The Ministry of Petroleum Resources, on Thursday said 2,418 oil spills were recorded in Nigerian Agip Oil Company’s operations between 2010 and 2016, Premium Times reports.
The Director, Petroleum Resources in the ministry, Mordecai Ladan, made this known at the public hearing on “Despoliation of the Niger Delta and Activities of Nigeria Agip Oil Company” by the House of Representatives in Abuja. “Most of the spills in 2012 to 2016 are attributed to sabotage due to the agitations in Niger Delta and given that the locations of most NAOC’s operational areas are on land and swamp,” he said.
Mr. Ladan, who was represented by Musa Zagi, an Assistant Director, said that the department was researching into the environmental impact of the continued discharges from various terminals. “The department has also designed a special sanction regime for companies and facilities that persist in the prohibited discharges,” he added.
Agip in a document submitted to the committee and signed by Paolo Carrievale, General Manager (District), however said that the pipeline where the incidents occurred was vandalised by suspected oil thieves. He said that the suspected vandals illegally installed a valve on the pipeline for the purpose of stealing oil.