Oil Spill Detected near Exxon Operations in Nigeria

Oil Spill Detected near Exxon Operations in Nigeria

EKET, Nigeria - An oil spill has been detected along the coast of southern Nigeria near operations for U.S. giant Exxon Mobil Corp., the company said Monday, but the cause and size of the leak remained unclear.

Exxon local subsidiary Mobil Producing Nigeria confirmed that oil had been found along the shoreline of Akwa Ibom state in southern Nigeria, with residents also reporting seeing oil deposits along the coast.

A statement said the company "confirms that oiling from an unknown source has been sighted along the shoreline near Ibeno, Akwa Ibom state."

An emergency response team has been sent to the shoreline and a sample has been collected "to determine its source, which remains unknown," the statement said. Government agencies have been notified, it added.

A regional director of the state-run National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, Irvin Obot, confirmed the spill. He said his agency couldn't yet estimate the quantity.

"Investigations are already under way to determine the source and cause of the spill," Mr. Obot said.

Community residents and fishermen reported sighting oil along the Atlantic coastline in Ibeno, an oil community where Exxon has facilities. Exxon also has offshore operations in the area.

The village head of Ibeno's Atia community, Obong Ukott Esenem, said fishermen noticed the spill.

"Our community has witnessed another oil spill which has taken its negative toll on the environment," he said.

Nigeria is Africa's largest oil producer.

Copyright (c) 2012 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.


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Paddy Okon Eshiet | Oct. 27, 2012
The issue of Oil Spill in Ibeno Communities is no longer a new thing among the inhabitant of this Area. As frequent occurrences is the order of the day, but the denials by the only oil giant (ExxonMobil) is an issues to ponder upon; ExxonMobil and who is exploiting in the coast of Ibeno Local Government? It is always a thing of fight before the dubious highly placed workers of this company will admit the spillage. Even upon that, little or no effort at all has been given to clean up the spillage, living the inhabitant who are mostly fishermen to suffer the effect as even relieve materials has not for one time of occurrences been given to this people either by the Oil Giant or by the Government. The massive unemployed youth of Ibeno when there is a spillage, always hope to be involved in the action of clean up exercise. But their effort is always abortive because The Oil Giant are inhuman to their plight. For example, only forty (40) employment was given to the people in a spillage that covered the whole coastline of Ibeno. One is tempted to ask, is this fair enough? if the people are not employed in the company why cant they be carried along during clean up exercise that last at most two weeks(i.e, 14day)? Lets be realistic, ExxonMobil believe in Four Cashment Areas namely: Eket, Esit Eket, Ibeno, Onna. Every one of this local Government is duly represented in ExxonMobil Public Affairs department but exception of Ibeno. Why is Ibeno people treated as total outcast in their own land were this Oil Giant is operating in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria? Ibeno are known to be very peaceful area, but time has come for us to be a tyrant, a force to reckon with.

Dwight | Aug. 17, 2012
Praying it will get taken care of speedily......

Essien Samuel Moses | Aug. 15, 2012
The government should intervain and make sure it is done according the international oil spills law. we all know the amount of desarster an oil spill can cause and how dengerious it is to our enviroment and the human being, we should be able to replicate in africa what happens in the western world when ever something of this nature take place.

alfred ekpenyong | Aug. 14, 2012
Oil spill in the community causes a lot of danger which government and the operational company work on. Again, thing happen whereby is not concern the operational either government. I area of employment most in important this should be subject view point. We lack job and things are spoiling again at least that what we used to live on but now no way. I urgent government and operational company Exxon mobile to do something about it.

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