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Embassy Fellowship Nigeria

Site Contact:
David Morrison


Site Location:
St. Paul, MN 55155

The Niger Delta has endured decades of environmental damage caused by oil pollution from leaky pipelines, oil theft, oil spills, pipeline sabotage, and illegal refining activities. To this day, the Nigerian National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) reports hundreds of oil spills each year in the region. Through the Embassy Science Fellows (ESF) program, the EPA met with leadership of NOSDRA and held a series of meetings and trainings to address important issues regarding response, spill prevention and remediation of legacy sites.  The ESF framework also enabled participation by other U.S. Federal Agencies including NOAA, BSEE and the USCG. The partnership on these issues is helping to contribute to State Department mission objectives for advancing an environmental policy that balances energy security, economic growth, and environmental protection.