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Chevron denies liability in rig explosion off Bayelsa coastline

Posted: Apr 16, 2015 at 3:00 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chevron Nigeria Ltd (CNL) said on Tuesday it would not pay any compensation for the January 2012 rig explosion and fire incident off the Bayelsa coastline.

This was contained in a statement by General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, CNL, Mr. Deji Haastrup, in Yenagoa.

Haastrup was quoted in the statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as saying the oil firm has no liabilities on the incident.

NAN recalls that youths from the Koluama 2 community in Bayelsa State had on September 15, 2014 in a protest occupied the North Apoi oil platform operated by Chevron over non-payment of compensation for the rig blowout.

They only vacated the facility after officials of the oil firm opted for dialogue brokered by the Commander of Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Atewe.

After several unsuccessful peaceful attempts to resolve pending issues of the January 2012 fire incidents, Chevron has refused to take responsibility and rather the company said the incident did not impact the people.

Haastrup said: “The issue of compensation does not arise because the January 2012 rig incident occurred 10 kilometres offshore and did not adversely impact any community.

“However, following the incident, the Nigeria Oil Spill Detection and Remediation Agency (NOSDRA) conducted post-incident environmental assessment and reported the results to the Nigerian House of Representatives Committee on Environment.

“That report states that onshore air testing revealed no detectable levels of pollutants and water samples tested were within naturally acceptable standards.

“Similarly, the result of the independent environmental  studies carried out in the coastal communities by an independent third party in conjunction with the regulators (DPR and NOSDRA) after the rig incident showed no adverse effects to air or water and the environment.

“Also, an independent Health Impact Assessment found that the incident did not adversely impact the health of members of the coastal communities, the closest of which was 10 kilometres to the incident location,” Haastrup said.

It, however, explained that an independent body, Multi-Stakeholder Committee (MSC), was set up to address the concerns of stakeholders who have made claims in connection with the Incident.