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This is about the fourth month since field monitors of ERA/FoEN visited Kalaba community and environs in connection with fresh oil spill incidents. The last time ERA/FoEN visited was in September 2014. More than one spill occurred within that month. Since then there has been no reported case of oil spill within the environment until 12th January, 2015 when information reached us from community leadership of a fresh spill. The spill point was said to emitting gas and, oil was yet to spew from the point of rupture. ERA/FoEN promptly informed some top management staff of Agip and urged the company to take advantage of the scenario [then] and promptly mobilize to site for clamping before more harm was done. Though Agip responded that the information was earlier received, it was surprising to observe that the company failed to take any positive remedial action until the spill point increased and crude oil spewed into the environment.
Anticipating Agip had taken action, when ERA/FoEN field monitors arrived at the spill point two weeks after following a save our souls from the community, the team was astonished that this was the same spill that it had urged Agip to attend to more than two weeks earlier. This report gives a brief of what we met at the spill site and heard from community folks.
The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has raised the alarm following reports that Shell may be attempting to thwart the recommended cleanup of Ogoniland through a deal with a local company called Belema Oil. Shell is said to have sold its oil blocks in Ogoniland to Belema oil, and drilling is set to commence as the company has reached agreement with some community chiefs who are being used to collate signatures endorsing the sale of the oil in Ogoniland.
Some top Shell officials are believed to have strong links with the company. Community sources also revealed that that some Ogoni community leaders were recently flown to Lagos to hold secret meetings on the oil block sale and may have been compromised after which they received documents with which to collect signatures from the Ogoni people as consent to the sale of Ogoni Oil.
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The theme of the World Environment Day 2013 is “Think. Eat. Save”. Each word is loaded and stands alone, separated by unambiguous periods. That should get us thinking indeed. Many people in the world do not really think before eating. They are more preoccupied by the nagging question of where the next meal would come from. There are also a number of persons whose questions pertain to what to eat out of the myriad of choices on their sumptuous dining tables. And, of course, there are people to whom saving food is not a problem while to yet others there is simply no choice in doing that. There are others who wish to save but cannot do so either due to a lack of means to do so, or for the reason of current insufficiencies.
There is a lot of food for thought in just considering the theme.