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Shell Spill Discharges 306 Barrels Of Crude Oil In Bayelsa

Posted: Jul 15, 2015 at 10:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

An oil spill incident which occurred on June 2, 2015 along Shell’s 20-inch delivery pipeline from its Kolo Creek fields in Bayelsa State  into its Rumuekpe trunkline in Rivers State discharged 306 barrels of crude oil into the environment.

This was contained in the Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) report on the incident which also noted that the oil spill impacted a total area of 3.61 hectares beyond Shell’s right of way.

The people of Yibama (Oruma) in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa had cried out that the company had yet to carry out clean-up of the impacted site more than one month after the “devastating” oil spill occurred.

The JIV report, which was made available to newsmen in Yenagoa on Tuesday, however, indicated that the oil leak was caused by sabotage.

The JIV team comprised representatives of Shell, community, National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) who conducted the investigation on 24 and 25 June.

It stated that suspected oil thieves had breached the facility and connected a pipe to siphon crude oil.

It added that the investigation team suspected that the vandals had malicious intent as their channeling of the crude oil from the pipeline to a bunkering reservoir resulted in the spread of crude oil to wider areas.
Shell Petroleum Development Company in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, had yet to provide a response on the delay in the commencement of oil recovery and clean-up of the impacted areas.