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Pipeline Explosion Claims Three In Bayelsa

Posted: Mar 29, 2016 at 3:26 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Three people have been reported dead and others wounded in a pipeline explosion in Olugboboro community in Bayelsa State, the Environmental Rights Agenda/Friends of the Earth (ERA/FoEN) said on Tuesday.

Workers had been repairing damaged portions of the pipeline, belonging to ENI, when it caught fire and exploded.

The explosion happened on Sunday but bodies were only recovered on Monday after the fire was brought under control, residents said, adding that more than seven others were seriously wounded.

“The news of another tragic incident in the oil industry, which claimed three lives, came to the Environmental Rights Action (ERA) as a great shock,” said Alagoa Morris, a member of the group.

“We in ERA will not stop calling on the authorities and regulators of the oil industry to make safety and best practices the mantra of the industry, not just profit,” he said.

There was no immediate comment from ENI.

Several bodies were burnt beyond recognition, while some injured were brought with severe burns to hospitals, residents said.

Peter Idabor, director general of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, said safety procedures had been breached during the repair works.

“I am going to report the matter officially to the Minister of Environment today,” Idabor said.