Oil Vessel Explosion, Nigeria

Description
A fire raged on the oil vessel that exploded at the Abuloma Jetty, Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Friday July 20th, 2012.
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Basic Data
NameOil Vessel Explosion, Nigeria
CountryNigeria
ProvinceRivers State
SiteAbuloma, Port Harcourt City Local Government Area
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Pollution related to transport (spills, dust, emissions)
Oil and gas exploration and extraction
Specific CommoditiesCrude oil
Project Details and Actors
Type of PopulationUrban
Start Date20/07/2012
Relevant government actorsNigeria National Petroleum Corporation
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersEnvironmental Rights Action, Nigeria Media.
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingLocal ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Social movements
Trade unions
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of alternative proposals
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Media based activism/alternative media
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Appeals/recourse to economic valuation of the environment
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Fires, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Oil spills
Potential: Food insecurity (crop damage), Global warming, Soil contamination, Waste overflow, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsVisible: Accidents, Occupational disease and accidents
Potential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures
Potential: Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Militarization and increased police presence, Specific impacts on women, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Outcome
Project StatusStopped
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseUnder negotiation
Development of Alternatives1.Immediate removal of the burnt vessel from the jetty to avoid it becoming an antique and environmental hazard.

2.Joint Task Force (JTF) should intensify efforts to stop bunkering in the Niger Delta.

3.The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) should intensify efforts in the search of missing persons.

4.The Nigerian Navy should increase its efforts on policing the water ways in the country and ensure culprits indicted for oil thefts are brought to book.
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.The water ways have been seriously polluted and the affected victims families are yet to be compensated. Although persons who sustained injury are receiving treatment in the hospital.
Sources and Materials
Legislations

NESREA (National Environmental Standards and Regulation Agency) has responsibility for the protection and development of the environment, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development of Nigerias natural resources in general and environmental technology including coordination, and liaison with, relevant stakeholders within and outsider Nigeria on maters of enforcement of environmental standards, regulations, rules,laws policies and guidelines.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)

References

NESREA ACT, Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette. No.92, Vol 94. Lagos ,31st July, 2007.

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ContributorGodwin Uyi Ojo
Last update08/04/2014
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