Agip refuse to stop spill in Okpotuwar and Ondewari Communities, Nigeria

<div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Description</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld"></td><td class="columns"><div class="less">ERA/FoEN monitors visited Okpotuwari and Ondewari Communities in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, following reports that a ruptured site reported to Agip is yet to be clamped by the company. Community folks alerted that the spill had spewed into the community swamps and that Agip only visited the site on 27th December 2011 and promised to return for clamping in 2012. </div><a class="seemore" href="#">See more...</a><div class="more" style="display:none"> When ERA/FoEN monitors visited the communities on the 30th of December 2011 to verify the reports, community folks led the team to the site and gave the testimonies documented below: TESTIMONIES FROM COMMUNITY We cannot tell exactly when this oil spill happened along the 14-inch Ogboinbiri/Tebidaba pipeline belonging to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company but when I heard of it I went to the site myself to witness it. After confirming that it was true, I called Agip directly, informing the company about the incident. I told Agip that delay on the part of the company would do us much harm, hence the need for them to take positive steps to come and stop the spill. The spill occurred from a valve along the pipeline, an area that was surrounded by a block wall on the ground. After informing the company, they sent one of their officials to come for initial inspection on 27th December 2011. After the confirmation, the Agip official told us they would return for clamping next week. We are still expecting them, though the time they promised coming back is not acceptable because the crude oil is still spewing into the swamps and ponds. This is when some of our people are bailing their ponds. And, we have positioned some community youths at the spill site to guard against any one going there to set the place ablaze or tamper with the spill point because we do not want Agip to make unnecessary excuses. We are interested in the actual cause of spill. <br/><br/> Philip Odibo [Chairman, Community Development Committee]<br/><br/><a class="seeless" href="#">(See less)</a></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Basic Data</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Name</td><td>Agip refuse to stop spill in Okpotuwar and Ondewari Communities, Nigeria</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Country</td><td><a href="/country/nigeria">Nigeria</a></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Province</td><td>Bayelsa State</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Site</td><td>Sourthen Ijaw</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Accuracy of Location</td><td>LOW country/state level</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Source of Conflict</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Type of Conflict (1st level)</td><td>Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Type of Conflict (2nd level)</td><td>Oil and gas refining<br /> Pollution related to transport (spills, dust, emissions)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Specific Commodities</td><td><a href='/commodity/crude-oil'>Crude oil</a><br /></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Project Details and Actors</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Level of Investment (in USD)</td><td>Unknown</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Type of Population</td><td>Rural</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Potential Affected Population</td><td>Unknown</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Start Date</td><td>27/12/2012</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Company Names or State Enterprises</td><td><a href='/company/nigeria-agip-oil-company'>Nigeria Agip Oil Company <small>(NAOC)</small></a> from <a href='/country-of-company/nigeria'><small>Nigeria</small></a><br /><a href='/company/agip-group'>Agip Group</a> from <a href='/country-of-company/italy'><small>Italy</small></a><br /><a href='/company/nigerian-national-petroleum-corporation'>Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation <small>(NNPC)</small></a> from <a href='/country-of-company/nigeria'><small>Nigeria</small></a></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Environmental justice organisations and other supporters</td><td>ERA/FOEN, OILWATCH NIGERIA</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">The Conflict and the Mobilization</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)</td><td>LOW (some local organising)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">When did the mobilization begin</td><td>Mobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Groups Mobilizing</td><td>Farmers<br /> Fishermen<br /> Indigenous groups or traditional communities<br /> Women</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Impacts</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Environmental Impacts</td><td><strong>Visible: </strong>Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage)</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Outcome</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Project Status</td><td>Proposed (exploration phase)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Do you consider this as a success?</td><td>Not Sure</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Sources and Materials</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Links</td><td><table><tr><td><p> <a class="refanch small" href="" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr></table></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Meta Information</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Contributor</td><td>Afoke Ohwojeheri</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Last update</td><td>08/04/2014</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div>