In October 2004 a major oil spill occurred in the Trans-Niger pipeline, which runs through the Ogoniland to the Bonny Export Terminal. Following the spill, fire broke out. The oil and the fire reached the mangrove forest in the Tidal region of the village of Goi. For three days Shell unsuccessfully attempted to extinguish the fire. After four days the disastrous aftermath could be seen: 15 hectares of mangrove forest were devastated, 20 canoes destroyed, all the fish killed and hundreds of trees with high economic value (palm trees, mango trees, coconut palm, avocado and more) had gone up in flames.
It was not until July 2007, 33 months after the October 2004 oil spill, that Shell began the clean-up of his fishpond. But tragically, in August/September 2007 the fishponds again become polluted by a new oil leak in the Trans-Niger pipeline. No fish could be produced by Chief Barizaa and other community people after October 2004. In the meantime, the village of Goi has become deserted. The oil pollution has left it uninhabitable. There are no fish left in the creek or in the fishponds, agriculture is no longer possible and there is no way to make a living.
Despite this, the Goi community survives. Although the former residents of Goi live spread out among various villages in the area now, they still meet every week on the waterside which was once so lovely. This is how they keep their desire and their hope alive to someday return to their homeland, if the oil can ever be cleaned up.