Stop Gas Flaring

Join with other Friends of the Earth activists from around the world to call on the Nigerian Government to halt gas flaring in their country once and for all.

Dear Sirs,

I hereby join Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria and other concerned citizens of the world to express disappointment that the December 31, 2008 deadline to end gas flaring in all Niger Delta communities has not been adhered to. We call on you to halt this practice.

I am deeply concerned that - since 1969 - Nigeria’s Federal Government has not enforced the various administrative directives and laws it enacted to end gas flaring in the Niger Delta region.

Rather than enforce those laws and a subsisting court judgment against the practice, the government in countless instances succumbed to excuses from oil companies for shifts in flare-out deadlines.

Nigeria is the world’s second largest flarer of associated gas and currently burns 23billion standard cubic meters annually. Gas flaring contributes significantly to climate change.

Gas flaring causes acid rain which acidifies the lakes and streams and damages crops and vegetation. It reduces farm yields and harms human health, lives and livelihoods. Gas flaring increases the risk of respiratory illnesses, asthma and cancer. It often causes painful breathing, chronic bronchitis, decreased lung function, body itching, blindness, impotency, miscarriages and premature deaths.

While nearly three-quarters of Nigerians live in desperate poverty, Nigeria loses $2.5 billion dollars every year through flared gas. The practice is also a major factor in the tension and conflicts raging in the Niger Delta region.

On November 14, 2005, the Federal High Court sitting in Benin and presided over by Justice V.C Nwokorie ordered stoppage of gas flaring in Iwerekhan Community (Plaintiff) by April 2007, saying the practice "violates the fundamental right to life and dignity."

It is extremely troubling that, despite the court order, gas flaring has continued unabated in the Niger Delta, thereby continuing to put the local communities and the entire world at risk.

The government must put the human and environmental rights of the people of Nigeria above corporate profits. It is past time to make gas flaring history.

Yours Sincerely,
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