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Mar 6, 2015

04:22:51 GMT--Environment Pollution - Africa - Nigeria

EDIS Number: ED-20150306-47219-NGA

Date / time: 06/03/2015 04:17:11 [UTC]

Event: Environment Pollution

Area: Africa

Country: Nigeria

State/County: Delta and River States

Location: [Bayelsa Facility]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Heavy


Multinational oil and gas giant Shell on Thursday confirmed an oil spill from its facility in Bayelsa, a state in southern Nigeria in the core Niger Delta region, and the facility's subsequent closure. "A spill was detected from an underwater flow line riser at the Seibou 2 Wellhead on Jan. 23," Shell spokesman Joseph Obari said in a statement. "The well was closed-in about 15 hours later, once it was safe to do so, and the impacted area boomed off to prevent further spread of the spill," he added. The confirmation comes two days after youths from the affected communities staged a peaceful demonstration against the leak, lamenting its impact on the local environment, especially the Ogboinbiri River. They accused the oil giant of negligence and threatened to disrupt its operations in the volatile region. Shell said an investigation had been launched to determine the cause of leak. Oil spills are common to the Niger Delta region and occasionally lead to confrontations between affected communities and multinational energy firms. In January, Shell agreed to pay $83.5 million in compensation for two major oil spills in Bodo, a Niger Delta community as far back as 2008. The payouts followed years of legal tango between the oil giant and the local community. The oil firm remains barred in Ogoni community in the southern Nigeria River state following disputes arising from devastating spills in the area.

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