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Location: Ikarama and Kalaba communities in Okordia clan of Yenagoa local government area, Bayelsa State.
GPS Coordinates of Okordia Manifold in Ikarama: Elev: -43m N 05Â°09.291â€™ E 006Â°27.131â€™
GPS Coordinates of Owu-owu swamp in Kalaba: Elev: -35m N 05Â°08.931â€™ E 006Â°26.664â€™
Occupation: Farming and fisher folks.
Date of Visit: June 28, 2016. (Saturday)
Manifolds are designed to receive crude oil from several sources and redirect same to other facilities of interest therefore it transports massive amount of crude oil.As a result such facility should be properly protected to prevent sabotage since such incidents would cause massive crude oil spill that would be a great environmental havoc.
ERA/FoENâ€™s did a report about a crude oil spill that occurred on the 11th of June, 2014 at the Okordia Manifold owned by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC)situated in Ikarama community.The crude oil spill which was confirmed by community folks as sabotage happened when a surveillance officer left his duty post to obtain some drugs for his ailing health. Upon his return it was learnt that someone had removed a valve inside the manifold to cause the leakage. It is strongly believed by the community that the incident is connected to a disagreement about who will keep the security contract of the manifold.Crude oil which was seen spraying heavily like a fountain for three days before Shellâ€™s technical team replaced the valve removed by vandals to stop the leakage in Ikarama has now spread to Kabala â€“ a neighboring community. Fishermen from Kalaba reportedly noticed thick crude oil slick in their Owu-owu swamp on the 15th of June, 2014 that was traced to Ikarama. The crude oil slick in Kalaba is now threatening to enter the Taylor creek.
ERA/FoEN field monitors visited Kalaba to ascertain the extent of damage and returned to the source (Ikarama) to see if further action has been taken by the company to contain the spread,perform clean â€“up or possibly commence remediation. During the latest visit,it was observed that although crude oil has visibly stopped flowing out of the manifold, Shellis yet to apply booms to restrain the spread both in Ikarama and Kalaba.
Respond to Shell allegation of non-release of Ogoni remediation funds, ERA/FoEN tells FG
The disclosure by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) that the Nigerian government was frustrating the release of funds for the implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Assessment on Ogoniland has come as a rude shock and the Ogoni people demand an answer, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has said.
Augustine Igbuku, the Ogoni Restoration Project Manager for SPDC told the House of Representatives Committee on Environment that Shell was willing to contribute to the $1 billion Ogoni Restoration Fund but was being frustrated by the lack of government structure and a legal framework for the Hydrocarbon Restoration Project (HYPREP), the ad hoc intervention agency set up by the same government.
The Shell official also identified lack of work plan by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources for the proposed cleanup and the utilization of the funds as part of the delay.
But in a press release issued in Lagos, ERA/FoEN said, â€śwe find the Nigerian governmentâ€™s laid-back attitude to the remediation exercise very sad and bewildering because while Shell tries to absolve itself from the current impasse it actually benefits from the Nigerian government inaction while the Ogoni environment and people sufferâ€ť.
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The theme of the World Environment Day 2013 is â€śThink. Eat. Saveâ€ť. 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.