The Other Oil Spills
    2010-07-08 13:12:43     Xinhua/CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Jiang Aitao
 

An aeriel view of a village on an island near an oil spill site in the creeks of an Ogoni region in Nigeria's Niger Delta July 7, 2010. [Photo: Xinhua/Reuters]

Related: Oil Spill Impact

Oil powers the economy in the West African nation of Nigeria, but it is killing its southern shores.

While the world is transfixed by the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, oil spills have become a part of everyday life during the 50 years that foreign firms have been pumping out Nigeria's easily refined fuel.

Environmentalists estimate as much as 550 (m) million gallons (2 (b) billion litres) of oil have poured into the Niger River Delta during that time - at a rate roughly comparable to one Exxon Valdez disaster per year.

See video: Gulf Spill A Familiar Story in Oil-soaked Nigeria


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