Nigerian Women Protesters Block Chevron Pipeline

Nigerian women protesters have besieged the site of a Chevron Corp. natural gas pipeline project in the Niger River delta, halting construction work for the second time in two months.

The women, who are demanding electricity for their community and action against environmental damage due to oil activities, turned up in the hundreds at the Chevron pipeline building site on the Escravos River yesterday, Isaac Botosan, a spokesman of the Ugborodo community, where the women come from, said today by phone from the southern city of Warri.

The protesters, who had occupied the same site for several days in July, are angry that the government and the oil company have yet to address their demands, he said.

Femi Odumabo, a spokesman for Chevron in Nigeria, didn’t answer calls to his mobile phone. Oma Djebah, a spokesman of the Delta state government in charge of the area, couldn’t be reached on his phone.

Oil and gas operations in Nigeria suffer frequent disruptions by restive communities in the oil-rich Niger River delta seeking more benefits from the region’s hydrocarbon resources. Attacks by armed groups in the area cut the nation’s crude output by 28 percent from 2006 to 2009, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Nigeria is Africa’s top oil producer and the fifth-biggest source of U.S. oil imports. Chevron is the operator of a joint venture in which it holds a 40 percent stake, with state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. holding 60 percent

To contact the reporter on this story: Elisha Bala-Gbogbo in Abuja at ebalagbogbo@bloomberg.net

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