Chevron began exploration and exploitation of oil activities in the community in 1980. On Monday, November 10, 2002, a major spill occurred at Chevrons facility, resulting in the pollution of Makaraba River and surrounding creeks, as well as the disruption of economic activities in the community. The local peoples demand for clean up and compensation have fallen on deaf ears.
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:
Environmental Rights Action
Conflict & Mobilization
MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Farmers Landless peasants Trade unions
Forms of mobilization:
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Visible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Oil spills, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Visible: Loss of livelihood
Conflict outcome / response:
Development of alternatives:
Chevron should -clean up the spill -send relief materials and pay adequate compensation to the victims of this environmental tragedy. -demonstrate corporate responsibility and good citizenship by cleaning the spill and respect the peoples rights to a clean and safe environment as guaranteed by Article 24 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:
The peoples demands for clean up and compensation have fallen on deaf ears.
Sources & Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict
Article 24 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries
Knee deep in Crude Vol 2. A publication of Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the earth Nigeria.
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