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NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION'S [NNPC's] OIL SPILL IN ADEJE, AN URHOBO COMMUNITY, IN THE NIGER DELTA
15 February  2000


An Enviromental Rights Action [ERA] Report


Source:
Subject: ERA FIELD REPORT # 56...ADEJE STILL UNSAFE
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 20:47:14 -0800
From: "ERA/FoEN" <eraction@infoweb.abs.net>
To: "ERA" <eraction@infoweb.abs.net>

ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS ACTION (ERA)/ FRIENDS of the EARTH Nigeria
214 Uselu-Lagos Road, P.O. Box 10577, Benin City, Nigeria
Tel/fax + 234 52 600 165 e-mail: eraction@infoweb.abs.net


FIELD REPORT # 56 (AN UPDATE ON FIELD REPORT #51 of JANUARY 11, 2000)

ADEJE STILL UNSAFE
[February 14, 2000]

HIGHLIGHT
+ Health hazards enormous
+ Fears of another petrol fire
+ NNPC yet to respond

"We heard that NNPC people came to repair the broken pipes. The spill spread in several places, and the spill was not cleaned. You still have fuel on the ground."
Johnson James, 29 years, Fisherman

"Our people are finding it difficult to breathe. The harmattan is tough, but the smell of petrol in the air is giving us catarrh and cough."
Peter Umukoro, 40 years, Farmer

UNSAFE ENVIRONMENT

Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) that spewed from a faulty valve into the Adeje environment remains yet to be cleaned over one month after the incident. ERA is alarmed that though the leakage has been stopped the enormous volumes spilled have not been mopped up. Hazardous fumes from the spilled products remain thick in the air. With recent accidents from related scenario (see ERA Field Report # 55 and ERA Brief of February 12, 2000) the NNPC ought to be more responsive.

Armed military personnel are keeping a regular patrol in the area, but this does not answer the ecological question.

A TICKING BOMB

There is only one ill-equipped health centre at Adeje and this serves several communities. There are no dressings for cuts nor are there facilities for the treatment of burns. The doctor covering the area comes only on emergencies.
 

ERA RECOMMENDATIONS

NNPC and Ministry of Health officials should send experts to Adeje to assess the health implication of the spewed PMS.

NNPC should clean up the Adeje environment.
 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Send letters to NNPC reminding them of their responsibilities as a public company.

Alert the Local, State and Federal Ministries of Health and that of Environment on the plight of Adeje people

Send copies of your letters to legislators from your constituency (Nigerians) requesting them to raise issues of environmental concerns as a crucial part of their mandate and obligation to the people

For more information contact:
ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS ACTION/ FRIENDS OF THE EARTH (FoE, Nigeria)
OILWATCH AFRICA
#214, Uselu-Lagos Road, P. O. Box 10577, Benin City, Nigeria
Tel/Fax: + 234 52 600165 Email: eraction@infoweb.abs.net

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Tel: + 234 84 236365 Email: Oilwatch@infoweb.abs.net
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Lagos:
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London:
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