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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
Name of conflict:Sabatoru suffers oil spill from Agip Pipelines, Nigeria
State or province:Bayelsa
Location of conflict:Nembe 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)
Oil and gas refining
Specific commodities:Crude oil
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Project area:Unknown
Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:2012
Company names or state enterprises:Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) from Nigeria
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from Nigeria
Relevant government actors:Federal Ministry of Environment
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:ERA/FOEN
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stageMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Fisher people
Forms of mobilization:Development 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)
Other Health impactsPoisoning
Socio-economical 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 alternatives:ERA/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 an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain: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 & Materials
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Field Report 308: Sabatoru suffers another oil spill from Agip Pipeline
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Contributor:Afoke Ohwojeheri
Last update13/01/2015
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