Oil companies in Nigeria caused pollution that could take 30 years to clean up

La oil exploitation in Nigeria It has generated more environmental damage and social problems than profits and wealth for the country.

El UNEP published a report on the consequences of oil exploitation in the Ogoniland region in southern Nigeria.

The conclusions they obtained is that after 50 years of exploitation of oil fields, the environment has degraded and contaminated so much that it could take between 20 and 30 years to recover and clean this area.

Level contamination It is very high and serious since in this place the groundwater is contaminated with hydrocarbon Therefore, at least 10 communities drink water that is not potable but is contaminated with crude oil and other highly polluting substances. Which is very harmful to the health of the population.

There are several companies involved but Shell is one of the oil companies that most collaborated in the environmental degradation of this poor place. Africa.

It is evident that the large oil companies are not interested in the environmental degradation they generate in the environment or the consequences on the health of the people who live there.

In general, in these third world countries there are not too many government controls or regulations that require companies to make their operations as less polluting as possible.

It should not be accepted that a company carries out its activities without any interest in the environment and the community that inhabits it, exhausts natural resources, withdraws and leaves the environment degraded. the environment for decades.

Then, when the company ends its operations, local governments are the ones who must find ways to solve the serious environmental and social consequences that they left in the area.

What happened in Nigeria should be an example for other countries and not allow companies to act with total impunity, take the wealth out of the country, take the profits and leave the environment destroyed for years and in some cases the ecosystems are unrecoverable.

SOURCE: Efe verde

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  1.   daisy villanueva said

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