By spill standards and protests – neither one was large, but it’s possible a point was still made.
A dozen barrels of oil had spilled on ExxonMobil property at Ekat in Nigeria. After that about 500 forced operations to grind to a halt at the oil companies airstrip.
For the protestors this last incident was the tipping point because ExxonMobil had not yet paid compensation for a previous spill in the region. Two hundred barrels leaked from a ruptured pipeline.
Some of the placards read: “Pay immediate compensation for oil spill; ‘Enough of devastation of our eco-system; Mobil, stop divide and rule system, involve Eket, Esit-Eket, Onna in spill cleanup.’
ExxonMobil management said in a statement in response to the PREMIUM TIMES saying the protest appear to have been instigated by misinformation about the companies activities, assuring that it was working towards an amicable resolution of the crisis.
(source: Nigerian Tribune)