Benikrukru Community Accuses Chevron Of Abandoning Them After Gbaramatu Oil Spill.
Chevron Nigeria Limited, an American oil firm, has been accused by residents of the Benikrukru community in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri-South West Local Government Area of Delta state, for refusing to compensate them for an oil spill that they said threatened their livelihood.
According to the community, the oil spill was caused by CNL’s 16″ Makaraba-Utonana-Abiteye trunkline, which is located in Chevron’s western region of operations, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.
They claimed that the crude oil spilled into the rivers and surrounding regions has caused widespread environmental destruction and degradation, hampered fishing and farming activities, and brought enormous misery to the people of the area.
Mr. Solomon Eris, Chairman; Mr. Kingsley Ukuli, Secretary; and Pastor Blessing Tortor, PRO signed a statement on Tuesday requesting adequate compensation in both financial and material terms for all the affected individuals and towns in the Gbaramatu kingdom.
According to a statement titled “Our Position On Oil Spill That Occurred At 16′ Makaraba-Utonana-Abiteye Trunkline Operated By Chevron Nigeria Limited In Gbaramatu Kingdom,” indigenes noted that Chevron, which prides itself on being one of the best organizations in the country when it comes to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), has not bothered to provide relief materials to the communities in the past year.
The community, on the other hand, characterized the development as heartless, out of step with international best practices, and in flagrant violation of all known national and international labour regulations.