Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), has dismissed claims by Oruma community in Bayelsa State that it failed to clean up the community impacted by an oil spill which occurred in June, 2015.
Spokesman for Shell, Mr. Joseph Obari, said despite engagements with leaders of Oruma community, their Oil Spill Response Team had been denied access to the creeks in that community.
Residents of Oruma community in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State had on Monday cried out that crude oil spills from Shell facility ravaged their environment and that the company had failed to cleanup the affected areas.
They also said the crude, which was spreading towards Kolo Creek, impacted very large extent of their swamps, ponds, creeks and rivulets, affecting their fishing and farming activities.
But Obari, defending his company, said the Oruma community had been setting conditions that were contrary to industry regulations governing spills resulting from sabotage.
“Despite engagements with leaders of Oruma community, our Oil Spill Response Team has been denied access to the creeks in that community.”