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This post was written by Peter Maass whose book Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil is now available in paperback.
In Nigeria, the oil has not stopped leaking.
While residents around the Gulf of Mexico breathe a sigh of relief over the BP spill's capping, an oil disaster continues in Nigeria. Due to the recklessness of multinational oil companies, as well as a simmering war between a corrupt government and a rebel group known as MEND, hundreds of spills occur every year in Nigeria. REVIEW: Peter Maass' Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil
Between 1970 and 2000, there were more than 7,000 of them, according to government figures, and thousands of contaminated sites have yet to be cleaned up. Nigeria, one of the largest oil suppliers to the United States, has suffered decades of pollution that dwarf the BP spill yet the catastrophe is hardly known outside the African country's borders.
For my book on the troubles of oil, I traveled through Nigeria, meeting oil executives, oil warlords and immiserated fishermen whose livelihood has been destroyed; it was a journey into the carbon hell on the other side of our gas pumps.
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Peter Maass is the author of Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil.