Danger looms at oil spill site in Ogoni as villagers take over area for weeks

The site where the third spill has occurred in Bodo area of Ogoni in Rivers State seems to brew danger and crisis between SPDC and the Bodo community. The spills were reported in batches between August 2, 2022 and August 24, 2022.

Community sources said the spills were massive but SPDC management responding on the matter said it was yet to access the site in Ghokana local council area to ascertain the magnitude.

Multiple sources told BusinessDay the first spill had water and oil but that the latest one is oil only. The spill occurred along the highly ravaged Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) capable of delivering 180,000 bpd which was denied crude oil for months due to vandalism and illegal refining, hurting Nigeria’s export targets and foreign exchange earnings.

Spokesman for Shell had said week ago; “We are working with regulators and local community to investigate the reported incident. The TNP is undergoing tests with water main flushing after injections stopped in mid-June 2022 owing to constant breaches by crude oil thieves.”

More than a week after, the sites have remained under siege by community people who are seen cooking, eating and sleeping there on shift bases at a site that is volatile and dangerous to health.

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