Fishermen working round Atlantic Ocean close to Bayelsa shoreline on Sunday raised the alarm over an oil leakage suspected to be from the Funiwa oilfield operated by Chevron Nigeria (CNL).
The Fishermen primarily indigenes of Koluama in Southern Ijaw Native Authorities Space, reported that they observed crude on the water close to the oil facility whereas on their typical fishing enterprise.
Based on the account given to DAILY POST, by Mr. Tombra Ebitimi, a fisherman from the coastal settlement, “We observed the incident on Saturday night time and subsequently reported similar to the group management for correct investigation.
He additionally added that a number of helicopters have been deployed to the realm for evaluation as response efforts had been but to begin.
“A few of us who went on fishing sailed into the oil contaminated space close to the Funiwa oilfield and received our nets and fishing gear soaked with crude on Saturday, by right now we observed some helicopters flying over the ability.
“It might be that group leaders have knowledgeable the corporate however our concern is that they need to not apply poisonous chemical substances from the sky to dissolve the oil. These chemical substances used to disperse and break down crude is unfriendly to fish and marine life typically,” Ebitimi mentioned.
He mentioned that fishermen within the space had quickly suspended fishing to keep away from catching contaminated fish that would jeopardise public well being.
First Exploration and Manufacturing, an indegenous oil agency operates Oil Mining Leases 83 and 85 acquired from Chevron following its divestment from a few of its belongings within the space the place it nonetheless retains pursuits in some fields.
Officers of Chevron and First Exploration and Manufacturing are but to answer requests for feedback on the incident.
Bayelsa fishermen increase alarm over recent oil spill at Chevron’s oilfield