As bad as the oil gusher is in the Gulf of Mexico, a look at Nigeria shows how it could be worse.
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A man walks near the spilled crude oil on the shores and in the waters of the Niger Delta swamps of Bodo, a village in the famous Nigerian oil-producing Ogoniland, which hosts the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Nigeria's Rivers State on June 24, 2010. The region has in recent years experienced an average 300 spills a year, roughly one spill a day, from terminals, pipes and platforms, according to government officials and experts. Sabotage of oil facilities by armed rebels fighting for a fairer share of oil wealth for locals, and theft of crude (popularly known as oil bunkering) in recent years saw spills spiking to new levels.