Last update:
2015-01-15

Shell ignites new gas flare at Gbarantoru, Nigeria


Description:

Gbarantoru community is an Ijaw town in Ekpetiama Kingdom of Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. It is located on the outskirts of Yenagoa, the State capital. Shell Petroleum Development Company has been operating in the community for many years. The Gbaran/Ubie Gas Gathering Plant is located here.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Shell ignites new gas flare at Gbarantoru, Nigeria
Country:Nigeria
State or province:Bayelsa State
Location of conflict:Yenagoa Local Government Area
Accuracy of locationLOW (Country level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict: 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict: 2nd level :Gas flaring
Oil and gas refining
Specific commodities:Crude oil
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

Unknown

Project area:Unknown
Level of Investment:Unknown
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:Unknown
Start of the conflict:10/2009
Company names or state enterprises:Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) from Netherlands
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from Nigeria
Relevant government actors:NOSDRA
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:ERA/FOEN
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Fisher people
Forms of mobilization:Development of alternative proposals
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Oil spills, Air pollution
Other Health impactsRespiratory problems, health issues related to air and land pollution
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Outcome
Project StatusUnknown
Conflict outcome / response:No reparation made
Development of alternatives:Gas flaring is an illegal activity. It negates the human rights of Nigerians. It is a wasteful activity.
1. Shell should stop the gas flare at Gbarantoru community. The people's demand that the gas flare be halted should be respected.
2. The Federal and State governments should promptly take steps to save the people and environment of Gabarantoru and environs.
3. The people of Gbarantoru should initiate/ seek appropriate means of defending themselves and their environment.
4. Human/Environmental Rights groups all over the world should rise up in support of the demands of the Gbarantoru people.
5. Shell must not be allowed to poison the Gbarantoru community
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:There are no report yet to determine the continuation of the flare
Sources and Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

NOSDRA Act

Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Shell Ignites New Gas Flare at Gbarantoru
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[1] All Africa - Nigeria: Group Tackles Shell Over Gas Furnace
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Contributor:Afoke Ohwojeheri
Last update15/01/2015
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