Communities seethe over crude spillage from SPDC trunkline

The people of Agge Federated Communities in Kou Kingdom of Bayelsa Delta states have raised alarm over devastating crude oil spillage from facilities of Shell Petroleum Development Company that is ravaging their communities.

Chairman of the AFC, Mr. Arthur Benidewei told our reporter in a telephone chat on Wednesday that the spill, which was first noticed on Thursday, May 17, has been unabated at Wednesday afternoon.

He said, “We woke up from the pollution of our communities from the Trans-Ramos trunk line owned by Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, around Amazor community.”

“Five days into this oil spill, neither the regulatory agencies nor SPDC has deemed it fit to visit the spill point and stop the flow of crude or do anything to assuage the plights of our grossly polluted communities both in Delta and Bayelsa states,” the community representatives said.

Benidewei said the Community Development Committee (CDC) immediately notified the office of National Oil Spill Detection and Remediation Agency (NOSDRA), SPDC and other agencies, but lamented that the agency was yet to take any action on the spill.

He said dozens of Agge communities were affected by the spill, including Agge, Agge Palmbush, Osumaibio, Solomon Ama, Sunday Ama, Youbulobu, Niyenta, Okibou Zion, Agge Okibou, Karepre, Belle, Ibrepre, Youtu and Okia.

Others are Ekogbene, Tamu Ekogbene, Eberegbene, Toru Egragbene, Ikpebou and Okofa-afa, among others.

An SPDC spokesperson contacted on Wednesday afternoon said the company was working on an official statement to be released very soon.

Attempt to reach NOSDRA Zonal Head, Mrs. Felicity Nwankuchue, was futile, as she was yet to respond to our reporters SMS inquiry at press time.

However, our reporter confirmed that a letter from the community was received at 9:17 on Monday, May 21.

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