Africa’s gas flares

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Nigeria’s penalty for gas flaring will not curb emissions, say campaigners. Activists say tightening existing legislation will not prevent the release of greenhouse gases in the Niger Delta Monica Mark in Lagos The Guardian.co.uk Thurs 31 May 2012

A by-product of Nigeria’s 2m-barrel-a-day oil extraction industry – natural gas, could be used for power generation across Africa if it was trapped.  http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/may/31/nigeria-penalty-gas-flaring
Meanwhile, it remains cheaper to eliminate natural gas using fire, than to tap a disorganised local market. Villagers describe the gas flares as “Flames from Hell“. These flares contribute to climate change, pollute the air, and bring acid rain to the region… Appalled by the environmental devastation, Simon studied law and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar. He is now working pro-bono as an environmental lawyer at Environmental Rights Action http://www.elaw.org/node/1217

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