08/04/2014

Shell Spill in Otuasega Community, Nigeria

Description:

Otuasega Community is located along the Kolo Creek in Ogbia local Government Area of Bayelsa State. The people are predominately farmers and fisher folks. They are host to oil wells operated by SPDC. The spill occurred along Shell pipelines at Yenagoa/ Imirigi road, which has ruined farmlands and truncated the livelihoods of the local people.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Shell Spill in Otuasega Community, Nigeria
Country:Nigeria
State or province:Bayelsa State
(municipality or city/town)Ogbia 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:21/04/2012
Company names or state enterprises:Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) from Netherlands
Relevant government actors:NOSDRA , NESREA
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Environmental Rights Action
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Social movements
Trade unions
Women
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Forms of mobilization:Community-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Official complaint letters and petitions
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Oil spills
Potential: Air pollution, Fires, Genetic contamination, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Malnutrition, Other environmental related diseases
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Specific impacts on women, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Under negotiation
Development of alternatives:-The authorities should ensure that a Joint Investigation Team is constituted to properly investigate the cause, spread, quantity and likely impact of the spill and make recommendations.

-The community must be part of the Joint investigation exercise (JIV), sign the report ensuing from the visit and be given a copy.

-Shell should take all necessary steps to effect proper cleanup immediately, and pay adequate compensation to the affected households.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:The Spill is yet to be cleaned, and compensation has not been paid to the affected people.
Sources and Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

Nigeria Federal Government agencies, such as NESREA and NOSDRA. NESREA (National Environmental Standards and Regulation Agency) has responsibility for the protection and development of the environment, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development of Nigerias natural resources in general and environmental technology including coordination, and liaison with, relevant stakeholders within and outsider Nigeria on maters of enforcement of environmental standards, regulations, rules, laws policies and guidelines.

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

UNEP report
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

ERA
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Other comments:Nigeria Federal Government agencies, such as NESREA and NOSDRA. NESREA (National Environmental Standards and Regulation Agency) has responsibility for the protection and development of the environment, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development of Nigerias natural resources in general and environmental technology including coordination, and liaison with, relevant stakeholders within and outsider Nigeria on maters of enforcement of environmental standards, regulations, rules, laws policies and guidelines.
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Contributor:Afoke Ohwojeheri
Last update08/04/2014
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