By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa
A fresh oil spill has reportedly occurred along the Nembe creek in Nembe local government area of Bayelsa State.
According to sources, the spill from the Oil Well 62 belonging to the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in the Ewelesuo community was noticed in the early hours of yesterday.
The spill, it was further, learnt has covered the river, mangrove swamp and waterways of the Nembe Kingdom.
A fisherman and indigene of the community, Timi Standfast, said the spillage has polluted their source of drinking water and impacted negatively on fishing activities, the means of livelihood of the people of the Kingdom.
“We called on the SPDC officials and reported the spillage but they have not showed up,” he lamented.
Contacted on the development, the Chairman of the Oil and Gas Committee of Nembe Kingdom, Chief Nengi James said though he has prevailed on the people of the kingdom against any unlawful action against the company, he is worried by the incessant cases of oil spillages in the kingdom and the poor attitude of the SPDC towards such spills.
His words, “since I became Chairman of the Oil and Gas Committee in the Kingdom, I have witnessed over 10 massive oil spillages. And all these spillages have never been cleaned up by the oil company. Instead, what they do is delay response to the cry of the host communities until the heavy tide washes away some signs of the spillage.
“The poor response of the company to cases of spillages have polluted our waters and reduced the life span of the people of the area. The action of the oil company is becoming vexatious and unacceptable. The relevant agencies and government should intervene and prevail on the company to be responsible.”