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$1bn oil industry clean-up to start in Niger Delta

A $1bn clean-up of the Niger Delta was launched by the Nigerian government today to try to fix fifty years worth of damage done by oil extraction.

Numerous oil spills and abandoned infrastructure has left high levels of carcinogens in drinking water, contaminated soil with hydrocarbons and had what the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) described as a “disastrous” impact on the delta’s mangroves. Funded by a polluters pay policy, the project is expected to take up to 30 years.

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