Pipeline Ruptures in Niger Delta

A Shell pipeline has ruptured in the Niger Delta. The resulting oil slick has affected five communities. Godfrey Odigie, the Shell official in charge of the emergency response in the company's western division in the Niger Delta, said an estimated 300 barrels of crude oil have so far spilled from the pipeline delivering oil from its Batan facility to the Forcados export terminal on the Atlantic coast. Affected communities include Batan, Diebiri, Ajuju, Ewerigbene and Kumusi. All facilities delivering crude oil to the affected pipeline have been shut in. Booms have also been put in place in the affected rivers and creeks to contain the spread of the spill.

A joint investigation team including Shell officials, representatives of the Nigeria's Department of Petroleum Resources, the Delta State Environment Protection Agency, Federal Ministry of Environment and the police have been set up to find out the cause of the spill.