Oil spill of ExxonMobil in Ibeno Community, Nigeria


Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) visited Ibeno Community on the Atlantic coastline of Akwa Ibom State in 2012, following reports of an oil spill from the Qua Iboe Oil Fields operated by Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN).

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Basic Data
NameOil spill of ExxonMobil in Ibeno Community, Nigeria
ProvinceAkwa Ibom State
SiteIbeno, Eket
Accuracy of LocationMEDIUM regional 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
Pollution related to transport (spills, dust, emissions)
Oil and gas refining
Specific CommoditiesCrude oil
Project Details and Actors
Project Area (in hectares)Unknown
Type of PopulationRural
Potential Affected Population7,000 to 10,000
Start Date2012
Company Names or State EnterprisesMobil Producing Nigeria Plc (MPN) from Nigeria
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from Nigeria
ExxonMobil Corporation (Exxon) from United States of America
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersArtisan Fisher men association, ERA/FoEN (www.eraction.org)
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups MobilizingLocal ejos
Fisher people
Forms of MobilizationDevelopment of a network/collective action
Development of alternative proposals
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Street protest/marches
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Oil spills, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Food insecurity (crop damage), Soil contamination, Waste overflow, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsVisible: Other Health impacts
Potential: Other environmental related diseases
OtherContamination due to oil spills
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Loss of livelihood, Specific impacts on women, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseUnder negotiation
Development of Alternatives1. Mobil to cleanup the polluted waters, shoreline and environment in Ibeno

2. Mobil to immediately replace all its aging and leaking pipelines

3. Mobil to take responsibility for past and current spills in the community

4. A comprehensive audit of the environment in Ibeno as a result of the incessant spills

5. NOSDRA should adequately penalize Mobil for this and other spills in order to halt this impunity and punish bad behaviour

6. Compensation of the impacted community folks, including fisherfolks whose livelihoods have been ruined
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.Fishermen are yet to be compensated and Mobil is due to conduct effective clean-ups. The fishermen are planning to sue Mobil.
Sources and Materials

National Oil Spill Detection Response Agency (NOSDRA) Act
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Premium Times: Mobil yet to clean up after Akwa Ibom oil spill
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ERA/FoEN website: Field Report 323 Ibeno Community Counts Cost of Mobil Spill
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Vanguard Nigeria newspaper: Community, Mobil report oil spill in Ibeno, Akwa Ibom
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Sweet Crude Reports: ExxonMobil shut down following mass protest by host communities
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Media Links

ERA/FoEN website
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ContributorAfoke Ohwojeheri
Last update17/06/2014