Niger Delta Communities Threaten To Block Crude Pipelines Over Spills
Niger Delta communities affected by a crude oil pipeline spill in their community have threatened to block access to a pipeline.
The communities in a statement demanded that the NNPC provides a cleanup and compensation within one week.
Spills from blown-up or faulty pipelines have triggered an insurgency in the Niger Delta region.
Recently, militant groups resumed bombing of oil facilities in a fight for a greater share of oil revenues and a cleaner environment.
A group of Niger-Delta communities in a statement on Sunday disclosed that a pipeline operated by NNPC that runs from Escravos to the Warri refinery has been leaking crude.
The pipeline has been leaking since it broke on Aug. 17 in Delta state.
Niger Delta Communities Issue 7-Day Ultimatum To NNPC
Traditional rulers of the Gbaramatu Kingdom disclosed that they have given the NNPC seven days to clean up the impacted communities, provide relief materials.
They also demanded that the NNPC pay adequate and fair compensation to the communities and people.
According to the statement, if their demands are not met in seven days, they “would have no other option than to shut down the Escravos to Warri trunk line.”
The communities accused NNPC of failing to repair the pipeline despite repeated warnings of a massive spill.
At the moment, no comment has been released by the NNPC in relation to the threat.
According to Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Nigeria’s oil production has fallen by 1.8 million barrels per day from 2.2 million barrels per day at the start 2016 due to attacks by militants.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources made the disclosure last week.
President Muhammadu Buhari is due to meet Niger Delta leaders and representatives of militant groups this week in Abuja.