A massive oil spill has been discovered at a facility believed to be owned by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company around Ogboinbiri and Keme-Ebiama environments in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
According to the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, the oil spill occurred on Sunday “from a yet to be properly identified facility belonging to the NAOC.”
The Head of ERA/FoEN, Bayelsa Office, Alagoa Morris, said the incident was reported to the environmental rights group by community people, and was spreading fast along the Apoi Creek.
He said, “As usual, we received calls and WhatsApp messages today from our trusted contacts, informing us about what they described as massive oil spill, which occurred this morning, Sunday, 29th November, 2020 from a yet to be properly identified facility belonging to the Nigerian Agip Oil company around the Ogboinbiri and Keme-ebiama environments.”
Morris, who noted that the cause of the oil spill had not been ascertained, further said, “However, from video clips and photos received via WhatsApp; it confirms what our contacts said; crude oil spreading on the Apoi Creek and in some places, the entire creek is covered with the black gold.
The ERA/FoEN head called on Agip and regulators of the oil and gas industry to undertake a quick joint visit to the impacted sites to stop and contain further spread of crude oil.