Ondo State Government has received the preliminary report on last week’s explosion of Trinity Spirit floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel which belongs to Shebah Exploration & Production Company Ltd (SEPCOL), producer from OML 108 covering 750 square km (290 square miles) off the waters of the Niger Delta.
The massive spill of over 50,000 barrels is a high-rated environmental disaster which poses great danger to the people of the coastal communities.
While not preempting any adverse step on the part of any, Government warns that toxic oil dispersants should not be deployed in Ondo State waters. Such are hazardous to the health of our people in the affected areas.
Similarly, any Impact Assessment without the participation of representatives of the Ondo State Government as well as the affected communities will not be acceptable.
Government therefore calls on the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) to leave no stone unturned in carrying out their duties.
Also, residents of the areas with actionable proximity to the points in question are enjoined to refrain from unprotected aquatic activities. This becomes very pertinent in view of reports regarding the unusual death of fishes in the compromised zone.
Commissioner for Information and Orientation
February 6, 2022