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12/04/2013 - 15/06/2013
The members of the EJOLT project (2011-15) coordinated by ICTA, met recently in Nigeria. [disponible en anglès]
This is a chronicle of this meeting written by Leah Temper (ICTA-UAB):
Oil permeates our existence. From water bottles, plastics, fuels and paints to fertilizers, fabrics and solvents. Yet despite its ubiquity, the reality of the infrastructure behind oil extraction – the pipelines, terminals, offshore rigs, the tankers that ply the oceans — the process of how oil arrives into our lives and our tanks, remains completely obscured to the average citizen. At the gas pump, one cannot choose between Bonny Light Nigerian Crude or ‘Ethical’ Canadian Tar Sands oil.
The dirty business of extracting oil is perhaps best revealed in all its gory in the Niger Delta. Here, one at once understands why Venezuelan Foreign Minister Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonso, a founder of OPEC, compared oil to “swimming in the devil’s excrement”. Never mind that the oil boom made his country fantastically rich.
The Niger Delta may hold the dubious distinction of being the most contaminated place on the planet. Covering an area roughly the size of Scotland and home to 45 million people, the Delta used to be a picturesque wetland. Its marshy sediment-rich soils are home to mangrove swamps, lowland rainforests and barrier islands. Together they once formed some of the planet’s richest biodiversity.
...see full chronicle[disponible en anglès]