Oil spill: Reps demand cleanup for delta communities
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The House of Representatives has called for the cleanup and compensation of communities affected by the oil spillage that occurred from Conoil’s well head in some Communities in Sapele Local Government Area, under Okpe, Sapele and Uvwie Federal Constituency of Delta State.
The House raised the concern on the devastating oil spill during its plenary on Wednesday when a motion by the lawmaker Representing Okpe, Sapele and Uvwie Federal Constituency, RT. Hon Anthony Efe Afe, noted that the oil spill started in February, 2022 and was reported on the 1st of March.
The Lawmaker informed the House that the spillage could have been averted if the indigenous oil firm had not breached the environmental compliance guidelines as stipulated by ISO 14001, which mandate all oil companies to adopt a systematic and integrated management plan for any oil discharge into the environment
The House therefore mandated its Committee on Upstream and Environment to visit the areas to assess the environmental impact and report back within four weeks. It also urged the National Emergency Management Agency to send relief materials to the affected communities to cushion the effect of the spillage.