Oil Spill: Communities Threaten Showdown With Agip


Communities af
fected by the recent oil spillage that occurred in Bayelsa State have threatened to ground the facilities of Agip Brass Terminal, if it refuses to immediately address the plights of the affected people.
The Secretary of Okpoama Vangard, Mr Tarinyo Akono , said this while addressing the people recently in Bayelsa State.
He said that it would be thoughtful of the oil company to come to the aid of the people even as they battle with the spill before the situation gets worse.
Akono, pointed out that the affected people were already faced with some level of hardship before the recent oil spill as a result of introduction work by the Brass Liquidified Natural Gas (Brass LNG) in the state.
According to him, Agip lacks modern tools that can guarantee safety and community relations, saying that the company has been introducing what, it called residual oil into the Brass River.
He explained that the residual oil are mainly passed through four pipes in the Brass Canal near the tank farm in the Brass terminal.
However, he has urged the federal and Bayelsa State governments to clamp down on the oil firm until they meet the request of the people.
Our reporter gathered that the fishermen have since stopped operation since due to their inability to retrieve their nets and other tools from the affected areas.
A reliable source from the Agip company who pleaded anonymity, said that the company is on top of the situation, regretting that the spill was always occurring along that axis, but it did exactly blame it one sabourtage.