Oil pipeline tapping in Nigeria

Kevin of the Virginia Quarterly Review says,
CNN reported today that over 200 people in Nigeria died today from a massive explosion and fire resulting from a tapped oil pipeline. VQR's Winter issue (in the mail as we speak) features a portfolio of essays on oil in Africa, and in light of today's news, we're posting in advance John Ghazvinian's important essay "The Curse of Oil." It offers some important background on the little-known practice (at least in the West) of pipeline "tapping" and on the larger issues of oil development and revenue in Africa.

Reader comment: Mark J-L says,

A good friend of mine is a photographer for the Baltimore Sun, and he shot for a story on Oil in Nigeria. It's a multi-part story with a pretty good set of pics (related story and links to pics in the right column). Link