Oil spill enters 10th day in Bayelsa community

Nigeria’s National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) on Sunday said that the Nov 5 oil spill which occurred at an oil well within Oil Mining Lease (OML) 29 has yet to abate 10 days after.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NOSDRA officials deployed to ascertain the cause and estimated volume of crude discharged into the environment could not conduct the investigation because the leak is still on.

Mr Idris Musa, Director-General of NOSDRA, said the leak had yet to be plugged as of Sunday, adding that the intensity of the leak was hampering investigations at the incident site.

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On whether the leak has been capped, the NOSDRA boss said:  “Not yet, the Clean Nigeria Associates (CNA), an alliance of all oil firms operating in the country, has been called to beef up oil recovery.”

“That effort is to reduce the ultimate risk and lessen the impact on the environment,” Musa said.

He said international help would be sought to block the leakage.

On the category of the spill incident, which ranges from tier I, II and III, Mr Musa said, “It is not yet tier II, but we are already prepared in anticipation.”

Tier I is leak within an operator’s control; II requires intervention across the industry; while III requires international attention.

Musa said the incident could not yet be classified as a tier II spill.

Aiteo, the operators of OML 29, in a statement on Wednesday said it had yet to ascertain the volume of crude that had been discharged into the environment.

The company spokesman, Mr Mathew Ndianabasi, also said the oil firm suspected sabotage as the cause of the spill.

Mr Ndianabasi said the company was mobilising local and international expertise to contain the incident.

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