By Citizens Platform
Oil giants, Chevron Nigeria Limited and its host communities are currently at loggerhead as regards a gas leak reported at Chevron’s offshore gas field in the Atlantic Ocean located off the Bayelsa coastline.
Officials of the National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency had confirmed receiving a report of a leakage in Chevron’s field on Wednesday.
According to Head of NOSDRA’s Zonal Operations office in Port Harcourt, Mr. Adeyinka Adewumi, the agency had received a report of the leak from Chevron and was awaiting a joint visit to ascertain the cause of the leakage.
The coastal communities in Koluama 1 and Koluama 2 communities had alleged that the gas leakage discharged crude and gas into the environment, leading to the pollution of the air and marine ecosystem.
The News Agency of Nigeria report that a resident from Fishtown community in Brass council area of Bayelsa State, Mr. Larry Gabriel, said the leaking well, located about five kilometres from the site of the January 2012 gas explosion, “is still discharging gas into the air.’’
Gabriel said, “The leakage is yet to stop, they have been deploying chemicals to dissolve the oil and sink it to the sea bed as it gushes out from the well. That is why they are saying that they have no oil spill.
“The traces of dissolved crude have hit the shoreline. The gas emission has compromised the air quality and the smell is everywhere but unfortunately gas is invisible but they had an explosion here in 2012 and we do not want a repeat.”
Source: Citizens Platform
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