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Oil Spillage Ethiope River, Nigeria


The recent oil spillage that occurred in River Ethiope that stretches through Ibada, Adagbrassa, Eko, Egbeku, Ogegere, Okuesajere, and Okuenenemuru villages of Ovwore community near Amukpe in Sapele Local Government area of Delta State, has been described as the worse oil spillage that has ever occurred in the community in recent times.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Oil Spillage Ethiope River, Nigeria
State or province:Delta
Location of conflict:Ethiope River, Sapele Local Government Area.
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional 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:06/2012
Company names or state enterprises:Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from Nigeria
Relevant government actors:Nigerian Nation Petroleum Corporation
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:ERA
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups mobilizing:Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Social movements
Trade unions
Recreational users
Fisher people
Forms of mobilization:Community-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Development of a network/collective action
Development of alternative proposals
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Appeals/recourse to economic valuation of the environment
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Waste overflow, Oil spills, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality
Potential: Floods (river, coastal, mudflow), Soil contamination, Soil erosion, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsPotential: Infectious diseases, Other environmental related diseases
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Specific impacts on women, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession
Potential: Increase in violence and crime, Militarization and increased police presence
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Under negotiation
Development of alternatives:The affected Communities call on the Federal Government to Clean up the Spill, restore their land and pay adequate compensations.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:Although the oil leakage have been contained by the oil company.But the affected communities continue to count their losses, as long as the spill remains unabated. They have called on the relevant institutions to clean up the spill and pay adequate compensations.
Sources & Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

NESREA (National Environmental Standards and Regulation Agency)

National oil spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) is saddle with the responsibility to create, nurture and sustain a zero tolerance oil spill incident in the Nigerian Environment. There mission is to: To restore and preserve our environment by ensuring best Oil field, storage and transmission practices in exploration, production and use of oil in the quest to achieve sustainable development in Nigeria

References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

NESREA ACT, Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette. No.92, Vol 94. Lagos ,31st July, 2007.

Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

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Contributor:Afoke Ohwojeheri
Last update08/04/2014
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