The Oruma-Yibama community, kinsmen to former President Goodluck Jonathan in Ogbia Local Government Area, in Bayelsa state has raised alarm over the discharge of crude oil from a Shell Kolo creek field onto farmlands and swamps, causing severe damage.
According to a Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) report, the spill had impacted a total area of 3.61 hectares beyond the oil firm’s right of way.
The community also alleged that Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has not commenced the clean-up of an oil spill site more than a month afterwards.
The JIV report also indicated that the oil leakage was caused by activities of oil thieves who had breached the pipeline and connected a pipe to siphon crude oil.
A breach on a 20 inch crude delivery pipeline from Kolo Creek fields in to Rumuekpe in Rivers has discharged some 306 barrels of crude into the swamps.
The community reported inflow of crude oil from Shell oil fields located in Odau in Rivers on June 2, 2015.
The report stated that the investigation team suspected that the vandals had deliberately channelled the crude oil leaking from the pipeline to worsen its spread to wider areas.
It was further gathered that representatives of Shell, community, National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency conducted the joint investigation on June 24 and 25.
Although spokesman for Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Mr. Joseph Obari was yet to provide response on delays in commencing oil recovery and clean up of the impacted areas.