Reps investigate incessant Agip oil spillage in Bayelsa
The House of Representatives, yesterday, mandated its committees to unravel the cause of the continued spillage from a facility of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company that led to the destruction of farmlands of a Bayelsa community.
The committees of environment and that of oil and gas (upstream) were asked to investigate the cause of the spillage and report to the House.
The House also tasked Agip Company to replace its faulty pipelines which were making it easier for vandals to attack the pipelines.
The committees are to also come up with recommendation that would compel the company abide by all laws guiding its operations in the country.
The position of the House followed the adoption of a motion by Rep Stella Dorgu (PDP, Bayelsa), who argued that the spillage has resulted to “the loss of farmlands, polluted water sources,” and displaced a lot of indigenes.
She said: “Rivers and farmlands in Ikarama community have been devastated by oil spill. Economic trees, crops and aquatic lives have been lost. Health has been jeopardized. The financial, environmental, social and health toll cannot be quantified.”
The lawmakers, therefore, resolved that the communities affected by oil spillages be “timely and adequately compensated based on Total Economic Value (TEV) and in line with international best practices.”
Based on the existing law as well as internal practice, said the House, there ought to be a comprehensive cleaning of the environment.