Uproar In Bayelsa As Shell Declare 550 Barrels Underwater Spill Not Dangerous To Indigenes

There was uproar among the members of the Safe Environment Advocacy groups and Indigenes of Ogboinbiri community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State over the declaration by the management of the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) that the 550 barrels of underwater oil leak in the area does not have adverse impact on indigenes of the area.

The SPDC had on March 5, 2015 confirmed that an oil leak from its underwater line within its oil fields in, Ogboinbiri, Bayelsa and also confirmed that it discharged some 550 barrels of crude into Ogboinbiri River on Jan. 23, 2015. A Joint Investigation (JIV) report had it that the leakage was caused by equipment failure due to a ruptured pipeline.

Reacting to delays in compensation for the oil spill in compliance with applicable laws, SPDC in a response made available to newsmen in Yenagoa said the oil firm was not liable.

Mr Joseph Obari, SPDC spokesperson, said that Seibou 2 oil spill, which occurred on Jan. 23, 2015 was adequately contained within SPDC’s right of way and cleaned up.
Leadership, Jan 30, 2017

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