PANIC IN DELTA COMMUNITY OVER POLLUTED WATER

Written by on November 17, 2020

UNEASY CALM NOW PERVADES MAKA STREET IN SAPELE, DELTA STATE FOLLOWING THE REPORTED POLLUTION OF A WATER WELL IN THE AREA ALLEGEDLY CAUSED BY A BROKEN UNDERGROUND PIPELINE OWNED BY AN INDIGENOUS OIL FIRM, SEPLAT PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY.

A PROPERTY OWNER IN THE LOCALITY, SQUADRON LEADER ROLLAND MUJAKPERUO (RTD) SAID HIS ATTENTION WAS FIRST DRAWN TO THE SITUATION IN AUGUST WHEN RESIDENTS COMPLAINED THAT THE WATER FROM THEIR WELLS WAS OILY AND BLACK IN COLOR. 

BUT THE COMPANY IN A RECENT BRIEFING SAID THOUGH THERE WAS NO FURTHER SIGNS OF HYDROCARBONS IN THE WELLS THEY DUG FOR COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS, “NO OIL LEAKS OR SEEPAGES WERE TRACED BACK TO SEPLAT’S OPERATED FACILITIES,” ADDING THAT IT IS “EXPEDIENTLY INVESTIGATING THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE INCIDENT.”

THE FEAR OF POSSIBLE FIRE OUTBREAK IN THE VICINITY IS CAUSING PEOPLE TO MOVE OUT OF THE AREA.”

ANOTHER RESIDENT, ESE ONOBRISE, ALSO POINTED OUT THAT HIS FAMILY IS PLANNING TO RELOCATE TO SAFER ZONE BECAUSE OF THE EFFECT OF CONTAMINATION. REACTING TO THE DEVELOPMENT, THE CHAIRMAN, SAPELE OKPE COMMUNITY URGED RESIDENTS OF THE AREA TO BE PATIENT AS EVERYTHING IS BEING DONE TO RESOLVE THE ISSUE.


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