Nigerian group: Fresh pipeline spills

2011-12-03 20:50

Lagos - A Nigerian rights group on Saturday reported fresh spills from a pipeline operated by Agip, the local subsidiary of Italian oil group Eni, in a community in the southern oil state of Bayelsa.

The Environmental Rights Action (ERA)/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (FoEN), said in a statement it visited Kalaba community on Friday and observed five spill points on the pipeline which was spewing oil into the environment.

"While two of the spill points are spewing semi-refined petroleum products, the other three points were spraying real crude oil into the air and surrounding environment in gaseous form," it said.

The group said heavy volumes of crude oil were observed in and around the spill point environment, settling on vegetation, land and water surfaces.

ERA urged Agip to clean up the oil and compensate the affected community.

"Agip should stop applying double standards in responding to oil spills. The company should mobilise to the site and, not only stop the spills, but clean up the impacted environment properly," it said.

Agip officials were not immediately available for comment, but pipeline damage and associated spills are common in the Niger Delta region as a result of oil theft to feed the lucrative black market.

Nigeria is Africa's largest crude producer, accounting for a daily export of more than two million barrels.

  • Gordon - 2011-12-04 10:14

    The local communities bunker (i. e. tap into lines and STEAL product) oil and oil products so the oil companies should NOT be held responsible for cleaning up spills or compensation to these people as it is all self inflicted. I know this as I work in the area and am aware of what these people are up to.

  • Garth - 2011-12-04 12:07

    `The Environmental Rights Action (ERA)/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (FoEN)' - are these idiots a subsidiary of the ignorant anc? No one can be that stupid, can they? It is quite obvious to anyone with even half a brain that the local communities are respon . . . wait a minute, I get it. I am the stupid one. Italian Oil company - white man. Local Nigerian community - black man. Got their hands out for more, again. Is it not enough that they are stealing the investors blind? "No!" he cried . "We want to sit on our backsides, with our fingers in our noses, while someone else does the work, then gives us the money." `ERA urged Agip to clean up the oil and compensate the affected community.': stupid, useless, liberals without brains.

  • Garth - 2011-12-04 12:08

    Wonder how long my previous post is going to last.

      Horst - 2011-12-04 16:04

      Well, its still here. I just wish these oil companies will learn their lesson here and just plug the wells and move away with their rigs. Of course that opens the field for the Chinese, but that could be a good thing because, I feel, the Chinese are not prepared to take that sort of crap laying down.

  • Gordon - 2011-12-04 15:58

    YOUR POST WILL LAST AS IT IS THE TRUTH AND THE ERA/FoEN ARE FULLY AWARE OF THIS FACT. Hence no comment from anyone else or, indeed, ERA/FoEN.

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