop attention paid to the gusher half a world away in the Gulf of Mexico…

Read Full Article: “Far From The Gulf, a Spill Scourge 5 Decades Old,” By Adam Nossiter, The New York Times

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