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PHOTONEWS: Royal Dutch Shell Petroleum Company In Yet Another Crude Oil Spill in Ikarama.

Among the various types of “leaks” followers of mainstream international media have had their consciousness inundated with in the last few weeks, crude oil leaks have seen little prime time attention despite their high incidences and massive human impact in the Niger delta region of Nigeria. One such leak occurred recently, a result of damage to an oil pipeline in Ikarama, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.

On June 4 of this year, a Shell Petroleum DevelopmentCompany (SPDC) oil pipeline running through the area has ruptured, according to a report and photographs from Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the EarthNigeria (ERA/FoEN), spewing the oil into the area in large amounts into nearby Taylor Creek, the main local water supply, as well as farms, marshes, ponds, and homes were all impacted.

The incident is not the first to affect the area, in fact, ERA/FoEN reported a similar incident in 2011, which was only magnified in intensity by the fact that the contents of that leak were set ablaze, damaging property and homes.

Residents of the area, angered that this has happened yet again, sounded off to ERA/FoEN about the event.

“We that are living so close will suffer the consequence again; my children fell sick last time. Even now they have not fully recovered,” Patience Roland shares. “My twins are just about three months of age, and you can imagine the risk of living within this immediate environment highly impacted by crude oil again.”

Public-relations Officer of the Ikarama Community Development Committee, Washington Odoyibo, also expressed anger, stating, “my anger stems from the fact that our community will not benefit any positive outcome from such spills occasioned by third party activity.” Odoyibo, incensed about the environmental detriment caused by the “countless” spills, was personally impacted by the leak, as oil spilled from the pipeline flowed into a swamp and onto his land.

“This is about the 3rd or 4thtime that swamps are being impacted; wasted,” he followed up. “We used to fish in that swamp from time to time. But these oil spills would not allow us to use it anymore.” Odoyibo also details the cleanup of the leak, claiming it took Shell 5 days to come and clean up the mess. During that time, ERA/FoEN observed that the spill covered over the size of a “football field”, and had blackened since it is exposure and contact with the swamp.

“An estimated volume of some hundreds of barrels of crude oil must have been spewed into this environment,” ERA/FoEN observed. “ERA’s field monitors observed that the current spill happened within the community; not in the bush or other isolated environment,” the ERA/FoEN observation continued. ERA/FoEN concluded their analysis with four demands for Shell, which are listed below. 1.Shell should mobilize to the site immediately to mop up, cleanup and remediate the impacted environment. 2.The relevant agencies of government should step in to ensure that this impacted environment is properly mopped up and cleaned.

3.Shell should look inwards to identify staff/contractors who sponsor cases of sabotage and bring an end to the series of spill in Ikarama and environs. 4.Community folks should resist the temptation to engage in acts of sabotage and save themselves and their environment of pollution. CitingShell’s principle of corporate social responsibility, ERA concluded the report with this: “The issue of security of oil facilities, negligence and responsibility should be viewed critically in oil spill incidents, especially in cases of this nature.”



Multiple Spills Reported In Agip’s Bayelsa Oil Field Operations.


By SaharaReporters, New York

Residents of Kalaba community, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, today reported five fresh oil spill points along Agip’s oil pipeline in the area.

The new spills come even as another one last week remains unresolved. That spill, in Ogboinbiri in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state, forced residents from the area.

Three of the new spills reported today are currently discharging oil into the environment while two are discharging a mixture of crude and gas.
Members of the community attribute the frequent spills in the area to the activities of oil thieves who sabotage the pipelines to steal oil.

Olukali Roman, an elder of the community impacted by the latest incident, explained that the menace would have been contained if the oil firm worked with the communities in warding off strangers from the pipeline right of way.    He said the company kept the community at bay, leaving them unable to report strange movements around the pipelines.

“We are really disturbed about the effect of these spills and on our own we want to cooperate to solve this problem but Agip does not want to come here and reason with us,” he said, stressing that the company, despite the size of its operation in Bayelsa, has no presence whatsoever in the area..

“They often come here to fix the leaks, they do not even tell us and they leave the area before we know that they are around,” Olukali added.

Meanwhile as officials of the oil firm remain unconcerned with the ongoing environmental damage accompanying its operations, Agip spokesman Tajudeen Adigun declined comments when he was contacted by phone, directing further inquiries to the Managing Director of the firm in Abuja.

Fire burns after tug, barge hit La. gas pipeline.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A gas pipeline continued burning south of New Orleans hours after it was hit by a tug boat pushing an oil barge, however authorities said the barge itself did not appear to be leaking its cargo of oil.

