MASSIVE OIL SPILL AT AMUKPE, NEAR SAPELE, IN NIGERIA'S NIGER DELTA, POURING CRUDE OIL INTO THE NEIGHBOURING RIVER FOR MORE THAN ONE MONTH
Picture Taken By Israel Aloja of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria [ERA/FoEN]
ERA Notes: "PPMC's ruptured pipeline empting P.M.S. (Premium Motor Spirit) into Okpe river for over one month. Amukpe community, Sapele L.G.A., Delta State, Nigeria."
This type of oil spill is widespread in the Niger Delta. Amukpe is near a major city of Sapele and therefore attracted attention of the public. In rural areas, such spills would go on for months before any action is taken. The Federal Government of Nigeria owned the facilities from which oil gushed into River Ethiope. Note the immediate impact of the spill on plants. The spill's impact on fish life was probably tremendous. But it remains unmeasured.