Shell’s oil spill affected over 113 hectares in Bayelsa – Report

Leakage from an oilfield operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) at Aghoro community in Bayelsa has discharged some 1,114 barrels of crude oil into the environment.

The leakage has adversely affected the fishing vocation of residents who had withdrawn from fishing to pave way for clean-up. The resulting oil spill impacted and polluted an estimated area of 113.03 hectares, according to a joint Investigation Visit (JIV) report of the incident obtained in Yenagoa on Monday.

A disagreement among community leaders in the areas affected by the leak stalled the release of the Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) report of the oil spill. Community leaders, who participated in the JIV to determine the cause of the spill, reportedly refused to sign the report.

The refusal was attributed to wide disparity between the impacted areas claimed by Shell and the community, but Bamidele Odugbesan, the Media Relations Manager at SPDC, said that the grey areas had been sorted out. The report indicated that only 247.5 out of the 1,114 of SPDC’s crude blend had been recovered at the spill site, while the remaining were yet to be accounted for.

Source: Premium Times

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