Community & Environment

NNPC, NOSDRA to collaborate on oil spill mitigation

Aug 15, 2019

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) have expressed their willingness to work closer aimed at mitigating the incidences of oil spill across the country. Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, made this known when he received the Director General of NOSDRA, Mr.…

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Nigerian host communities seek payment of N98bn gas flare penalty funds

Aug 14, 2019

Members of the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSCON) have declared as unacceptable the federal government’s continuous withholding of the N98 billion gas flare penalty money owed oil producing communities. THISDAY learnt that the money, which was allegedly paid by the IOCS to the Department of Petroleum Resources few years ago have…

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Lagos state to clampdown on oil theft, pipeline vandalism

Aug 5, 2019

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sought a fresh impetus into the fight against oil theft and pipeline vandalism nationwide.Consequently, he challenged security agencies to deal decisively with the economic crimes and their perpetrators.He said it was in line with this that Lagos was adopting a new security measure to tighten the noose on criminals engaging in…

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Trouble brews in OML 54 host communities over NDPR operations

Jul 30, 2019

Crisis may soon erupt in three communities in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State over the activities of the Niger Delta Petroleum Development Resources Limited (NDPR), operators of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 54. Groups within the communities: Ogbele, Obumeze and Oshigboko, are pitched against each other on allegations of wrong doing and sharp…

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UK Supreme Court to hear Nigerians’ oil spill case against Shell

Jul 25, 2019

The Supreme Court in London will hear an appeal by Nigerian farmers and fishermen to pursue claims in England against Shell over oil spills in the Niger Delta. Reuters reported that the decision to hear the appeal re-opens the possibility for British multinationals to be held liable at home for their subsidiaries’ actions abroad. It…

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170,000 local fishermen hopeful of victory in suit against Shell

Jul 17, 2019

About 170,000 fishermen from 350 communities in Delta, Bayelsa, Ondo states have expressed hope of victory in a case between it and oil giant, Shell that has been in court since 2011. Executive Director, Oil Spill Victims Vanguard, OSPIVV, Mr Harrison Jalla who briefed representatives of the various communities and the fishermen in Warri, Delta…

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NOSDRA to clamp down on oil marketers over pollution from August

Jul 17, 2019

Beginning from August, the Federal Government through the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency will start clamping down on oil marketers in the downstream petroleum subsector who flout environmental laws by polluting the environment where they operate. According to the government, the move will help address the rising cases of environmental pollution caused by…

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Navy destroys N8.4bn of illegal crude, petroleum products

Jul 16, 2019

About 131,085.06 barrels of crude oil and 29,612,202 litres of illegally refined products valued at about N8.4 billion have been destroyed by the Nigerian Navy (NN) between January and June 19, it was learnt. Also destroyed were 227 illegal refineries, 2,688 storage facilities and 364 wooden boats while 11 barges and 32 vessels were impounded.…

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UK Parliament holds session on oil spills in Bayelsa

Jul 15, 2019

The effort to internationalise the campaign against environmental injustice in Bayelsa State has caught the attention of the United Kingdom Parliament with the Africa All Parliamentary Group (AAPPG) holding a session to discuss the impact of oil spills in the state. The event was chaired by Chi Onwurah, a Member of Parliament and chair of…

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Oil, gas can tackle climate change – OPEC scribe

Jul 13, 2019

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), has stated that oil and gas remained part of key solutions in combating climate change. Mr Mohammad Barkindo, Secretary-General of the organisation, spoke in Vienna against the backdrop of mass mobilisation of civil society campaigns against the oil industry. “We believe that oil and gas are part…

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