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Oil-Coated Fish Found Near Exxon Wells In Nigeria

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Special to the NNPA from the GIN –

(GIN) – The appearance of oil-coated fish are raising fears for the fishing industry in southern Nigeria where a leakage was reported near a pipeline owned by ExxonMobil.

MPN, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, on May 1 confirmed leakage at one of the company's offshore platforms in south Nigeria in Akwa Ibom State.

Rev. Samuel Ayadi, Chairman of the state chapter of Artisan Fishermen Association of Nigeria (ARFAN), told the Nigerian news agency they could no longer cope with the spills.

"We no longer make reasonable catch, and after fueling our outboard engines, we toil day and night, yet the catch does not cover the fuel costs.

"It is hope that keeps us going; we have been running at a loss and have been praying that God will turn things around."

Ayadi said that fishermen operating along the Atlantic shoreline recorded four oil spills within the past six months on Dec. 4, 2009 as well as March 24, May 1, and June 21, 2010.

According to the Ministry, since May 1, about 300 barrels of crude have leaked from one of ExxonMobil offshore platforms in southeast Akwa Ibom State. The story was first reported in SaharaReporters.com, a citizen journalism website.

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-1 # Guest 2010-07-06 00:54
MPN is NOT subsidiary of Exxon Mobil. Please STOP perpetuating this myth. Just STOP. This matters. You don't think it matters, but it absolutely does. Stop doing it. MPN is a subsidiary of NNPC. That's what the first paragraph of the article should say. And probably the headline too. You want to change the world? This is the way. Believe me. You will make a difference. Get NNPC into the headlines, into the first paragraphs. Put it out there. Every time. You WILL change the world.