Oils spill:NGO demands clean-up of Bayelsa coastline

Bayelsa coastline03 December 2013, Yenagoa  – Environmental Rights Action/Friends of The Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), an NGO, has called for prompt clean-up of the Atlantic coastline in Bayelsa impacted by oil spill from Brass oil export terminal.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that an oil spill from Brass crude export terminal operated by Agip, discharged a yet-to-be ascertained volume of crude into the Atlantic Ocean on Nov. 28.

ERA/FoEN, an environmental rights group, made the call in its field report on the spill incident made available to NAN in Yenagoa on Tuesday.

According to the report signed by Mr Alagoa Morris, Head of Operations at ERA/FoEN’s office in Bayelsa, ongoing efforts to contain the spill are commendable.

The NGO said that on receiving reports of the spill, it dispatched its field monitors to evaluate the situation.

“ERA/FoEN mobilised to visit the Odioama community environment on Sunday, 1st Dec., 2013.

“It was in the normal tradition of investigating and monitoring the environment with a view to making independent observation and speaking directly with victims.

“The Chairman of Odioama Kingdom Council of chiefs conducted field monitors of ERA/FoEN around some sites and fishing camps. Signs of crude oil were noted,” the report stated.

ERA/FoEN further stated that preliminary investigations by its field monitors showed that the spill might have been caused by operational failure.

It further noted that the possibility of sabotage from the fortified export terminal was remote.

It demanded transparency and international best practices, including the convening of a Joint Investigative Visit (JIV) by all relevant stakeholders to the impacted communities.

“Agip should not only send relief materials to impacted communities and satellite fishing settlements, but pay adequate compensation for general and specific damages.

“The media and other human and environmental groups ,local and international, should show interest in this matter and act accordingly, in the interest of the victims and humanity” the report said.

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