Jun 13, 2021

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Bayelsa community laments impact of Spill from Shell’s pipeline

Indigenous peoples and residents of the Ikarama community in the Bayelsa Yenagoa Council have lamented the adverse effects of oil spills in an oil field in the region.

People on Monday advocated clean-up of the oil spill from Jan. April. 2021 Leak from Shell’s 14-inch Okordia-Rumekpe pipeline, which discharged crude oil into the environment.

The Okordia-Rumemkpe crude oil trunk line, part of the Trans Niger Pipeline operated by Shell Petroleum Development (TNP) is The Company (SPDC) ships crude oil to export terminals in Bonny, Rivers State.

A Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) reports that the leak was due to a device failure caused by a fracture of the 14th century -Inch device was caused by crude oil supply line.

JIV is a legal investigation into the cause of a reported spillage incident involving the oil company, regulatory agencies, host communities, and state environmental ministries.

The JIV report stated that around 213 barrels outside of SPDC law had no environmental impact y leaked from its property, while approximately 110 barrels polluted 1.34 acres of land.

Residents of the Spills concerned The area complained that they have suffered immeasurable difficulties from the pollution of the land, air and lakes near the area due to evaporation of the leaked crude oil due to the excessive heat.

An Ikarama Oil Field employee, Mr. Education Ikiowori, who witnessed the JIV, said the spill was caused by pipeline corrosion and insisted that Shell and regulators visited the scene and dug up the site looking for the cause of the spill.

“Pipeline corrosion was found to be causing the break, but Shell disagreed. Even if the spill was caused by corrosion, SPDC would normally try to sway it in their favor by saying it was caused by a third party to avoid responsibility.