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Black gold buccaneers: Who’s at fault for Nigeria’s environmental emergency?

Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media Deep in the Niger delta, concealed by thick forests and swamplands, men are undertaking a singularly dangerous activity. They are refining oil in crudely-fashioned, highly unstable refineries. These men are unprotected, having no gear to stave off burns or worse in the likely event of an explosion. Instead, they work in T-shirts and rubber ...

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Black gold buccaneers: Oil piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

The frequency of piracy attacks in the Gulf of Guinea has increased at an alarming rate in recent years. According the United Nations’ 2013 Transnational Organized Crime threat assessment for West Africa, piracy in the Gulf “is a product of the disorder that surrounds the regional oil industry.” Nigeria, which produces well over 2 million barrels of oil per day, ...

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