IN SHORT: Social media posts claiming oil has been discovered in the West African country of Burkina Faso are false. The video shared as proof shows a sewage spill.
A video of a pool of dark liquid bubbling up from a hole in a trench dug by an earth-mover is circulating on social media with the claim it shows crude oil discovered in the West African country of Burkina Faso in January 2024.
Does the video really show a recent discovery of crude oil in Burkina Faso?
‘We wish that was oil!’
Its caption reads: “We wish that was oil! We replaced this sewer this past week that was packed full of tree roots and had 4 patches in the 6” [inch] clay piping. It went well and we were all backfilled by about 12.30pm!”
The bubbling liquid in the video is not oil discovered in Burkina Faso. It’s sewage escaping from a blocked sewer in the US.
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