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NOSDRA decries Mobil’s non-compliance with environmental laws, threatens legal action

*Exxonmobil platform, Akwa Ibom.
*Exxonmobil platform, Akwa Ibom.

Oscarline Onwuemenyi

07 November 2015, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA, has threatened legal action over a N10 million fine it slammed on Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, MPNU, with regard to an oil spill incident at the Qua Iboe Terminal.

The agency accused the oil company of non-compliance with the nation’s environmental laws despite its written reminder notifying them of the sanctions imposed by NOSDRA for failure to effect clean up of the oil spill incident at Qua Iboe Terminal.

The agency said it has “written a reminder letter to Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited notifying them of the sanctions imposed by NOSDRA for failure to effect clean up of the oil spill incident at Qua Iboe Terminal.

“It would be recalled that the Director General/CE of NOSDRA Sir Peter Idabor wrote a reminder letter to Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited directing them to pay the sum of
Ten Million Naira (N10,000,000) levied against the company for sundry violation of the provisions of the Agency’s enabling Act and it’s Oil Spill Recovery, Clean Up, Remediation and Damage Assessment Regulations 2011.

“Consequently, NOSDRA has directed the oil company to pay the said fines or face the legal machinery available to the agency to compel your company to comply with the directive,” the statement added.

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