Cabinda — An oil spill of small proportion took place on 16 September, this year, in the localities of Tchississi and Tchissossi, Cacongo Municipality, in the northern Cabinda Province, thus causing a stop in the fishing activity in the zone.
The information was confirmed by a Chevron oil company investigation team and the provincial government's office for urbanisation and environment that inspected the situation on the spot.
According to the investigation team, the spill caused serious damages to the artifacts of several fishermen, who are awaiting compensation.
Speaking to the press last Monday, the chairman of the "Voz dos Pescadores" fishermen association of Cacongo, João Ntendequele, said that the organisation's members have been instructed to stop all fishing activity, as well as the sale of their products, until the cleaning operation is finished.
AllAfrica editors' note: In response to this report, a Chevron representative issued the following statement to AllAfrica:
Cabinda Gulf Oil Company (CABGOC) was notified of oil contaminated beach sand, in the vicinity of the Mandarin beach shoreline, as well as the Mpuela (Thississi and Tchonchocho) shoreline in Northern Cabinda. Samples were collected and analyzed, and it has been determined that the source of the crude was not from CABGOC operations. This analysis was conducted by CABGOC laboratory in Malongo, utilizing established laboratory extraction and distillation methods and will be reviewed and verified by a 3rd party laboratory in the United States.
Demonstrating our commitment to Protecting People and the Environment, CABGOC initiates clean up activity, utilizing our resources, regardless of the source of the contamination. Clean up of the affected area has been underway since Saturday 19. Clean up is anticipated to conclude by September 25. Clean up activity has involved 65 people at its peak, and approximately 500 bags of contaminated sand have been recovered to date.