Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Oil Disasters are Nothing New...
But occurring over the 50 years since oil production began in the Delta, this environmental disaster has never received the attention that is now being paid to the oil-spill catastrophe hitting the U.S. Gulf coast.
"The whole world is trembling and even the president of America had to do a personal visit to the site. The U.S. will have put serious measures in place to stop such situations happening in the future," said Ken Tebe -- a local environmental activist who is visibly shaken by what he regards as a double standard.
"It's funny because we've been dealing with this problem for 50 years. I even heard BP will pay $20 billion in damages (for the U.S. spill). When will such hope come to the Niger Delta?" Tebe asked.
And who is the largest consumer of Nigerian oil?
Or need I ask the question?
Of course, we are.
"When will such hope come to the Niger Delta," indeed.
Check out this website, which gives some personal perspective to the Gulf Oil Disaster.