Oil spills in Nigeria

Posted: May 12, 2013 in Nigeria

Nigerian Public Oil Spill Monitoring Platform, NPO, gives a good map of oil spills that have happened in the Nigerian Delta since 2007. They are a group that is focused on managing, visualizing, and sharing data” about spills happening in Nigeria. There is an average of two spills per day that are reported across the delta. There are three main oil companies working in Nigeria Shell, Nigeria Oil and Gas, and Mobil. As an American we recognize two of the three of these companies because we go to these local gas stations every day. NPO gives yearly and monthly data on these spills and the amounts are astounding.

A ton of these spills are caused by criminal tampering.  The Movement for Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), the main delta militant group, causes many of these spills to occur. Shell estimates that over 150,000 barrels per day is lost to oil thieves across the region.But in a recent legal battle Shell had to take some of the blame because the sabotage committed was so simple it could have been prevented. Someone simply used a monkey wrench to open one of the overground valves.

Either way these spills damage much of the Delta. the spill mentioned in the legal battle damaged 47 fishing ponds, killing all of the fish and rendering the ponds useless.These spills could deter foreign investment in Nigeria and the only way for the tampering to be stopped is for the companies to become more active in protecting their pipelines.

Statistics from NPO

All spills occurring in 2012

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