In November 2013, many oil spillis have been observed along the Atlantic Shoreline in Ibeno Local Government Area of AkwaIbom. They have been recorded at the oil field on Aug. 13, Aug. 24. Nov. 9 , Dec 16 and Dec. 19, 2012.See more...
The oil field from where the spill emanated is operated by the Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN), a subsidiary of the US oil firm, ExxonMobil.
A field surveillance trip to the Qua Iboe fields by field monitors of the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) revealed widespread and worsening pollution of the coastline by crude oil.
Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) currently exports an average 600,000 barrels of crude daily from its two oil blocks from the Qua Iboe oil export terminal.
Residents of Ibeno fishing settlement who had insisted on the adoption of international best practices by MPN in their decision of turning down a paltry relief material from the oil company said that the marine environment had been left at the mercy of tidal waves spreading the crude deposits farther along the coastline.They disclosed that the oil firm equally suspended the clean-up exercise at the areas affected by an earlier spill incident on November 9 and went on Christmas break while the environmental pollution was left to worsen.
A visual inspection of the coastline revealed that the oil deposits had been dispersing along the entire AkwaIbom coastline due to the action of tidal waves.
Residents at the coastal settlements on the Atlantic coastline who reacted on the development and its implications decried the insensitivity of the oil firm in abandoning the spill reported to the MPN officials since the middle of December 2012.
As per an article on Africa News Circle, a resident and community leader in Iwuokpom community in Ibeno said:
“We started seeing fresh oil deposits since Dec. 16, and we reported to Mobil and they came to inspect and collected samples of the oil. But up till now, they have not responded to clean it up. And the dynamic nature of the the tide at this time of the year has not helped matters. The tide has been flushing the oil to other places and this is worsening the situation".