2 The Peremabiri Community had on Aug. 24 reported that the leakhead polluted the environment, causing untold hardship to the fishing settlements.
4 According to Essien-Nelson, SPDC on May 4 received a report of a theft on a section of its Diebu Creek Oil Well 6 flow line, resulting in an oil leak.
5 “The well and Diebu Creek flow station (facility) has not been in operation since February 26, when the facility was shut due to the unavailability of the Trans Niger Pipeline.
7 “A cleanup of the free phase oil was immedistely carried out, while assessment of the residual impact is scheduled to happen in November, when water levels are expected to be low enough to allow for the impact assessment.
9 “On August 26, SPDC received a report of an oil sheen sighted at the same site of the May 4 incident.
10 “The community believes that this oil sheen is the result of a new spill.
11 This is not the case.
14 A field report of the JIV by National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency sighted by NAN indicated that the leak was due to operational mishap, which discharged crude oil within SPDC’s operational area with no impact on third party area.
16 Mr Return Koma, who represented the Peremabiri community in the JIV, told NAN that SPDC officials and the regulators, were unanimous that the incident being investigated was as a result of equipment failure.
17 He said that an operational mishap on Aug. 24 at Diebu Creek Flow Station, operated by SPDC, discharged a yet-to-be ascertained volume of crude into the environment.
18 Koma, who is the Peremabiri Community Development Committee Chairman, however, said that the JIV could not arrive at the quantity of spilled crude and so did not sign the JIV report.
19 “We have conducted the JIV, they accepted responsibility for the leak at the flow station and another one at nearby Well 6, both were due to equipment failure.
20 “We were unable to agree on the volume of spilled crude and so did not sign the report,” Koma said.
21 NewsSourceCredit: NAN