> Images of Oil: 2006


The presence of oil in the Niger Delta is ominous. It's everywhere. Nigeria is the 5th largest exporter of oil. Lacking in democracy, the combination of the riches from oil and prevelance of corruption is a formula for poverty and violence. The gap between the wealth and poverty is unbelievable.

Gas flares are always a part of the landscape. They light up the night sky similar to a sunset.

Oil and gas containers are everywhere. People use them for hauling things, even water.

Chevron and Shell emblems are common sights.

People sell oil/gas from their homes and on the streets (in the cities).

Villagers eat meals right next to gasoline.

Some villagers "host" oil companies on their land, and live right next to the operations, sometimes right next to drilling.