AGIP pipeline leaks large amounts of gas

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The Kolo-Otueke-Bayelsa Palm Road in Ogbia Local Government Area in Bayelsa State is at risk due to a huge gas leak from a pipeline operated by the Nigeria Agip Oil Company.

Residents told reporters who visited the scene of the incident that there was an explosion late Monday night which may have caused the pipeline to leak.

Mr. Alagoa Morris, Head of Field Office of Bayelsa, Niger Delta Resource Center for Action for Environmental Rights and Friends of the Earth, ERA/FoEN, told reporters that this was the second time that the incident was happening.

However, Mr Morris said there were indications the incident was caused by an explosive that had detonated, indicating that pipeline security was inadequate.

He stated that the Leaking gas is a possible threat to human and environmental health.

He said NOSDRA had already visited the site, and he hoped other relevant agencies, such as the Ministry of Environment, would also visit and delineate the area.

The Nigeria Agip Oil Company said that within days of repairing the pipeline, it was blown up by suspected vandals.

In a statement, the company said it was actively trying to depressurize the pipeline in an effort to repair it.

On Tuesday, the fire at the site had not been extinguished, causing the surrounding vegetation to dry out.

Bayelsa State Environmental Commissioner Mr. Iselemo Gbaranbiri could not be reached for comment at the time of this report.

Reporting by Alambo Datonye; Editing by Saadatu Albashir

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