Africa

Last updated: 21 june, 2010 - 18:07 GMT

Oil spills

BP is about to start deep sea drilling in Angola.

Oil companies say their safety procedures are the same the world over, but would an African country cope with the effects of a huge oil leak?

BBC Network Africa's Louise Redvers reports from Angola, which pumps close to two million barrels of oil a day.

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Is oil a curse or a blessing for Africa?

And why don't oil spills in Africa cause the same uproar as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

John Ghazvinian is the author of a book called "Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil".

BBC Focus on Africa's Hassan Arouni spoke to him on the line from Philadelphia in the United States.

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