Sabatoru suffers oil spill from Agip Pipelines, Nigeria


Sabatoru is a Nembe-speaking Ijaw coastal community administratively situated in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. It is a predominantly fishing and farming community. As a transit community, having Agip crude oil pipeline traversing the community environment, the community has experienced several oil spills in the recent past. The last oil spill from the community environment reported by ERA/FoEN spread through the creeks to other neighbouring communities in Nembe and Ogbia Local Government Area such as Akipilai, Oloibiri and Igbeta Iwoama. The current spill, like the previous one, occurred along the Brass/Ogoda pipeline that links Obama Flow-station.

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Basic Data
NameSabatoru suffers oil spill from Agip Pipelines, Nigeria
SiteNembe 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
Oil and gas refining
Pollution related to transport (spills, dust, emissions)
Specific CommoditiesCrude oil
Project Details and Actors
Project Area (in hectares)Unknown
Type of PopulationRural
Start Date2012
Company Names or State EnterprisesNigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) from Nigeria
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from Nigeria
Relevant government actorsFederal Ministry of Environment
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersERA/FOEN
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Fisher people
Forms of MobilizationDevelopment of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Street protest/marches
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Oil spills, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Potential: Air pollution, Food insecurity (crop damage)
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusIn operation
Development of AlternativesERA/FoEN DEMANDS

1 Agip promptly follow up the clamping and containment with a thorough cleanup of the impacted environment.

2 The relevant agencies of government take steps to ensure that Agip protect the livelihood of the people and fragile ecosystem.

3 Agip produce the JIV report on this spill showing cause and other observations and recommendations
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.Sabatoru community which host Agip facilities still suffer from the lost of their livelihoods due to the spills that the company have refuse to clean.
Sources and Materials

Field Report 308: Sabatoru suffers another oil spill from Agip Pipeline
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Facing Finance
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ContributorAfoke Ohwojeheri
Last update13/01/2015