TRAGEDY: Pipeline Explodes, Kills 3 and Injures 7

No fewer than 10 people were involved in a pipeline explosion belonging to  Agip Oil Company which is located in the Olugboboro community in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area (LGA) in Bayelsa State on Sunday.

According to reports, three persons were confirmed dead while seven were severely injured in the explosion which occurred on Easter Sunday while technical workers from Maco Marine, an oil contracting firm, were working to clamp a ruptured section of the Agip pipeline.

The corpses of the three victims were however recovered on Monday after the fire subsided. Among the victims was an underwater welder identified as Nelson Negibo. The other two victims were indigenes of Ada-ma in Twon-Brass in Brass LGA, Bayelsa State.

Confirming the incident, the State Coordinator of Environmental Right Action (ERA), Morris Alagoa, described the incident as shocking and tragic.

“The news of another tragic incident in the oil industry which claimed three lives and injured several persons came to ERA with great shock. While industrial accidents are part of the realities of our existence, some are preventable. ERA will not stop calling on the authorities and regulators of the oil industry to make safety the mantra of the industry, not just profit. We are calling for a well-constituted panel of inquiry composed of professionals and stakeholders, including civil society organizations, to investigate this incident, make recommendations, and report all findings to the public,” Mr. Alagoa said.

ERA said it will visit the site of the incident and obtain first-hand testimonies and promise to release a formal report and related advocacy statements thereafter

Source: Greennews

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