NOSDRA Confirms Nigeria Oil Spill

The Director, National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Mr. Idris Musa, has confirmed the receipt of a report of the Nigeria oil spill from the facility of Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN), a subsidiary of the American oil giant, ExxonMobil.

Musa, who is in charge of oil spills in NOSDRA said: “We received a report from Mobil that there was a spill at their field and we have dispatched our officers from our Uyo office to the Nigeria oil spill site to access the impact.

“They are estimating that the spilled volume is between 50 and 100 barrels but that is a mere estimate because the investigation would determine precisely the quantity of oil discharged into the environment,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, Mobil has moblised a team of responders to commence the clean up of the areas affected by the Nigeria oil spill.

In a statement by the General Manager, Public and Government Affairs of MPN, Mr. Paul Arinze, the oil giant expressed regrets over the incident.

“Our teams are being mobilised to clean up the area. We apologise for the inconveniences that it has caused”, the statement quoted the managing director, Mark Ward, to have said.

The company said the cleanup activities are being coordinated with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Environment and local community leaders.

It said dispersants and boom are being deployed as approved by the regulatory authorities, adding that more than 100 personnel would be involved in the Nigeria oil spill clean up exercise…

BY CHIKA AMANZE-NWACHUKU AND OKON BASSEY
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