How Sterling Oil Operation Is Causing Pollution, Engage In Sharp Practices In Bayelsa

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Sterling Oil Exploration and Energy Production Company Limited (SEEPCO) operation in Bayelsa State is causing an environmental hazard with sharp practices to the lay down regulations and laws, a Government Liaison Officer, GLO, Mr Victor Ben, has raised an alarm.

Reports say the company has been carrying out several Trans-shipment of crude oil at River Ramos (AGGE) without a containment boom to prevent spillage into the marine environment which is contrary to International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships.

It is also said that SEEPCO through its contractors Deep Frontline Shippers Limited and Yade Barse Operator Limited are responsible for committing unwholesome practices of trans-shipment of crude oil without Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP) Kits, thereby leaving the rivers pollution with crude oil . As a result the people of Agge and Aghoro communities are faced with eminent danger of health challenges due to the armful substance emitted to the environment by the company activities .

A statement signed by Mr. Victor Ben said the contrary to the Nigerian local content provision on Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act 2010 on Expatriate Quota Approval from the Board and should be understudied by Nigerians for the period of four years as required by the act.

“There is no Employment and Training (E & T) plan, no job title for expatriates.
The attitude of the company (SEEPCO) is operating without GMOU’s which poses huge security threats in the state .”

“ Finally SEEPCO is by this notice that before 30th of may 2021 to put in place all shipboard oil pollution emergency plan (SOPEP) Kits before carrying out trans-shipment activities on our marine environment.”

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