Gas Flares in the Niger Delta

The image shows north Africa at night from space. Most of Africa is dark, compared to lights of southern Europe. Below the Sahara only the Niger Delta is illuminated, as a result of the flaring of ‘waste’ gas, found alongside the oil in Nigeria’s oilfields, but that the oil companies have not sought to exploit, and simply burn.

The flaring of waste gas in Nigeria releases toxic chemicals into the local environment and wastes approximately the same amount of energy every year as 25% of the UK’s entire natural gas consumption – emitting carbon dioxide equivalent to 18 million cars.

Oil exploration of the Niger Delta has caused many significant environmental problems, but the oil money has been of limited benefit to the poor communities in the Delta. A powerful series of photos showing many of the issues of the Delta was recently published on The Atlantic website,

Photo NASA 2003

Comments

  1. Gareth Richards says:

    Cheveron is investing in stopping this:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-03/chevron-s-escravos-gas-to-liquids-plant-to-start-output-in-2013.html

    All it required was an $8.4 billion project!

  2. How depressing :-( But sadly just one of the many examples of how good the human race is at wasting resources. Nice pic of the world by night though!

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