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 spill was fallout of activities of oil thieves which left a hacksaw cut on the 14 inch crude oil pipeline. Public Relations Officer of Ikarama Community Development Committee, Mr Washington Odoyibo, told newsmen yesterday that the leakage had been clamped.
He said the spill had taken a negative toll on the farming and fishing vocations of Ikarama community. The cause of the spill was traced to sabotage by unknown persons. It impacted an area of 6400 square metres which stretched beyond the oil firm’s right of way into the adjoining land near the spill site while 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.
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