Oil leak from Agip’s oil field in Kalaba, Bayelsa pollutes community

Effect of the Oil spills on the peoples plants

The people of Kalaba community in Bayelsa have bemoaned the impact of an oil leak from an oil field operated by Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) ravaging the area.

The leak, according to residents, was discovered in the area in August and is currently spilling crude fast into the swamps and forest, bringing the ecosystem in the community under threat.

The inhabitants of Kalaba community, Yenagoa Local Government Area, lamented that over a month after the spill occurred, it had yet to be contained.

They appealed to the government and relevant authorities to prevail on NAOC to halt the spill and carry out remediation on the site.

Roman Orukali, paramount ruler of the community, said on Wednesday that though officials of the company visited the area, the spill had yet to be put under control.

“Agip came to the site on August 5 though they have yet to reach the area because of water but up till now the oil is still bubbling and it is heading into the swamp,” he said.

“That is one of the fishing swamps we have and if not cleaned up in time, it will affect us adversely.

“They don’t attend to spill on time, so I am appealing to the Federal Government to prevail on the company to return to the spill site on time and make the necessary clean up and remediation.” He said

The youth leader of the community, Samuel Opuro, said aquatic and farming activities were worst hit by the spills.

“When it got to my notice, it was on the 2nd of August and I am very sure that the spills happened even before then.

“For the site to remain that way for over a month you know what it means and when it rains, oil particles go deep into the soil and they affect farmlands, crops, even our economic trees are dying.” Oburo said

Alagoa Morris, an environmentalist, called on the multinational oil firm to take urgent steps to clamp the spill in order to avert imminent danger.

“This is rainy season, the spill will impact the surrounding swamp. This is when swamp time fishing activities take place and with the spill, that is affected because it is spreading within the surrounding swamps.

“That is why we are very much concerned, because the more the spill, the more the water takes it far away from the very spill point,” Mr. Morris said.

He urged the community to promptly report incidents of oil spills in their areas to ensure timely clean up.

The management of Eni, Italian energy firm and parent company of NAOC, declined comments on the development when contacted.

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  • Wilfred Bankole Ademokun

    Who do we blame , Government or the Useless politicians that are financiers to Niger delta BANDITS, when these animals in human skin were blowing up the pipelines the leaders of Kalaba community can’t stop their people, now wahala don come, they are now calling for government assistance. Do these people think the government will send innocent people to go and get killed by these BANDITS. Go and invite the political godfathers to the Niger delta Avenger to come to your aid.

  • Wale

    This is exactly what I’ve been advocating for, all along, No pipe clipping, no pipe capping and valve shut off.
    Agip officials knew what happened here, the drunkards played with the pipeline in other to lure Agip personnel to the area and make them easy targets for area area boys to kidnap them.
    All these years, none of these f00ls learnt the vocational trade of “pipe fitting” All of a sudden they realized that they have a government to come and fix every thing they tempered with. Shior.
    Go ahead, blow all the pipelines you can find, the government and the oil companies should start/continue their “sitdown look” playbook,
    Let the crude flow all across the land and into the creeks, we will harvest plenty of foods from our farmlands, marine creatures will be healthier and bigger.

    “Bomb guys bomb”