Global Exchange has worked with our allies in Nigeria for over a decade to help stop the illegal and deadly use of gas-flaring.
Today, our friends at Amnesty International have launched an important new campaign to end flaring — and you can help!
The oil industry is abusing the human rights of hundreds of thousands of people in the Niger Delta region. So far, the Nigerian government can’t or won’t hold oil companies accountable. Amnesty’s Demand Dignity Campaign is pressuring the world’s largest oil companies–including Chevron, and the government of Nigeria, to clean up the Niger Delta. As part of that work, Amnesty International USA’s new Eyes on Nigeria project uses the power of satellite technology to monitor oil industry abuses in the region.
A major source of oil pollution is the practice of gas flaring — burning off excess gas as waste. The people of the Niger Delta need a real deadline for ending gas flaring — and they need full transparency about the health risks of flaring.
This summer, Amnesty International will be pushing government and corporations for accountability on this issue.
Add your voice to the Niger Delta petition at amnestyusa.org/endgasflaring.
Read about gas-flaring in Nigeria in The True Cost of Chevron: An Alternative Annual Report.
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Posted on: March 29, 2011