Wellhead fire: Our people are dying, Delta community cries out 

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People of Polobubo (Tsekelewu) community in Warri North council area of Delta State have cried out to the World Health Organisation, the Federal Government, Chevron Nigeria Limited, and the Delta State government over the health hazards they are exposed to due a wellhead fire belonging to Chevron that has been raging for almost two months now.

The community made the call following the reported escalation of the wellhead fire, which started April 18, 2019.
They therefore asked the WHO and the Federal Government to prevail on Chevron Nigeria to save them from certain health risks, saying the thick black smoke emanating from the fire had become a major source of worry to the community.

Some members of the community, as well as their leaders who spoke with BusinessDay, described the situation they were faced with since the smoke increased on Monday, as hazardous
A boat trip to the community by our correspondent saw huge black smoke rising sky-high, subjecting the surrounding area to a heavy dark cloud and the water covered by a thin film and some floating dead fishes.

President of Polobubo (Tsekelewu) National Council, Ebilate Mac-Yoroki, in a telephone interview said, “I was just informed that Chevron engineers cut open the head of the burning well-head and that this caused the fire to be oozing horizontally, with a bigger smoke. All the smoke is heading into my community, endangering the lives of my people, their crops and animals and Chevron still maintains this has nothing to do with Polobubo.

“Our appeal is to the Federal Government, our governor, Dr Okowa and the WHO, they should rally round and save us from this plot targeted at exterminating Polobubo people. I don’t think we have been wrong for being peaceful and accommodating host community. For … Read More...