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Community decries ExxonMobil position on oil spill



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A fresh oil spill has allegedly occurred from the facility of ExxonMobil at Atia community in Ibeno local government area of Akwa Ibom State.
The incident which happened last recently was said to be given the affected community concern, especially when ExxonMobil, the oil company in the midst of the latest spills is keeping quiet.
National Coalition on Gas Flaring and Oil Spills in the Niger Delta (NACGOND), Peace Point Action said it has also received complaints from the Community Volunteers over the latest oil spill in the area. The Director of the group, Mr. Umoh Johnson said having received information on, the spill a team was dispatched to the affected community to ascertain the development.
He regretted that ExxonMobil’s response team sneaked into the community to also ascertain the oil spill without any community person or police escort.
Reacting further, the Director of Peace Point Acton called on the management of Exxon Mobil to immediately constitute a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to conduct JIV in order to ascertain among others, the cause of the spill, quantity spilled, assert owner, level of impacts on the ecosystem etc.
He said NACGOND as a matter of urgency would engage ExxonMobil and other oil companies operating within the area on advocacy visit to reduce the record of oil spills in the community. However, the response team of ExxonMobil was said to have had confrontation with a group of angry youths from the community at the Nkanafang Park by Ibeno Beach on their way back.
It would be recalled that similar spillage occurred in same area on Sunday 19th April, 2015 where a whale was killed as a result of the spill and washed ashore of the Atlantic Ocean precisely at Itak Idim Ukpa.

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