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A Spill Afar: Should It Matter?

By Elizabeth Rosenthal
Name __________________________________________________________ Hour
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1. What body of water did the BP oil rig leak pour millions of gallons of oil into in 2010?
2. In what country do oil spills happen all of the time and people literally swim in oil?
3. What continent is this country a part of?
4. Why is it that so much oil spills into the water every year in this country?

5. More oil is spilled from the deltas network of terminals, pipes, pumping stations, and oil
platforms every ____________________ than has been lost in the
____________________________________.
6. ____________________________ ranks __________________________ among the nations supply
crude oil exports to the United States.
7. Name the two companies that drill in the Niger delta:
1.
2.
8. Why do you think people in the United States care so much about the oil that was spilt in
2010? What do you think that says about how people in the United States interact with their
environment?

9. Why do you think people in __________________________ dont care about the oil thats spilt in
their water? What do you think that says about how they interact with their environment?

10. As someone who lives in the United States, do you care about the oil thats being spilled
in Africa? Why or why not? What does this say about your own views on human-environment
interaction?