Last update:
2014-09-12

Mobil oil spills in the Atlantic Coast line, Nigeria

Description:

In November 2013, many oil spillis have been observed along the Atlantic Shoreline in Ibeno Local Government Area of AkwaIbom. They have been recorded at the oil field on Aug. 13, Aug. 24. Nov. 9 , Dec 16 and Dec. 19, 2012.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Mobil oil spills in the Atlantic Coast line, Nigeria
Country:Nigeria
State or province:Akwa Ibom State
Location of conflict:Ibeno, Eket
Accuracy of locationLOW (Country 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
Oil and gas refining
Specific commodities:Crude oil
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

Project area:Unknown
Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:2012
Company names or state enterprises:Mobil Producing Nigeria Plc (MPN) from Nigeria
ExxonMobil Corporation (Exxon) from United States of America
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from Nigeria
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:ERA/FoEN
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityUnknown
Reaction stageMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Fisher people
Forms of mobilization:Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Food insecurity (crop damage), Soil contamination, Oil spills, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Under negotiation
Impunity of the polluting company
Development of alternatives:Mobil to immediately cleanup of the polluted waters, shoreline and environment in Ibeno
2. Mobil to immediately replace all its aging and leaking pipelines
3. Mobil to take responsibility for past and current spills in the community
4. A comprehensive audit of the environment in Ibeno as a result of the incessant spills
5. NOSDRA should adequately penalize Mobil for this and other spills in order to halt this impunity
6. Compensation of the impacted community folks, including fisherfolks whose livelihoods have been ruined
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:Mobil is yet to commence clean-up while the local people surfer the lost.
Sources and Materials
Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

ERA report
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[1] Mobil stays action on clean up of Atlantic coastline contaminated by multiple spills from its operations.
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Fisherman association seeks compensation
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Contributor:Afoke Ohwojeheri
Last update12/09/2014
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