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
NameOil Spill at Ojobo Community, Nigeria
ProvinceDelta State
SiteOjobo 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)Pollution related to transport (spills, dust, emissions)
Oil and gas exploration and extraction
Specific Commodities
Crude oil
Project Details and Actors
Type of PopulationRural
Start Date2001
Company Names or State EnterprisesNigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from Nigeria
Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) from Netherlands
Relevant government actorsNigerian National Petroleum Corporation
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersEnvironmental Rights Action
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)UNKNOWN
When did the mobilization beginUNKNOWN
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Trade unions
Fisher people
Forms of MobilizationDevelopment 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-economic 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
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseUnder negotiation
Development of AlternativesSPDC should clean up the various spills and rehabilitate the Ojobo environment.
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.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

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

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ContributorGodwin Uyi Ojo
Last update08/04/2014