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Shell Okordia Manifold Spill reaches Kalaba, threatens Taylor creek

Location: Ikarama and Kalaba communities in Okordia clan of Yenagoa local government area, Bayelsa State.
GPS Coordinates of Okordia Manifold in Ikarama: Elev: -43m N 05°09.291’ E 006°27.131’
GPS Coordinates of Owu-owu swamp in Kalaba: Elev: -35m N 05°08.931’ E 006°26.664’
Occupation: Farming and fisher folks.
Date of Visit:  June 28, 2016. (Saturday)

Manifolds are designed to receive crude oil from several sources and redirect same to other facilities of interest therefore it transports massive amount of crude oil.As a result such facility should be properly protected to prevent sabotage since such incidents would cause massive crude oil spill that would be a great environmental havoc.
ERA/FoEN’s did a report about a crude oil spill that occurred on the 11th of June, 2014 at the Okordia Manifold owned by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC)situated in Ikarama community.The crude oil spill which was confirmed by community folks as sabotage happened when a surveillance officer left his duty post to obtain some drugs for his ailing health. Upon his return it was learnt that someone had removed a valve inside the manifold to cause the leakage. It is strongly believed by the community that the incident is connected to a disagreement about who will keep the security contract of the manifold.Crude oil which was seen spraying heavily like a fountain for three days before Shell’s technical team replaced the valve removed by vandals to stop the leakage in Ikarama has now spread to Kabala – a neighboring community. Fishermen from Kalaba reportedly noticed thick crude oil slick in their Owu-owu swamp on the 15th of June, 2014 that was traced to Ikarama. The crude oil slick in Kalaba is now threatening to enter the Taylor creek.

ERA/FoEN field monitors visited Kalaba to ascertain the extent of damage and returned to the source (Ikarama) to see if further action has been taken by the company to contain the spread,perform clean –up or possibly commence remediation. During the latest visit,it was observed that although crude oil has visibly stopped flowing out of the manifold, Shellis yet to apply booms to restrain the spread both in Ikarama and Kalaba.


Press Release

Respond to Shell allegation of non-release of Ogoni remediation funds, ERA/FoEN tells FG

The disclosure by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) that the Nigerian government was frustrating the release of funds for the implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Assessment on Ogoniland has come as a rude shock and the Ogoni people demand an answer, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has said.

Augustine Igbuku, the Ogoni Restoration Project Manager for SPDC told the House of Representatives Committee on Environment that Shell was willing to contribute to the $1 billion Ogoni Restoration Fund but was being frustrated by the lack of government structure and a legal framework for the Hydrocarbon Restoration Project (HYPREP), the ad hoc intervention agency set up by the same government.

The Shell official also identified lack of work plan by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources for the proposed cleanup and the utilization of the funds as part of the delay.
But in a press release issued in Lagos, ERA/FoEN said, “we find the Nigerian government’s laid-back attitude to the remediation exercise very sad and bewildering because while Shell tries to absolve itself from the current impasse it actually benefits from the Nigerian government inaction while the Ogoni environment and people suffer”.



  • A Joint Statement issued to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, UNHRC

    Wednesday, 25th June 2014

    This document was submitted to UNHRC in an attempt to seek a redress to the environmental Challenges befalling the people of the Niger Delta and to seek the help of the commission to help bring to book the main culprit transnational company, Shell since international and local advocacy as well as national regulatory agencies have not been able to compel Shell to change and respect human rights in the Niger delta, the regulatory agencies, national governments and the laws of the land.

    This level of impunity demonstrates the dire need for an international mechanism to hold companies to account uniformly rather than allowing for voluntary company mechanisms that are not legally binding.

    Read the Full Statement here

  • Volveremos! - Stand with us or step aside

    Monday, 9th June 2014

    Over the weekend at the Ongoing Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany
    Dr Godwin Ojo, Executive Diretor ERA/FOEN from Nigeria and together with Shenna Sanchez originally from the Philippines  - spoke on behalf of social movements, youth groups, women’s organisations, trade unions, indigenous groups, citizens networks and NGOs - from every corner of the world.

