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Location: Egbebiri, Biseni clan, Yenagoa Local Government Area, Bayelsa State.
GPS Coordinates: Elev: 2m, N05°15.876’, E006°32.836’
Date of Visit: 10th/12th February, 2014
Agip’s Idu oil Well 3 is located within Egbebiri community in Biseni clan, Yenagoa LGA of Bayelsa State. On the 19th of December 2013 ERA/FoEN visited this community in respect of a spill that was experienced two days earlier. The incident was reported as an equipment failure from the wellhead. While Agip is yet to take positive step to clean-up the environment impacted by the December 2013 spill, a fresh incident has occurred and spewing from the wellhead when ERA/FoEN visited at about 3:00pm on 10th February 2014. The current spill was said to have started as a small leak on Friday 7th February, 2014 and the attention of Agip was drawn to the situation by a surveillance guard. Though Agip visited the site to observe the spill, no further positive step was taken to stop or prevent the spill from increasing in volume.
Be wary of coal mining deal with Jindal, ERA/FoEN cautions Nigerian Govt
The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has cautioned the Federal Government from going ahead with a rumoured deal with Jindal Power and Steel India to revitalize coal mining in the country, describing the rumour, if true as “a bad omen” for communities already suffering environmental impacts of mining in Enugu and other states where coal is mined.
Media reports last week indicated that the Nigerian government may have tipped the Indian firm to tap the country’s coal vast mine deposits. ERA/FoEN aversion to the plan is predicated on news indicating that Jindal operations in other parts of Africa continue to impact communities.
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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.