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Article

4 Apr 2013

Author:
Sweetcrude [Nigeria/UK]

Agip accused of negligence over pipeline leaks [Nigeria]

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Agip (part of Eni) to respond. Eni's response is provided below]. The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth...has accused Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC, of negligence in its operations with reference to the increasing rate of leakages from its pipeline on the Taylor Creek area of Ikarama community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State...“The recent spillages are disturbing as the incidents lead to further degradation of the environment and may even point to the existence of conflict. Due to constant oil spills, this community had recorded more deaths and sicknesses than any other community in Okordia clan, because sometimes, we inhaled the pollutants. Apart from that, the burning of oil spill impacted sites is another problem. When spills occur rather than them coming to clean up the impacted environment, they prefer to set such sites ablaze,” [a] report [by NGO field monitors] said. [Also refers to Shell]