Fishermen working round Atlantic Ocean close to Bayelsa shoreline on Sunday raised the alarm over an oil leakage suspected to be from the Funiwa oilfield operated by Chevron Nigeria (CNL).
The Fishermen primarily indigenes of Koluama in Southern Ijaw Native Authorities Space, reported that they seen crude on the water close to the oil facility whereas on their typical fishing enterprise.
In keeping with the account given to DAILY POST, by Mr. Tombra Ebitimi, a fisherman from the coastal settlement, “We seen the incident on Saturday evening and subsequently reported identical to the group management for correct investigation.
He additionally added that a number of helicopters have been deployed to the world for evaluation as response efforts have been but to begin.
“A few of us who went on fishing sailed into the oil contaminated space close to the Funiwa oilfield and received our nets and fishing gear soaked with crude on Saturday, by immediately we seen some helicopters flying over the power.
“It might be that group leaders have knowledgeable the corporate however our concern is that they need to not apply poisonous chemical compounds from the sky to dissolve the oil. These chemical compounds used to disperse and break down crude is unfriendly to fish and marine life typically,” Ebitimi stated.
He stated that fishermen within the space had briefly suspended fishing to keep away from catching contaminated fish that might jeopardise public well being.
First Exploration and Manufacturing, an indegenous oil agency operates Oil Mining Leases 83 and 85 acquired from Chevron following its divestment from a few of its property within the space the place it nonetheless retains pursuits in some fields.
Officers of Chevron and First Exploration and Manufacturing are but to answer requests for feedback on the incident.
Bayelsa fishermen elevate alarm over recent oil spill at Chevron’s oilfield