[1]On 16 January, between 4.30am and 5am, Chevron’s KS Endeavour drilling rig exploded six miles off the coast of Nigeria after the company lost control[2] of the gas well. Two workers were reported killed. Ten days on, the fire continues to burn.

Photos courtesy of Morris Alagoa at ERA/FoE Nigeria[3].[4]

The rig has now completely collapsed under the intense heat of the flames. Chevron is still “finalizing plans for a relief well to fight the fire”. But these pictures show no sign of the company’s efforts to monitor the impact of the fire or protect local fishers.

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The local community, which relies on fishing as a primary means of livelihood, has drawn attention to the ecological impact of the disaster. Below is a deformed dead fish observed near the site.

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The company has so far dismissed the impact on local livelihoods, claiming that “no impacts to the beach[7] have been reported.” However, the disaster appears to be having devastating consequences for marine life. As ERA reports[8]¬†from the¬†Koluama River:

“There were dead fish floating and some in throes of death; struggling to stay alive.”

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://blog.platformlondon.org/2012/01/26/in-pictures-chevron-rig-still-burning-in-nigeria/chevron-oil-rig-on-fire-in-nigeria-era/
  2. lost control: http://possible%20failure%20of%20surface%20equipment%20during%20drilling%20operations%20that%20led%20to%20a%20loss%20of%20well%20control.%20
  3. ERA/FoE Nigeria: http://www.eraction.org/
  4. [Image]: http://blog.platformlondon.org/2012/01/26/in-pictures-chevron-rig-still-burning-in-nigeria/chevron-rig-fire-offshore-nigeria-photo-by-alagoa-morris-era-foe-nigeria-6/
  5. [Image]: http://blog.platformlondon.org/2012/01/26/in-pictures-chevron-rig-still-burning-in-nigeria/chevron-rig-fire-offshore-nigeria-photo-by-alagoa-morris-era-foe-nigeria-5/
  6. [Image]: http://blog.platformlondon.org/2012/01/26/in-pictures-chevron-rig-still-burning-in-nigeria/deformed-fish-floating-near-to-the-chevron-rig-fire-offshore-nigeria-photo-by-alagoa-morris-era-foe-nigeria-2/
  7. beach: http://www.chevron.com/ksendeavor/
  8. reports: http://www.eraction.org/component/content/article/370