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Firm advocates use of gas flare, oil pollution fines to compensate victims

Iniruo Wills

The law firm of Ntephe, Smith and Wills (NSW) has called for channeling of gas flare and oil pollution fines to ameliorate adverse effects of oil and gas production on host communities. Mr. Iniruo Wills It advocated a reform that would prioritise giving adequate compensations to the victims of oil and gas exploration-related pollution as a condition for collecting fines ...

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Bayelsa urges govt to correct oil industry mistakes

Douye Diri

The Bayelsa State Government has cautioned the Federal Government and other critical stakeholders in the oil and gas industry against repeating the mistakes that are depriving host communities of their benefits. Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, stated this while declaring open the technical session of the 5th National Council on Hydrocarbons in Yenagoa, the state ...

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Bayelsa pledges to tackle flooding, other environmental challenges

Douye Diri

The Bayelsa State Government has expressed readiness to tackle perennial flooding, oil pollution and other environmental problems in the state. Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Iselema Gbaranbiri, made the assertion in an interview in Yenagoa, the state capital, on Thursday, October 1, 2020. Gbaranbiri said he embarked on tour of communities shortly after assumption of ...

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A people, blessed and cursed by oil

Oil spill pollution

Nigeria has the second largest oil reserve in Africa and is the 12th largest producer of oil, Worldwide. About two million barrels of oil was extracted from the Niger Delta daily as far back as the 1970s. It was estimated that around 38 million barrels of crude oil still resides under the water. A water body in the Niger Delta ...

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Mixed reactions greet NOSDRA’s plan to extend mandate to downstream


Some environmentalists in the Niger Delta region in Nigeria on Thursday, June 11, 2020 expressed mixed reactions on the announcement by National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) to extend its regulatory mandate to the downstream sector. A petrol filling station: NOSDRA is extending its regulatory mandate to the downstream sector Mr Idris Musa, the NOSDRA Director-General, had said ...

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We’re focusing on downstream sector to curb pollution, says NOSDRA

Idris Musa

The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) says it is actively focusing on the downstream sector to ensure compliance with environmental legislation to prevent increase in cases of pollution. Idris Musa, Director-General of NOSDRA Mr Idris Musa, the Director-General (DG) of NOSDRA, who made the discosure in Abuja on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, said the agency is responsible ...

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NOSDRA is investigating cause of fire at OML 95, says D-G

OML 95

The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) on Monday, May 18, 2020 said that the ongoing fire at Ororo oilfield at Oil Mining Lease (OML) 95 is being investigated. The OML 95 on fire Mr Musa Idris, Director-General of NOSDRA, in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), confirmed that the fire outbreak started at ...

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Oil spill and threat to fisher folks’ survival

Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), at the FishNet Community Dialogue at Makoko in Lagos on Monday, July 24, 2017, says it is time to keep offshore oil untapped in order to curb pollution and save the source of livelihood of fisher folks There must be a time when we sit back to reflect on the things we take ...

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Civil society groups call for immediate clean-up of Ogoniland


The Environmental Rights Action, Amnesty International, and Friends of the Earth Europe on Friday, June 2, 2017 called for the immediate clean-up of Ogoniland in Nigeria, as it was stated should happen by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). One year on from when the implementation of UNEPs report on Ogoniland was officially supposed to begin, the communities of the Niger ...

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UNEP optimistic over Ogoniland clean-up

Erik Solheim

A clean environment is on the horizon for the people of Ogoniland as government, communities and oil industry commit to implementing UN Environment report recommendations On the fifth anniversary of the launch of UN Environment’s Ogoniland Assessment, the UN expressed optimism over recent developments towards an environmental clean-up. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) boss Erik Solheim said, “I am impressed by ...

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