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Panic In Bayelsa Community Over Oil Spillage From Agip Pipeline

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There is rising report of apprehension among indigenes of the Kalaba community in Okordia clan of Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State over oil spillage from the pipeline belonging to Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in the area.

The spill, which was discovered on August 2nd, 2016, is spreading fast to the swamps and forest as the ecosystem in the community is now under threat.

The inhabitants of Kalaba community lamented that over a month after the spill occurred, it has yet to be put under control, and appealed to government and relevant authorities to prevail on the Nigeria Agip Oil Company, owners of the facility to clamp down on the spill and carry out remediation on the site.

The Paramount ruler of the community, Chief Roman Orukali told our correspondent in an interview that though officials of the company visited the area, the spill has yet to be put under control.

“Agip came to the site on 5th of August though they are yet to reach the area because of water but up till now the oil is still bubbling and it is heading into the swamp.That is one of the fishing swamps we have and if it is not cleaned up in time it will affect us adversely.They don’t use to attend to spill on time so I am appealing to the Federal Government to prevail on the company to return to the spill site on time and make the necessary clean up and remediation,” Chief Orukali stated.

The youth leader of the community, Comrade Samuel Opuro, said aquatic and farming activities are worst hit from the spill.

“When it got to my notice it was on the 2nd of August and I am very sure that the spill happened even before then. For the site to remain that way for over a month, you know what it means; and when it rains oil particles go deep into the soil.and it affects farmlands, crops, even our economic trees are dying,” Opuro declared.

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