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The Tide Online (Nigeria): SPDC oil pipes burst in Ogoniland

• Monday, Mar 27, 2006
A Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) corked-up well at location two last Friday, burst, spilling oil to over five communities at Kpor in Ogoniland of Rivers State.
The incident occurred as negotiations between Ogoni people and SPDC is about to commence on the resumption of oil production in the area.
Our correspondent reports that the incident, which occurred around 5p.m. on Friday, affected Kpor, Mogho, K-Dere, B-Dere and Bara communities.
The villages are located along the road leading to Kpor, the headquarters of Gokana Local Government Area of the state.
Conducting journalists round the scene, the leader of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Mr Ledum Mitee, ruled out the possibility of vandalism.
He attributed the incident to the aging pipes.
Shell Corporate External Affairs Manager, Mr Don Boham, in his reaction, said crude oil was seen spewing from the company’s well on Friday.
Boham said SPDC had mobilised its Spills Response and Fire Service teams to the site, adding that measures have been taken to secure the well and contain the spill.
He said relevant government agencies and community leaders had been informed of the situation and that a joint investigation team was due to visit the area.

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