Fishermen Report Spill From Total Platform Nearing Akwa Ibom Coast

Bonga Oil spill
By SaharaReporters, New York

Peasant fishermen operating in the eastern Obollo flank of the Atlantic are reporting an oil slick believed to be from Total Exploration and Production, the Nigerian subsidiary of the French energy firm, Total Elf.

The spill is believed to have occurred at Odudu Platform owned by Total off the Atlantic coast in eastern Obollo, Akwa Ibom state.
 
The spill follows on the heels of a major destructive one from Shell’s Bonga deep sea oil field which polluted the Atlantic and threw thousands of local fishermen out of work without assistance from the government which favors oil profits for sustenance.
 
Calls into Sahara Reporters from the eastern Obollo coastal community in Akwa Ibom revealed that the leak was an operational accident which the crew concealed from the management of the oil company.
 
It was gathered from oil field workers that large volumes of oil frequently leak into the ocean, damaging marine life unbeknownst to the ill-equipped regulators.
 
“The spill did occur but I can tell you that Total will neither get the report nor will the regulators as such spills are usually hidden by the workers on duty for fear of losing their jobs when it is discovered that there was a spill during their shift.
 
“Since the regulators lack the means of monitoring what goes on in the oil fields there is no point reporting the incident to them, that is the practice across the oil industry in Nigeria,” a Sahara Reporters source said.
 
Fishermen from the community on Wednesday told Sahara Reporters that they sighted crude oil deposits on the waters while on a fishing expedition earlier in the week and that the oil deposits landed at the coastline today.
 
“The fishermen have been at the receiving end of environmental  atrocities committed by international oil companies operating in Nigeria where nobody cares for the environment.
 
“Last month it was Shell’s Bonga spillage, today it is Total and the government does not do anything to bring the oil companies to take responsibilities for the pollution they cause. The poor fishermen are left to suffer while things are swept under the carpet,” Joh Etim, a community leader said.
 
 National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) officials were ignorant of the spill incident when contacted for their response to the reported oil spill in Total’s Odudu crude oil platform.
 
The regulators are hampered by the fact that they depend on the oil companies to transport them in their aircrafts to the oil fields and they only oblige the regulator when they have cleaned up the oil deposits from the spill sites.

Comments
23 comment(s)
Post a comment

saad stop blaming niger deltans for the thieveries of the fulani

SAAD Ibrahim aka Wahala, in the USA where u reside, its fiscal federalism for the oil producing enclaves in the USA. Revenue is not 13% for the oil producing states in Alaska and 87% for Washington DC. The excuse that we do not qualify for resource control because we have governors in the Niger Delta, who waste away our resources does not make sense. There are MORE thieves in NONE OIL producing states of the federation, than the entire SS put together. That is why yr socalled occupty 9ja thing, will not work-we must split. How many oil spills do u have in the North. Do you know that we will never recover our rivers back to the level that they were before oil was discovered in the ND? All u are concerned with is for revenue from oil to flow into the sokoto of your people. But the after effect of oil exploration activities as it concerns the environment is none of yr busines-did dikko, dangote and the dantatas make their money from the supply of gravels to aso rock?

@Saad Ibrahim, stealing started in 9ja before oil was discovered

@SAAD Ibrahim aka Wahala, in the USA where u reside, its fiscal federalism for the oil producing enclaves in the USA. Revenue is not 13% for the oil producing states in Alaska and 87% for Washington DC. The excuse that we do not qualify for resource control because we have governors in the Niger Delta, who waste away our resources does not make sense. There are MORE thieves in NONE OIL producing states of the federation, than the entire SS put together. That is why yr socalled occupty 9ja thing, will not work-we must split. How many oil spills do u have in the North. Do you know that we will never recover our rivers back to the level that they were before oil was discovered in the ND? All u are concerned with is for revenue from oil to flow into the sokoto of your people. But the after effect of oil exploration activities as it concerns the environment is none of yr busines-did dikko, dangote and the dantatas make their money from the supply of gravels to aso rock?

Where is NLC and Occupy Nigeria?

Where is NLC, Tunde Bakare, and the so-called occupy Nigeria. This is why your protest was seen as partisan and sponsored by the Niger Delta. Peoples means of livelihood in the region is been destroyed yet no signed of PENGASSAN and NUPENG attempting to shut oil production. Who is fooling who?

ibrahim saad, You are right

ibrahim saad,
You are right to say that:
"IF A HAUSA/FULANI OR YORUBA IS PRESIDENT THE OUTRAGE WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE VEHEMENT."
This shows that Jonathan is not doing us any good here in SS/SE.

