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Nigeria oil spills 08 04 11

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Niger Delta has seen 50 years of oil operations and more than 6,800 oil spills.
Nigeria oil spills 08 04 11

A man scoops spilled crude oil into a bottle from the waters of the Niger Delta swamps of Bodo, a village in the famous Nigerian oil-producing Ogoniland, which hosts the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Nigeria's Rivers State. The region has in recent years experienced an average of 300 spills a year, roughly one spill a day, from terminals, pipes and platforms, according to government officials and experts. Sabotage of oil facilities by armed rebels fighting for a fairer share of oil wealth for locals, and theft of crude, popularly known as oil bunkering, in recent years saw spills spiking to new levels.