SkyTruth Intern Detects Oil Spills in Niger Delta and Rio Del Rey Basins
Close inspection of satellite imagery reveals sources of oil pollution off Africa’s coast, near vulnerable communities
Nigeria is not only the largest economy in Africa, but also the largest exporter of crude oil on the continent, exporting 1.27 million barrels per day in 2021. The Nigerian economy is—and historically has been—reliant on the hydrocarbon industry for foreign exchange income and tax revenue. The reliance on crude oil in particular for income generation has led to the widespread proliferation of offshore drilling operations in the petroleum-rich Niger Delta Basin.