Shell Blames Vandals for Oil Spill in Adibawa

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Osagie Okunbor, MD, SPDC

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THE Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, SPDC, has said that oil spill at its Adibawa oil fields in Edagberi Community in Rivers was caused by thieves who targeted the well head. A statement issued by by Joseph Obari, SPDC spokesman, on Monday, July 20, attributed the leakage at Adibawa well-8 in the Eastern Niger Delta, to the activities of vandals.

The statement also alleged that members of its host community were thwarting the efforts of the oil firm to contain the leakage and remediate the polluted environment. “SPDC received reports of the incident on July 12 and took containment measures, including the construction of dykes, pits and the deployment of booms to prevent further impact on the environment. The leakage was stopped on July 15 but attempts to conduct the statutory Joint Investigation Visit, JIV, on July 16 and July 17 to determine the cause and extent of the leakage was unsuccessful.

“The leadership of the Edagbiri Betterland Community prevented the representatives of industry regulatory agencies, the Rivers Ministry of Environment and SPDC from accessing the site for containment and crude oil recovery operations. Without the JIV, SPDC cannot carry out needed repairs or proceed to clean up and remediate the site,” the statement stated.

SPDC stated that it was concerned that leaving the contained crude in the environment, created avoidable danger of fire and seepage further into the ground. The statement quoted, Igo Weli, SPDC’s general manager, external relations, as saying that timely access to the spill site was fundamental to an effective spill response. “The quicker we can recover the exposed crude oil, the safer for the community and all other stakeholders,” Weli stated.

— Aug 3, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT

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