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Bayelsa community raises alarm over oil spill

BY  Samuel Oyadongha

Yenagoa—Indigenes of Nembe, in Nembe Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, have raised alarm over an oil spill from Shell Petroleum Development Company facility, which has caused massive damage to the environment.

Though the company blamed the spill, which occurred Wednesday at its Nembe Creek 3 flowstation on a pump failure, it, however, insisted that the spill did not impact on the environment.

Vanguard learnt that the oil company has no fewer than six flowstations and hundreds of oil wells in Nembe Kingdom alone in the East Senatorial district of the state.

Sources from the area, told Vanguard that the natives were troubled that their source of drinking water and means of livelihood had been polluted by crude oil spill.

Chairman, Oil and Gas Committee, Nembe Kingdom, Chief Nengi James, confirmed the spill after visiting the scene. He called on Shell management to mop up the spilled crude to avoid epidemic in the area.

Also, the Bayelsa Project Officer of Environmental Rights Action, ERA, Mr Alagoa Morris, said though the spill was not much, a greater percentage may have spilled into the Brass River.


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