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Shell Spill Set Ablaze In Bayelsa Community

Posted: Jan 3, 2016 at 12:22 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma,


An oil spill site at Oruma/Yiba-Ama community, Ogbia  Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, has been set ablaze by unknown persons.

It was gathered that the oil spill occurred along Shell Petroleum Development Company’s  Kolo Creek-Rumuekpe Trunkline on 2 June,2015 at Odau community, Abua/Odual Local Government Area,Rivers State, and spread to Oruma/Yiba-Ama.

Sources said Shell abandoned the Ogbia segment of the spill incident without carrying out clean-up and remediation of the devastated Oruma/Yiba-Ama environment.

The report of the Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) carried out on the oil spill which was concluded on 25 June,2015, indicated that the incident was allegedly caused by third party interference with 306 barrels of crude oil spilled.

It was learnt that Shell had done nothing about the volume of crude oil which spread to impact the environment of neighbouring Oruma/Yiba-Ama community.

The fire set to the site was said to have left in its wake “a roasted, fried and charred environment”.

Chairman of Oruma/Yiba-Ama Community Development Community (CDC), Igbogikeme Elliot, said the oil spill had been made worse by the inferno and Shell’s refusal to embark on recovery exercise.

“It is sad that the crude oil spread from Odau to destroy our swamp, ponds, farms and farmlands.

“Some people depended on those ponds to take care of the educational needs of their children besides other family needs.

“But, while Shell failed to come and carry out recovery and clean-up of the spilled crude oil in our environment, the matter has been made even worse when somebody set fire and the whole environment just went up in flames.

“Economically, this is a great loss to our people; so much has been destroyed in terms of flora and fauna. So, we are really losing from Shell. We thought government should put in more efforts to ensure compliance with standards”, he said.

Eliot said the community was crying out to the Bayelsa State Government, the Federal Government and Shell to ensure that the environment was properly remediated.

He particularly called on Shell to provide relief materials relief “for the denial of fish harvest in our ponds, inhalation of the crude oil in the environment and compensate victims for losses incurred”.