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ERA/FoEN Indicts Agip Over Bayelsa Oil Spill

Posted: Apr 16, 2016 at 7:35 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Igoniko Oduma, Yenagoa


The Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth has indicted the Nigerian Agip Oil Company over a major oil  spill incident that devastated the environment of Ondewari and Okpotuwari communities of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Bayelsa State.

ERA/FoEN in a field report released at the weekend, following a visit to the site on Saturday, April 9, 2016, said that the current oil spill, which has discharged over 500 barrels of crude oil, occurred on March 5, 2016, from a spot on Agip’s Tebidaba-Ogboinbiri 14″ flow line in the area which was clamped in December 2015 following an oil spill that was caused by equipment failure.

The report signed by Alagoa Morris, the non-governmental organisation’s head of operations in Bayelsa, noted that the oil spill happened after a Joint Investigation Visit ( JIV) had been concluded on the December 2015 incident due to “Agip’s operational negligence”.

“That spill of December 2015 was as a result of equipment failure and occurred at a 6’O clock position on the pipeline as indicated on the JIV report and photo evidence. The volume of spilt crude was put at three barrels”, ERA said.

According to the environmental rights group, the recent oil spill from the same spot happened because Agip re-opened the flow line with pressure from the Ogboinbiri flow station.

“After Agip noticed the error committed, the company quickly dug some big pits in the environment to contain the spilt crude oil. When the community knew about the development and confronted Agip, the company official  first tried to deny until some officials of the regulatory agencies waded in”, ERA/FoEN said.

It further reported that presently the spilt crude was being mopped and transferred into big Gee Pee tanks and pumped into a barge stationed near the Ossiama Creek.