crude oil pipeline
A devastating oil spillage has occurred on the 24 inches Trans Ramos crude oil pipeline owned by Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, affecting over 50 communities under Odimodi Federated Communities in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State. Following distress calls, the member representing Burutu federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Julius Pondi, the member representing Burutu 1 Constituency in Delta State House of Assembly, Daniel Yingi and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chairman, Delta South senatorial district, Prince Emman Amgbaduba, among others, visited the community for an on the spot assessment of the situation. Pondi and Yingi who sympathised with the communities affected by the spillage, expressed concern that Shell had not shown any commitment to the plight of the people since the spillage occurred. They said though Shell had put measures in place to contain the spread and to recover crude oil from the damaged pipeline, the spillage had polluted the entire area, destroying aquatic life which has made fishing which is the major occupation of the people impossible. The federal and state lawmakers decried that the report of the Joint Investigative Visit, JIV team consisting of Shell, Directorate of Petroleum Resources, DPR and the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA on the spillage was yet to be made public. The lawmakers emphasised the need for the JIV report to be released, stressing that the spillage was not as a result of sabotage but due to equipment failure on the part of Shell, hence the company was trying to avoid it’s responsibility to the community. They expressed worry that multinational oil companies have always devised means of shortchanging communities whenever a spillage occurred as Shell was yet to meet with the community to discuss with them and assuage their plight. Pondi and Yingi called on Shell to immediately provide relief materials and medicals to all the affected communities, promising to raise the issue on the floor of the National Assembly and Delta State House of Assembly to draw the attention the international community and government to their plight of the people.
Local Government Area
Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.