Residents of Kolo Creek have decried latest pipeline leakage from oil field operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, in Bayelsa State.
Mr Anthony Okpu, who resides in Imiringi community in Bayelsa, said the spill was noticed on Wednesday morning.
According to him, the oil leaking from a crude trunk line connecting the Kolo creek fields to SPDC’s pipeline network had flown into the communities and devastated farmlands and vegetation in the area.
“We do not know exactly when the oil leak started but this morning we saw crude leaking from the pipeline into the road and when we got there soldiers had already cordoned off the whole area.
“They do not allow us to get near to find out the possible cause of the leak on the pipeline; we woke up this early morning to see this in our community.
“I believe that the soldiers must have reported the incident so that they can shut down the pipeline crude feed to forestall further damage to the environment, but oil is still gushing out of the line,” Okpu said.
When contacted, Lt.-Col Ado Isa, media coordinator of the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta saddled with the responsibility of protecting oil installations, said that he was yet to get the reports but pledged to verify the reports before comments.
Mr Joseph Obari, SPDC spokesperson, on Wednesday said the leak was detected today (April 15) on the SPDC JIV Kolo creek manifold.
“The leak has been stopped and our oil spill response team deployed to the site to contain it. A Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) will be conducted tomorrow to confirm the cause of the spill.”

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