At the request of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, UNEP has conducted an independent assessment of the environment and public health impacts of oil contamination in Ogoniland, in the Niger Delta, and options for remediation.

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In 49 cases, hydrocarbons observed in soil at depths of at least 5 m

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Ogoni community input was vital and over 23,000 attended project meetings

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Over 4,000 samples collected for analysis from more than 200 sites

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Two-year UNEP scientific study including 14-months of fieldwork

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5 highest concentrations of TPH in groundwater exceed 1 million micrograms per litre (Nigerian standard: 600 µg/l)

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UNEP will shortly release a report containing the findings of its major assessment of the environmental and public health impacts of oil contamination in Ogoniland, a kingdom in Nigeria's Niger Delta Region

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