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IRIN news: Gas flares still a burning issue in the Niger Delta

IRIN news: Gas flares still a burning issue in the Niger Delta

The UN’s humanitarian news network, IRIN has reported on the ongoing health crisis caused by gas flaring in the Niger Delta. The burning off of gas that comes mixed with crude oil is harmful, illegal in Nigeria and has been found to violate human rights. Approximately $2.5 billion of gas is wasted each year, whilst less than […]

Shell oil spill worst in a decade, says Nigerian regulator

Nigeria’s oil spill agency, NOSDRA, says that Shell’s Bonga oil spill “is likely the worst in a decade.” Peter Idabor of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency told The Associated Press on Thursday that oil from the spill in Shell’s Bonga field has spread to roughly 100 nautical miles. Idabor said he expects […]

Sattelite images of Shell’s massive oil spill in Nigeria

Sattelite images of Shell’s massive oil spill in Nigeria

  The Bonga oil field, one of Shell’s largest offshore oil facilities was shut down on Tuesday 20 December after a massive oil spill. The cause? It appears to be a combination of human error and / or equipment failure. What the BBC describes as “leak during a transfer of oil to a tanker” led to a […]

President Jonathan: ‘Our system has collapsed’

In a speech to mark Nigeria’s 51st anniversary of independence from British colonial rule, President Goodluck Jonathan talked openly about how the systemic breakdown of government institutions in the ‘giant of Africa’. The Daily Trust reports: Jonathan said the country has been running on a deficit budget because the institutions that are supposed to protect public resources and […]

Nigeria could lose billions under new oil law

Nigeria could lose billions under new oil law

Today, the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) warned that under the current draft of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Nigeria stands to lose billions of dollars in oil revenue over the coming years. “NEITI does not see the rationale for passing a bill that is designed to reduce government revenue from petroleum operations by […]

Nigerian Regulators Need Real Powers

Breaking years of silence, politicians and regulators in Nigeria are talking tough on oil spills in the aftershock of the BP disaster. Officials had stern words with Shell over its inadequate clean-up activities, and Exxon Mobil, who were ‘cautioned’ over a recent spill of over a million gallons. Upping the stakes, the governor of Delta […]

Will BP Oil Spill Make Shell ‘Come Clean’?

Will BP Oil Spill Make Shell ‘Come Clean’?

As the US government takes BP to task over the disasterous Gulf of Mexico spill, many Nigerians (including twitter users) are asking, ‘what about Shell?’. There is nothing clean about Shell’s operations in the Niger Delta, where daily oil spills are  frequently ignored for months and where ‘clean up’ methods include dumping oil-drenched soil into pits before […]

Shell Wreak Havoc in Nigeria And Head to Ghana

Shell Wreak Havoc in Nigeria And Head to Ghana

Shell is pushing for a more active role in Ghana’s vast new oil fields, which may hold over 500 million barrels of oil. With a legacy of turmoil in Nigeria crippling its supply, Shell was desperate to impress at an industry summit this week before Ghana’s Vice President Mahama and the Director of Ghana National […]

Flawed logic of Nigeria’s response to insurgency

Flawed logic of Nigeria’s response to insurgency

Is there any logic to the Nigerian Federal Government’s latest offer of amnesty to armed insurgents in the oil-rich Delta region? The offer follows one of the largest military offensives in the region, in which hundreds of innocent civilians have been killed and many thousands displaced. The government’s idea of winning the hearts and minds […]

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