Ruptured NPDC Pipeline Spills Oil Into River In Delta

villagers weaving a boom to curtail further spread of oil
villagers weaving a boom to curtail further spread of oil

Gbogidi River at Otughievwen, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State has been contaminated following a rupture in a pipeline belonging to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).

According to Chairman of the community, Chief Eric Sajini, villagers saw bubbles discharging crude into the water at the cracked point, which cuts through the river.

Some staff of the company and the people of the community had immediately moved to ensure the oil spilled does not spread, as they were reported to be casting a boom.

“We heard of the development and quickly got in touch with the community chairman, which made the engagement to curtail the spread possible,” said Ugo Atugboko, External Relations Manager of the NPDC.

“Usually, it is best not to pre-empt the report of a formal joint investigation visit in determining cause, volume and extent of impact.

“But we are on top of the situation and we appreciate the community’s cooperation,” he added.

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