Agips Pipeline at Ikeinghenbiri spills on farmlands and fish ponds, Nigeria


Ikeinghenbiri is an Ijaw community situated along the Ikebiri Creek in Olodiama clan of Southern Ijaw LGA. Its immediate neigbours are Ikebiri, Azuzuama and Korokorosei communities. Agip pipelines traverse the community environment and one of them is the Tebidaba/Ogboinbiri pipeline. The community falls within Agip’s Brass Swamp Area of operation.

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Basic Data
NameAgips Pipeline at Ikeinghenbiri spills on farmlands and fish ponds, Nigeria
ProvinceBayelsa State
SiteIkeinghenbiri community in Southern Ijaw Local Government area .
Accuracy of LocationLOW country/state level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Oil and gas exploration and extraction
Pollution related to transport (spills, dust, emissions)
Specific Commodities
Crude oil
Project Details and Actors
Project Area (in hectares)10 to 20 hectares
Type of PopulationRural
Potential Affected Population2,000 to 10,000
Company Names or State EnterprisesNigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) from Nigeria
Relevant government actorsNigeria National Petroleum Corporations.
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersEnvironmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria.
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Landless peasants
Trade unions
Religious groups
Fisher people
Forms of MobilizationCreation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of alternative proposals
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Floods (river, coastal, mudflow), Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Waste overflow, Oil spills, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality
Potential: Air pollution, Genetic contamination, Soil contamination, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsPotential: Malnutrition, Infectious diseases, Other environmental related diseases
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Specific impacts on women, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Militarization and increased police presence
Project StatusIn operation
Development of AlternativesAgip should mobilize to site to stop the spill without further delays

2 A properly constituted Joint Investigation Visit be carried out to ascertain cause of spill, record related volume of spill, spread and damages and recommend accordingly. The community should be given their copy of the signed JIV report for their own records too.

3 Agip follow up the JIV with proper cleanup of impacted environment.

4 The relevant agencies of government: the National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency [NOSDRA], Ministries of Environment [State and Federal], Department of Petroleum Resources [DPR], etc take note and compel Agip to act accordingly to ensure compliance.

5 Environmental/Human Rights groups and the media draw public attention to the underlying issues to ensure protection of the environment and livelihood of the people.

6 Agip pay compensation if found culpable; for general and specific damages.
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.The community people continue to count their lost from the oil spillage. The spill released harmful substance into the surround causing lost of farmlands and fish ponds , and generally affected the socio -economic and cultural practices of the people. bring their entire livelihood to a decline.

Agip is yet to compensate the people and also clean up the spill from the area and affected villages.

Sources and Materials

NESREA (National Environmental Standards and Regulation Agency)

National oil spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA)


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ContributorAfoke Ohwojeheri
Last update08/04/2014