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The perils of oil drilling may have hit the headlines when BP’s rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. But the environmental impacts of the exploration, extraction and trade of petroleum have long disrupted everyday life in both the global south and industrialized nations.
In recent years, communities worldwide have protested the presence of big oil. One of the longest-running and bloody oil conflicts in the world is in the niger delta, where companies such as shell and chevron have worked closely with the Nigerian government to exploit the oil resources there. Freelance Producer Lynn Feinerman has more about the oil business in Nigeria, and about citizen efforts to hold companies accountable in the courtroom.