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Shell spills oil in Ogboinbiri River in Bayelsa, refuses to visit site

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 09.22.43Extracts from a Premium Times article by Arodiegwu Eziukwu published 3 March 2015

An oil leak from Seibou Deep facility operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company has been discharging crude into Ogboinbiri River in Bayelsa.

Residents of the coastal settlements in Ogboinbiri and neigbouring communities say the oil leak has damaged the fishing activities of the people.

Some residents who depend on the river for drinking and domestic use say the leak has continued unabated for over a month, compelling them to resort to water sold in sachets.
A correspondent who visited the site of the spill saw that the surface of the river was covered by crude deposits flowing down the waterways.

Keme-Ebiama, Apoi, Kokologbene, Gbaruan, Ukubie, Lobia communities are the worst hit.
It was gathered that several communities along Ogboinbiri River bank have also been affected, with the water current aiding the dispersal of the crude oil.

The Chairman of the Community Development Committee of Keme-Ebiama community, Columbus John-Bull, said the spill has deprived them of their source of water for drinking and domestic use.

“This major spill started a long time ago like a small leak but turned to a serious issue by 15 February at the Seibou 2 facility of Shell at Ogboinbiri.

The spokesman for SPDC, Joseph Obari, said the firm is yet to conduct a joint investigation visit on the spill site.

He also said the oil firm is yet to issue a statement on the incident.

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