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Title:Corporate response to environmental deterioration in the oil-bearing enclave of the Niger Delta, Nigeria, 1984-2002
Author:Aghalino, S.O.
Periodical:Journal of environment and culture
Geographic term:Nigeria
petroleum industry
oil companies
Abstract:This paper examines the corporate response to environmental deterioration in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. It is argued that until recently, oil firms in Nigeria paid little attention to the environment. Faced with local and international pressure, oil firms responded by putting in place some measures to check oil-induced environmental pollution. It is found that, due in part to crass negligence on the part of oil firms, as well as government inertia, coupled with weak and inefficient institutions, environmental laws are flouted with impunity. It is suggested that an effective fiscal regime based on the 'polluter pays principle' should be put in place to check environmental abuse by oil firms. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]