According to an article in the Guardian, a couple of recent studies suggest that the amount of oil that has been spilled in the Gulf of Mexico so far from the BP explosion is spilled every year in the Niger Delta. But nobody makes any effort to clean those spills up. And that’s been going on for decades.
“There are more than 300 spills, major and minor, a year,” said Bassey. “It happens all the year round. The whole environment is devastated. The latest revelations highlight the massive difference in the response to oil spills. In Nigeria, both companies and government have come to treat an extraordinary level of oil spills as the norm.”