Etieama is an Ijaw community situated in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. It is about 35 minutes by speedboat from Ogbia town. The community is host to Nigeria Agip Oil Company(NAOC) oil facility. ERA’s field monitors visited the community on May 22, 2009 following the report of an oil spillage in the community. Community folks said Agip does not have a culture of maintaining their pipeline that has been laid in the community since 1972. Consequently, the community has experienced three incidents of oil spillage in 1995, 2000 and 2009. The spillage in 2000 resulted in the death of some vibrant youths of the community employed to assist with clamping of the rptured pipeline. The current spill is yet to be cleaned up.

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