Wednesday, 28 August 2013

OIL SPIL: UERL assures host communities of absolute safety

The host communities of Universal Energy Resources Limited (UERL) have been allayed of their fears arising from a minor oil spill incident that occurred at the Stubb Creek last week.

In a media briefing, the Public Affairs Officer (PAO) of the company, Mr. Aniefiok Iwaudofia, said that the “Minor oil spill was from one of the storage tanks of load during the Maximum Efficiency Rate (MER) Well test due to equipment failure from a rapture flange on the tank outlet valve and caused a spill of about three barrels.”

The company PAO said “the spill, which was immediately contained, within the Stubb Creek’s well pad and the little that poured on the UERL right of way was scooped. Top soil was excavated and filled back with fresh sand.

Mr. Iwaudofia assured that there was no environmental impact as farmland, vegetation and water was not affected, adding that such incident was normal in the operations.

He said all relevant regulatory bodies like NOSDRA, PPR, FME as well as the Stubb Creek MoU Implementation Committee members were duly informed.
Mr. Iwaudofia stressed that safety was the priority of the company saying that the management would continue to engage in practices and processes that are designed to effectively manage hazards in its operations.

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