LONG-AWAITED FUND ESTABLISHED FOR NIGERIAN OIL SPILL CLEANUP
Four years after a critical United Nations report, the Nigerian government has established a fund to oversee $1 billion worth of cleanup and restoration in the Ogoniland oilfields of the Niger Delta. According to President Muhammadu Buhari, the new fund will be overseen by representatives of the Ogoni people, the United Nations, the Nigerian government, and oil companies responsible for the contamination. Shell, which will be accountable for $330 million of the costs, said it will not contribute to the fund until the Nigerian government has developed a satisfactory structure and appointed commissioners. Ogoniland is just one of many oilfields in the Niger Delta, which sees hundreds of oil spills every year, many of which are attributable to pipeline sabotage. For the full story, see http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/07/nigerian-government-finally-sets-up-fund-to-clean-up-ogoniland-oil-spills.