8 March 2012
Gas flaring in the Niger Delta has caused tremendous damage the environment and human health
DAKAR/PORT HARCOURT, 8 March 2012 (IRIN) - Despite longstanding laws against gas flaring - the burning of natural gas during oil extraction - in
, and shifting deadlines to end the practice, the activity continues, with serious health consequences for people living nearby. Nigeria
In the Niger Delta, where most of the flaring takes places, residents living near gas flares complain of respiratory problems, skin rashes and eye irritations, as well as damage to agriculture due to acid rain.