Agip oil well leaks dangerous gaseous elements in Bayelsa community

Oil Polluted Field

Agip Oil has not acted to stop the leakage that started last Friday even after notification.

A leakage from Agip’s Idu Well 3, located in Egbebiri area of Biseni in Yenagoa Local Government Area was on Monday emitting crude oil and causing great harm to the environment.

The facility was spewing crude oil in gaseous form which liquefies and settles on the ground.

The toxic smell of the gaseous discharge had compelled construction workers around the area to pull out of site.

The construction workers were seen parking their machinery while they discussed the oil and gas leak when a correspondent visited the spill site today.

“This leakage has made this whole area very unsafe, the smell of the gas is very poisonous and I cannot continues to expose my workers to it,” the site supervisor who preferred anonymity said. “We have to suspend work until something is done about the oil and gas discharge.”

A surveillance staff of the oil firm, Eris Doubra, who was found at the site said the leak was reported to the firm since February 7. He lamented that no step had been taken to stop the leak.

Mr. Doubra said that he had been exposed to the toxic gas emitted from the oil well and appealed to the management of the oil firm to fix the leak.

“This leak was noticed on Friday and promptly reported to the surveillance department, they asked me to put it in writing in addition to sending them a video clip I recorded with my phone.

“They have sent different group of people to come here but they just look at the leak and go, they are supposed to send down a maintenance team to halt the leak.

“It started small but you can see that the site is already surrounded by a pool of oil , the leakage is worsening by the day as more oil is gushing out as the pressure is widening the leak on the pipe,” Mr. Doubra said.

The oil from the wellhead collects into a pool and flows into a nearby pit where remnants of an earlier spill awaits recovery and clean up.

The management of Agip has kept mum over the developments and when contacted for comments, Tajudeen Adigun, spokesperson of the oil firm refused to pick his calls or respond to text messages.

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