    The Statement presented is here below.

    Thank you Chair for the opportunity to deliver this joint intervention on behalf of the ENGO constituency and the youth constituency.

    Collectively we represent millions if not hundreds of millions of global citizens.

    This morning's action called for an energy transformation towards people's and community energy - a transformation that delivers renewable and clean energy for those with energy, the billions without access to energy as well as generating millions of new green jobs.

    We had hoped to leave a small windmill for each delegation as a gift and a visual example of our demands. Please take one from the stand outside. If you find you can’t get your hand on one - do please check our website or it's also on the small yellow windmills on your desks.

  • “International Anti-Chevron Day”

    Wednesday, 14th May 2014

    “International Anti-Chevron Day”   
    May 21 has been set aside as “International Anti-Chevron Day", to be marked worldwide particularly in Nigeria, Ecuador, Argentina, Romania and the United States where Chevron’s operations have inflicted pain on locals, even as the company evades liability.

    In Nigeria’s Niger Delta Chevron operations has devastated farmlands, forests and water bodies and resulting in human rights violations. On the 16th of January 2012 several massive explosions occurred at the Apoi North Gas wellhead belonging to Chevron. Pollutants and other toxic chemicals from the rig which is located at about 120 nautical miles off the Atlantic ocean bordering several communities led to massive environmental degradation and dislocation of communities. It resulted in the death and destruction of fishes and other aquatic life and ruined the local livelihoods of the typical fishing communities of Koluama 1 and 2, Ekeni, Ezetu, Foropa and Ekebiri in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Others are Fish town and around Akassa in Brass LGA and several other coastal communities. Chevron's oil extraction activities in the Niger delta communities is leading to environmental degradation and pollution of rivers and farmlands from frequent oil spills and gas flaring and resulting in the destruction of farming and fishing livelihood sources.

  • ERA/CISLAC Name Recipients of Inaugural Tobacco Control Journalism Fellowship

    Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC) and Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) have announced the names of six successful journalists in the inaugural Tobacco Control Investigative Journalism Fellowship funded by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK).

    The Fellowship grant is part of CTFK’s efforts to build the capacity of the Nigerian media to report tobacco control from an informed perspective and stimulate policies and actions to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll. The Fellowship is also aimed at building and improving the public’s awareness on tobacco control and its related issues.

    In a statement issued jointly in Lagos, the two groups said that entries from the successful journalists were picked after a rigorous screening process by a panel of veteran journalists.

  • Stalled Bodo Compensation Talks Exposed Shell’s Insincerity, says ERA/FoEN

    Monday, 16th September 2013

    Stalled Bodo Compensation Talks Exposed Shell’s Insincerity, says ERA/FoEN

    The mired settlement talks between the Bodo community and Shell over the latter’s pollution of their environment in 2008 has vindicated community folks and environmental groups that expressed skepticism about Shell’s genuineness from the beginning when it was announced that the talks will hold behind closed doors, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has said.  
    ERA/FoEN position is premised on the outright rejection of an offer of $50 million (about N7. 5 billion) compensation offered by Shell after week-long talks, which Leigh Day, the legal firm representing 15,000 affected Bodo community folks described as “delusory and an insult”. The community folks insist Shell must pay $200 million.


Oil Politics

Oil Politics is a weekly newspaper column ( in which Nnimmo Bassey rigorously examines issues relating to the extractive industries as well as other pressing socio-economic issues through the filter of justice.

What is on that Plate?

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.


Photo Speak

ERA has recently received information that a group calling itself the "Niger Delta Coalition in the Diaspora" is still engaging itself in activities and communications giving the impression that it is linked with Environmental Rights Action (ERA).

This group issues out communications using ERA's headquarter address and mail box. We have never had any ties with this group and any views, comments or opinions expressed by them is not endorsed or authorized by any member of management or staff of ERA.

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