BY Austin Ogwuda
Asaba – To avoid clashes between host communities and oil prospecting companies, Delta State Government, yesterday, called on oil companies in the state to site their flow stations in oil producing communities to enable indigenes benefit from their resources.
State Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Mr. Omamofe Pirah, said this at a meeting between the communities in Oil Prospecting Lease, OPL 275 and Pan Ocean Oil Corporation in the state, following a reported planned protest over the location of a flow station in Owa-Aladinma, a non-oil producing community.
Pirah, noted with displeasure that some oil- bearing communities were usually deserted as soon as drilling in such communities was completed.
He advised Pan Ocean to go back “to the drawing board to analyse its decision and in the event that the flow station cannot be relocated, the company should be able to conceive and pacify the communities involved.”
He also pleaded with the host communities to give peace a chance and not to disrupt the activities of the company as they had earlier proposed.
Mr. Collins Akinkugbe, who spoke for the company, said that they based the location of the flow station on technical ground, adding “a seismic analysis was conducted in several communities in the area and other factors such as the accessibility of area and the distance of flow station to the receiving community were considered before Owa-Aladinma was selected.”