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   Oil spill : Epidemic threatens community

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mercredi 22 octobre 2008
statut de l'article : public
citations de l'article provenant de : Vanguard (Lagos)


THE Biseni community in old Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State has raised alarm over possible outbreak of epidemic in their community following an oil spill that occurred in the area.

The oil spill was said to have occurred at a delivery line between Biseni and Joinkrama about two weeks ago causing damage to crops, aquatic lives and the river which also served as the only source of drinking water in the community.

Though it was learnt that the Anglo-Dutch oil giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company, owners of the pipeline from which the crude oil was said to have spilled had rectified the leaking point but the company is yet to deploy manpower to the impacted community to mop up the oil spillage almost two weeks after.

Already, the state government through the Commissioner from the Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, Mr. John Iyekorogha and the Commissioner for Energy, Mr. Maxwell Oko had visited the area to assess the extent of the spill and called on the oil companies operating in the state to always try and protect their host communities.

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