Bodo community is located in Gokana Local Government Area of Ogoniland, Rivers State. The community hosts Shells TransNiger pipelines.
In August and December 2008, two major oil spills disrupted the lives of the 69,000 or so people living Bodo. Both spills continued for 4 weeks before they were stopped. Estimates suggest that the volume of oil spilled was as large as the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska in 1989. About 4,000 barrels of oil a day were leaking from the pipelines. Ten weeks later, between the 19th and 21st of February, 2009, Shell and the Nigeria National Oil spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) and Bodo community, carried out a joint investigation. Again, Shell stated after-wards that the spill was caused by equipment failure as a result of corrosion.
Four years on, the prolonged failure of Shell Petroleum Development company (SPDC)to clean up the oil that was spilled, continues to have catastrophic consequences on the Bodo community. Oil pollution remains highly visible; it is everywhere, in the water, along the mangroves and in the soil.
The human cost is also starkly apparent, the lives of tens of thousand of people, have been directly affected by the spills and ongoing pollution. Many are worried about their health and are afraid to eat locally caught fish or drink water from streams.
Many who used to rely on fishing for their living, have also lost their incomes and livelihoods. Farmers, say that their harvests are smaller than before. Overall, people in Bodo are now much less able to grow their own food or catch fish -- their livelihoods have been destroyed and food prices have risen.