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Agip’s Idu Well 3 spewing Crude Oil in Egbebiri

Location: Egbebiri, Biseni clan, Yenagoa Local Government Area, Bayelsa State.
GPS Coordinates:  Elev: 2m, N05°15.876’, E006°32.836’
Date of Visit:  10th/12th February, 2014

Agip’s Idu oil Well 3 is located within Egbebiri community in Biseni clan, Yenagoa LGA of Bayelsa State. On the 19th of December 2013 ERA/FoEN visited this community in respect of a spill that was experienced two days earlier. The incident was reported as an equipment failure from the wellhead. While Agip is yet to take positive step to clean-up the environment impacted by the December 2013 spill, a fresh incident has occurred and spewing from the wellhead when ERA/FoEN visited at about 3:00pm on 10th February 2014. The current spill was said to have started as a small leak on Friday 7th February, 2014 and the attention of Agip was drawn to the situation by a surveillance guard. Though Agip visited the site to observe the spill, no further positive step was taken to stop or prevent the spill from increasing in volume.


Press Release

Be wary of coal mining deal with Jindal, ERA/FoEN cautions Nigerian Govt

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has cautioned the Federal Government from going ahead with a rumoured deal with Jindal Power and Steel India to revitalize coal mining in the country, describing the rumour, if true as “a bad omen” for communities already suffering environmental impacts of mining in Enugu and other states where coal is mined.

Media reports last week indicated that the Nigerian government may have tipped the Indian firm to tap the country’s coal vast mine deposits. ERA/FoEN aversion to the plan is predicated on news indicating that Jindal operations in other parts of Africa continue to impact communities.



  • ERA/CISLAC Name Recipients of Inaugural Tobacco Control Journalism Fellowship

    Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC) and Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) have announced the names of six successful journalists in the inaugural Tobacco Control Investigative Journalism Fellowship funded by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK).

    The Fellowship grant is part of CTFK’s efforts to build the capacity of the Nigerian media to report tobacco control from an informed perspective and stimulate policies and actions to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll. The Fellowship is also aimed at building and improving the public’s awareness on tobacco control and its related issues.

    In a statement issued jointly in Lagos, the two groups said that entries from the successful journalists were picked after a rigorous screening process by a panel of veteran journalists.

  • Stalled Bodo Compensation Talks Exposed Shell’s Insincerity, says ERA/FoEN

    Monday, 16th September 2013

    Stalled Bodo Compensation Talks Exposed Shell’s Insincerity, says ERA/FoEN

    The mired settlement talks between the Bodo community and Shell over the latter’s pollution of their environment in 2008 has vindicated community folks and environmental groups that expressed skepticism about Shell’s genuineness from the beginning when it was announced that the talks will hold behind closed doors, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has said.  
    ERA/FoEN position is premised on the outright rejection of an offer of $50 million (about N7. 5 billion) compensation offered by Shell after week-long talks, which Leigh Day, the legal firm representing 15,000 affected Bodo community folks described as “delusory and an insult”. The community folks insist Shell must pay $200 million.

  • Africa is Sovereign and WILL NOT ACCEPT being re-colonized

    Friday, 23rd August 2013

    July, 2013

    Open Letter from the African Civil Society To The Representatives of Denmark in Africa

    To The Hon. Ambassador of Denmark in Nigeria

    Dear Sir,

    In light of the interview  given by your Minister for Development Cooperation, Christian Friis Bach, on the 9th of July, to the Danish newspaper Politiken, and  taking into account that the presence of Danish co-operations on the African continent dates long before the independence of most countries where they still operate today, through various organizations that develop various projects and activities in various spheres of the political system, civil society and the business sector, we cannot refrain from expressing our deepest distaste for the disrespectful and peculiar ideological content of the above-mentioned interview.

  • ERA/FoEN wants powers of president, petroleum minister whittled down in PIB

    Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has demanded a cut down of the discretionary powers of the president and the overarching powers of the minister of petroleum as provided in the draft Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) which was open to Civil society and other groups to scruitinize at a public hearing in Abuja.

    ERA/FoEN also recommended the provision of point of extraction metering system for all petroleum products produced in the country. ERA/FoEN Executive Director, Godwin Ojo who availed newsmen copies of memorandum submitted by the organisation at the public hearing said that the status quo which provides metering only at the point of export short-changes the country and therefore proposed metering system at the point of extraction to detect the areas of leakage in the system to provide for increased revenue, as well as assisting regulators to determine the volume of oil Nigeria actually pumps.

  • Environmental Justice Struggles Engages Gear

    Monday, 8th April 2013

    In the last few days of my assumption of office as chief servant of ERA, I have reflected on the struggles for environmental justice in the last 20 years. Reliving the fervent spirit of the beginning has a pivotal vibe for the future. Then, four young environmentalists (Oronto Douglas, Nick Jones, Nnimmo Bassey, and I) were deeply conscious of mounting environmental degradation, neglect, poverty, misery and pains inflicted on the people of the Niger Delta from oil impact.  In founding ERA on January 11 1993 we shared a common desire to act spontaneously, socially and peacefully for the protection of the environment and the democratization of development, and to be a voice for the voiceless. Article 24 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights which states that: “all peoples shall have the right to a general satisfactory environment favourable to their development” was a guiding light. In what looked like a pioneering initiative, we anticipated that the ‘resource curse syndrome’ from the spirally environmental despoliation giving rise to social inequalities and grinding poverty could combine to unleash a backlash of insecurity and ignite rebellion against the state and the oil companies. Time rolled by, and how right were the predictions from the oil-insurgency!


Oil Politics

Oil Politics is a weekly newspaper column ( in which Nnimmo Bassey rigorously examines issues relating to the extractive industries as well as other pressing socio-economic issues through the filter of justice.

What is on that Plate?

The theme of the World Environment Day 2013 is “Think. Eat. Save”. Each word is loaded and stands alone, separated by unambiguous periods. That should get us thinking indeed. Many people in the world do not really think before eating. They are more preoccupied by the nagging question of where the next meal would come from. There are also a number of persons whose questions pertain to what to eat out of the myriad of choices on their sumptuous dining tables. And, of course, there are people to whom saving food is not a problem while to yet others there is simply no choice in doing that. There are others who wish to save but cannot do so either due to a lack of means to do so, or for the reason of current insufficiencies.

There is a lot of food for thought in just considering the theme.


Photo Speak

ERA has recently received information that a group calling itself the "Niger Delta Coalition in the Diaspora" is still engaging itself in activities and communications giving the impression that it is linked with Environmental Rights Action (ERA).

This group issues out communications using ERA's headquarter address and mail box. We have never had any ties with this group and any views, comments or opinions expressed by them is not endorsed or authorized by any member of management or staff of ERA.

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