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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