6 October 2011

Nigeria: NOSDRA Fines Agip N1 Million Over Oil Spill

The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) has imposed a fine of one million naira on Nigeria Agip Company Ltd (NAOC) over its failure to immediately contain, recover and clean-up oil spill impacted sites at its OB/OB Gas Plant in Obrikom Omoku, Rivers State.

A statement by the Assistant Director and Head of Public Affairs, Henshaw Agubike, noted that a letter to NAOC by the Director-General/Chief Executive of NOSDRA, Sir Peter Idabor, said the action of the company amounted to a contravention of section 6(3) of the NOSDRA Act.

He directed the oil company to Agip to mobilize clean up and remediation of the impacted site already destroyed by inferno resulting from the oil spill to prevent further degradation of the environment.

The letter also directed NAOC to pay the statutory fine in the sum of one million naira into the account of NOSDRA within 14 days from the date of receipt.

He advised the company to act upon it with all seriousness and highest ethical standard expected from an establishment of repute.

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