BREACH on a 20-inch crude
delivery pipeline from Kolo
Creek fields into Rumuekpe
River in Rivers State, has
discharged 306 barrels of crude
into the swamps.
According to a Joint
Investigation Visit, JIV, report,
the spill had impacted a total
area of 3.61 hectares beyond the
oil firm’s right of way.
Residents of Oruma-Yibama
community in Ogbia Local
Government Area of Bayelsa had
raised the alarm over the noncommencement
of clean up of an
oil spill site more than a month
afterwards.
The community reported
inflow of crude oil from Shell oil
fields located in Odau in Rivers
on June 2, 2015.
The JIV report also indicated
that the oil leak was caused
by activities of oil thieves who
had breached the pipeline and
connected a pipe to siphon crude.
The report stated that the
investigation team suspected
that the vandals had malicious
intention and channelled the
crude oil leaking from the
pipeline to aid its spread to wider
areas.
It was further gathered
that representatives of Shell,
community, National Oil Spills
Detection and Response Agency
conducted the joint investigation
on June 24 and 25.
Mr Joseph Obari, a spokesman
for Shell Petroleum Development
Company, SPDC, was yet to
provide a response on delays in
commencing oil recovery and
clean up of the impacted areas.


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