Oil companies are devastating West African communities. The Niger River Delta used to be one of the most ecologically diverse places on Earth, but after decades of oil extraction the region has been ravaged.
Sleipner A, a combined accommodations, production and processing offshore platform in the Alfa Sentral Gas and Condensate Field, North Sea, Norway, during a storm. Photo by Øyvind Hagen via Statoil ASA.
This is a look at one of our favourite ammonites, prior to the outer matrix being polished. These ‘Cannon ball’ nodules (rocks) are thought to be exclusive to the Yorkshire Coast, found nowhere else in the world. They rarely contain fossils, but when they do, they typically contain an Eleganticeras sp. ammonite. This fossil here is featured as found. Some of the outer chambers were broken open when we cracked open this rock, which allowed a rich smell of bituminous oil to be released.
“They keep telling everybody that it is state of the art, that leaks
won’t happen, that nothing can go wrong,” said Jan Hasselman, a lawyer
for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which has been fighting the project for years. “It’s always been false. They haven’t even turned the thing on and it’s shown to be false.”