Last update:
2016-05-10

Chevron North Apoi explosion impacts at Ikebiri Community, Nigeria

Chevron North Apoi explosion has affected many communities in Bayelsa state. Ikebiry community members suffer from polluted waters, dying fisheries and poor health care to cope with a dying environment


Description:

ERA/FoEN field monitors following an outcry by the people of Ikebiri via the State owned radio in Bayelsa State on how the Chevron North Apoi explosion has also affected them (see case Gas Wellhead Explosion in Koluama, Nigeria) , visited Ikebiri 1 and 2 which is administratively situated in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and shares boundary with Koluama Kingdom. The Ikebiri Creek is a major tributary of the River Nun which branches off from the Ossiama Creek and empties into the Atlantic Ocean at Koluama axis. The Ikebiri environment which is mainly fresh water and tropical rain forest also has brackish water as a result of the close proximity [fish camps] to the Atlantic Ocean and, hence the environment also has a good stretch of mangrove forest.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Chevron North Apoi explosion impacts at Ikebiri Community, Nigeria
Country:Nigeria
State or province:Bayelsa
Location of conflict:North Apoi
Accuracy of locationLOW (Country level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict: 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict: 2nd level :Oil and gas exploration and extraction
Oil and gas refining
Specific commodities:Crude oil
Natural Gas
Water
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:2012
Company names or state enterprises: from United States of America
Agip Group from Italy
Chevron Nigeria Limited from Nigeria
Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) from Nigeria
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Environmental Rights Action - ERA
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Fisher people
Forms of mobilization:Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Street protest/marches
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Fires, Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Oil spills, Global warming, Soil contamination, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsVisible: Accidents, Malnutrition, Infectious diseases
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Impunity of the culprit companies
Development of alternatives:ERA DEMANDS
1 A properly constituted team from the state and federal government to investigate the spread and impact of the Chevron North Apoi gas wellhead explosion.
2 The authorities guarantee Chevron does not get away with this environmental damage to our peoples’ health, livelihood and environment.
3 All impacted communities be adequately compensated. This is besides adequate clean up of the environment.
4 The international community, environmental and human rights groups come to the aid of the impacted communities by way of advocacy and rendering free technical and legal services where necessary.
5 Tests should be carried out on water samples from the ocean to ascertain the pollutant that has caused the deaths of aquatic life.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Yes
Briefly explain:Chevron is yet to compensate the people and clean up the spills
Sources and Materials
Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

ERA Field Report
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Chevron’s Worst Year Ever, Episode 5: Nigeria

By Rebecca Tarbotton on May 28, 2012
[click to view]

The True Cost of Chevron
[click to view]

Other documents

Protest action in Ikebiri community, 2012 Source: ERA
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Contributor:Afoke Ohwojeheri
Last update10/05/2016
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