Coast Guard Cmdr. Russ Bowen said Wednesday spots of oil sheen were visible over a mile-long area near the accident site at Bayou Perot, a marshy area about 30 miles south of New Orleans. But the barge itself appeared intact.

No evacuations were ordered in the sparsely populated area.

Four people aboard the tug Shanon E. Settoon were injured in Tuesday night’s accident, one severely.

The pipeline carried liquefied petroleum gas. Its owner, Chevron, isolated the segment. Bowen said what was left in the pipeline would be allowed to burn itself out.

 Source: YAHOO NEWS.
By KEVIN McGILL | Associated Press

Tanzania seeks $100 mln World Bank loan for emergency power.

  • A man walks past electricity pylons as he returns from work in Soweto, outside Johannesburg May 15, 2012. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

    View PhotoReuters/Reuters – A man walks past electricity pylons as he returns from work in Soweto, outside Johannesburg May 15, 2012. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) – Tanzania is seeking a $100 million loan from the World Bank foremergency electricity generation after low water levels hurt output at hydropower stations in east Africa’s second-biggest economy, a senior official said on Monday.

State-run power monopoly TANESCO last year negotiated a syndicated loan of 408 billion shillings from a consortium of banks led by Citibank and has received part of the funds.

The power utility is awaiting the completion of a pipeline that would allow cheaper gas-based production.

But with that still around two years away, the unreliable nature of its hydro generation is currently forcing it to spend more than two times its daily earnings on a mixture of diesel, jet A1 and heavy fuel oil for mini-generators.

“TANESCO currently spends 5.4 billion shillings a day on fuel to produce 365 megawatts of electricity from emergency power plants. The company’s total daily revenue is just 2.34 billion shillings,” TANESCO’s acting managing director Felehesmi Mramba told Reuters in Dar es Salaam.

“It’s very difficult for any company to operate in that situation,” he said.

The country’s average power demand stands at 750 megawatts per day and peaks at around 850 megawatts.

“TANESCO made a loss of around 200 billion shillings in 2012 and we expect to make a loss of 100 billion shillings in 2013. The year after that we as well expect a similar loss,” he said.

Mramba said TANESCO expected to break even in 2015 after the completion of a $1.22 billion natural gas pipeline, which is expected to boost generation of cheaper power.

Although Tanzania has vast deposits of natural gas, it has been plagued by frequent power outages, which led to a slowdown in economic growth in 2011/12.

“The gas pipeline will give a major relief not only to power generation but to the entire economy of Tanzania. We currenty have 170 megawatts of idle power plants because we don’t have enough natural gas supply.”



Body found in rubble of exploded KC restaurant.


  • 14 injured in fire, explosion in Kansas CityReuters Videos  0:33U.S. authorities say that around 14 people have been injured after an explosion caused a fire near a …


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Search crews at the site of a massive explosion that destroyed a popular Kansas City, Mo., restaurant recovered one body Wednesday, and the city’s mayor said there was no certainty the rubble wasn’t concealing other victims.

Mayor Sly James declined to say whether the body belonged to a man or a woman, though authorities have been looking for a woman who worked at JJ’s restaurant and was seen there before the Tuesday evening blast and reported missing afterward. They previously said she was the only person still unaccounted for following the explosion and fire.

But James said at a news conference that authorities can’t be “100 percent sure that we can account for every single person that may have been at JJ’s when the explosion occurred.”

“Since this started without a list of those in the building … those search and rescue people are out there going through the rubble and will continue to go through the rubble,” James said. “They will continue to investigate until weather shuts it down.”

Crews using flashlights, cadaver dogs and heavy equipment have been searching the site feverishly ahead of a major winter storm bearing down on the city. James said 15 people were injured in the blast. Six were still hospitalized Wednesday morning.

The blast occurred after a construction crew apparently struck a natural gas line. The explosion was felt for nearly a mile around the restaurant, shattering glass in nearby buildings and sending an ominous smoke plume above the city’s prized outdoor shopping district.

One of two people first feared to be missing was later found at a hospital. But the woman who worked at JJ’s was still missing, and James had stressed that finding her remained the primary focus of Wednesday’s efforts.

“We have a major storm coming in this evening,” James said. “We’re going to work diligently to get in (to the blast site) to get underneath that weather.”

Searchers were continuing their work at midday at JJs, a beloved fixture on the city’s culinary scene for more than 27 years. Locals knew it as a prime after-work stop, though the restaurant won a broader reputation after it consistently received high ratings from contributors to Zagat’s restaurant guides, both for its food and its list of hundreds of wines.

