Chevron North Apoi explosion impacts at Ikebiri Community, Nigeria

Chevron North Apoi explosion has affected many communities in Bayelsa state. Ikebiry community members suffer from polluted waters, dying fisheries and poor health care to cope with a dying environment


ERA/FoEN field monitors following an outcry by the people of Ikebiri via the State owned radio in Bayelsa State on how the Chevron North Apoi explosion has also affected them (see case Gas Wellhead Explosion in Koluama, Nigeria) , visited Ikebiri 1 and 2 which is administratively situated in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and shares boundary with Koluama Kingdom. The Ikebiri Creek is a major tributary of the River Nun which branches off from the Ossiama Creek and empties into the Atlantic Ocean at Koluama axis. The Ikebiri environment which is mainly fresh water and tropical rain forest also has brackish water as a result of the close proximity [fish camps] to the Atlantic Ocean and, hence the environment also has a good stretch of mangrove forest.

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Basic Data
NameChevron North Apoi explosion impacts at Ikebiri Community, Nigeria
SiteNorth Apoi
Accuracy of LocationLOW country/state 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
Oil and gas refining
Specific CommoditiesCrude oil
Natural Gas
Project Details and Actors
Type of PopulationRural
Start Date2012
Company Names or State Enterprises from United States of America
Agip Group from Italy
Chevron Nigeria Limited from Nigeria
Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) from Nigeria
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersEnvironmental Rights Action - ERA
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Fisher people
Forms of MobilizationCreation of alternative reports/knowledge
Street protest/marches
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Fires, Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Oil spills, Global warming, Soil contamination, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsVisible: Accidents, Malnutrition, Infectious diseases
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseImpunity of the culprit companies
Development of AlternativesERA DEMANDS

1 A properly constituted team from the state and federal government to investigate the spread and impact of the Chevron North Apoi gas wellhead explosion.

2 The authorities guarantee Chevron does not get away with this environmental damage to our peoples’ health, livelihood and environment.

3 All impacted communities be adequately compensated. This is besides adequate clean up of the environment.

4 The international community, environmental and human rights groups come to the aid of the impacted communities by way of advocacy and rendering free technical and legal services where necessary.

5 Tests should be carried out on water samples from the ocean to ascertain the pollutant that has caused the deaths of aquatic life.
Do you consider this as a success?Yes
Why? Explain briefly.Chevron is yet to compensate the people and clean up the spills
Sources and Materials

ERA Field Report
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The True Cost of Chevron
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Chevron’s Worst Year Ever, Episode 5: Nigeria

By Rebecca Tarbotton on May 28, 2012
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Other Documents

Protest action in Ikebiri community, 2012 Source: ERA
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Last update10/05/2016