Oil pollution: Communities demand compensation

Oil pollution: Communities demand compensation

From Fasusi Martins, Okitipupa
Following the devastating effects of oil pollution believed to have been caused by the operation of Chevron Nigeria Limited(CNL),  six Arogbo Ijaw Communities in Ese Odo Local Government Area of  the state are now demanding adequate compensation and urgent provision of medical aids and relief materials to the affected areas.

The communities Opuba, Akpata, Bolouwa, Tamarabode, Zion and Isuokpo equally called on the state government to urgently compel CNL to do the needful before the problem escalates into crisis.

According to a statement signed by the leader of the communities, Mr. Austin Ozobo, since a fire outbreak occurred at the flow station belonging to CNL,  air and water within the communities have been polluted with contaminated and acidic substances resulting in sickness and death among children, youths and elders.

“The  fire polluted the air and contaminated the rain water in the communities with  chemicals and other acidic substances.”

Ozobo added that the pollution also resulted in the contamination of the river and water which led to the death of the aquatic animals which is the major source of the peoples livelihood.

He threatened that the communities would not hesitate to shut down the operation of Chevron flow station if their demands are not met  within the stipulated time.

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