Aiteo Yet To Stop Nembe Oil Leak As Spill Surpasses 4000 Barrels

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JUST IN: Nembe Oil Spill Finally Stopped
JUST IN: Nembe Oil Spill Finally Stopped

The massive oil leakage at OML 29 at the Santa Barbra Well 1 in Nembe, Bayelsa State, operated by Aiteo has spilled over 4000 barrels creating an environmental crisis for residents of the area.

Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company (AEEPCO), Operator of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation/Aiteo Joint Venture (JV), reported a leak in one of its assets in Nembe (OML 29) on November 5, but has so far failed to plug the leak.

The latest oil spill which is a series of reoccurrence in the Niger Delta, has a devastating effect, such that after over two weeks, hydrocarbons begin to spew into the environment causing serious environmental degradation and economic hardship to the residents of the area.

Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Government has expressed worry over Aiteo’s failure to plug the leaks at its oil field two weeks after it was reported.

Its reaction was is contained in a statement issued last Friday by the Commissioner for Information in the state, Ayibaina Duba.

Mr Duba said Governor Douye Diri was disappointed that the company “had not taken any concrete steps” to rectify the problem since the equipment failure was reported.

He said Diri “wondered why the massive spill has continued unabated, leading to extensive pollution of the rivers, waterways and farmlands in Nembe Local Government Area, even when the company’s management is aware of the situation”.

“The governor is gravely concerned that if the high volume of crude being spilled continuously is not stopped immediately, it will spread to many more communities.

“This will undermine the economic life of residents, who are predominantly farmers and fishermen.

The officials of the National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) deployed to ascertain the cause of the leak had reported that the magnitude of the leak was hampering investigations.

Director-General of NOSDRA, Idris Musa, told journalists that the agency had directed the operators of the facility to plug the leak for investigations to begin, adding that other oil firms in the country, under the auspices of Clean Nigeria Associates, had been drafted to join Aiteo in the recovery of spilled crude.

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