The blast happened at around 6 p.m. Tuesday, when the dinner crowd would have been filing into JJ’s and the many other restaurants in the upscale Country Club Plaza shopping and dining district.

Firefighters had received a call about 5:15 p.m. that a construction worker had hit a gas line near the restaurant, and they conferred with employees for Missouri Gas Energy, which supplies the area, Fire Chief Paul Berardi said. He said the cause of the gas leak has not yet been confirmed and is still under investigation.

It wasn’t clear Wednesday how hard firefighters or utility officials worked to evacuate the restaurant after gas was first noticed. Both James and Berardi said the fire department deferred to MGE since the utility would have more expertise in assessing the seriousness of the situation.

“It’s not a matter of deferring, it’s a matter of knowing a utility is involved. Fire department does not do gas, MGE does gas,” James said. “Everybody wants to know what happened, everybody wants to blame someone, everybody wants to know details. That’s not going to happen today.”

A construction project had been going on across a narrow, one-way street from JJ’s for seven years. The work had complicated access to the street-corner restaurant, and a server needed hospital treatment in 2006 after she was struck by a rock sent flying by blasting for excavation of the construction site.

It was not clear Wednesday whether the contractor MGE said had been doing underground work was connected to that construction project. MGE said it would issue a statement later Wednesday.

The Missouri Public Service Commission, which oversees utilities, has launched an investigation into the blast, dispatching five employees to the site. Commission Chairman Kevin Gunn said preliminary information indicates that gas pipelines had been marked — as required by law — before a contractor started doing work in the area. He says a gas leak appears to have occurred after a pipeline was hit.

Gunn said MGE followed state rules in promptly reporting the explosion. Investigators will look at whether it followed state rules in responding to the gas line leak reported beforehand. It could take up to six months before state regulators release a final report.

Dr. John Verstraete, who works at Plaza Physicians Group next door to JJ’s, told The Kansas City Star that several office employees smelled gas for several hours Tuesday afternoon. The smell grew stronger through the day, and a gas company employee entered the medical office just before 6 p.m. and recommended evacuating, he said.

William Borregard, 20, who lives with his sister and her fiancé in the apartment building nearest to JJ’s, said he had noticed a strange smell for weeks that had worsened in recent days. On Tuesday, they called the apartment manager.

“We said it’s very pungent, and you should come out here and check it out,” he said. “He came over and rapped on the door and said there’s nothing to worry about. Stay in your apartment. That was five minutes prior to the explosion. And as soon as he left the explosion happened.”


Associated Press reporters Heather Hollingsworth in Kansas City, David Lieb in Jefferson City and Jeff McMurray in Chicago contributed to this report.


By DANA FIELDS and MARIA SUDEKUM | Associated Press

Iraq gives go-ahead for Iranian pipeline to Syria.

Iranian gas pipeline to embattled ally Syria set to move forward following Iraqi approval

BAGHDAD (AP)Iraq has approved the construction of a natural gas pipeline across its territory that will connect Iran to key ally Syria. The move likely to strengthen Tehran‘s influence over its neighbors.

The Iraqi Cabinet said in a statement Tuesday evening that it has instructed the country’s oil minister to sign a framework agreement for the $10 billion project, allowing the pipeline to move ahead.

The project is designed to supply gas from the giant South Pars field to Syria as well as other export markets.

Iran signed a preliminary deal to build the 1,500-kilometer (750-mile) pipeline in July 2011 as Syrian rebels were stepping up their fight to topple President Bashar Assad. Work on the project started in November.

After Russia, Iran has the world’s second-largest natural gas reserves.


Associated Press

Burning gasoline pipeline in Nigeria’s southwest shows spread of oil unrest in major producer.

AREPO, Nigeria – A gasoline pipeline that runs through southwest Nigeria has been attacked, bursting into flames and starting a fire that continued to burn hours later.

The attack happened early Wednesday morning in Arepo, a town just north of Nigeria’s megacity of Lagos. Officials with Nigeria’s Security and Civil Defence Corps told The Associated Press that they blamed the attack on a group of thieves who have been increasingly targeting pipelines in the region.

Such attacks remain all-too common in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta in its southeast. However, there have been several recent attacks on gasoline pipelines in the southwest, suggesting thieves now feel emboldened and can strike with impunity. That doesn’t bode well for Nigeria, which already has problems importing enough fuel for the nation of more than 160 million people.


By The Associated Press | Associated Press

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