Fresh Oil Spill At OML 59 Rocks Bayelsa State

Fresh Oil Spill At OML 59 Rocks Bayelsa State.

A new oil spill has been recorded at Conoil Producing Limited’s Oil Min­ing Lease (OML) 59, which is located near Tamazu villages in the Koluama Clan of Bayelsa State‘s Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

The spill occurred on January 30 from the indigenous oil firm’s wellhead 1, and “was spew­ing crude oil in gaseous form from an elbow of a pipeline attached directly to the Ango wellhead 1,” according to reports.

According to sources, crude oil and gas flowed in varied quantities from the impacted plant until February 2, when a crew from Conoil was dispatched to control the spill.

Crude oil had poured into the marine environment of fishing towns on the Atlantic Ocean’s outskirts before the team arrived at the spill location.

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Jonathan Amabebe, chairman of the Koluama clan oil and gas committee, and Ebibotei Kerimama, chair of the Tamazu Community Development Committee (CDC), both corroborated the development, claiming that the spill was spread by the river’s tidal ebb.

Residents were uneasy about the pollution created by the spill because of its influence on their health and livelihood, they claimed.

Amabebe said, “A simi­lar incident occurred last December (2021), even then, Conoil did nothing positive concerning that by way of reaction.

“This one has hap­pened again and it really spread in the environ­ment but they have used dispersants, chemicals to dissolve or sink the crude oil in the water.

“However, they couldn’t succeed in silencing the environment as the vege­tation at the banks of the river told their story of pollution. There were vis­ible crude oil and soiled oily leaves.”

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