Shell commences probe into Bayelsa oil spill  

    The effects on the water of an oil spill which occurred in mid 2007, near the community of Goi, Ogoniland, Nigeria, photo taken 28 January 2008.

    The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria. SPDC, said it was looking into a complaint of an oil spill from one of its assets at Ogboinbiri in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

    On August 24, an operational error at SPDC’s Diebu Creek Flowstation allegedly resulted in the release of an unknown amount of crude into the environment.

    The residents of the Peremabiri accused Shell of slow response to the spill, thereby damaging the land and marine environments.

    SPDC in a statement by a spokesman in Yenagoa, Mike Adande, who confirmed the oil spill, said: “We are working with regulators and the local community to investigate the reported incident.

    “The Diebu Creek stopped injection into the Trans Niger Pipeline, TNP, on February 25, owing to constant breaches of the TNP by crude oil thieves. The TNP is currently undergoing tests with water main flushing.”

    According to residents, the discharge of large volumes of crude into the environment has polluted the Nun River, swamps, and farmlands causing hardships to the predominantly fishing and farming settlement.

    Chairman, Peremabiri Community Development Committee in an interview with NAN on Monday, Return Koma, said officials of SPDC had convened a Joint Investigative Visit, JIV, to the flow station and impacted site for Monday.

    “They called to say that they are coming for a JIV on Tuesday and shortly they shifted it to today being Monday, so we are waiting,” Koma, adding that the JIV report will identify the spill’s cause, approximate amount, and affected area.

    In June 2020, the National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency , NOSDRA, confirmed an oil wellhead leak at Oil Mining Lease, OML, 18, operated by an indigenous operator, Eroton Exploration and Production Limited, along the 97-km Nembe Creek Trunkline, NCTL, located near the corridors of the export line, in Rivers State.

    A similar incident was reported on November 5, 2021, at nearby OML 29 operated by Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production, and discharged more than 8,000 barrels of crude oil for some 32 days before the leak was plugged.

    Eroton and Aiteo acquired their respective assets following the 2015 divestment by SPDC from some of its onshore assets. NAN


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