Shell always comes just to plug the leak. Afterwards, they leave the village without cleaning up the pollution, restoring the area or paying compensation for the damages suffered. I am angry, very angry. Friday Alfred Akpan talks about ten years of leaks in his village, Ikot Ada Udo.
On 26 June 2005 a security company contracted by Shell to oversee the local pipelines discovered an oil leak in a Shell pipeline near Oruma, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. The oil spilled into the many fishponds where Alali Efanga and Chief Fidelis A. Oguru of Oruma bred young fish into thousands of adults.
The life’s work of my father Chief Barizaa Dooh has been lost and all his efforts have come to nothing. Shell has taken everything from us. If I hadn’t been there, he wouldn’t even have had food or clothing. Chief Barizaa Dooh from the Nigerian village of Goi was a major advocate of this case. To Milieudefensie’s great sorrow, he recently passed away and unfortunately will be unable to see the outcome of the legal case. Chief Barizaah Dooh spoke about the leaks in Goi and how the oil affected his life and that of his children.