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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
Name of conflict:Agips Pipeline at Ikeinghenbiri spills on farmlands and fish ponds, Nigeria
State or province:Bayelsa State
Location of conflict:Ikeinghenbiri community in Southern Ijaw Local Government area .
Accuracy of locationLOW (Country 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 details

Project area:10 to 20 hectares
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:2,000 to 10,000
Company names or state enterprises:Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) from Nigeria
Relevant government actors:Nigeria National Petroleum Corporations.
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria.
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stageMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Landless peasants
Trade unions
Religious groups
Fisher people
Forms of mobilization:Creation 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-economical 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 alternatives:Agip 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 an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain: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 & Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

NESREA (National Environmental Standards and Regulation Agency)

National oil spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA)

Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

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Contributor:Afoke Ohwojeheri
Last update08/04/2014
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