THE SERIES ON HOW THE GROUP UNDER- DEVELOP THE NIGER- DELTA (9)

THE ROLE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES (DPR)
The statutory roles and functions of the Department of Petroleum Resources as enshrined in the petroleum Act 1969 ( Drilling and production) section 25, as Amended, the Hon. Minister of Petroleum Resources issued environmental guidelines and standards for the petroleum industry in Nigeria(EGASPIN) in 1991 which was further reviewed in 2002 for the prevention of pollution of the Environment through any discharge from oil and Gas facilities.
OIL SPILL COMPLIANCE FRAMEWORK OF THE DPR.
(1) In 24 hours of any spill incident a JIV process is initiated.
(2) Within 14 Days conduct JIV with DPR participation to determine cause and quantity spilled, initiate clean up.
(3) Within 4 weeks complete oil spill clean up and repair works.
(4) Within 3 months initiate Remediation of impacted sites and conduct PIA. DPR issues oil spill clean-up certification forms A or B if clean-up is satisfactory.
THE INCIDENT-:
The DPR received a report from SNEPCO at about 1500 hrs, Tuesday, December 20th 2011 of an oil spill which was observed at 0715 hrs, same day, while a ship Northia was being loaded at the deep offshore Bonga terminal in OML 118, located about 120km off the coast of Nigeria where approximately 40,000 Barrels was spilled.
ACTION TAKEN-:
(a) A controlled shut down of Bonga FPSO
(b) An Emergency response team which comprised of the DPR, SNEPCO, NOSDRA, to provide guidance, support was mobilized to the Emergency control room,Lagos
(c) Arrival of OSRL personnel and equipment, over flight surveillance with DPR on Board was carried out. Approval for the use of Dispersant (corexit, slick gone) by the DPR
(d) Clean up process was initiated immediately. The clean Nigeria Associate and Oil spill response limited resources were deployed and and approximately 127,700 liters DPR approved dispersant’s was applied.
(e) DPR issued directives to SNEPCO to ensure adequate protection of all estuaries using the Departments Environmental sensitivity index mapping, initiate community engagements and carry out integrity test of the export lines using Remotely operated vehicle (ROV).
The result showed that the leak point was due to the ruptured flexible export line at subsea.
(f) Senate committee on Ecology and Environment over flight exercise with DPR management to Bonga. The Department of petroleum resources (DPR) directed the shell group to do a post impact Assessment report and advised SNEPCO to set up machinery to ensure compensation of fisher persons and impacted communities as an interim measure pending when the PIA report will be ready.
This series is from the stable of the oil spill victims vanguard (OSPIVV) a non-governmental organization(NGO) incorporated with the corporate affairs commission whose main object is to fight for compensation for Victims of oil spill, health hazards gas flaring, transparency and accountability in the Extractive industries in Nigeria.
HARRISON JALLA is an Executive Director (OSPIVV)

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