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Shell investigates oil spillage in Bayelsa community

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) on Monday said it was investigating a report of an oil spill from its asset at Ogboinbiri in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

According to report from News Agency of Nigeria NAN, an operational mishap on Aug. 24 at Diebu Creek Flow-station, operated by SPDC discharged a yet-to-be ascertained volume of crude into the environment.

The people of Peremabiri community alleged that the delayed response to the spill by the company had damage the land and marine environment as well as impacted a wider area, causing hardship.

A statement by the Spokesman of SPDC, Mr Mike Adande confirmed that the oil firm was aware of the spill.

“We are working with regulators and local community to investigate the reported incident. The Diebu Creek stopped injection into the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) on Feb 25, owing to constant breaches of the TNP by crude oil thieves. The TNP is currently undergoing tests with water main flushing”, he said

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Peremabiri Community Development Committee, Mr Return Koma, said officials of SPDC had convened a Joint Investigative Visit (JIV) to the flow station and impacted site scheduled for tomorrow.

“They called to say that they are coming for a JIV on Tuesday and shortly they shifted it to today being Monday, so we are waiting,” Koma said.

Koma said the JIV report would reveal the cause of the spill, estimated volume of spill and impacted area.

Writing by Julian Osamoto; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu