Monday, February 27, 2012

Chevron Gas Rig Explosion - Oil Wealth of Trouble in Bayelsa Community

Leadership (Abuja)
26 February 2012

The Chevron Oil company has incurred the wrath of its host communities ,the people of the Koluama 1 and 2 of Southern Ijaw Local Council, the neighboring Brass Communities and the Nembe neighbors in Bayelsa State.

The oil giant has been accused of abandoning its host communities in their time of need following the devastating pollution of rivers, waters and stop to livelihood following the January explosion from a Gas Rig.

The event of the 16th of January, in which fire broke out aboard the shallow-water jack-up drilling rig KS Endeavor. Contracted by Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) and operated by FODE Drilling Nigeria Limited. The rig was drilling a natural gas exploration well approximately six miles (10 km) off the coast of Nigeria and in roughly 40 feet (12 m) of water.

While the State Government led by the new Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has visited the community and insisted that the oil company must pay for the relocation, supply of Relief materials and compensation to the people, the community has insisted that the company may not be allowed to operate in the area if the raging inferno from the rig is not put off,the mysterious pollutant in the waters are not cleared and the right compensation paid to the people.

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