Fire guts spill site in Shell’s oil field

Fire on Sunday gutted an oil spill site within an oil field operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, at Ayambele and Kalaba communities in Yenagoa Local Government of Bayelsa.

The spill site currently being remediated by SPDC was polluted by an oil spill from Shell’s Okordia Manifold at Ikarama community in June.

A Joint Investigation report on the June 12 spill obtained from SPDC’s website attributed the discharge of 629 barrels of crude into the environment to vandalism.

The report stated that the spill impacted a total area of 3.4 hectares covering swamps, farm and built up areas beyond SPDC’s right of way.

Monibo Joel, Youth President of Ayambele community, told PREMIUM TIMES that the crude oil from the Okordia manifold spread into Kalaba and Ayambele swamps.

Mr. Joel said that residents of the communities woke up to see the strange fire on Sunday which is still burning off the crude deposits on the land and swamps.

He said that the clean up of the June spill incident was currently underway, a development that heightened suspicion that the clean up contractors may have.


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  • Tope

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  • Port

    Good article Sir. You have captured it in one sentence “One thing that cannot stand the test of time is lies. Shortly after the
    widely celebrated rebased and biggest economy in Africa together with
    the hosting of World Economic Forum, the very bottom of the economy she
    manages collapsed”
    The truth is Nigeria’s economy was never really the largest. It was rebased on the basis of false figures; it was done by a Government who historically does not count anything correctly (remember 16 greater than 19 Governors?). Apart from creating a false picture of success, the intention was to lower the debt to GDP ratio so as to be able to borrow. Within 5 days of the new GDP, the AfDB had signed loans to Nigeria and since then its been one loan or the other from the World Bank, AfDB, etc. Interesting to note that these are the same people who vetted the rebased economic figures.
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    yet now oil prices collapse and economy collapses! Why do the other sectors and especially Agriculture not support the economy?
    May God deliver our nation from these lying leaders. Any nation can be great if it does the right things. South Korea with 52 million people is a trillion dollar economy. Canada has less than 40 million people, same as Spain, Italy, etc. Nigeria can be great if we find leaders who will build truly great infrastructure and people.