Agip oil spill again pollutes Okpoama communities in Bayelsa
Another oil leak, the third in six months, has discharged a yet-to-be-ascertained volume of crude oil polluting the Okpoama community and its environs in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
The leak reportedly occurred on Oct. 28 on the 50-year-old Ogoda-Brass crude pipeline belonging to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) near the oil firm’s crude export terminal. Chief Inikio Sele-D, Chairman of Okpoama Kingdom Chiefs’ Council, had earlier the told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that two oil leaks were reported on May 12 and on Oct 8.
Mr Tarinyo Akono, former Chairman of the Bayelsa State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) who hails from Okpoama also told NAN on Monday in Yenagoa that frequent spills from Agip’s facilities had wrought untold hardship on the fishing communities. He said the entire ecosystem had been devastated, creating hardship for those who rely on marine resources for their livelihoods.
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