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Panic In Otuabula 2, Bayelsa As Crude Oil Mysteriously Erupts From The Ground


There is a mixed feeling of fear and excitement in a non-
crude oil producing community, Otuabula 2, in Ogbia Local
Government Council of Bayelsa State when crude oil was
discovered to have spurted from the ground.
Whether the crude oil was forced out of the ground by
human or natural causes is yet-to-be-established but
National Oil Spill Detection And Response Agency
(NOSDRA) has visited the site and taken samples for
testing, Oniftv learnt.
However, an environmental scientist attached to the
NOSDRA Reference Laboratory who also visited the site and
pleaded not to be mentioned hinted that the crude oil is
fresh, indicating that the crude oil may have erupted
through a crack on the ground.
He explained that “when crude oil under the surface of the
earth is overdue for exploration, it usually escaped from the
ground through any crack that may have caused by
vibration. It usually comes out in thick bitumen form, so
there is nothing strange about this discovery because it
happens from time to time.”
According to a chief of the community, Augustine Okpukpu-
Isi, the crude oil was first discovered by a farmer
somewhere in Iyapogo forest along the Ogbia Creek, who
later alerted the leadership of the community.
Explaining further, Okpukpu-Isi said “many exploration
companies have come to look for crude oil in our
community without any luck. So we were surprised when
one of my brothers came to inform us that he saw crude oil
bubbling out of the ground somewhere in our forest.
“At the beginning, it was bubbling out with force but now it
has stopped. So we have appealled to the government to
come and take a look at it and find out if it can be drilled. In
a case where it can be drilled for commercial purposes,
please don’t bring a company that would come and divide
us.”
Also speaking, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor
on Oil and Gas, Chief Timi Seimiebo, who led NOSDRA
officials to the site assured that government would
investigate the source of the crude oil and prevent it from
polluting the environment.
He said “I am here with NOSDRA to take a sample for
testing, in order to get the signature of the crude. We are
also trying to get the coordinate of the site to trace the
OML the site falls under.
“However, our investigation revealed that there is no
pipeline running through or bunkering activities taking place
in and around the community. So for now, we would have
to wait for the results to be out before deciding our next line
of action.”

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