An oil spill from Rumuekpe crude delivery line has discharged volumes of crude into the environment at Ikarama community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the spill was fallout of activities of oil thieves which left a hacksaw cut on the 14 inch crude oil pipeline.
The Public Relations Officer of Ikarama Community Development Committee, Mr Washington Odoyibo, told newsmen on Thursday that the leakage had been clamped.
He said the spill had taken a negative toll on the farming and fishing vocations of Ikarama community.
However, a Joint Investigation Visit Report obtained by NAN in Yenagoa stated that the cause of the spill was traced to sabotage by unknown persons.
The report stated that the spill impacted an area of 6400 square meters which stretched beyond the oil firm’s right of way into the adjoining land near the spill site.
It said that some 482 barrels of Shell’s Bonny Medium crude stream was discharged into the environment while 15 per cent of the volume might have evaporated.
We learnt that the representatives of National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), host communities, Bayelsa Ministry of Environment, Department of Petroleum Resources, signed the report.
The report further stated that Shell commenced the recovery of spilled oil on Nov.12, 2013 while clean up of the site would be completed in April 2014.