Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), confirms an oil spill at its Bayelsa State facility last month.
According to a release, the oil spill occurred on June 15 at an SPDC facility in Opukushi, a large fishing and farming village in the Ekeremo local government area of Bayelsa’s southern state.
The spill sent an unknown amount of crude into the environment, according to the statement, disputing neighbours’ assertions that the oil company is yet to respond to the disaster.
The SPDC’s operations in the Niger Delta span 30,000 square kilometres. The oil firm, which operates a joint venture with the government-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and others, is the country’s largest private-sector oil and gas company.
The recent leak was quickly contained inside the SPDC’s right of way, and the SPDC’s emergency response team was quickly activated to stop and contain the spill, according to the statement.
Spill clean-up is progressing while the joint investigation report is being finalized for sign-off by the team comprising representatives of regulatory and relevant government agencies, the community, and the SPDC,” the oil firm said.
Residents of the host villages have expressed their displeasure about the pollution produced by the oil spill, claiming that cleanup is yet to begin.
Recall that, The people of the Ikarama community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State had cried out over the impact of an oil leak from a nearby oilfield.
They are therefore calling for remediation of oil pollution from the April 7 leak from Shell’s 14-inch Okordia-Rumekpe pipeline which discharged the crude into the ecosystem.
The Okordia-Rumemkpe crude trunkline is part of the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) conveys crude to the oil firm’s crude export terminal at Bonny in Rivers.