SACA advocates for the use of the UN Precautionary Principle for all the oil majors operating in Africa and the Gulf of Guinea. SACA sees the extractive industries as highly damaging to our planet and, in the context of the increasing impact of global warming, want to see the world ‘s peoples breaking their dependence on fossil fuels and moving to the use of sustainable forms of energy.
Prevention of Oil Spills
More than 300 oil spills occur annually in the Niger Delta. Oil companies claim that 80% of them are due to sabotage. But civil societies and local observers disagree. SACA has witnessed and confronted cases of prejudged causes of oil spills and manipulated joint investigation visits (JIVs) in which innocent community…
Spill Cleanups & Remediation
SACA scouts around daily for oil spills around the Niger Delta, especially in its focus communities in Bayelsa State. Once a spill is identified or reported, SACA notifies the asset owner/operator and follows up with unrelenting engagements until the leakage is stopped (pipeline clamped) and cleanup process started and…
Campaigns against Pipeline Vandalism
Community youths do vandalize pipelines and they admit it from time to time to SACA. However, they allege that they are induced, trained and equipped for it by the company staff and contractors, who want to make more money from cleanup contracts in addition to their salaries. If there are no oil spills, cleanup…
International Advocacy for Best Practice
There seems to be a totally different standard for oil/gas extraction in Africa. “Although the head offices of the corporate giants in London, The Hague, Houston, Milan and other distant capitals of the world espoused transparencies and the highest ideals in corporate responsibility, operations in Nigeria…
Endangered Fishing Populace
One of the unfortunate fisherwomen, fishermen and farmers of Imiringi community in Kolo Creek Cluster who lost their livelihoods to the incessant oil spills in the area. This woman struggled to prematurely harvest all her fish before they all died in the polluted Imiringi river. She and her children suffered severe diarrhea for weeks after consuming the polluted fish.
Oya Lake Still Much Polluted
After much pressure on Shell Nigeria, SACA managed after 4 years and with the help of the company’s shareholders in the UK, to get the company to come and clean up Oya Lake which was polluted by a spill from their facility. The spill occurred in 2008. But the cleanup took place in 2013. However, the cleanup was not properly done and the lake is still polluted.
Fire Outbreaks at Illegal Refineries
This is a part of an illegal refinery at Ibelebiri, which is only 5 minutes away from Shell’s Kolo Creek Flowstation, caught fire and burnt over 30 youths and women working there. The refinery still resumed operation after a few days. Allegations are rife that top government and security officials are behind these illegal bunkering activities, using the hungry boys as willing tools.
More Oil Spills at Ikarama
This is one of the spills that occured in Ikarama and flooded people’s homes. Sadly, it was allowed to linger into the seasonal flood period. Community members alleged that the company deliberately leaves the oil so that the flood would come and wash it away. But it ends up contaminating wider areas.
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Programs & Activity Briefs
The Executive Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson, on March 27, 2019, set up an International Commission of Inquiry on Oil and the Environment …