National Geographic : 2005 Sep
WEST AFRICA COULD DOUBLE ITS OIL PRODUCTION THIS DECADE. WHERE WILL THIS NEW WEALTH END UP-LINING THE POCKETS OF CORRUPT ELITES OR IMPROVING THE LIVES OF MILLIONS? Oil tanksfeed a pipeline that in 2003 began carryingChad'spetroleum to the world market-and returningriches to one of the world's most impoverishedcountries. In neighboringNigeria,where oil-soaked workers (bottom) clean up yet anotherspill, 50 years ofpetroleum production have left the NigerDelta poor,violent, and polluted.