Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC , on Saturday November 12, 2011 reported a fresh spill from a key delivery pipeline in Adibawa delivery line southern Nigeria.
A statement by Shell’s Nigerian joint venture says it’s spill containment team was dispatched to the site as soon as the report was received and the personnel succeeded in containing the leak.
Shell, which announced a production cut from the same facility last week, said it was investigating the incident to determine the cause and impact.
The delivery line is part of the Okordia-Rumuekpe line, which SPDC shut down following a leak on November 8 and subsequent fire incident. Last week’s incident was blamed on sabotage.
According to SPDC, a joint investigation visit found that the spill was caused by hacksaw cuts, which isn’t the first hacksaw cut on the Adibawa delivery line this year.
However, the Environmental Rights Action (ERA)/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (FoEN), which visited the site has ruled out sabotage as cause of the spill. ERA/FoEN blamed the spill on equipment failure.
This new spill would be worsening the plight of host communities who have over the years had their environment, livelihood and health destroyed by activities of RICH oil companies.
We ask that the Nigerian government seriously takes this up, an immediate clean-up be carried out and compensation calculated and dully paid to affected local people.