Shell deny responsibility for fire outbreak at Bayelsa creek

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By Kenechukwu Obiajuru, Yenagoa

Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) has denied responsibility for a recent fire from a stockpile of crude oil in two communities in Ogbia, Bayelsa state.

SPDC’s media relations manager, Mr Bamidele Odugbesan, who made the disclosure in Yenagoa, said the company had no knowledge of the fire outbreak on Kolo Creek at Emeyal 1 and 2 communities.

The fire ignited by unknown persons on layers of crude on the Kolo Creek waters burnt for several hours on August 18 which compelled residents to flee the area.

Odugbesan said that the incident had no link with the operations of the oil firm. “There is no such incident in our facility. However, SPDC will continue to undertake initiatives to prevent and minimise spills caused by oil theft and sabotage of its facilities in the Niger Delta,” Odugbesan said.

Mr Jasmin Okar, a resident of Kolo, said that efforts by residents to put out the fire were frustrated by the swampy terrain which prevented from intervening. He said that members of the community watched helplessly as the crude burnt out on the surface of the waters.

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