The Niger Delta: Soaked in Oil

Like many places around the world the Niger Delta is cursed. It's cursed by the vast resources that lay underground in the form of oil. Since the 1950's the Nigerian government along with multinational corporations have been extracting oil from this region and devastating the ecosystem and its people. Today, Nigeria is Africa's largest oil producer, extracting 2 million barrels of oil a day, leading to oil making up 80% of their national revenue.

So who's pumping all of this oil (and spilling a lot of it)? The largest producer of oil in the Niger Delta is The Shell Petroleum Development Company, or just Shell as most people know it, however there are a number of other multinational corporations working in the area. No matter who it is, there is a lot of oil being spilt in the Niger Delta.

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