Peasant fishermen operating in the eastern Obollo flank of the Atlantic have reporting an oil slick believed to be from Total Exploration and Production, the Nigerian subsidiary of the French energy firm, Total Elf.
It follows on the heels of last month’s major destructive spill from Shell’s Bonga deep sea oil field which polluted the Atlantic and threw thousands of local fishermen out of work without assistance from the government. A government which favors oil profits for sustenance. Oil field workers said that large volumes of oil frequently leak into the ocean, damaging marine life unbeknownst to the ill-equipped regulators.
According to a source on Sahara Reporters, “The spill did occur but I can tell you that Total will neither get the report nor will the regulators as such spills are usually hidden by the workers on duty for fear of losing their jobs when it is discovered that there was a spill during their shift.
“Since the regulators lack the means of monitoring what goes on in the oil fields there is no point reporting the incident to them, that is the practice across the oil industry in Nigeria,” .
Fishermen from the community on Wednesday raised an alarm after they sighted crude oil deposits on the waters while on a fishing expedition earlier in the week . The oil deposits landed at the coastline today. The fishermen have been at the receiving end of environmental atrocities committed by international oil companies operating in Nigeria where nobody cares for the environment and the disaster is swept under the carpet.
National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) officials were ignorant of the spill incident when contacted for their response to the reported oil spill in Total’s Odudu crude oil platform.
The regulators are hampered by the fact that they depend on the oil companies to transport them in their aircrafts to the oil fields and they only oblige the regulator when they have cleaned up the oil deposits from the spill sites.
Oil communities demand that government brings the oil companies to take responsibilities for the pollution they cause and compensate them appropriately.
Culled from Sahara Reporters.