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allAfrica.cm: Nigeria: Ogoni Oil Fire Unsettles Shell

Daily Trust (Abuja)
May 4, 2007

The Shell Petroleum Development Company has expressed concern about a fire that has continued to burn at Yorla-16, one of its non-producing wells in Ogoni land.

The company says it confirmed the fire during an over-fly on 25th April and immediately informed the Rivers State Government, the Department of Petroleum Resources and other relevant agencies.
 
A statement signed by the company’s External Affairs Director, Mrs Allison Madueke and made available to Business Trust yesterday said SPDC mobilised its Fire and Well Services teams to determine how to secure the well and fight the fire. Representatives from the DPR and Federal and State Ministries of Environment were also notified, and the combined team is ready to move to Yorla-16 as soon as access is secured.

The statement however said, discussions with the communities over granting of access have yet to be concluded, even as SPDC expressed that a fire of this nature could intensify and pose serious danger to people and the environment.

“SPDC wishes to thank the Rivers State Government, community elders and youths for their efforts in ensuring that the combined teams have access to the site. We appeal to all parties concerned for access to be granted without further delay so that the teams will determine the cause of the fire and try to put it out”, the statement adds.

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