Segments in this Video

Oil Slick Watch Dog (03:12)


A man recalls life before crude oil. Friends of the Earth activists create a report for every oil leak. Nnimmo Bassey states that more than one oil spill occurs every day. He compares the amount of pollution to the Exxon Valdez spill. The delta of the Niger River is the capital of oil slicks. Murphy Akiri asses oil damage in Ibada Elume.

A Forest's Black Plague (03:34)

An oil pipeline leak destroys miles of land. Nearby village inhabitants are furious. We see the results of a 2008 artery failure in the village of Opotuwari. The Nigerian Agip Oil Company admits to being at fault but underplays its responsibilities; villagers are angry. (Graphic language)

Pollution in Osiama Creek (01:40)

Villagers fish the waters despite the fish tasting like kerosene. Esame recalls a time when fish was plentiful. Bathrooms line the river where villagers bathe and wash the dishes. Opotuwari residents receive little recompense for the 2008 oil spill.

Illicit Oil Refineries (03:41)

Down river, three men engage in illegal activities. They fill drums with crude oil from the jungle, refine it, and sell it. A man recalls an explosion at the homemade refinery. The refiners retrieve the crude oil by pipeline sabotage. The UN claims that 90% of the pollution comes from looting

Serving Private Interests? (02:06)

Nigerian Shell Company CEO, Mutiu Sunmonu claims the accusations against oil companies are unfair. Employee safety is a major concern. The state of Nigeria employs a special unit to protect oil companies. In 2008, oil production collapses and a rebel amnesty is proposed.

Fighting Over Oil (02:24)

Former Nigerian rebels who accepted amnesty live in Port Harcourt. They receive 100-300 Euros a month and take part in agricultural training. The rebels threaten to take up arms because of the government's lack of promise keeping. Anyakwee Nsirmovu believes the amnesty is a failure.

Corruption in Government (02:49)

Approximately 85% of Nigeria's budget comes from oil revenue. According to a note from the American Embassy in Abuja, crude oil buyers pay millions of dollars in bribes. In Goi, we see the results of a poorly maintained pipeline; villagers are suing the Shell Company. Mutiu Sunmonu claims the Shell Company is renovating polluted sites.

Calling Oil Companies Into Account (02:33)

Mike Karikpo organizes oil debates in the Netherlands. He is appalled at the lack of recompense and clean-up. The Nigerian court takes approximately 10-15 years to complete an oil case. Debates in Holland guarantee that villagers will be heard before a court of judges.

Credits: Nigeria: Endless Oil Spills (00:10)

Credits: Nigeria: Endless Oil Spills

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Over the years, Nigeria has become an economy based almost entirely on the mining of crude oil. But having a single economic focus has not kept the country safe from violent rifts and factionalism—indeed, rebel groups have regularly battled the government for control of oil pipelines while attacking the installations of foreign oil companies. Meanwhile, those companies often came up short in their obligations to maintain and repair the infrastructure that keeps oil flowing. This film illustrates what resulted from the chaos, both military and corporate, that engulfed Nigeria’s foremost industry between 2003 and 2009: case after case of oil spilling from a damaged pipeline, with tremendous commercial and ecological ramifications. In retrospect, is sabotage largely to blame, or are the aloof, profit-driven corporations? Is the conflict really over now? It depends on whom you ask—but this documentary faces the issue head-on as it searches for answers. (Portions with English subtitles, 22 minutes)

Length: 23 minutes

Item#: BVL50436

ISBN: 978-1-61753-535-2

Copyright date: ©2012

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