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Bayelsa community threatens to shutdown oil exploration

By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa

Tension heightened yesterday in the coastal enclave of Bayelsa following the threat by the Nembe communities to shut down the oil exploration activities in their domain. The area alone produce about 200,000 barrel of crude oil per day.

The communities are angry over their alleged exclusion from the proposed sales of the oil wells, trunk lines and platforms owned by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).

It was gathered that the decision to move against the oil exploration activities within the Nembe Kingdom was informed by the refusal of the SPDC and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to heed to an earlier call for proper consideration of 20 per cent equity share from the funds that accrued from the  sale of the SPDC assets in the area.


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