Niger delta oil spills clean-up will take 30 years, says UN
The Guardian has obtained a copy of a special United Nations report on oil spills in the Niger River delta.
Devastating oil spills in the Niger delta over the past five decades will cost $1 billion to rectify and take up to 30 years to clean up, according to a UN report.
The UN Environment Programme (Unep) has announced that Shell and other oil firms systematically contaminated a 1,000 square kilometre (386 sq mile) area of Ogoniland, in the Niger delta, with disastrous consequences for human health and wildlife.
Nigerians had “paid a high price” for the economic growth brought by the oil industry, said Unep’s executive director.