JTF Uncovers Oil Spill From Shell Pipeline
Yenagoa — The Joint Military Task Force (JTF) code named Operation Pulo Shield yesterday said it has uncovered a huge crude oil leakage from the pipeline owned by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).
The Media Coordinator of the Joint Task Force, Lt. Col Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement said the JTF patrol team discovered the leakage close to a signpost marker KP-67 located around Pulokiri/Money Ground (between Adamakiri and Creek 6) general area.
The statement said preliminary investigation revealed that the spill may have been caused by corrosion of the pipelines and that an on the spot assessment showed brownish liquid substance coming out from an opening on the pipe line.
The Commanding Officer, 146 Battalion, a component of JTF, Lt Col Lander Saraso according to the statement attributed the leakage to corrosion on the pipeline and urged Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) management effect immediate repairs on the line to prevent further spill.
In another development, the JTF spokesman, said its troops in Bayelsa State, deployed to patrol the water ways of Osiegbene Creek in Ekeremor, Brass and Southern Ijaw Local Government Areas have stamped out 42 illegal oil distillery camps and scuttled 25 open wooden boats (Cotonu boats) used by oil thieves along Osiegbene, Yeregbene, Otui Lagosgbene and Oyeregbene communities.
Lt. Col. Nwachukwu said in a separate operation, troops of 3 and 19 Battalions covering the Sector 1 Area of responsibility of the Joint Task Force Operation Pulo Shield also clamped down 6 illegal refinery sites in Ajudaigbo, Agedegben and Madagbo, Escravos in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta state.
“During the clamp down operation, the troops recovered and scuttled 15 open wooden boats, 33 large tanks, 127 plastic drums and 16 pumping machines used for their illicit trade; 44 dug out pits used by oil thieves to store stolen crude oil were also sealed up.
“Additionally, the troops intercepted and impounded a 33,000 litre capacity tanker truck loading adulterated petroleum product from an illegal loading point at Obejiughoton in Delta state,” he said.
In another operation in Rivers State, Nwachukwu said amphibious patrol troops of 146 Battalion of Sector 2 of the JTF Operation Pulo Shield deployed at Adamakiri scuttled an attempt by some unscrupulous persons to establish an illegal crude refining camp at Samkiri in Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State.