Bayelsa raises concern over oil pollution

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Yenagoa- Bayelsa Government on Sunday decried incessant pollution its communities due to exploitation and gas in state by multinational .

The government warned any company which operations resulted in the pollution the would be made to face the consequences in line with the law.

The state’ Commissioner for , Mr Inuro Wills, made the warning in an interview with News Agency Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa.

He spoke to NAN shortly after he visited the Kolo Creek fields where a leak in the pipeline discharged crude into the farmlands and vegetation.

He said the pipeline leak at the Kolo Creek manifold in Otuasega, Ogbia Local Government Area of the state, had contaminated the .

The commissioner said the oil facility belonged to Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC).

He said that the state government had taken steps to ensure that the oil firm promptly cleaned the impacted area.

Wills said: “We will carefully consider what to do next whatever the cause of the spill be, whether it is as a result of sabotage or equipment failure.

“There has to be consequences even if it is caused by sabotage because, clearly, there is a pattern of occurrence.

“Almost on a daily basis, there is one oil spill or the in Bayelsa.

The commissioner maintained that government and the people of the state would no longer tolerate incessant pollution of their environment.

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According to him, oil firms in the state carried out their operations in the state without being sensitive to the environment.

“The pollution at the Kolo Creek oil field is yet another demonstration of how oil and gas production is done in Nigeria, especially in the Niger Delta .

“The activities of the oil threaten our environment; they put the health of our people in danger and destabilise the economy of the ,’’ he added.

He criticised the Joint Investigation Visit (JIV), a currently adopted by oil and stake holders in accessing oil spills, insisting that the procedure had outlived its usefulness.

The commissioner said that the state had begun an overhaul of JIV to enable the participation of more stakeholders and make it more transparent.(NAN)