Nigeria: An End to Gas Flaring

Adetunji, Jimoh I.
July 2006
E: The Environmental Magazine;Jul/Aug2006, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p38
This article reports that oil companies like Mobil, Shell, Chevron, Total and Agip have all made profits from the oil resource in Nigeria, while the local communities have been left to face the pollution and the greenhouse gas emissions. Gas flaring, or the burning off of natural gas by-products into the atmosphere, has been going on in the oil-rich Niger Delta of Nigeria for more than 40 years. According to Climate Justice, The flares contain a cocktail of toxins that affect the health and livelihood of local communities, exposing Niger Delta residents to an increased risk of premature deaths, childhood respiratory illnesses, asthma and cancer. Flaring in Nigeria releases more CO2 than the combined total of all other climate-related emissions in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Nigeria, more gas is flared than anywhere else in the world. Due to increasing pressure from local and international environmental groups, the Nigerian government set 2008 as the deadline to end gas flaring, and to ask the oil companies to capture and process the gas, both for export and for local use.


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