The news channels have been giving us round the clock updates on the oil leak that, according to the New York Times most recent report, they estimate 2.5 million gallons of oil per day is emptying into the Gulf of Mexico with no way of stopping it. The hurricane season is getting ready to start and the mixture of the two will make the catastrophe apocalyptical. But, the Nigerian people’s plight that is much worse than ours and caused by Shell and Exxon and other drillers has never even been on CNN’s or any other news outlet’s radar. Why is that?
Now that we have a leak, the NYT has exposed the 50-year leak in Nigeria that has been caused by decaying pipes and good old fashioned mismanagement by the large gas companies Exxon and Shell. Amnesty International told the NYT, “Aging columns of oil-well valves, known as Christmas trees, pop up improbably in clearings among the palm trees. Oil sometimes shoots out of them, even if the wells are defunct.”
The report states that in the last 50 years, “as many as 546 million gallons of oil spilled into the Niger Delta.” Imagine our leak stays vibrantly leaking like theirs. What would happen to the fish, the plant life, the agriculture in the area? The NYT will explain it all here. If you recall the boycotts of the 80’s against Exxon for their massive oil spill and slow cleanup and Shell for their part in supporting Apartheid, something tells me that the people will rise again against them, but this time we’ll include BP.