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Oil Spill: Big Oil's History Of Bad Behavior (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 07/07/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:25 PM ET

With the gulf oil spill raging, all eyes are turned to the horrors of oil spills. Tragically, oil companies have a history of damage way beyond the accidental -- displacing thousands of people from their lands, destroying indigenous environments, and funding brutal dictatorships. As we reflect on our dependence on oil, we want highlight the reality of what oil companies actually do, and the price of our fossil fuel dependence, which is paid for by people around the world.

See what they've been up to yourself and tell us which behavior is most appalling:

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The Niger Delta is an oil rich area, producing 80% of the oil that comes from Nigeria. It is also the home to many small minority ethnic groups, dependent on fishing and farming, who suffer the irreparable damages of oil drilling on their lands. 40% of Shell's oil spills have occurred in the Niger Delta, and natural gas flaring is common—a wasteful practice used to maximize production of crude oil by burning the accompanying gas. 95% of the gas is flared in Nigeria, and it is estimated that Nigerian oil fields produce more greenhouse emissions than the rest of the world's oil fields combined, as a result.
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