By DAN GUMM
WARRI—THE reported crude oil spill at the Bonga oil field has been described as a national calamity which must require all hands to be on deck in order to curtail the spillage and prevent spilled crude oil from getting to the shores of the coastal states.
Speaking to our correspondent through a telephone chat yesterday, Mr. Daniel Reyenieju, who represents the Warri Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives noted that this should not be the time to apportion blames for whatever reason and thus appealed to all organisations and bodies in Nigeria and the international oil community that possesses the technological capacities for curtailing such spread of leakage to immediately come on board and assist Shell Petroleum Development Corporation, SPDC, to prevent the shores from being awashed floating crude oil.
The lawmaker said: “Everything about crude oil is a pipe business right from extraction to the processing of the respective final products. No individual nor corporate organisation involved in crude oil extraction will be happy to see its products floating on top of the sea and causing environmental havoc instead of going through pipes and empting into designated tanks.
“Since the leakage was reported, there has been a lot of apprehension as the marine life in the areas are once again at the risk of devastation. No matter the compensation that may eventually take place, such can never make up for the amount of devastation on the economic lives of the people of the who live in the coastal areas.”