YEAC MONITORS OIL SPILLAGE IN EGBEMO-ANGALABIRI COMMUNITY, BAYELSA STATE
On Friday, June 18, 2021, Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC) was contacted by some elders, youths and community leaders of Egbemo-Angalbiri Community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State that oil spill has occurred in their community and requested the assistant of YEAC for monitoring and protection of the community’s environmental and human rights. The locals reported to ADVOCACY CENTRE that nothing has been done to stop the spill since it occurred days before the report and till the date of this publication, the oil spill was still ongoing. Advocacy Centre’s Bayelsa State office and Advocacy Officer, Philip Godfrey is following up on this oil spill together with YEAC’s Delta State Advocacy Officer, Clever Donokoromor as Egbemo-Angalabiri community is better accessible from Delta State than Bayelsa State. The cause of the spill on the facility said to be operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of Nigeria Ltd is not yet known but the community people are reporting and alleging to Advocacy Centre that it is “equipment failure”. Advocacy Centre told the community leaders that the averred cause of the crude oil spill will not be accepted by YEAC until a joint investigation visit (JIV) with all parties including National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Shell, Community People, etc. is carried out and a JIV Report released. On receipt of this Report from the community, Advocacy Centre passed it on to the Rivers State office of NOSDRA who in turned passed on the information to Bayelsa State office of NOSDRA to follow up. JIV is said to have been scheduled for June 22, 2021. However, community people called and reported to Advocacy Centre, alleging that by 15:47hours on June 21, 2021 that Shell was at the Spill site with some people cooping the crude to reduce the thickness of the spill ahead of the JIV on June 22. Advocacy Centre would update on this report as we are set to visit the community and follow up on JIV on the oil spill as the community is working with Advocacy Centre to demand for justice, environmental rights protection and compensation which can only be achieved if the cause of the spill is equipment failure.