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
(municipality or city/town)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 and Mobilization
Reaction stageUnknown
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Trade unions
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Forms of mobilization:Development of alternative proposals
Official complaint letters and petitions
Impacts of the project
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
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 and 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 update08/04/2014