Tuesday, 07 December 2021 21:06

Bayelsa Senator calls for revocation of operational license of AITEO over oil spill in Nembe

Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District has decried the environmental and water shoreline catastrophe in Nembe community caused by crude oil and gas blowout spill at Santa Barbara well 1, OML 29 operated by AITEO Eastern Exploration and Production Company Limited.

In a sponsored motion on Tuesday, the Bayelsa lawmaker urged the Senate to revoke the operational license of AITEO to serve as a deterrent to other careless oil companies.

He also asked the senate to adopt the motion calling for an urgent need to stop the continuous oil spill in the Bayelsa community.

He argued that the revocation would restore sanity in the oil and gas sector as well as instil discipline in the operators.

He explained that there has been continuous oil and gas spills at the site and that the operating company, AITEO could not stop for over one month, thereby wasting over 2 million barrels of hydrocarbon and gas.

Senator Degi-Eremienyo expressed disappointment at what he says is apparent technical incompetence in handling the incident on the part of AITEO Eastern Exploration and Production Company Limited.

He said the degree of the incompetence of the operating company was sufficient for it to be sanctioned, saying that their operational licence should be revoked by the regulatory authority.

“Notes with deep concern the threat that this incident poses to the health of the people of the host communities as the air and water have been contaminated, and also the possibility of a fire outbreak from the oil well if this wanton release of oil and methane gas continues unstopped;

“Notes with concern the continuous gushing and spewing of oil and gas into the waterways and mangrove vegetation of Opu Nembe area of Bayelsa State from a long-sealed, nonproducing but unattended oil well 1, Santa Barbara OML 29 belonging to AITEO Eastern Exploration and Production Company Limited.

According to him, the same oil well had in the past years spilt extensively and the current incident was as a result of maximum pressure from piled up gas in the well.

After deliberations, Senate unanimously adopted the prayers, urging AITEO Eastern Exploration and Production Company Nigeria Limited to urgently seek, explore and deploy relevant highest level of expertise and technology to stop the spill and prevent the continuous damage to the environment and restore the life support system of the people.

[DailyPost]

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