Nigeria Experiences Another Oil Spill At Bonga

The House of Representatives Committee on Environment has summoned the minister of environment, the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) and Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) over compensation issues following the December 20, 2011 Bonga oil spill.
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) were also invited among others.
The minister and others are expected to explain their roles over the effects of chemical dispersants used by Shell to disperse the said spillage at the sea on the said communities.
The affected communities alleged that the dispersant led to disruption of their fishing activities and other source of livelihood, but that the oil company has not been forthcoming.
The communities are spread between Warri North, Warri South West and Burutu Local Government Councils of Delta State as well as Ekeremor, Southern Ijaw and Brass local government councils of Bayelsa State.
The move by the Uche Ekwenufe-led House Committee has however succeeded in averting the shutdown of operations of major international oil companies operating in the Niger Delta area, it emerged yesterday.



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