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Tags: Oil Production
In the Niger Delta, a battle is raging between local villagers and the Nigerian government. The villagers have little way to make a living, yet from underneath their feet there are tremendous crude oil reserves that are enriching the oil companies. The locals are running illegal oil refineries in extremely unsafe conditions, and selling fuel on the black market. The Military is attacking the villagers, destroying the refineries.
All these operations are releasing crude oil and refined oil products into the local environment that's directly in contact with the people. Fishermen are complaining their nets are being soiled, and that eating the fish is harming their health.
Source: VICE NewsNigeria may sit atop one of the largest oil reserves in the world, but the majority of the Nigerian people have seen little benefit from the multibillion-dol...