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Agip Facilty Pollutes Kwale Community Ponds, Nigeria


Kwale Community is located in Ndokwa West Local Government Area of Delta State and has an estimated population of over 700,000 people who are predominantly fishermen and farmers.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Agip Facilty Pollutes Kwale Community Ponds, Nigeria
State or province:Delta State
Location of conflict:Ndokwa West 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:Oil and gas exploration and extraction
Gas flaring
Oil and gas refining
Specific commodities:Electricity
Crude oil
Natural Gas
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Type of populationRural
Company names or state enterprises:Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) from Nigeria
Agip Group from Italy
Relevant government actors:Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Environmental Rights Action, Oilwatch Nigeria, Organised Ndokwa Effort (ONE)
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageUnknown
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Landless peasants
Trade unions
Fisher people
Forms of mobilization:Community-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Threats to use arms
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Oil spills, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Potential: Floods (river, coastal, mudflow), Genetic contamination, Soil erosion
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Infectious diseases, Other environmental related diseases
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Violations of human rights
Potential: Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Under negotiation
Development of alternatives:Agip should be compelled to take steps to do proper clean up to the ponds of the Beneku/Okpia communities in Kwale.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:The Company have not carried out adequate and proper clean up of the affected area.
Sources & Materials
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Field Report #246 : Agip Facility Pollutes Kwale Community Pond
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Contributor:Godwin Uyi Ojo
Last update08/04/2014
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