Oil spill detected near ExxonMobil operations in Nigeria

14 August 2012, Sweetcrude, EKET – AN oil spill has been detected along the coast of southern Nigeria near operations for U.S. giant, ExxonMobil Corporation.

But, the company said the cause and size of the leak remained unclear.

Exxon local subsidiary, Mobil Producing Nigeria confirmed, Monday that oil has been found along the shoreline of Akwa Ibom state in southern Nigeria, with residents also reporting seeing oil deposits along the coast.

A statement said the company “confirms that oiling from an unknown source has been sighted along the shoreline near Ibeno, Akwa Ibom state.”

An emergency response team has been sent to the shoreline and a sample has been collected “to determine its source, which remains unknown,” the statement said. Government agencies have been notified, it added.

A regional director of the state-run National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, Irvin Obot, confirmed the spill. He said his agency couldn’t yet estimate the quantity.

“Investigations are already under way to determine the source and cause of the spill,” Mr. Obot said.

Community residents and fishermen reported sighting oil along the
Atlantic coastline in Ibeno, an oil community where Exxon has facilities. Exxon also has offshore operations in the area.

The village head of Ibeno’s Atia community, Obong Ukott Esenem, said fishermen noticed the spill.

“Our community has witnessed another oil spill which has taken its negative toll on the environment,” he said.

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