By Davies Iheamnachor
PORT HAR-COURT— Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, says it has uncovered a toxic dump site belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, in K-Dere community, Gokana Local Government Area, Rivers State.
Publicity Secretary of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke, who disclosed this in Bori, headquarters of Khana LGA, said that samples from the site were sent to a laboratory in the United Kingdom and that the results obtained had confirmed the toxicity of the site.
Nsuke alleged that Shell had buried the wastes in the area for many years, noting that intense heat forced the buried substance to become exposed late last year (2017) prompting community investigation.
Nsuke revealed that Shell had attempted to cover up the impact, noting that the moves were prevented by local dwellers who insisted on an independent investigation.
“We have been briefed on the situation in K-Dere where a toxic dump belonging to Shell had been uncovered. We have also visited the site to see things for ourselves. Samples were taken to a U.K laboratory and the results confirmed the toxicity of the buried substance.”
However, spokesman for SPDC, Joseph Obari, said: “Allegations that the water-based bentonite mud with a mixture of drill cuttings and sand excavated by an SPDC remediation contractor in K-Dere community of Ogoni in November 2017 is toxic waste are untrue and unfounded.
“The material is essentially water-based mud with drill cuttings and sand with hydrocarbon content in some samples.”