On March 11, 2010 Environmental Rights Action (hereafter ERA), namely Friends of the Earth Nigeria’s field monitors visited a site at Opolo-Epie, where Shell is constructing a gas flare. This trip took a course by Shell's Kolo Creek Logistic Base at Imiringi where gas flaring has been happening for many years. At Shell's Imiringi Flow Station the presence of the Military Joint Task Force prevented the monitors from going close to the facility. Pictures of the gas flare could only be safely taken from the confines of the car. The same happened at the new gas flare furnace site at Opolo-Epie, security concerns prevented the field monitors from getting too close to make their observations. At first, Shell was quick to tell the world that nothing of that sort was taking place. It actually came to pass that Shell flared gas at that very furnace (on completion) soon after ERA’s observation and report. After repeated reports, Shell put off the flare and since then ERA’s monitors and community folks have kept close watch on the site. Even though the Nigerian government has been shifting the deadline for gas flare stoppage in Nigeria because of oil companies influence, Shell completed the construction of a new gas flare furnace in Opolo-Epie, in the state of Yenagoa by 2010. By early 2011, ERA monitors visited the site. Recently some sand filling activities were observed around the gas flare furnace, linking directly with the Tombia/Amassoma Road. Community folks suspected the company might soon ignite the gas flare furnace again. Following a noticed glow in the skyline in Opolo and environs on the night of 29th July, 2011, steps were immediately taken to verify the situation and it was discovered that Shell had activated the furnace that same day. The flare was put off again after three days. This particular area is now a gas field. ERA has again been attracted to the site following the ignition of another gas flare furnace on Monday, 29th April, 2013. It is shocking to see that Shell is being permitted to construct a new gas flare furnace when they ought to be shutting down existing flare sites. This happens at a time when the rest of the world is concerned about climate change and proffering ways to curb it.“The Opolo-Epie plant is set to join at least 100 other flares burning across the swamps, creeks and forests of this oil-producing region, filling the atmosphere with toxins, seeding the clouds with acid rain and polluting the soil. Medical studies have shown the gas burners contribute to anaverage life expectancy in the Delta region of 43 years. The area also has Nigeria's highest infant mortality rate – 12% of newborns fail to see out their first year” . Oil multinationals like Shell, Exxon, Chevron and Agip give their own arguments to justify the practice of gas flaring: “the absence of a domestic market, the imposition of price controls and the high cost of building infrastructure to capture and distribute natural gas have made it economically unviable for them to end flaring. They complain that they are forced to operate as minority partners in joint ventures with the NNPC, which consistently fails to provide its share of investment” . By August 2011, Shell's gas furnance plant at Opolo-Epie was ignited once more and for a new period of tests, declared the multinational .