The eyes of the world have been focused on the Gulf of Mexico, where BP took several months to stop an oil leak deep under the sea surface. In the meantime, a 50 year oil disaster is happening in Nigeria.. Since SHELL started their hunt for oil in Nigeria, an estimated 1.5 million barrels of oil have flowed into groundwater, drinking water and rivers. The population wants it to stop. The activity has generated billions in profits for the leading Dutch/British oil company, but it is accused of environmental and human rights abuse.