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Oil Spill at Ojobo Community, Nigeria


Ojobo Community is located in Ekeremo Local Government Area of Delta State and play host to Shells Beniside Flow Station.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Oil Spill at Ojobo Community, Nigeria
State or province:Delta State
Location of conflict:Ojobo Community, Ekeremo 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
Pollution related to transport (spills, dust, emissions)
Specific commodities:Crude oil
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:2001
Company names or state enterprises:Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from Nigeria
Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) from Netherlands
Relevant government actors:Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Environmental Rights Action
Conflict & Mobilization
Reaction stageUnknown
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Trade unions
Fisher people
Forms of mobilization:Development of alternative proposals
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, Soil erosion, Oil spills
Potential: Waste overflow, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures
Project StatusUnknown
Conflict outcome / response:Under negotiation
Proposal and development of alternatives:SPDC should clean up the various spills and rehabilitate the Ojobo environment.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:No proper clean up was done, there was no form of compensation. Although some food items were sent to the community, they were neither timely nor sufficient
Sources & Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Knee deep in Crude. Vol 2. A publication of Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth Nigeria.

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Contributor:Godwin Uyi Ojo
Last update18/08/2019
Conflict ID:566
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