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Hydrocarbon In Water Wells Of Delta Households Not Linked To Any Of Our Facilities – Seplat

Seplat Petroleum says none of its facilities is linked to the presence of hydrocarbon in water wells of about five households at Okpe and Sapele in Delta State.

The company had received a complaint from the households, indicating the presence of hydrocarbon in their respective wells.

But in a statement, the oil firm said it could not ascertain the source of the hydrocarbon because no seepage or spill traced to any of its facilities.

Seplat said after receiving the complaint, it initiated an emergency response and activated an investigation team to promptly conduct a joint investigation visit. It noted that the investigation to ascertain the source of the hydrocarbon is still ongoing.

While affirming the company’s commitment to its Health, Safety and Environment culture, it said it is providing the affected households with potable water even though no seepage or spill has been traced to any of its facilities.

“Seplat received a complaint from about five households at Okpe and Sapele in Delta State, indicating the presence of hydrocarbon in their respective shallow water wells. The source of the hydrocarbon could not be ascertained as there are no seepage or spill traced to any of Seplat facilities,” the statement said.

“Seplat immediately initiated an emergency response & activated an investigation team- the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), the National Oil Spill Detection & Response Agency (NOSDRA), & Delta State Ministry of Environment to promptly conduct a joint investigation visit.

“The investigation to ascertain the source of the hydrocarbon is still ongoing with the participation of community representatives.

“There has been no seepage or spill traced to any of Seplat facilities. To assist the affected households ascertain how the hydrocarbon got into their wells, Seplat is swiftly assisting completion of the investigation.

“In the company’s usual commitment to welfare of its community members, Seplat is providing the affected households with potable water even though no seepage or spill has been traced to any of its facilities.

“The boreholes in these locations are not affected, only shallow dug wells are impacted.

“We affirm Seplat’s commitment to its robust Health, Safety and Environment culture in all areas of our operations.”

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