But don't say that: "IT DOES NOT MATTER IF IT IS 13% OR 100% THE POOR FARMERS AND FISHERMEN WILL STILL END UP WITHOUT COMPENSATION. SAME APPLIES IF THE SPILL WAS IN BAUCHI OR ONDO STATE." Give me back the N100 million Dumbo Jo paid to a few aggrieved Northerners recently. Give me back the unspecified amount of compensation/bribe money Obasanjo paid in Borno that cost the life of Alhaji Fugu. Since July 1967 millions of Igbos have been beheaded and wronged, where is our compensation for that?

@ Guy:You are a common Fool

You are a common fool by your reaction annonymous.The same Akwa Ibom people that u insulted here are the one producing part of the money stolen by your armed and pen robbers brothers.What is wrong in the writer calling for Nigerians to also occupy the oil spilled and polluted waters in Niger-Delta? Idiot like you.

It's sad that multi-nationals

It's sad that multi-nationals only care about their profits while they rob oil communities of their very livelihood. More painful that our government never really cares. Shame!!

Pls check your facts

There seems to be so much ignorance on the part of the person cooking & writing this report. Those knowledgeable in environmental matters will see a lot of distortion & disconnect in this report:
- pls show us the spill photos. The photo here is that of Bonga.
- pls mention name or names of those reporting this incident.
- can we get the community leader or leaders report on this?
- how far is the installation concerned from the concerned shore?
- where is the map of the area to help us verify
If you're truly professional, I would like to see you either answer these questions, investigate this allegation to conclusion and be humble enough to apologize to your reading public of error if this report is not substantiated.

Re: Occupy Naija Activist

Is it not the same Akwa Ibom people that said the protesters are wasting their time and that they support 'their son'...why dont dey call on "their son" now to help them. If they keep being sentimental and do not demand good governance from the governor and their president, then they will keep being treated bad by "their son".................keep quiet and expect the same people you oppose to fight for you...absolute no brainer

Guy, what are you talking

Guy, what are you talking about? of course there were killings in kano that people are currently reacting to and there are security issues in the country. Is it not the same Akwa Ibom people that said the protesters are wasting their time and that they support 'their son'...why dont dey call on "their son" now to help them. If they keep being sentimental and do not demand good governance from the governor and their president, then they will keep being treated bad by "their son".................keep quiet and expect the same people you oppose to fight for you...absolute no brainer

This is complete False Report

this is total nonsense. it seems sahara reporters is being paid by some people just to discredit legitimate endeavours in Nigeria. i work in this area and there's not been any spill in this area in recent times. pls show some decorum and professionalism in reporting if not u may loose any credibility u have.

Fisherman reports spill from Total Platform

The story of the fisherman is for government agency (NOSDRA) to confirm but definitely there is no Oil Spill from ODUDU platform. This is totally untrue.

I write again, there is no spill on ODUDU platform, we have a lot of Nigerians on this platform and believe me there is no SPILL from ODUDU Platform.

The story of TOTAL sacking employees for reporting Oil spill is totally false, infact it is failure to report that attracts serious sanction.

Leadership Deficit of GEJ

Even if GEJ is a dummy, he can still learn from Barack Obama from the handling of the gulf of Mexico oil spillage. Obama made frequent trips to the site of the spillage, held Bp accountable for their actions and made sure their top executive resign his position, cleaned up the environment and made Bp paid the appropriate compensation. Until our leaders learn to call the bluff of these multinationals, we'll remained a slave to their exploration.... God help niger delta environment

Exam Cram

I read whole article and understand what you want to say. And this causing pollution of our environment and it is unacceptable. We demand what accrued to America when the gulf of Mexico was polluted by BP. So think with seriously about it.

NOSDRA IS POORLY FUNDED-SHAME!!!

Saharareporters thanks for this report.At least you are not bias by pointing out to the whole World what the people of Akwa Ibom are passing through.This applicable in the whole of Niger Delta region. Why should NOSDRA wait to be airlifted by the pollutant (oil companies) to go to a spill area for clean-up when the same oil money are used by few Nigerians to purchase private air-crafts and high rise buildings in Europe and Dubai? Where are the NNPC officials who specialised in sharing oil proceeds and inflate subsidy money? Is this how we hope to keep Nigeria one? can someone answer me???

WHERE ARE THE OCCUPY NIGERIA ACTIVISTS??????

