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Activist Cautions Against More Pipelines Bombing

Niger Delta militants, Nigerian Navy, NDA, NNPC, Militant
Posted: May 30, 2016 at 9:21 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Igoniko Oduma

Yenagoa Alagoa Morris, frontline Niger Delta-based environmental activist, has cautioned that more attacks on oil facilities could lead to further pollution and damage of the already fragile environment of the region.

Morris, who gave the caution in an interview on Monday in Yenagoa, described the bombing of oil pipelines as “self-inflicted injury” on the part of the perpetrators in the region.

He spoke against the backdrop of resurgence of bombings of oil platforms by men of the Niger Delta Avengers in Delta and Bayelsa states.

Morris who is Head, Environmental Rights  Action, Bayelsa State office,however, stated that spilling of crude oil either through acts of sabotage or operational failures were inimical to the environment.

He said: “Oil spills affect our land, water bodies and air negatively, especially as the farms, farmlands and water bodies for fishing lose their fecundity.

“Those who breathe in air so polluted, eat food or fish so polluted, and drink same impacted water, face carbon related health risks.

“And, when the environment is so impacted and loses fecundity; it takes several years to recover and, this in turn affects sustainable development.”

Morris said gas flaring, gas leaks and oil spills resulting from extractive activities of international oil companies and breaching of oil facilities were some of the reasons why the Niger Delta was described as the most polluted area in the world.

He called on the Federal Government to approach the renewed violence with caution and appealed to the militants to exercise restraint in the interest of the common good of communities.

“It is very certain that whenever oil/gas facilities are so attacked there would be spill and leakages. Now, the negative impacts on the environment and, by extension the health and livelihood of the people cannot be less than oil spills or gas leaks from other causes simply because the causative agents are and were Ijaws or people fighting for their rights.

“No! the impacts would be just the same as those resulting from equipment failure or operational failure such as Shell’s Bonga spill of December, 2011, Chiveron’s KS Endeavor explosion of 16th January, 2012  off Koluama in Bayelsa,and Agip’s 27th November, 2013 spill at Brass Terminal. These three incidents I just mentioned are all caused by operational failure, human error”, Morris added.