Oil spill: Nigeria Slams N1m Fine on Agip
Barely two months after the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) indicted Shell over major oil spillages and environmental degradation in Ogoni land, southern-Nigeria, The National, Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) has imposed a fine of one million naira on Nigeria Agip Company Ltd (NAOC) over failure to immediately contain, recover and clean-up oil spill impacted sites at its OB/OB Gas Plant in Obrikom Omoku, Rivers State.
In a letter to NAOC over the incident, dated 19th September 2011, the Director-General/Chief Executive of NOSDRA, Sir Peter Idabor, said the action of the company amounted to contravention of section 6(3) of the NOSDRA Act
While directing Agip to mobilize to the impacted site already destroyed by inferno resulting from the oil spill for immediate clean-up and remediation so as to prevent further degradation of the environment, the Director-General notified the company of the issue of quantum of compensation to the victims of the oil spill, which will be determined by the outcome of the damage assessment to be conducted by NOSDRA.
The letter, which 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, advised the company to act upon it with all seriousness and the highest ethical standard expected of an establishment of repute.