I was thinking more than 500 people would react to this report by now in solidarity with the people of Akwa Ibom whose only source of Livelihood has been degraded for so long in the spirit of "One Nigeria" as done recently on fuel subsidy.Where are the activists in Lagos, Kano,Kaduna, Ibadan, London, Netherland,UK etc? Where are the Lawyers, students, artists, statemen and Clergymen who claimed to have the spirit of one Nigeria and grows goose pimples whenever issues concerning "Nigeria Oil Money " is mentioned.Shame!!!! Now the Niger Delta people who bear the brunt of "Our One Nigeria oil money" are deserted, abandon, forsaken to their own peril-water pollution, land contamination, poverty and intimidation by the Nigerian Joint Task Force.This is their own benefit of the oil wealth.One Nigeriaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!

Occupy Nigeria: Nigerians where art thou????

I was thinking more than 500 people would react to this report by now in solidarity with the people of Akwa Ibom whose only source of Livelihood has been degraded for so long in the spirit of "One Nigeria" as done recently on fuel subsidy.Where are the activists in Lagos, Kano,Kaduna, Ibadan, London, Netherland,UK etc? Where are the Lawyers, students, artists, statemen and Clergymen who claimed to have the spirit of one Nigeria and grows goose pimples whenever issues concerning "Nigeria Oil Money " is mentioned.Shame!!!! Now the Niger Delta people who bear the brunt of "Our One Nigeria oil money" are deserted, abandon, forsaken to their own peril-water pollution, land contamination, poverty and intimidation by the Nigerian Joint Task Force.This is their own benefit of the oil wealth.One Nigeriaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!

Occupy Nigeria: Nigerians where art thou????

I was thinking more than 500 people would react to this report by now in solidarity with the people of Akwa Ibom whose only source of Livelihood has been degraded for so long in the spirit of "One Nigeria" as done recently on fuel subsidy.Where are the activists in Lagos, Kano,Kaduna, Ibadan, London, Netherland,UK etc? Where are the Lawyers, students, artists, statemen and Clergymen who claimed to have the spirit of one Nigeria and grows goose pimples whenever issues concerning "Nigeria Oil Money " is mentioned.Shame!!!! Now the Niger Delta people who bear the brunt of "Our One Nigeria oil money" are deserted, abandon, forsaken to their own peril-water pollution, land contamination, poverty and intimidation by the Nigerian Joint Task Force.This is their own benefit of the oil wealth.One Nigeriaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!

Oil spillz again?

The Goverment/Total Elf should please look into this one and try to create monitoring team to always check this field worker it wont cost them anything compare to thier returnz. Abeg make una also try arrange something for these fishermen! I know Total Elf wont dull

GOOD GOVERNANCE OR PERPETUAL SUFFERING

IF A HAUSA/FULANI OR YORUBA IS PRESIDENT THE OUTRAGE WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE VEHEMENT. WITH THE NATIONAL AND STATE TREASURIES AT THE DISPOSAL OF A NIGER/DELTAN INDIGENES THIS SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED. IT DOES NOT MATTER IF IT IS 13% OR 100% THE POOR FARMERS AND FISHERMEN WILL STILL END UP WITHOUT COMPENSATION. SAME APPLIES IF THE SPILL WAS IN BAUCHI OR ONDO STATE.

FOR THOSE WHO THINK A PART OF THE OIL REVENUE GOES TO DEVELOP THE NORTH THINK AGAIN. IT ONLY END UP IN THE SAME FOREIGN BANK ACCOUNTS THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE RULING CLASS FROM THE NIGER DELTA SAVE THEIR OWN LOOT.

Fisherman reports spill from Total Platform

I cannot confirm the story of the fisherman from this offshore location but definitely there is no Oil Spill from ODUDU platform. This is totally untrue.

There is no spill on ODUDU platform, this is where we are presently. Kindly disregard this information.

As usual, this is the type of

As usual, this is the type of dividends the people of that area get i.e. water pollution, air pollution, soil pollution, JTF army of occupation. The financial dividends migrate to Hausa Fulani Yorubas who occupy plush oil jobs, lucrative ministerial jobs, ambassadorial jobs and the best government contracts. For the benefactors nothing beats the idea of one united and indivisible Nigeria forever. The only hope for the exploited is that one day the people will realize that they have had it up to their keisters and finally pick up courage to fight for what belongs to them.

ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION

This is a pollution of our environment and it is unacceptable. We demand what accrued to America when the gulf of Mexico was polluted by BP. It would have been a good opportunity for our leaders to rise up and save our environment, unfortunately, their hands are dirty.

Nigerians let us draw awareness and demand justice to save our environment.

Enough is Enough!

HOW MANY UNREPORTED SPILLS

HOW MANY ECO-HAZARDS??

SAHARAREPORTERS KEEP IT UP!!!

JONATHANS GOVERNMENT IS THE SECOND WORST REGIME EVER!!!

Post a comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
Comments are limited to a maximum of 1000 characters.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <p> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.

More information about formatting options

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.