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NOSDRA assesses impact of oil spill in Ibeno

16 November 2012, 16:04

Akwa Ibom - National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) on Friday said the environmental impact assessment of the Nov. 9, spill from the Qua Iboe oil fields, near Ibeno, Akwa Ibom was ongoing.

Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN), operator of the Qua Iboe oil fields, had reported that a spill from its offshore facilities discharged some 200 barrels into the Atlantic Ocean.

The spill, which occurred at the company’s offshore platforms, reportedly sipped into the Atlantic coastline on Nov. 11.

Mr Irvin Obot, Zonal Director, NOSDRA, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that the agency was conducting the exercise with officials of the oil firm, community representatives and other stakeholders.

``The joint inspection and investigation exercise is in progress, we are visiting and inspecting the coastline to ascertain the level of impact on the shoreline, so far, we have finished with Ibeno.

``We are still going to visit Esit Eket, Ikot Abasi, Eastern Obollo and Mbo to verify reports that the spill had stretched to those places,” Obot said.

Obot further said that the inspection and investigation would ascertain the actual quantity of crude discharged in the spill.

NAN learnt that more than 500 oil spill response workers were deployed to clean up the  spill site.



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