By Belove Olocha
Shell Petroleum Development Company (SDPC) has said it has recovered two million litres of crude oil in the ongoing clean-up of the Bodo community oil spillage in the Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The oil spillage in the Bodo community occurred in 2008 and has led to the pollution of the community’s land and water for years. The massive clean-up of the area started in 2017 following an agreement between the company and the community.
Speaking during an inspection, one of the contractors, who is the project manager of Giolee Global Service, Dr. Evidence Enoch, said: “We have recovered over two million litres of crude. Some days, we recover up to 25,000 litres. The clean-up is run by Shell, the Netherlands, and Bodo Mediation Initiative. The job we are doing is actually the true definition of clean up.”
He added: “The Bodo clean-up is very different from the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) cleanup. HYPREP is carrying out remediation. Clean up is the scientific process of cleaning up debris and sludge while remediation deals with soil and groundwater.
“The spill, here, came from hydrocarbon pollution that happened in the Bodo community in 2008 and 2009. It became a process of ligation in The Hague and Shell was indicted. There was a compromise judgment that led to what we are doing here.”
Enoch further explained that the recovered cruel oil from the area Is been recycled and injected back into the system.
“This recovered crude is made up of water, debris, mud, and crude. So, we usually send it for recycling. By recycling, the debris, water, and mud are separated from the crude, while the crude is re-injected into the system and sold as export,” he said.