Chevron rig burns off Nigeria as damage hits shore

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Posted: Feb 06, 2012 5:53 AM
Chevron rig burns off Nigeria as damage hits shore

As a fire at a Chevron Corp. gas rig off Nigeria's coast continues to burn, locals say they're seeing signs of its effects on the environment and the health of those living nearby.

A nearby 12-bed clinic remains overrun with patients and swarms of dead fish have surfaced around the polluted waters that feed Ikebiri Creek in Nigeria's Bayelsa state. Meanwhile, Chevron officials decline to give an estimate of when the fire will stop as residents say the flames threaten their livelihood.

The fire began Jan. 16 from a shallow-water gas well for Chevron's Nigerian subsidiary near its North Apoi oil platform. It destroyed the rig and a nearby support vessel, causing tens of millions of dollars in damage.