Environmental Racism: Australia, Shell & Nigeria

Connors, Libby
April 1997
Social Alternatives;Apr97, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p50
Academic Journal
The article discusses the environmental degradation caused by the oil facilities of Royal Dutch Shell PLC in Ogoniland, Nigeria. The Ogoni people are an ethnic minority in Nigeria and are mostly fishermen and farmers. Since Royal Dutch Shell began extracting oil from the rich Ogoni farmlands, the lives of those fishermen and farmers have been shattered. Thick soot falls from the gas flares which dot their farmlands and air and water supplies have been contaminated. Besides, the rain is acidic there and the incidence of respiratory and other health problems among the Ogoni has increased. The author also elaborates on the peaceful public demonstrations against the facilities led by Ogoni leader Ken Saro-Wiwa.


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