Burutu oil spill: Reps slam SPDC, urge clean-up
The House of Representatives yesterday slammed Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) over its lukewarm approach in tackling the recent oil spillage that affected communities in Burutu, Delta State.
This was as the House urged SPDC to immediately commence the clean-up of the affected areas, whereas the Ecological Fund and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) are to provide relief materials to the affected communities.
Leading a debate on the motion: “Recent Crude Oil Spillage in Communities of Burutu Federal Constituency,” Mr Julius Pondi (PDP, Delta) and Tajudeen Obasa (PDP, Lagos), noted that the massive oil spillage in Odimodi Community of Burutu LGA in Delta State had wrecked havoc on the people and the environment.
Pondi said: “The spillage occurred on April 24, 2018 at four different spots on the 24inch Trans-Ramos Crude Oil Pipeline owned and operated by SPDC.”
“At the time of the spillage, SPDC has not demonstrated any commitment to a remediation to the plight of the people and environment of the devastated communities,” he added.
The House mandated its Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness to ensure that its directives were complied with.